Published by Razorbill (Penguin’s teen imprint) in 2007, Thirteen Reasons Why is a New York Times Bestseller and listed as a Best Book for Young Adults (YALSA), Book Sense Pick Winner and a slew of other awards.
Razorbill’s Synopsis of Thirteen Reasons Why:
Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers 13 cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker—his classmate and crush—who committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out how he made the list. Through Hannah and Clay's dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.
5. One of Hannah’s teachers receives partial blame for her suicide. What was your reasoning for incorporating an authority figure into the tapes? One of the main things we see Hannah lose throughout the book is hope. Eventually, she even begins to turn away the hope that is offered to her. Whether people feel that particular authority figure deserved to be on the tapes or not…to Hannah, he did. Sometimes people pin too much hope on those we feel should automatically know all the right things to say in any situation. When that doesn’t happen, it can seem more crushing than a non-authority figure doing the same thing. Plus, I needed to find thirteen stories to tell, and making one an adult helped add a little twist.