- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 6 hours and 24 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Listening Library
- Audible.com Release Date: October 1, 2007
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000XSAY00
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This is such a popular book, and unfortunately it does a real disservice to teens in their understanding of suicide and what to do about it. The idea that a counselor, upon hearing that a student was considering suicide, let her walk away without contacting her parents is unthinkable. Aside from this being unethical (which, granted some therapist's are), no therapist would ever think to act in such away due to the legal ramifications. Even the most incompetent would have immediately gotten Hannah help.
Aside from the above issues, comes the underlying message. What was it? Be nice to people or they might kill themselves? Be on high alert for people who seem sad? Mostly what I got out of it was that you are responsible for others actions. It seems very one sided. In truth, we all do cruel things, we can all think back on times when, for one reason or another we behaved badly. To say that human error deserves such retribution is alarming. Not only that, this idea of post-death vindictiveness is a very attractive idea to teenagers who feel misunderstood and unheard.Read more ›
That said, I think creating a very elaborate map and set of tapes for 13 people and essentially blackmailing them into listening to the tapes just reeks of a vindictive, selfish individual. Perhaps her tapes didn't affect all her listeners as deeply as they affect the narrator but, if it were me, I would be devastated and scarred for life if I received a suicide message along those lines. It's one thing to go back to people who have harmed you and say "Hey, you messed up and you really hurt me. Just wanted you to know" and to move on with your life (with the help of a good therapist in Hannah's situation) but it's another thing to say "Hey, here are a set of tapes that describe all the detailed slights and harms that have been done to me and you can feel horrifically guilty for the rest of your life because I'm DEAD now! So there!"
Yes, some of those people did some horrible things. I'm not excusing their actions. But I also think most of those people honestly didn't know Hannah well. I have no clue what is going on in the private lives of most of the people I see every day.Read more ›
I did enjoyed the dual narration format of the book. This was a very interesting and engaging format to choose. However, it did get a little bit confusing for me with the back and forth, not only because it switched from character to character as well as from present to flashback. This might have been because I was not 100% engaged with the book since I did not enjoy it, and so I bet I got a bit sloppy in my reading habits. I also applaud the creativity of the book, because it is such an usual and unique premise. The writing also is engaging, flows well, and is never boring.
My main problem was the characters.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautifully painful. One of the best books and its helped make it easier to identify some one struggling with thoughts of suicide.Published 5 hours ago by Stanek
I love this book.
Trigger warning: suicide
I really felt as though I was attached to Hannah. I wanted to hear her story. Read more
This was an interesting read that was fairly compelling. I don't agree with other reviewers that the author wrote the counselor in an irresponsible way. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Dawn B
Excellent juvenile fiction book. I recommend it to my students. #highschoolenglishteacherPublished 5 days ago by 4keys2myheart
I found the style of this writing intriguing and the message important to all.Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
I absolutely loved Thirteen Reasons Why. I don't even know if I can find the right words to describe the feeling I got while reading (and after reading) the book, but I'll... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Keystroke Blog
If you don't watch the news because of how it makes you feel, then listen to your first instinct and don't read this book.Published 8 days ago by Kathy Tran