Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher

This books cover and premise both interested me. I think the subject of teen mental health and suicide should be much more widely covered. I know that I sometimes enjoy a sad story. However, this book is the biggest pile of drivel I have ever read. Now I must admit I didn’t finish this train-wreck, so if there is some incredible plot-redeeming ending I didn’t ever encounter then I’m sorry. The story features teenage girl Hannah sending a rather malicious recording to the 13 people she ‘blames’ for her suicide. People are unkind sometimes. Life isn’t fair. While I can see both of those things as reasons to commit suicide, I think the recording was overdone. Geez girl just leave a note! Directing the recording at other people is just spiteful and I wasn’t able to connect with her. At the end of the day, she took her own life, and though she may have been driven to do so by the actions of others, surely the point of ending it all is to end the suffering rather than to get revenge on these people with a macabre voice recording? Her sitting down to record an entire novel of recording strikes me as her wallowing in her own pain. The other segment of the novel, where Clay walks around, carrying on with life and listening to the recording, is boring. I don’t think I’ve read anything I hate more.

A colleague of mine once said that you can’t make a great movie out of a great book but you can make a great movie from a mediocre one. For the sake of humanity I hope the same is true of Netflix series.

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