13 Reasons Why: a Story of Girl Who Committed Suicide

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  • Published : January 26, 2013
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The book begins as our narrator, Clay Jensen, whose name is not yet revealed, mails a mysterious package to someone named Jenny before school. We soon learn that the package contains the audiotaped suicide note of Hannah Baker, a girl Clay had a crush on before she killed herself about two weeks ago. He has a horrible headache, and he doesn’t want to go to school, because he doesn’t want to see Hannah’s empty desk or Mr. Porter, his school’s guidance counselor who didn’t stop Hannah from committing suicide. In the package, there are a total of seven cassette tapes and thirteen stories. On the first tape, Hannah tells her listeners that she holds each of them responsible in some way for her death, and that the tapes will explain why. After listening, each person must give the tapes to the next person on the list. She says that if anybody fails to pass them along, a copy of the recordings will be made public. The tapes also come with a map that listeners are meant to physically follow as they listen to her story. The story moves back and forth between Hannah's and Clay's thoughts and actions. Clay's thoughts are always mixed in with Hannah's stories. The thirteen stories (“reasons why”) are:

1. Justin Foley, the boy who Hannah had her first kiss with, started rumors that they did more than just kiss when they only kissed, and people started being mean to her. 2. Alex Standall, a former friend of Hannah and Jessica Davis, pitted Hannah and Jessica against each other by voting Hannah "Best Ass of the Freshman Class”, and voting Jessica “Worst Ass of the Freshman Class”. Jessica had previously been really close to Alex, so she got mad because she thought that Alex liked Hannah better, and she took out her anger on Hannah. 3. Jessica Davis was upset by this and ended up hitting Hannah, leaving a scar on her forehead. This really hurt Hannah because this showed that Jessica believed rumors rather than her friend telling her the truth. 4. A boy that goes to their...
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