Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Thirteen Reasons Why takes us through a journey that explains a dreadful tragedy. One day, Clay Jensen received a box of cassette tapes on his doorstep from an anonymous source. His enthusiastic anticipation quickly turned to horrific shock as he heard the voice recorded: Hannah Baker, the girl who commit suicide only two weeks before. Throughout the novel, Hannah Baker leads us through her eerie and frightening story about how she brought herself to make such a decision to end her life. She did not start out depressed although the series of events that took place in her life lead to her depressed state. She began as the new girl in town whom was friendly and fearless. At the new school she was attending, Crestmont High School, she met a boy named Justin Foley. They grew to be attracted to one another and decided to go out. The date was simple and innocent, although Justin did not tell it that way. The over exaggeration gave Hannah a reputation she did not want. This created the snowball effect, as Hannah refers to it as. The snowball effect is a numerous amount of experiences (in this case negative) that keep adding on to each other and creating a bigger problem as the amount of experiences grow. In the end, Hannah could not take anymore of those negative experiences as they were too much for her to handle. I liked this book because, for me, the main point was that people have the immense power to change the lives of others and it can be in either a good or bad way; sometimes one will not even know it. After reading this piece of literature, any reader will involuntarily reflect and think about how quickly someone’s words or actions can impact another person for better or for worse and create great issues that, sometimes, cannot be fixed. I think it is important that each and every individual understands how much power they have over another human being.
“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.”
- Jay Asher, Thirteen Reasons Why