Thirteen Reasons Why
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Grab your tissues. This is one I couldn't put it down then I had that weird book separation anxiety. You know, how you feel like you lost a friend when you finish reading it this surprised be because I went cover to cover in an evening rather than spend a few days with it. The side characters, ho... Read More »
Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide.
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white_dove_224 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over
Wolfgirl20 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 14 and 18
black_dog_48284 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 18
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You'll do that right? All of you? You'll fill in the gaps? Because every story I'm telling leaves so many unanswered questions.
" never judge a person by the way they are it hurts them in the inside and can cause manny things to happend"
“I hope you're ready, because I'm about to tell you the story of my life. More specifically, why my life ended. And if you're listening to these tapes, you're one of the reasons why.”
“You can't stop the future
You can't rewind the past
The only way to learn the secret
...is to press play.”
You don't know what went on in the rest of my life. At home. Even at school. You don't know what goes on in any-one's life but your own. And when you mess with one part of a person's life, you're not messing with just that part. Unfortunatly, you can't be that precise and seletive. When you mess with one part of a person's life, you're messng with their entire life. -Hannah Baker Cassette 5: Side A
I meet your eyes
you don't even see me
You hardly respond
when I whisper
Could be my soul mate
two kindred spirits
Maybe we're not
I guess we'll never
My own mother
you carried me in you
Now you see nothing
but what i wear
People ask you
how I am doing
You smile and nod
don't let it end
underneath God's sky and
don't just see me with your eyes
this mask of flesh and bone and
for my soul
SummaryAdd a Summary
Clay receives box of cassettes from suicide girl at school telling story of what happened. Tapes are sent and resent to each person crucial to the story. Story of lies, rumors, indifference, things not noticed, awkward teen culture, HS culture, parents too busy, teen cruelty, rape at a party, sex for the wrong reasons, and a teacher/counselor with no discernible suicide prevention skills. Clay is not the bad guy but is sickened by the story and what he might have done to stop the trainwreck if he'd only known. Students and a teacher are on the "list." Clay may be a better person after this, all lives will be changed by the tapes.
this book is about a girl who suicides herself but tells the others thatn did things to her what she couldnt tell them when she was alive. this book is so recommended
Clay Jensen, a somewhat shy high school student, returns home from school one day to find an anonymously-sent package sitting on his doorstep. Upon opening it, he discovers that it is a shoebox containing seven cassette tapes recorded by the late Hannah Baker, his classmate and emotional crush who recently committed suicide. The tapes were initially mailed to one classmate with instructions to pass them from one student to another, in the style of a chain letter. On the tapes, Hannah explains to thirteen people how they played a role in her death, by giving thirteen reasons to explain why she took her life. Hannah has given a second set of tapes to one of their classmates, the identity of whom Clay later discovers, and warns the people on the tapes that if they do not pass them on, the second set will be leaked to the entire student body. This could lead to the public embarrassment and shame of certain people, while others could face physical harassment charges or jail time. Through the audio narrative, Hannah reveals her pain and suffering and the slide into depression that ultimately leads to her death (suicide from pills). She lists her first crush, a boy who voted her "best ass in the freshman class", a former friend, a peeping Tom, a liar, a goof who takes advantage of her, a hater, a thief who steals her poems, a member of the list that already passed, a cheerleader who crashes into a stop sign, a guy who raped her in a hot tub, the guidance counselor, and Clay, her soul mate, all who thought their actions were harmless, or that they wouldn't affect or scar her. They were wrong.
Clay, a highschool student receives a box one day coming home from school. As he begins to listen, he hears Hannah, A student that he liked that recently commited scuicide. Hannah explains that there are 13 poeple that played a part in her decision to commit suicide. The box contains 8 tapes, each side has a number, 1 to 13. each with the story of one of the 13 poeple. Clay is incredibly confused as to why he was sent the tapes, as he feels he did no wrong to Hannah. As he listens he visits different places that some of the events Hannah mentions. He spends the night, wandering the town, listening to theese tapes and learning about hannah, and other poeple that affected her decision to take her life.
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.
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Sexual Content: very specific with rape and sexual content
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