Trigger warning: Please be aware that the following article contains written and visual material that may be triggering to people who have or are sensitive to topics such as, depression, suicide, anxiety and grief.
Wow! Get excited Jay Asher fans because this new edition of ’13 Reasons Why’ will completely blow you away. No seriously, it will.
In fact, after seeing how Jay originally planned on finishing the novel, you may need to sit down.
As most ’13 Reasons Why’ fans already know, Jay Asher‘s incredible read focuses on the suicide of Hannah Baker. Before Hannah died she recorded 13 tapes for her fellow classmates – all of whom were somehow responsible for her death.
It’s a heartbreaking read and is sooooo wonderfully written that many people consider it a modern classic. But what would the book be like if Hannah didn’t commit suicide and she actually lived?
Well, brace yourself guys because in the original version of Jay’s story she does. That’s right… in his very first manuscript Hannah IS alive.
At the back of the book, you get a look at some of the material that was on Jay Asher’s writing desk. Like what, you ask? Well, there are notes on how Jay planned the novel, teasers of early ’13 Reasons Why’ manuscripts and a shocking alternative ending.
Of course, we’re not going to tell you anything about the original ending. After all, we don’t want to spoil it for you. But here’s a sneak peek at Jay reflecting on the editorial process:
“Finally, the most emotional change of all . . . the ending. When my editor first received the manuscript, Hannah survived the suicide attempt. Out of respect for the seriousness of the issues presented in the book, I agreed to change the ending. Suicide is permanent, and it should feel that way. But people can change, and that is what Clay represents. So instead of wrapping up Hannah’s story with a potentially unbelievable twist, it is wrapped up with hope.”
We can’t believe it! Here are 6 other reasons why you definitely need to check out this edition of the book…
1. ’13 Reasons Why’ had a COMPLETELY different title
’13 Reasons Why’ was once called something COMPLETELY different! In the bonus content of the new edition, Jay lets slip what the original title was supposed to be.
We’ll give you a clue, it’s got something to do with cake. Hmmmm….
2. It contains precious ‘deleted moments’
The book also contains some fantastic deleted moments. If you’re a massive fan of Clay, you HAVE to read them.
They’re so emotional and will seriously tug on your heartstrings.
3. You get see the mastermind at work in this edition
We often wonder what goes into writing a novel as powerful as ’13 Reasons Why’. The storyline is so emotional and at times, incredibly triggering, so did Jay ever have a hard time writing it?
We expect so. In this edition, you’ll see the mastermind at work – there are a few scanned pages in the bonus content that feature early drafts of scenes Jay wrote down in his notepad. And, yes, they do include a fair bit of scribbling. It appears that even geniuses have off days – lol!
4. There’s soooo many fun facts in the bonus content
As well as getting the chance to geek out over Jay’s notes, serious bookworms will LOVE all the odd and funny facts he reveals throughout the bonus content.
Take a moment during the early editing stages of the book, for example.
Jay ACTUALLY had a discussion with his editors about what Hannah’s first kiss should taste like. Apparently the idea of hot dogs didn’t go down too well…
5. You’ll hear why fans love the novel so much
If all of the above wasn’t enough to get you excited, then there’s also the opportunity to fangirl hard over this bonus content.
In the back, there’s a selection of heartwarming quotes from fans of the book about why they love it so much. Ugh, we teared up a little reading them.
6. You yourself will fall harder in love with it
Speaking of fans, you yourself will be an even bigger fan of ’13 Reasons Why’ after delving into all of this original content.
It will make you appreciate the storyline even more after seeing all the hard work that’s gone into making it the best it can possibly be. Prepare to fall harder in love.
You can snap up a copy of ’13 Reasons Why’ from Waterstones by clicking here.
If you’re affected by any of the issues raised in ’13 Reasons Why’, please visit www.penguin-platform.tumblr.com/UKHelplines for a list of UK-based support organisations that can help.