13 Reasons Why (Jay Asher): summary of the novel

"13 Reasons Why" is a psychological novel, written by Jay Asher, published in 2007 in America and in 2008 in Italy by Mondadori. Teens are the protagonists of this novel, which takes place today and is set entirely in the corridors of a high school . The protagonist is Hannah Baker, a teenage student who decides to take her own life and somehow leave a testimony of her extreme gesture. Here enters the scene, Clay Jensen, Hannah's classmate, for whom she has always had a crush, who on returning from school, finds a box in front of the door addressed to her name, but without a sender. The box contains seven audio cassettes, on which Hannah has recorded 13 stories about the reasons that led her to commit suicide, each dedicated to a single person, whom she considers responsible, for the purpose of her crazy gesture. Thus begins a sort of human chain, so each of them will have to, once they have finished listening, send the package to the next recipient. The tapes follow one another between more or less serious accusations against as many friends or acquaintances until you get to Bryce Walker, who raped Hannah and that was a final final reason to give up on life. An entire tape, which Hannah only records to apologize, is also dedicated to Clay. Finally the last tape, the thirteenth is a recording of the interview Hannah had with the school psychologist, Porter, to which she explained about her suicidal instincts and the rape she suffered and to which the psychologist reacted, suggesting to turn the page. Following this interview, Hanna decided to commit suicide with an overdose of drugs.

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13 Reasons Why: Jay Asher

The author of 13 best-selling novel Reasons Why is Jay Asher, an American writer specializing in books for teenagers, born in Arcadia on September 30, 1975, after graduating from San Luis Obispo High School, decided to pursue the career of primary school teacher and moved to California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, which he dropped out of the last year to pursue his dream of devoting himself exclusively to writing. Later he married and performed many jobs, including: the clerk in a shoe store and bookstore and the clerk in a library. In 2007 he published his first novel, Thirteen Reasons Why, entering the list of novels for teenagers of the New York Times and from which in 2017 an exclusive Netflix series was produced, which was very successful, so much so that it already reached a second season, highly anticipated in 2018. In November 2011 he published "The Future of Us", his second novel.

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