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Thirteen Reasons Why Hardcover – October 18, 2007
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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 guess one of the things that most bothered me about the book was Hannah's decision to leave the teacher/counselor with apparently the biggest burden of guilt for her choice to commit suicide. From the outset, I assumed he had done something quite awful; her taped instructions were that, as the last recipient on the list, he could take her confession with him "to hell." Later she mentions in passing that this tape might cause someone to "lose a job." Since the teacher's the only one with an actual job, I pieced together that she must be talking about him. So I read on, figuring he'd abused her, insulted her, berated her. . .something. Instead, we find only that he tries to listen to her, and doesn't chase her down when she runs from his office after seeking his advice a grand total of one time.
This does nothing if not glorify suicide as a viable way out, a way of getting revenge on those who have wronged you. I don't recommend it.
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TH1RTEEN REA3ONS WHY came by way of a friend's recommendation and captured me completely. It's sweet, funny, sad, and ultimately heart-breaking in the piling on of shared... Read morePublished 1 day ago by storytellermary
I read this book when it first came out and I thought it was good, but now going back to it 8 years later, I'm just not sure. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Heath
great emotional book that leaves you with a huge life impact, I really recommend this bookPublished 2 days ago by Maria G.
this is my all time favorite book. I am not one to read books multiple times but I've made an exception for this one. I could read it over and over and never get tired of it. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Kaylee G.
I didn't know what to expect when I got this book. But I'm so glad I got it. The narrative is interesting and it didn't follow the path I thought it would. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
The double point of view brings out a more whole understanding of a trouble youth who has lost all self identity.Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
I really enjoyed this book. I allowed to of my friends to read it and they both enjoyed it as well!Published 7 days ago by Xante
Really kept me reading and wondering what the next tape was going to say
Enjoyed the concept of the novel