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Author: Jay Asher Narrator: Debra Wiseman, Joel Johnstone Publisher: Listening Library Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2007 ISBN: 9780739356517
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“Eerie, beautiful, and devastating.” —Chicago Tribune

“A stealthy hit with staying power. . . . thriller-like pacing.” —The New York Times

Thirteen Reasons Why will leave you with chills long after you have finished reading.” —Amber Gibson, NPR’s “All Things Considered”

You can’t stop the future. 

You can’t rewind the past.
The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker—his classmate and crush—who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah's voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out why. 
Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah's pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

    Association of Booksellers for Children’s “Best Books
    American Library Association’s “Best Books for Young Adults” and “Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
  • Thirteen Reasons Why is a mystery, eulogy, and ceremony. Twenty or thirty times, I snapped the book shut when a sentence, an image, or a line of dialogue was too beautiful and painful. But I, afraid and curious, would always return to this amazing book. I know, in years to come, I will often return to this book. Sherman Alexie, bestselling author of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  • Every once in a while you come across a book that you can’t get out of your mind, one you have to rush back to if you must put it down for some reason. Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why is one of those books, and is at the very top of my personal Must-Read list. Ellen Hopkins, bestselling author of Tricks, Identical, Crank, Burned, Impulse, and Glass
  • A spectacular first novel. Jay Asher tells his story with such honesty and simplicity that the tragedy feels shatteringly real. Gordon Korman, author of Son of the Mob and Jake, Reinvented
  • Heavy but compelling. . . . Asher’s novel asks us to look at how petty cruelty can deal crushing blows. Miami Herald
  • Wonderfully realistic in his writing, Asher offers teens and parents alike a great story on an important topic. Green Bay Press-Gazette
  • It is a brilliant debut that will leave readers feeling a sense of remorse for Hannah, guilt for Clay, and hope for the lasting lesson of the story. Bookazine
  • Breakneck pace and dizzying emotion. School Library Journal
  • [Hannah’s] pain is gut-wrenchingly palpable. . . . Asher has created an entrancing character study and a riveting look into the psyche of someone who would make this unfortunate choice. A brilliant and mesmerizing debut from a gifted new author. Kirkus Reviews, starred review and Editor’s Choice
  • Readers won’t be able to pull themselves away. Publishers Weekly
  • Asher's ability to convey the anguish of someone who was left behind is truly remarkable. Book Page
  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly bestseller
  • One of the Barnes & Noble Top 10 Books for Teens
  • A Book Sense Pick
  • An American Bookseller Association Book of the Year
  • Winner of the 2013 Abraham Lincoln Award

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 JB | 2/14/2018

    " I watched the show and knew the book would be better. It was. This is a very emotional story of a list of factors that ultimately made a young girl commit suicide. As a teacher it made me really think about how I react when a student is having a rough time and how i respond and validate student's opinions and emotions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 2/19/2014

    " Another great realistic fiction book. Hannah commits suicide and leaves behind cassette tapes detailing her thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Each reason pertains to a specific person. Powerful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 2/19/2014

    " This is so sensitive... I love it. :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Avery | 2/15/2014

    " Thirteen Reasons Why epitomizes the teenage experience in the darkest sense. Its character development made me as a reader sympathize with Hannah, but at the same time struggle to understand how such superficial and dramatic circumstances could influence her to act in the way that she did. Throughout the novel I found myself struggling to stay interested with all of the teenage drama. While the theme of violation was certainly an influential point in Hannah's story, I found myself just want the tape to be over with because it had a predictable ending. However, Asher needed to created this repetitive cycle in order to demonstrate to the reader the perpetual nature of high school drama and its internal influences on students. The theme of violation connected to betrayal held the novel together. However, I think it hurt Hannah's character credibility by having her betray everyone by sending out the tapes. This "eye for an eye" mentality made me less sympathetic towards her character. Besides Hannah, I enjoyed Clay Jensen's character and the balance he provided for the novel. If Hannah was the voice of absurdity, Clay Jensen is certainly the voice of reason in the novel. While it is frustrating that Hannah never opens up to Clay in order to be restored, Clay's perspective provides the salvation for readers who may actually be struggling with this issue. His perspective, one of rational thinking that views many of Hannah's problems as temporal, allows the reader to see that life goes on and can get better. I enjoyed how Clay did not always agree with Hannah's reasoning in her tapes although he cared for her deeply. In a sense, Clay is the therapist for the reader--something that Hannah never received. Aside from the novel's content, the novel depicts the struggles of high school realities and demonstrates the problems within the school systems to help prevent suicides. The incident in the novel between Hannah and the counselor exemplifies a flaw in the system and warns the reader against the severity that apathy can have. Asher's storyline addition of the map enhanced the novel. This "dual-processing" method of Hannah's story helps the characters in the story experience their emotions fully and helps solidify the reality of Hannah's death. Overall this novel portrays clearly and vividly the sad reality of many teenagers' lives and their inability to cope with these problems. Asher's novel displays a problem which should challenge the reader to be both aware and active in changing this issue. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 2/15/2014

    " Hannah's pain and how it must be hard for her... ruined reputation, used by the ones who she thought were her friends but eventually was never there when she needed them and on top of that doing something she regrets and that pushes her to take her own life. Just like that, it ends, the pain she felt ends, she decided that it ends right when she wanted to. But it doesn't really, the pain doesn't end, the people she left behind felt pain, that she caused, which seems unfair. Although she did try, to ask for help, but everything was falling apart so quickly, she tried too hard to make things right but it was always never enough. Suicide, she knew was the answer, she let everything get to her. But in life that's not how it must be. You must stay strong, you matter, someone out there cares. You must look forward for tomorrow and things will get better, they do get better. With time and patience everything will fall into place and when it does it will be beautiful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Avery | 1/27/2014

    " Very well written. Tough, tough subject matter that was written about with enough respect that it leaves behind the lingering message that every interaction that we have with people has the distinct chance of impacting their lives. Not a feel-good read by any means, but that is likely obvious from the book description. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pranab | 1/16/2014

    " Let me come straight to the point. This book is a disaster. Does not conclude anything. It's introduction is attracting, but the book is extremely boring. The girl is a coward and suicides for stupid reasons. Buying this book is a waste of your valubable money. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Saiesha | 1/16/2014

    " I think Clay's part was better than Hannah's. He wanted to help her but she didn't care. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Layla | 12/24/2013

    " one rumer is all it takes for the difference between life and death "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rae | 11/28/2013

    " I thought it was a good but extremely disturbing book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mara | 9/29/2013

    " Terrible. Don't waste your time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 9/19/2013

    " This book is captivating and kept me on the edge of my seat. I like the way Hannah's and Clay's stories are told simultaneously. Loved this book and would recommend it in a heartbeat. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 8/8/2013

    " A must-read for all teens and parents. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 6/10/2013

    " I wanted to cry through the entire book, it was so sad but I read it in less than a day because I couldn't put it down "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alaina | 11/13/2012

    " It was an amazing book if you are interested in suspense and mystery! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessie | 8/20/2012

    " I enjoyed reading this book, it was intriguing and well written "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 7/22/2012

    " The novel Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher is an intruiging and mystefying book, based on the life and reason why .... decided to end her life. The story dives into the twist and turn of ... and the surrounding friends, foes and family. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beloveddoll | 3/7/2012

    " I did not think Clay's part of the story was necessary or enjoyable and I found myself skipping past his un-italicized sections feeling annoyed about being interrupted. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy | 12/26/2011

    " Good read but this a is a book you can not prepare yourself for. I think it's something that they should make kids read in school so the can understand how much the can effect someone by things the say and do! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 11/10/2011

    " Everyone should read this. You will rethink how you treat others day to day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 8/24/2011

    " I loved it. It just broke my heart and I did burst into tears, but I'm glad that Clay decided to take action instead of letting the whole cycle repeat itself. The littlest action can make a huge difference. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 5/23/2011

    " This book absolutely blew me away. Wow. I heard the last chapter in a prose round at forensics last year and I knew I needed to read this book. I listened to the audio book, and it was even more effective because it was like I was listening to Hannah, too. Very, very, very good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 5/22/2011

    " Thought provoking. You never realize how your actions can impact someone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 5/22/2011

    " This book is definitely not a feel good book. However I think it is an extremely good book for anyone teen to read. This books deals with the consquences of bullying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karina | 5/21/2011

    " Great book. Though some parts were hard to read, it definitely came together beautifully. One of my favorite books now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shawna | 5/20/2011

    " I felt torn about this book. While I felt like the format was an excellent way of telling the story, I also felt emotionally manipulated by the framing. Overall, I'd say that it was well worth the read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 5/18/2011

    " I read this book a long time ago when it came out and I still remember a lot of it. 13 reasons why to die. 13 reasons. It shows what little words can do. Very well written story. "

About the Author

Jay Asher is the author of the young adult novels, including What Light, The Future of Us, and Thirteen Reasons Why. Thirteen Reasons Why, his first novel, spent sixty-five week on the New York Times children’s hardcover bestseller list.

About the Narrator

Gary D. Schmidt is the bestselling author of Okay for Now, the Newbery Honor and Printz Honor book Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, and the Newbery Honor book The Wednesday Wars. He is a professor of English at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.