Hannah's voice explains there are thirteen reasons why she killed herself. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out why."
SO, what made this book so un-put-downable?! I think the first thing that really gripped me was not the subject matter, but the way it was formatted. For those of you who don't know, Jay Asher was inspired/intrigued by the idea of listening to someone speaking even though they weren't presently there, via recording. Not only was this idea beautifully original, but also superbly executed. The other interesting facet was that although the book was narrated by Clay, I felt like Hannah was the main character. We get all this insight into her although we know she committed suicide. And it's interesting to read a character who we know is dead, but we get to know where she started and how she got to the end. It's hard to explain, but it's also really important because it allows us to realize how much our actions and words may affect people in ways we can't comprehend. The really sad part about this all was that despite the people that kind of actively "ruined" her life (Clay wasn't one of them), he still blames himself for not doing enough to "save" her. The other interesting thought it provokes is how you would react to people whom you become aware have had a hand in this girls suicide.
I actually had a dream about this. What happened was I was Clay and Hannah had actually faked her suicide to make people realize and appreciate her and whatever. Then she returned and had to explain to everyone that she wasn't dead, but there were a few people who instead of being relieved were freaked out because of what she had revealed about them on the tapes. It was really interesting.
Tear scale: 8/10