“I guess that’s the point of it all. No one knows for certain how much impact they have on the lives of other people. Oftentimes, we have no clue. yet we push it just the same.”
This reread was honestly, a horrible idea. I didn’t love this near as much as I did the first time I read it. But, it was still an important story nonetheless. And still one of my absolute favorites!
I think everyone knows what this book is about, and if you don’t, then what rock have you been living under? And are there any open houses by you because I need to find a safe haven from these hype books?!? But anyways here’s the plot.
Clay Jensen, one of the most aggravating characters ever, has received a shoe box delivered to his front door. Inside it’s filled with 7 tapes, which is weird, because no one ever uses tapes anymore but okay. Clay takes the tapes outside to his garage to listen to them on the stereo, and what plays is the voice of recent dead girl, Hannah Baker. She says, on these tapes is 13 stories, 13 reasons, 13 people that led up to her suicide. And if you get a tape, then you’re one of these reasons. This story is the journey that led up to Hannah Bakers life, ending. We find out who was responsible for making her alone, for making her feel like nothing. And for me, it was life changing.
Clay was the downfall of this story (so was the writing style.) Clay seemed like the worst PoV to possibly use. Because he learns nothing. He is also very whiny and moody and I just couldn’t handle him. **Spoiler** He’s this really good kid who never does anything wrong, which we hear about 100 million times, and honestly doesn’t deserve to be on Hannah’s tapes.**End of Spoiler** He was a USELESS character. I feel like this could of been in someone elses PoV, and the story could of been so much stronger. But unfortunately we are left with Clay. I really just don’t like him.
Hannah Baker (this one is long folks):
Hannah was the savior of this story (this feels like a horrible joke because she ended her life … but it’s true.) She saved the book for me. At the beginning when she is going through her tapes, her reasons were very middle school dramaish to me. They were things that happen to a lot of people. Honestly, walk into a middle/high school and I’m sure you’ll see stupid drama. It’s petty drama that takes up the first few tapes. But what Hannah is trying to get across, is that these little things turned into a snowball. Starting off small, tumbling down the hill of life, and growing into a life crippling snowball. I can see why people DNF’d this one, because the beginning is so slow and petty. But as it progresses to the last two tapes, when it really goes down. **I will talk about the last few tapes and what happens so don’t read on if you don’t want to be spoiled.** On these last few tapes, we really get to see what breaks Hannah. We get to see how everyone connects together, and how it just makes her life, hell on earth. She is at a party, and witnesses’ a rape. And lets it happen. She is so emotionally broken that she doesn’t even bother to intervene. And then she leaves the party to be involved something very similar. But when it happens to her, she is so done with life that she doesn’t even care to stop it. She is broken. AND then the last tape, really really irks me. It’s the tape with the teacher, and when she goes to meet him and he fails her. He fails so hard. The fact that he told her to just get over it was INSANELY ridiculous. But it’s so annoying because it doesn’t surprise me that an adult would tell a teenager to just get over it. It is so irksome and just drives me insane. It was so horrid that she had no one to turn to, because honestly everyone turned their back on her anyways.
People Who Hate this Story:
Thirteen Reasons Why is a very truthful and heart wrenching story. It’s definitely not for everyone, but it always worth the read. It’s really disheartening to see people say this was a useless story, because it has helped a lot of people out in their life. Not just me, but I’ve read a lot of reviews where they say this story was their savior and that it helped them in their life. But we are all entitled to our opinions, but don’t discourage people from reading this because you never know if it’s what they need in their life.
(13) “When you reach the end of these tapes, Justin, I hope you’ll understand your role in all of this. Because it may seem like a small role now, but it matters. In the end, everything matters. Betrayal. It’s one of the worst feelings.”
(68) “And what about you – the rest of you – did you notice the scars you left behind? No. Probably not. Because most of them can’t be seen with the naked eye.”
(124) “Right then, in that office, with the realization that no one knew the truth about my life, my thoughts about the world were shaken. Like driving along a bumpy road and losing control of the steering wheel, tossing you – just a tad – off the road. The wheels kick up some dirt, but you’re able to pull it back. Yet no matter how tightly you grip the wheel, no matter how hard you try to drive straight, something keeps jerking you to the side. You have so little control over anything anymore. And at some point, the struggle becomes too much – too tiring – and you consider letting go. Allowing tragedy … or whatever … to happen.”
(178) “If you hear a song that makes you cry and you don’t want to cry anymore, you don’t listen to that song anymore. But you can’t get away from yourself. You can’t decide not to see yourself anymore. You can’t decide to turn off the noise in your head.”
(201) “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 anyone’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. Unfortunately, you can’t be that precise and selective. When you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re messing with their entire life. Everything … affects everything.”
(252) “So I walked without thinking about which roads to take. And it felt good. The cold. The mist. That’s what the rain had turned into by then. A light mist. And I walked for hours, imagining the mist growing thick and swallowing me whole. The thoughts of disappearing like that – so simply – made me so happy. But that, as you know, never happened.”