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Kaylee Reads Books: 13 Reasons Why

by Kaylee Golden
Posted on Oct 05, 2017

I first read “13 Reasons Why” when I was in Junior High. When I picked it up off the shelf and admired its interesting book sleeve and illustration, I didn’t realize that it was going to be as emotional, eye-opening and moving as it was. I blazed through the book, going from page to page, from tape to tape, craving an answer as to why Hannah decided that her life wasn’t worth living.

The book follows Clay, the first recipient of a tape, as he weaves across town, following Hannah’s instructions and passing along the box of tapes when directed. The series of recordings are directed toward individual people that Hannah feels played a part in her decision. Throughout the book we learn about her life, the friends she made, the enemies she made and what led her to ultimately make that final decision.

When the book was turned into a Netflix Original series, I was thrilled to see the amount of attention that it was bringing to Mental Health Awareness, but also worried at the glorification of suicide, suicidal thoughts and mental health diseases. The book was better in this case, so in the end I would give the book a 4.5 out of 5 rating.


Just as a reminder, if anyone is having thoughts similar to Hannah or just need support, the St. Ambrose Counseling Center is open to walk-ins and appointments. Or call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.