The book published in 2007, when my oldest kids were just five, so it was several years before I actually read this book. Despite it’s heavy content, I enjoyed it, and it’s one of those books that got people talking.
“Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.
Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.”
This is one of those books that should be discussed with your kids after reading. Having open and honest conversations about mental health and how to seek help are important. Books help us bring the topic to light, but it’s our responsibility to do the work.
Note that a Netflix series based on the book was created; you can read about the controversy surrounding the series here.
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