We all wake up and see the same world every day, yet we see the world differently – every one of us. Life is like that, days seemingly similar strung together on one thread, yet vastly different for each one of us.
I wasn’t expecting much when I picked this book up to be the first one for the year, now that I have decided to get back to reading and writing like how I used to; but what this book has done to me is not easy for me to share or describe. You and I will read this same book, but it will speak to us in different ways, the depths will vary and so will the impact.
For a book that claims to share the Thirteen Reasons Why a school-going girl Hannah Baker committed suicide, it feels like reading the suicide note of someone you know.
If you have ever walked the school corridors wishing someone would see you for who you really are, this book will shake you just like it did to me.
If you have ever contemplated taking your own life and have been brave enough to plough through life (which obviously you are, because otherwise you would not be sitting here reading this!) and go on, this book will bring out the waterworks. It will make you think of when you wanted to end your life for whatever you were going through and at some level, the book will begin to read like your own suicide note.
If you have ever felt friendless, been caught in situations beyond your control which tarnished your image, if you have ever cried out loud in your mind wishing someone would hear you and hold your hand to say that everything would be alright – this book will make you revisit all those emotions again – just like it did to me.
This is not a book review, but I need to document these feelings after reading Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why.
So did I love the book? Absolutely.
Would I recommend this book? I say go through all that I have written above and decide for yourself. If you can brave through the book, why not.