Books for 13 Reasons Why Fans
If the Netflix adaptation of bestselling book 13 Reasons Why is your latest television obsession, these YA novels will whet your literary appetite. Whether you were in it for the mystery, invested in the characters’ journey, or enraptured by how it captured real-world issues, there’s a book in here for every fan of the series.
Paper Towns by John Green
Much like Hannah posthumously leads Clay around town to the various locations mentioned in her tapes, Margo Roth Spiegelman leads Quentin Jacobsen (a.k.a. “Q”) around their hometown in a series of possible clues as he attempts to solve her sudden disappearance in author John Green’s latest big screen adaptation. Order it here.
Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
It’s Kind Of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
Funny Story lead character Craig seeks treatment for his anxiety in the psych ward of a hospital in Vizzini’s tender and realistic depiction of mental health issues. Order it here.
History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Oliver’s story about Samantha Kingston reliving the last day of her life seven different times sees its central teen grapple with the many stages of grief as she goes through the different factors playing a role in her life, much like Hannah does over the course of 13 tapes. What’s more, it’s also been adapted. Order it here.
The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu
Fans will recognize Hannah’s story in the tale of Alice Franklin, a teenage girl who’s been labeled a slut and is blamed for the death of quarterback Brandon Fitzsimmons. Mathieu’s unpacking of the “truth” about the titular teen, through that of four different people’s perspectives (including Alice’s own), will hook readers while providing readers with the same exploration of how actions can impact others. Order it here.
All the Rage by Courtney Summers
My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga
Fans will find themselves in Clay’s shoes as they read Warga’s novel about Aysel, a teen considering suicide. But when she befriends Roman and they form a “suicide partnership,” she begins to get to know him. As they solidify their mutual plan, Aysel begins to question if this is something she wants to do, and if not, how she can save Roman. Order it here.
Bang by Barry Lyga
Lyga gives readers a glimpse into Sebastian’s mindset — and that of his parents and friends — as he struggles to get over the biggest mistake of his life (shooting his infant sister when he was 4) 14 years later. And in doing so, the book displays that people deal with their dark thoughts — and seek out help — in different ways. Order it here.
This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
Tired of the way he’s treated, outcast Tyler Browne takes his fellow students and teachers hostage in this gripping debut. Nijkamp details four different perspectives over the course of 54 minutes following Tyler’s actions, with each character delving into their relationships with him and the impact they might have had. Order it here.
Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham
Part of what makes 13 Reasons Why so compelling is not only the mystery of each tape but also how current listener Clay may have contributed to Hannah’s suicide. Latham recreates this same sense of mystery as Rowan attempts to find out the identity of the skeleton discovered in her backyard and how it connects to the Tulsa race riots of 1921, which readers experience in alternating flashbacks through fellow teen, William. Order it here.
Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Readers will recognize aspects of Clay in Chbosky’s sweet, introspective loner, Charlie, in this coming-of-age tale that captures teen life — and some of the ways they deal with various kinds of trauma. (It was turned into a movie, starring Emma Watson and 13 Reasons Why star Dylan Minnette lookalike Logan Lerman.) Order it here.
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
If you haven’t checked out the book on which the Netflix series is based, then Asher’s bestseller is a definite must-read. While the show adds “bonus content” it’s ultimately expounding upon the deeper themes captured in Asher’s debut. Also, included is the book’s original ending which revealed that Hannah Baker had actually survived. Order it here.