Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher focusses on the life and death of Hannah Baker. When Clay Jensen returns home one evening, he finds a mysterious package lying in his porch. Without any clue, he takes the package inside and what he finds inside hardens his heart forever.
The story mainly revolves around the various incidents which forced Hannah to commit suicide. The package delivered to Clay contains seven cassette tapes which Hannah has recorded herself. It also had a map with marked locations to places, which she wanted Clay to visit while listening to the tapes. These cassettes reveal the thirteen reasons, which forced Hannah to end her life.
Hannah, a typical high school student faces all the kinds of problems that a normal teenager of her age would go through. But the main theme of the book is how every small criticism can collect and pressure the mind.
Though, Clay doesn?t do anything that would have hurt Hannah, he was indirectly involved in the 13 reasons Hannah states. It all started when Hannah accidentally had her first kiss with her crush Justin, but Justin manipulated the situation. Adding to her wounds, Alex makes Hannah anger Jessica unknowingly. Furious, Jessica hits Hannah which leaves a scar in her forehead. Another student Tyler described as ?Peeping Tom? by Hannah also emotionally scars her. Courtney, the sweet girl of the class plays along with Tyler, to save herself.
Mark and Zach, both try to take advantage of Hannah?s situation. Hannah feels embarrassed when Ryan makes a joke about her poem in front of the entire school. Thirteen Reasons Why was published by Penguin UK in 2009, and it is available in paperback.