I recently had a big clear out of my bookshelf, and while putting some books in my cupboard of ' book I don't want to read these for a while but I might want to reread them in the future', this book caught my eye. Thirteen Reasons Why is a book by Jay Asher is something I had read a few years ago, and when I saw it, I remembered how much to the story had touched me, although I could remember the feeling this book gave me, I couldn't remember much of what happened, so I knew it was time to reread it. 
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It's not a very long book, in fact, it only took me a day or two to read again, partly because it's only 288 pages, mostly because I couldn't put it down.

The story is written from a male perspective, which I really like. I find the majority of the book I read are written in a female perspective so it's nice to see a different viewpoint, especially being a female myself, I find it intriguing reading something written from a male point of view.

It's a sort of story within a story. The book begins with Clay, the main character receiving some tapes in the post - when he plays the tapes he gets a bit of a shock. as he recognises the voice on the tapes - it's Hannah, a girl from school who had committed suicide a few weeks earlier.
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On the cover of the book, it says; "There are thirteen reasons why your friend died. You are one of them", which does a pretty good job of explaining what the story is about. Hannah has a story to tell, the story of what lead to her suicide.

There are thirteen people who may not think they had any real effect on Hannah, but they did. Each of these people receives the tapes, to hear Hannah's story and find out how they were all connected. As Clay received the tapes like the other twelve played a part in Hannah death. 

I'll be honest I wasn't blown away by the ending and kind of wanted the story to keep going. However given the plot, it was one of those books which just had to end after a while. 

I loved how self-reflective I felt once reading this. I think you can always tell how good a novel is by how it makes you feel afterwards - if you feel as though you take some of the emotion from the story away with you, it's a good book. The message is this story is so strong,  it really reminds you how everything you do when surrounded by others affects them too, and you have the power to impact the lives of the people around you, both in positive and negative ways.

I'll be honest there's something a bit creepy about the story, as well, a lot of it is a dead girl speaking, however, it keeps you turning the pages.

I'd definitely recommend this if you're looking for something new to read, it's not one I'll be forgetting anytime soon!

What was the last book you read?