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Review of Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Hannah Baker recorded some tapes before her death that are surprising everyone, including Clay. Clay, our narrator, had a crush on Hannah, and now, two weeks after she ended her life, he is listening to the tapes she recorded about her suicide. Why did she have the tapes sent to him? Why is he on the list of thirteen people who are responsible for her death?

It’s fascinating to learn more about Hannah and how each person on the list fits in. Some heavier topics are treated in an interesting way by the author, Jay Asher.

I love that this book shows us that any of our actions may be experienced entirely differently by another person. Something that feels “harmless” or like a joke to us may not feel that way to someone else. I like the awareness around sexual harassment and assault, and the awareness about the impact of rumors/bullying.

If you or anyone you know is contemplating suicide, please call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. There are chat and text options at their website: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

If you or someone you know might be experiencing sexual assault, please see this resource page to find out more http://www.breakthecycle.org/realsourcecenter

To find out more about bullying, please go to https://www.pacerteensagainstbullying.org/

If you are in ANY kind of crisis, you can text The Crisis Text Line at 741741 twenty-four hours a day. A Crisis Counselor will get back to you usually within five minutes. You can type “Hello” or “Start” or anything else to get the conversation started. The Crisis Counselor will keep texting with you until the situation has "cooled". 

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