Th1rteen R3asons Why

I just finished reading another brilliant book called “Th1rteen R3asons Why” by the author Jay Asher. The story is very unique. And this is the ‘can’t-put-it-down-til-i-finish-it’ type of book. Here is the preview written on the jacket cover :

“Clay Jensen returns home after 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 there are thirteen reasons 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 become a first-hand witness to Hannah’s pain, and learns the truth about himself – a truth he never wanted to face.”
D’oh! i have always been weak to those dark, mysterious, closing sentences on the book covers. I can’t handle words like ‘…and what he discovers change his life forever…’ or ‘…she may have to pay for the truth with her life….’. Well, i admit i am a big fan of suspense, thriller, and criminal fictions. But i must stop being so impulsive when it comes to those kind of sentences, someday. (but maybe not in this lifetime) :p
However, this time -thanks to my superbookworm instinct- the sensational closing sentence truly represents the excellence of the story. Through Hannah and Clay’s dual narratives, the book took me inside regular teenagers’ heads, figuring how cripple and fragile we could be over some reasons people may not understand. We don’t know that our simple jokes or pranks might affect someone’s life badly, or be adding to his/her pain. Therefore, it is important to be aware of how we treat others. This book is just superb. The theme, the plot, the style, the message. This is Jay Asher’s first book, and i can’t wait to read his next one. Another reason to love this book is the package. On the backside of the jacket cover, there is a simple map just like the one Clay uses to crisscross the city. You can experience the journey yourself.
Oh by the way, once i’ve told you that when i read novels, my mind naturally imagine the real people play the role of the characters (i believe you do too). For the desperate Hannah Baker, i imagine Lea Michele who plays as Rachel Berry in Glee series. While, for the nice and clueless Clay Jensen, i imagine Cory Monteith who plays as Finn Hudson also in Glee.
Haha this could be the effect of running and re-running my favorite tv series in my spare time. what? you don’t know Glee? Go google it in the next tab or window, or put on Fox on your TV channel, or just download it from the web if you can. You’ll love the show right away. 😀 (Well, this definitely turns into different topic).
Anyway, if you want to know more about Jay Asher and his book, you can go to or his blog In his blog, he put the mini version of the audiobook. So you can listen to Hannah and Clay’s voice there.
Perbincangan singkat Abah dan Anak di dalam mobil dari Depok menuju Tangerang.
Abah : “Neng itu siapa sih?” (menunjuk baliho iklan XL)
Anak : “Raffi Ahmad” (tau hanya dengan sepintas melihat)
Abah : “Ah bukan…”
Anak : “Raffi Ahmaad..”
Abah : “Bukan..”
Anak : “….”
Minggu berikutnya :
Abah : “Neng itu siapa sih?” (Ya, masih menunjuk baliho yang sama)
Anak : “Kan udah pernah bilang. Raffi Ahmad.”
Abah : “Bukan..”
Anak : “Raffi Ahmaaad..”
Abah : “Bukan. orang itu ngga brewokan..”
Anak : “…”
Jangan-jangan bokap gue selama ini salah mengira Raffi Ahmad dengan Osama bin Laden.

4 thoughts on “Th1rteen R3asons Why

  1. kayaknya novelnya menarik…

    tau dong glee, tau dr maya dan pembicaraan kalian semua tapinya.. hahaha..

    lo yg salah liat kali, nya..
    jangan2 bintang iklan XL sekarang omo, bukan raffi ahmad lagi. hahaha..

  2. nanti pinjeeem

    ah ah
    gw makin cinta PUCK nyaaa. ampe gw follow twitternya.
    oh, not to mention ARTIE.
    dia ga cacat ko aslinya, dan ganteng!

  3. It's not your book that superb, it is your Pa!
    Man, memang kalo punya ortu aneh pasti anaknya aneh semua ya…ga percaya? liat aja keluarga dachi, dela, lo, dsb.

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