Thirteen Reasons Why: Jay Asher

Published November 10, 2013 by nomdeplume21

Summary:

Clay Jensen doesn’t want anthing to do with the tapes Hannah Baker made. Hannah is dead. Her secrets should be buried with her. Then, Hannah’s voice tells Clay that his name is on her tapes – and that he is, in some way, responsible for her death. All through the night, Clay keeps listening. He follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his small town …………and what he discovers changes his life forever.

Cassette 1: Side A

Hannah Baker has sent out a set of tapes to 13 people to explain the 13 reasons why she killed herself. Clay Jensen is the next person to get the tapes. The first person on the tapes is Justin Foley. She explains that he was her first kiss her freshman year, but he went and said that they did more than just kiss. They had kissed at the local park called Eisenhower Park. Clay walks over to his friend Tony’s house. When he gets there Tony and his dad are working on his mustang. Tony’s dad has clay sit in the driver’s side and start the car, while he is in there he steals Tony’s cassette player. They finish with the car and Clay leaves with the cassette player.

Cassette 1: Side B

Clay starts the cassette and Hannah starts talking about Alex Standall. Alex voted Hannah as “Best Butt in the Freshman Class.” She saw a list called “FRESHMAN CLASS- WHO’S HOT/WHO’S NOT,” on a student’s desk. Jessica Davis was very mad because Hannah was on the “WHO’S HOT” side and she was on the “WHO’S NOT” side. Clay had reached the first red star, Hannah’s house. He had been there before after a party. Everyone knew Alex’s list was a joke but it lead to Hannah getting her butt grabbed at a local store, Blue Spot Liquor. Clay walks to Blue Spot Liquor and walks in and asks if Wally still worked there, the guy behind the counter said he worked day shift. Clay paid for his candy bar and soda and walked out the door. Tape 1: Side B ends and Clay pops open the walkman and changes the tapes.

Cassette 2: Side A

Hannah starts off by saying that she wasn’t completely alone the beginning of her freshman year. Alex Standall and Jessica Davis were also new students. Although they never became close friends, they did rely on each other the first few weeks of school. The guidance counselor told Hannah and Jessica that she thought they would make really good friends. They both knew that they didn’t have anything in common and would never become friends. But Jessica and Hannah did end up hanging out after the meeting. Their conversation took them to a place called Monet’s Garden Café and Coffeehouse and they both ordered a hot chocolate. Clay took a city bus to Monet’s. It didn’t cost anything to ride the bus at night so he gets on and goes right to a seat. While Hannah and Jessica are at Monet’s they notice a guy, Alex Standall, checking them out. Jessica walks up to Alex and asked him which one of them he was checking out, he blushed and just said that he overheard them saying they were new and that he was new too. One day Jessica told Hannah that they needed to talk so they met at Monet’s and Jessica showed her the “WHO’S HOT/WHO’S NOT” list. Jessica said that Alex picked Hannah over her. Hannah told Jessica she knew all about her and Alex’s relationship and it made her jealous. Jessica rose up out of her sear and swung at Hannah and scratched her face.

“It may seem that every time someone offers you a hand up, they just let go and you slip further down.”

Cassette 2: Side B

Clay wants to order a hot chocolate in honor of Hannah but instead he orders a coffee. The girl behind the counter asks what he’s listening to, he tells her just some cassette tapes. She tells him they went to school together 2 years ago and they took wood shop together. She told him that she thought he was the nicest guy in school, everyone did. They say their goodbyes and Clay finds a table to sit at. The next person on the tapes is Tyler Down. He was a “peeping Tom.” He would take pictures of Hannah while she was in her room changing clothes or doing other stuff. While she’s recording this tape she sits outside Tyler’s window. She tells how she and a girl that sits in from of her in a class decided to try and catch Tyler. So they study then went upstairs and Hannah started to give her a massage. Then they made a plan to catch him, she counted to 3 and jerked the blinds up and he went of running. Clay finds a picture of Hannah and some other girl in a book at the coffee shop.

“This was my chance, at this theater, to reach Hannah. It was my chance and I let it slip away.”

Cassette 3: Side A

Courtney Crimsen is the next person on the tapes. She is the one that helped Hannah catch Tyler. Hannah explains that Courtney is one of those girls who puts on a show and tries to be all sweet and friendly. Clay leaves Monet’s and goes to Tyler’s house, the next red star on the map. One day Courtney walks up to Hannah and asked her if she wanted to go to a party and Hannah asked why she wanted to go, Jessica tells her so they can hangout. Hannah agrees to go so Jessica writes down her address and the time. Later that night she picks up Courtney and they head to the party. When they get to the party they go their separate ways. A guy named Marcus sees Clay at Tyler’s house and tells him that he threw a rock at his window and that he should too, but he says no. a guy walks up to Hannah and says that Courtney sent him over there, but she really didn’t. She finds Tyler and walks up to Courtney and asked her to take a picture but she doesn’t want to. Then she does and it’s the picture Clay found at Monet’s.

Cassette 3: Side B

Hannah explains that every year the cheerleaders do a thing called “Oh My Valentines” on Valentine’s Day to raise money for cheer camp. Hannah did fill out a survey and when she turned it in she was having second thoughts about it. She went to the office to pick up her list and while she was standing there she got a call, it was Marcus Cooley. She had made his list and he wanted to take her on a date. So she said she’d meet him at a place called Rosie’s. She waited and waited but as she was getting ready to leave he showed up. They went to a table and sat down, he put his hand on her knee but she didn’t like it. She told him to stop but he didn’t so she hit him in his side by throwing him into the floor. Clay gets on the bus to go to Rosie’s but first goes to the local movie theater, Crestmont. He and Hannah used to work together there before but they never talked. He finally goes to Rosie’s and his mom comes to bring him the other tapes.

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Insights:

     I love this book! It really caught my attention and made me attached to the story and characters in the book more specifically Clay Jensen, the one listening to the audiotapes. It is like we were the same, we want to know why Hannah Baker killed herself and why he’s one of the reason. I love how artistic the author in writing this book. The used of audiotapes, the two simultaneous narratives… It was just amazing!

      This book made me realize many things which you can read in the section “Lessons”. But, I’m also sad how Clay feelings left unproclaimed or unspoken. Somewhat, it’s just too sad how their love story ends (well, for me. It’s somehow a love story of them).  

“I’m listening to someone give up. Someone I knew. Someone I liked. I’m listening. But still, I’m too late.”

Quotations/Lines:

  • I want to push Stop on the Walkman and rewind their whole conversation. To rewind into the past and warn them. Or prevent them from meeting. But I can’t. You can’t rewrite the past. ~Clay
  • I could have helped you. But when I tried. you pushed me away. ~Clay
  • When someone says your name like that, when they won’t even look you in the eyes, there is nothing more you can do or say. Their mind is made up. ~Hannah
  • It’s hard to be disappointed when what you expected turns out to be true. ~Hannah
  • The wonderful thing about a yearbook photo is that everyone shares the moment with you forever. ~Ms. Benson
  • Everything affects everything. ~Hannah
  • No one knows for certain how much impact they have on the lives of other people. Oftentimes, we have no clue. Yet we push it just the same. ~Hannah

Lessons:

  • Be sensitive to the feelings of other people.
  • Learn how to speak up. Learn how to express yourself.
  • Sometimes, you need to accept that some things don’t have a good ending but, hey! Don’t give up.
  • Jokes have limits.
  • Life is like a domino so, think before you act and be responsible for that actions.

Thirteen Reasons Why, with and without jacket

REFERENCES:

http://www.embowman.com/2011/why-you-should-read-every-hardcover-with-the-book-jacket-off/

https://sites.google.com/site/13reasonswhymickie/home/chapter-summaries

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November 10, 2013

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