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Jay Asher
Asher at the 2011 Texas Book Festival
Asher at the 2011 Texas Book Festival
Born (1975-09-30) September 30, 1975 (age 46)
Arcadia, California, U.S.
Occupation Author
Genre Young adult
Notable works Thirteen Reasons Why (2007)
Years active 2007–present
Spouse Joan Marie (m. 2002)
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Jay Asher (born September 30, 1975) is an American writer and novelist. He is best known for writing the bestselling 2007 book Thirteen Reasons Why.

Early life

Asher was born in Arcadia, California, on September 30, 1975. He is half Jewish. He attended Cuesta Community College and later California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, before leaving during his junior year to pursue his career as a writer. Asher spent years trying to kick-start a career writing children's picture books. During this time, Asher worked at a shoe store, a trophy shop, libraries, and bookstores.


Asher has published four books: Thirteen Reasons Why, a 2007 New York Times best-selling young-adult fiction novel; The Future of Us, co-written by Carolyn Mackler; What Light; and Piper. Asher has also written several picture books and middle school humor novels. Thirteen Reasons Why won several awards and received five stars from Teen Book Review. It also received high praise from Ellen Hopkins, Sherman Alexie, Chris Crutcher, and Gordon Korman.

Asher's novel, Thirteen Reasons Why, was considered for a film treatment with Selena Gomez starring. Netflix released a series based on the novel on March 31, 2017, with Gomez serving as executive producer.

Personal life

Asher married Joan Marie on September 7, 2002. Asher lives in California.


  • 13 Reasons Why (2017-2020), series developed by Brian Yorkey, based on novel Thirteen Reasons Why
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