death-"thirteen reasons why"

how death relates to the amazing book "thirteen reasons why"


Death creeps into every line of Thirteen Reasons Why, which centers on the audio-taped suicide note of teenage Hannah Baker. We listen along with Clay Jensen, Hannah's almost-true-love, as Hannah traces her high school days, from first kiss to last words. What starts as occasional thoughts of suicide turn to solid plans and, as we know from the beginning, a fatal overdose of pills. We don't see Clay long enough after he listens to the tapes to know exactly how they change him, but the ending gives us something to go on: he reaches out to Skye Miller, a girl portrayed as a possible suicide risk. This suggests that he has become more aware of his own power to make life worth living for others who seem to have lost hope. Hannah Baker isn't kidding around where this theme is concerned. No doubt about it, the tapes in Thirteen Reasons Why are a huge guilt trip – she admits this freely.

quotes from the book

“No one knows for certain how much impact they have on the lives of other people.”

“You can hear rumors, but you can’t know them.”

“...if I haven’t been so afraid of everyone else, I might have told Hannah that someone cared. And Hannah might still be alive.”