13 Reasons Why, by Jay Asher, an exceptional book I have read last year. The synopsis goes this way-
“You can’t stop the future
You can’t rewind the past
The only way to learn the secret
…is to press play.”
Hannah Baker commits suicide but not before she records 13 reasons why she kills herself and sends the tapes to the people she considers as the reason for her death.
The title itself is very intriguing and once you get your hands on the book there is no stopping. The book just pulls you in its world amidst its characters. As Hannah’s reasons unfold you will find yourself learning the biggest lesson of your life- in the words of Hannah
“You don’t know what goes on in anyone’s life but your own. And when you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re not messing with just that part. Unfortunately, you can’t be that precise and selective. When you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re messing with their entire life. Everything. . . affects everything.”
In the end of the book Hannah kills herself but the anniversary edition has a new ending where Hannah Baker Lives! That is great, I wanted Hannah to live because she deserved better. The new ending is how I wanted it to be but the old ending was better.
Here is my reason.
Simple, Hannah died. I know this sounds morbid but here is the thing- throughout the book Asher gives us a little hope that maybe Hannah lives. When the moment of truth discloses right before your eyes all your hopes are shattered and there is nothing like the lessons learnt from the pain of grief. Sure the book teaches you the lesson throughout but it was in that painful moment did it make an everlasting impact.
If you haven’t read the book yet you should definitely go and check out that book. According to me it is a must read.