13 Reasons why is a young adult novel about a sixteen year old girl Hannah Baker. The book is narrated by Clay Jensen who used to have a crush on Hannah. The story is about the thirteen tapes she mailed to different people that effected her life and made it end the way that it did.
This book will probably not be on my shelf in my classroom. It is actually banned in many schools.
It glorifies suicide. Hannah had lots of issues, but the tapes were meant to justify her death, and blame everyone on them for her killing herself. This is problematic and can be confusing to young adult readers, who might be struggling with this same thing. Hannah gave up and she blamed everyone around her for it.
Students should be taught about suicide prevention and learning how to catch the signs of it. But not in a way that glorifies it. Hannah killed Hannah. Hannah is responsible for Hannah’s death. Hannah went through a lot of horrible things, but nothing justifies killing yourself and blaming it on other people.
Overall 13 Reasons Why left a bad taste in my mouth. The story idea is good I think it is something that students need to learn. But the way is presented in this book is not okay. In my opinion justifying suicide in a young adult book presents the wrong message.