- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Puffin; 1 edition (16 September 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141328290
- ISBN-13: 978-0141328294
- Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.7 x 2 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 240 g
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 246,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A stealthy hit with staying power . . . thriller-like pacing (New York Times)
Thirteen Reasons Why is a mystery, eulogy, and ceremony. I know, in the years to come, I will often return to this book (Alexie Sherman, author of the award-winning DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN)
Readers won't be able to pull themselves away . . . (Publishers Weekly)
About the Author
From the Publisher
Hello, boys and girls. Hannah Baker here. Live and in stereo.
I don’t believe it.
No return engagements. No encore. And this time, absolutely no requests.
No, I can’t believe it. Hannah Baker killed herself.
I hope you’re ready, because I’m about to tell you the story of my life. More specifically, why my life ended. And if you’re listening to these tapes, you’re one of the reasons why.
I’m not saying which tape brings you into the story. But fear not, if you received this lovely little box, your name will pop up. I promise.
Thirteen Reasons Why (Spinebreakers)
A shoebox-sized package is propped against the front door at an angle. Our front door has a tiny slot to shove mail through, but anything thicker than a bar of soap gets left outside. A hurried scribble on the wrapping addresses the package to Clay Jensen, so I pick it up and head inside.
I take the package into the kitchen and set it on the counter. I slide open the junk drawer and pull out a pair of scissors. Then I run a scissor blade around the package and lift off its top. Inside the shoebox is a rolled-up tube of bubble-wrap. I unroll that and discover seven loose audiotapes.
Each tape has a dark blue number painted in the upper right-hand corner, possibly with nail polish. Each side has its own number. One and two on the first tape, three and four on the next, five and six, and so on. The last tape has a thirteen on one side, but nothing on the back.
Who would send me a shoebox full of audiotapes? No one listens to tapes any more. Do I even have a way to play them?
The garage! The stereo on the workbench. My dad bought it at a yard sale for almost nothing. It’s old, so he doesn’t care if it gets coated with sawdust or splattered with paint. And best of all, it plays tapes.
I drag a stool in front of the workbench, drop my backpack to the floor, then sit down. I press Eject on the player. A plastic door eases open and I slide in the first tape.
Jay Asher's bestselling debut novel, Thirteen Reasons Why has been adapted into a 13-part series on Netflix. He got the idea for the novel while listening to a museum audio tour - he was struck by the eeriness of the voice in his ear, a woman who described everything he was looking at, but wasn't there. His novels have been translated into thirty-seven languages.