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Everything...affects everything
— Jay Asher


Thirteen Reasons Why, styled as Th1rteen R3asons Why or TH1RTEEN R3ASONS WHY, is a contemporary YA (Young Adult) novel by Jay Asher. The book has been adapted into a Netflix original series.


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." [1]

Thirteen Reasons Edit

Characters Edit

  • Hannah Baker
  • Tony
  • Justin Foley
  • Jessica Davis
  • Alex Standall
  • Tyler Down
  • Courtney Crimsen
  • Marcus Cooley
  • Zach Dempsey
  • Ryan Shaver
  • Jenny Kurtz
  • Bryce Walker
  • Clay Jensen
  • Mr. Porter
  • Skye Miller
  • Kat


I know you tried coming to my rescue, Zach. But we all know that's not why you're on this tape. So I've got one question before we continue. When you try rescuing someone and discover they can't be reached, why would you ever throw that back in their face?
— Hannah Baker to Zach and everyone else on the cassettes
I'm listening to someone give up. Someone I knew—someone I liked. I'm listening... but still, I'm too late.
— Clay Jensen
You can hear rumors. But you can't know them.
— Hannah Baker
Betrayal. It's one of the worst feelings.
— Hannah Baker
I left. When I should have stayed.
— Clay Jensen
Suicide. It's something I've been thinking about. Not too seriously, but I have been thinking about it.
— Hannah Baker in a note to Mrs. Bradley
That's the note. Word for word. And I know it's word for word because I wrote it dozens of times before delivering it. I'd write it, throw it away, write it, crumple it up, throw it away. But why was I writing it to begin with? I asked myself that question every time I printed the words onto a new sheet of paper. Why was I writing this note? It was a lie. I hadn't been thinking about it. Not really. Not in detail. The thought would come into my head and I'd push it away.
But I pushed it away a lot.
— Hannah Baker
Or deep down, maybe there was more. Maybe I wanted someone to figure out the note and secretly come to my rescue
— Hannah Baker on the cassettes.
In the past, Mrs. Bradley had notes dropped in her bag suggesting group discussions on abortion, family violence, cheating–on boyfriends, girlfriends, on tests. No one insisted on knowing who wrote those topics. But for some reason, they refused to have a discussion on suicide without specifics.
— Hannah
When you reach the end of these tapes, Justin, I hope you'll understand your role in all of this. Because it may seem like a small role now, but it matters. In the end, everything matters.
— Hannah Baker
There are some sick and twisted people out there, Alex–and maybe I'm one of them–but the point is, when you hold people up for ridicule, you have to take responsibility when other people act on it.
— Hannah Baker
Everything seemed good, but I knew it had the potential to be awful. Much, much more painful than the others.
— Hannah Baker
Some of you may be wondering "How come we never heard about this? We always found out who Hannah made out with.". Wrong. You only thought you found out. Haven't you been listening? Or did you only pay attention to the tape with your name on it? Because I can count on one hand–yes, one hand–how many people I've made out with. But you, you probably thought I'd need both hands and both feet just to get started, right? What's that? You don't believe me? You're shocked? Guess what... I don't care. The last time I cared what anyone thought about me was that night. And that was the last night.
— Hannah Baker
Now get comfortable, because I'm about to tell you what happened in that room, between Clay and me. Are you ready?
We kissed.
That's it. We kissed.
— Hannah to the thirteen people on the cassettes.
I needed a break... from myself.
— Hannah Baker
If you could hear other people's thoughts, you'd overhear things that are true as well as things that are completely random. And you wouldn't know one from the other. It'd drive you insane. What's true? What's not? A million ideas, but what do they mean?
— Hannah Baker


Thirteen Reasons Why was originally published in hardcover on October 18, 2007. It was released in paperback on June 14, 2011.

The Tenth Anniversary Edition of Thirteen Reasons Why included a new introduction and essay by the author along with reader reactions and a reading guide. It was published on December 27, 2016.

It has won many awards including the Abraham Lincoln Award and the California Book Award.


Thirteen Reasons Why can be seen as a segway in starting the conversation about suicide with children and young adults. Although, it was also criticized by suicide prevention groups as many thought it glorified suicide. The Suicide Awareness Voices of Education executive director was quoted saying he was worried "that young people are going to over-identify with Hannah in the series and we actually may see more suicides as a result."[2]


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