I wrote a blog post about my thoughts on this book (and the Netflix series). I think rather than regurgitate that post I’ll just give you a link to the 13 Reasons Why I Read This Book. This is an incredibly important book which I cannot give enough love to. I hope you’ll give it a chance, make up your own mind, and not judge it from all the negative hype surrounding it.
I will reiterate that this is a powerful novel discussing difficult topics. It should not be read by at risk youths and the Netflix series is aimed at 18+. It’s a great gateway to discussion between parents and children and I know of several who have read the book (or watched the series) together.