“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.”
This book is sad, in so many ways. So why do I like it? I can’t put my finger on it. I think this book should be on the high school requirement list. Every single person should read this book and realize the effect their actions have on one another. That rumor you start, it has repercussions. That snide remark, the locker room gossip, even the looks you send are perceived by another person. I think Jay Asher is a story telling genius, and I love that the idea for this book came from a self-guided audio tour at a museum. His execution is flawless. Hannah is the main focus of this story, as she leads each person that has affected her decision to commit suicide through a voice recording. There are thirteen sides to the tapes, and each one tells a story of a person that has affected Hannah. Sometimes the stories are sad, some are heartbreaking, some are just plain HIGH SCHOOL. I think we have all experienced some of these things, but everyone copes differently. I was flipping through this book, praying that magically at the end she would still be alive and able to discuss what had happened. I wanted the suicide to be a joke (albeit a horrific one) because I couldn’t cope with her actually being gone and all of these people knowing too late how it affected her. I am going to be thinking about this book for a long time to come, and isn’t that what we all want as a reader?
Pick this one up. Read it. Learn from it