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Thirteen Reasons Why Lesson Plan

Introduction to Thirteen Reasons Why

Thirteen Reasons Why falls in the sub-category of young adult problem novel. In it, Jay Asher contends with the tough issues of both rape culture and suicide. It is important because it is specifically geared toward teenagers with a message about the importance of connections and consequences.

Key Aspects of Thirteen Reasons Why


The tone of the novel is somber and grows more serious as the events of the plot grow increasingly upsetting.


Thirteen Reasons Why is set in a small town in a state that is not specified. It is apparent, though, that the town is small and suburban.

Point of view

This novel is told from Clay’s point of view, but much of the novel is comprised of...

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