When Hannah Baker swallowed the pills, no one understood why she took away her own life. But if you caused it - even if you played a minor part in it - you'll figure it out soon. She has recorded her voice on tape and explained everything that made her lose hope. You could say she over-reacted, yet you never know what's going on in anybody's life but yours.
It teaches us that the simplest action can have many fatal consequences. For Hannah, it all started with a bad joke. So be careful with what you do or say and think it over. Choose the right words. It could change somebody's life forever.
The main idea and the lesson in this book are really interesting and could lead to many discussions. Though I wish the writer would've developed it some other way. The 13 reasons could've been better, but the story makes you rethink the way you treat people, hopefully to improve a world full of hate.
I also loved the fact that the protagonist has just received Hannah's tapes, so while he listens to them, he inserts his direct feelings, reactions and emotions. Once again, I loved the idea, but I wish there would've been different reasons.
Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why gives you a new perspective on life, and how you could choose either to help or destroy someone.