Thirteen Reasons Why (2007) by Jay Asher is a compelling novel for young adults that touches many topics pertaining to the experiences of adolescents. The broad themes of the novel include responsibility for one’s actions and all actions come with consequences, which are applicable to young adults and can teach life lessons and morality without preaching to the reader. The themes pertaining to hard topics adolescents deal with involving teen-suicide and rape are present in their lives and shouldn’t be ignored. Thirteen Reasons Why is an excellent source to bring these often controversial topics into light.
By: Jay Asher