The Real Deal: Young Adult Book Club

Thirteen Reasons Why April 11, 2009

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Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Clay Jensen received a package in the mail with no return address on it and inside discovers a series of tapes. He plays the tapes and realizes that the girl he liked is talking.

The only problem: she committed suicide a few weeks ago. She starts out the first tape stating: “I hope you’re ready, because I’m about to tell you the story of my life. More specifically, why my life ended. And if you’re listening to these tapes, you’re one of the reasons why.”

Clay cannot believe he is one of the reasons. He starts listening to the tapes and finds out how thirteen individuals contributed to the death of Hannah Baker.

Clay walks through the city, reliving her most traumatic moments while Hannah describes each individual. He also starts recalling all the times that he spent with Hannah trying to figure out what he could have done to contribute to her death.

He wants to understand why he is one of the thirteen reasons why. Clay doesn’t know how to feel about the individuals on the tape anymore. Should he pass on the tapes to the next individual or stop the cycle?

Discussion Questions:

Who do you consider most at fault for Hannah Baker’s suicide? Why?

Why would Hannah send the tapes to Clay Jensen? What does she hope to accomplish by sending it to him?

Besides Clay, are there any other people who received the tapes that you believe did not deserve it?

Do you think her suicide could have been prevented? How? By whom?

How would you feel about creating the tapes? How would you react to receiving them?


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