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Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah's voice recounting the events leading up to her death.
Here are some books that deal with themes similar to Thirteen Reasons Why:
Aimee by Mary Beth Miller
After she is accused of playing a role in her best friend's death, a young woman battles depression, anger, guilt, loneliness, and the problems of her own family as well as those of the families of her old friends.
By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters
High school student Daelyn Rice, who's been bullied throughout her school career and has more than once attempted suicide, again makes plans to kill herself, in spite of the persistent attempts of an unusual boy to draw her out.
Hate List by Jennifer Brown
Sixteen-year-old Valerie, whose boyfriend Nick committed a school shooting at the end of their junior year, struggles to cope with integrating herself back into high school life, unsure herself whether she was a hero or a villain.
Hold Still by Nina LaCour
Ingrid didn't leave a note. Three months after her best friend's suicide, Caitlin finds what she left instead: a journal, hidden under Caitlin's bed.
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Sixteen-year-old Miles' first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.
Skim words by Mariko Tamaki, drawings by Jillian Tamaki
In this Japanese graphic novel, "Skim" is a would-be Wiccan goth who goes to a private girls' school. The entire school goes into mourning when a classmate’s ex-boyfriend kills himself, and Skim sinks into an ever-deepening depression.
Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
Tyler, formerly a socially invisible nerd, is sentenced to a summer of physical labor following a prank. As a result, he enters his senior year of high school with a new set of muscles and a different reputation. His life soon spirals out of control, and he contemplates darker and darker solutions to his situation.
The Wind Blows Backward by Mary Downing Hahn
Although they share a love of poetry and problems with their parents, a shy high school senior's attraction to a popular classmate is tempered by her fear of his moody, self-destructive side.
You Know Where to Find Me by Rachel Cohn
In the wake of her cousin's suicide, overweight and introverted seventeen-year-old Miles experiences significant changes in her relationships with her mother and father, her best friend Jamal and his family, and her cousin's father, while gaining insights about herself, both positive and negative.