13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Clay Jensen is a fairly normal, quiet teenager who has suddenly come into possession of a series of cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, a classmate who has recently completed suicide. The tapes are being passed around the people that Hannah claims played a part in her decision to die. There had been assaults and friendships gone bad, betrayal and loss.

It’s obviously a hard book to read, dealing with the grief of losing someone. For many of us who have lost friends through suicide, we’re left with questions. Where this book is unhelpful is that it attempts to place blame on those left behind, and that’s cruel and unfair, even if it seems just.

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