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Thirteen Reasons Why

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hailey davis

on 13 February 2013

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Transcript of Thirteen Reasons Why

By: Jay Asher Thirteen Reasons Why Setting The setting of this book is a small town named Crestmont. There is only one high school, one hospital, one park, and everyone knows everyone in some way. Throughout the novel it is night time which allows Hannah's story to come alive. The setting wasn't distinct or descriptive so it allows your mind to create the details within the town and how you think it might look. Hannah Baker Hannah Baker is the main character in Thirteen Reasons Why. Hannah moved to Crestmont her Freshmen year of high school and wanted to start fresh. However, peers at her new school ruined that for her. During her Junior year she decided she wasn't going to put up with the harassment and made a plan to kill herself. Before she went through with it she recorded her voice on seven cassette tapes to explain why she was going to commit suicide. She described thirteen people that had in some way caused her to want to end her life. Clay Jensen Clay is another main character in the novel. He is a Junior in high school and one day after school gets a package at his house. He opens it to find seven cassette tapes with numbers on the front and back and a map with stars on certain places in town. While he listens to the tapes, he goes along with Hannah's instructions to visit the places with stars on the map. Hannah put Clay on her list to tell him she was sorry. Jessica Davis Jessica was Hannah's first friend at Crestmont because they were both new. Jessica and Hannah started hanging out at Monet's Cafe, a coffee shop. They always got hot chocolate when they went there to talk about their day. After a "Hot or Not" survey, made by Jessica's crush, went around the school claiming Hannah as "hot" and Jessica "not", Jessica got jealous. Jessica told Hannah she wasn't going to be her friend anymore which made Hannah feel more alone than when she first moved. Mr. Porter Mr. Porter was Hannah's English teacher and guidance counselor. Hannah scheduled an appointment with him after she felt like there was nothing else she could do. Hannah decided that she was going to leave her fate in Mr. Porter's hands: if he convinced her to keep living than she was going to live, but if he didn't convince her she was going to die. During their meeting, he didn't really take her seriously and give professional advice so she ended her life the next day. Zach Zach and Hannah had Peer Communications class together. He had bet to his friends that she would go on a date with him but she ended up turning him down. His friends made fun of him for not getting her to go on a date and he wanted revenge. Everyone in Peer Communications had a bag with their name on it and students could write compliments on a piece of paper and put it in a bag to show that they were appreciated. Zach decided he was going to take all of the compliments that people put in Hannah's bag to get back at her. Hannah eventually caught on and found out that Zach was behind it and confronted him. This may seem like a little prank but at the time Hannah needed those compliments once in a while to make her smile when nothing else in her life seemed to. Thirteen Reasons Why Jay Asher wrote this book based on one of his relatives who was thinking about committing suicide. This book makes you realize that even little things we do can be hurtful to others. I would recommend this book to teenagers because bullying is an issue all teenagers can relate to. Point of View The novel is written in two first person point of view. Clay will say his opinions and describe what he is doing; meanwhile, Hannah tells her story through Clay listening to cassette tapes. Sometimes it can get confusing on who is talking or Hannah's story will be cut off in the middle.
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