Thirteen Reasons Why

Book review by Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Disturbing suicide novel examines bullying, indifference.

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 39 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 170 reviews

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age 13+

About end of season 3

It's quiet late I started watching 13 reasons why . Kinda addicted to it now. Mixed emotions all the way over till season 3. But I totally don't agree with what happened with Bryce at the end. Hannah killed herself but Bryce was brutally cold blooded murdered. How the hell is it same. Yes he has to be punished gone to jail but he doesn't deserve to die atleast not when he wants to change. Does none does make mistakes in this life. None could come out of it. How can you show that heroic of all these people for killing was a murder for godsake. I can't really take it . This is a wrong message. Totally disagree
age 17+

Absolute Pager Turner With Incredible Message, But Not Suitable For Younger Readers

A lot of critics and parents have been quick to say that this novel glamorizes or romanticizes suicide, especially since its Netflix counterpart was released a few years ago. I would admit that I was one of those people before reading this novel myself. I am glad to say that I was completely wrong. The book absolutely sucks you into the story; I read it within one day. The writing is fast-paced, the characters are fleshed-out to fit real life, and the narration by Clay mixed with Hannah Baker's voice on the tapes amount to a stunning narrative of high school drama and suicide. This novel only glamorizes or romanticizes suicide to those who have not read this book. Every instance where something went wrong--a mistake, crime, rumor, even Hannah's suicide--could have been prevented, had Hannah, Clay, or any other character had just spoken up and tried to get help. This book teaches us to never spread lies, never give up, and never stay silent in the face of bullying; because you never know what could happen if you fail to follow this advice (or admonition, rather). The only thing I would object to in the case of allowing younger readers read this book is the graphic sexuality within. In two separate chapters, Asher goes a little too far in his descriptions of the situations for younger audiences. I would caution parents before allowing their children to read this book. I would suggest that parents read this book first, then read it again with their kids while doing some personal editing so that their kids still get the immense value out of it. If the sexuality were edited down for younger readers, it would amount to basically the equivalent of a PG-13 movie, but as of right now, it is more likely an "R" book.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Too much sex

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For kids who love coming-of-age tales and bullying stories

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