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13 Reasons Why

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Hannah Blanshan

on 21 October 2013

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Transcript of 13 Reasons Why

Clay Jensen comes home from school one day to find a box at his front door filled with cassette tapes. He soon finds out that they are Hannah Baker's suicide notes. Clay actually had a crush on Hannah up until her death. Hannah committed suicide two weeks earlier and had someone send cassette tapes of her suicide notes to certain people. But there's a catch, if anybody fails to pass them along, a copy of the recordings will be made public. On the cassette tapes, there are a total of thirteen stories with a map. Hannah explains thirteen reasons why she ended her life on these tapes. She tells many different stories of her life, good and bad, to the listeners.
I give "Thirteen Reasons Why" 10/10 stars because the plot is so juicy and amazing. I think that it is easy to relate to the characters, even though Hannah committed suicide. I also think that the author did such a great job switching from Hannah and Clay's points of views.
"Thirteen Reason Why" was one of the best books that I have ever read. It's an emotional book to read, but the narration and plot were so good. I would recommend this book to anyone who doesn't mind crying while reading a book because trust me, you will cry. I also loved this book because the emotions are so raw and it gives the reader an insight to how suicide affects people other than the victim.
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Setting:
The setting takes place at the locations on Hannah's map and at Clay's house.
The book also takes place during present day.
Plot:
Young-Adult Fiction
Characters:
Genre:
Hannah Baker- (protagonist) Without her, there would be no story. She was bullied until the point she committed suicide.
Clay Jensen- (protagonist) He is the other main character. Clay is nice, smart, and a great student and friend.
The antagonists in the book are the people that were mean and nasty to Hannah.
Themes / Motifs:
A theme in "Thirteen Reasons Why" is that everyone is responsible for their own actions because Hannah never denies that it was her choice to end her life. Although, there were many times where someone could have acted differently that may have changed her life. Even though it is a fictional story, many students could relate with at least parts of Hannah’s high school career and could even know someone showing warning signs of suicide.
Thirteen Reason Why
By: Jay Asher

Rating:
Point of View:
"Thirteen Reasons Why" is narrated by both Hannah and Clay. Since Clay is the main narrator, the book is in first person point of view. The other point of view was the first person of Hannah Baker, through the tapes. This was quite unique because you knew the events and feelings of more than one character in the book, while still using the "I" pronoun.
Symbols:
blue nail polish- Hannah's tapes are numbered in blue nail polish, and she's wearing blue nail polish the last time she sees Clay; which is the last day of her life. The nail polish could be a symbol for the sweet, romantic, innocent girl Hannah was. By this point in the story, Hannah's heart has turned blue; the color of sadness and heartbreak.
Hannah's scar- Hannah has a scar on her forehead from Jessica Davis, who accused Hannah of stealing her man and then punched and scratched Hannah. This happened shortly after Hannah moved to town; the scar symbolizes both physical and emotional remains for the rest of her short life.
Emotions & Feelings:
Conclusion:
The book starts off with Clay Jensen returning home from school one day to find an anonymously-sent package sitting on his doorstep. When he opens it, he discovers that it is a shoebox containing seven cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who recently committed suicide two weeks earlier. The tapes were mailed to one classmate with instructions to pass them from one student to another. On the tapes, Hannah explains to thirteen people how they played a role in her death, by giving thirteen reasons to why she killed herself. Hannah had gave a second set of tapes to one of their classmates 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 humiliation of certain people, while others could face jail time. Through the audio tapes Hannah reveals her pain and suffering, and the depression that leads to her suicide. All in all, I don't think that this book has any loose ends.
The title, "Thirteen Reasons Why" is a very appropriate title because the book is about Hannah Baker, and she commits suicide due to thirteen different reasons. Plus the title also grabs the readers attention because you want to know the thirteen reasons why she killed herself.
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