When Hannah Baker commits suicide, everyone really had no idea why she would do such a thing. Clay Jensen, especially, had no idea things had gotten so bad for Hannah. When a box of cassette tapes shows up on his doorstep, Clay is surprised to find they’re from Hannah, and she’s sending them to every person, and there are thirteen, who had a hand in making her feel just a bit closer to her choice of suicide. As Hannah relates her tale, we see just how the actions and thoughts of others can snowball into a devastating consequence. Clay, who loved Hannah, shows us how the people around may not see the struggle until it is too late. This book is a mystery, a love story, and a lament and will give teens hope and encouragement to not let an opportunity pass to speak up and help someone who could be struggling.
I found this book to be absolutely beautiful, intriguing, and a heartbreak. A truly great contemporary read.
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There is a movie in the works, but it is still very much in pre-production and actors have not been confirmed yet. Rumors abound that Hannah will be played by Selena Gomez though…