Book Review for Thirteen Reasons Why
By Kayla Schieble
As the popularity of the novel, Thirteen Reasons Why, is on the rise as result of the new hit Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, I could not resist writing a book review. Personally, I was very excited when I was given the chance to read the novel. It came to me by multiple recommendations that claimed the book was a “must read”. However, you can only imagine my disappointment when I opened the book, began reading, and immediately hated it. The book itself is not horribly written. It’s easy to follow, not challenging to read, and most people could probably finish it within a few days. The plot, however, I just did not like. The novel follows Hannah Baker and what seems to be her “revenge” on the thirteen people who led to her decision to commit suicide. My main reason for disliking the plot is I felt Hannah had essentially blamed other people for her own decision to commit suicide. I felt as though her “revenge” was sick and twisted. While I had some sympathy for her, Hannah took it too far in her tapes that, in a way, were torturous for most of the listeners, especially Clay Jensen. If you do decide to read the book, you will understand. While I know the book is a huge hit among most people, I don’t recommend it to anyone. The plot was distasteful and Hannah I personally could not stand. Overall, I give the book a two out of five stars.