Suicide and High School

Topics: High school, Suicide, Character Pages: 3 (850 words) Published: February 13, 2013
Title of novel: Thirteen Reasons Why
Author: Jay Asher

Number of pages: 245 My Rating: 9

My Peer Resources classmates created a book club recently about suicidal awareness. Thirteen Reasons Why, was the book that they chose for their club. After talking about it in class, I decided to read the book.

In this novel, it takes place in Rosie's diner, High school, Gas station, Eisenhower Park, Blue Spot Liquor, Monet's Cafe, and everywhere else that Hannah tells Clay to go on the tapes. It does not say in the book, but I'm assuming that the time period is around the 90's since she is using cassettes to record instead of CD's or MP3 players. Yes, the setting is important to the story.


Hannah Baker is the main character in this story. She is just like any other high school girl at heart who likes candy, hot chocolate, blue nail polish, filling out surveys, and reading and writing poetry. But unfortunately, her high school dreams turn into nightmares.

Quote several sentences from the book to support your statements and explain the quotes.

“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”(4).

The story begins with Hannah accusation. This really affects Clay, who is sure that he has nothing to do with her death.

“I know what you're thinking. As I was telling the story, I was thinking the same thing. A kiss? A rumor based on a kiss made you do this to yourself” (30)?

People have a hard time listening to others when they are blaming others for their problems. But as Hannah tells the readers more of her story, the readers begin to understand why Justin's betrayal is such a big deal to her.

“No matter what I've said so far, no matter who I've spoken of, it all comes back to – it all ends with – me” (253).

Hannah finally blames herself. Although she...
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