13 Reasons Why explains suicide

Death is shocking. No one expects it, and even if you’ve seen it coming for years, when it actually gets here there’s no way to be prepared for it. Maybe that’s why suicide is so much more shocking. There had to have been signs, right? Something had to have made this happen, no one just wakes up one morning and decides they want to die, so why didn’t we see it coming?

In Jay Asher’s life-altering book “13 Reasons Why,” Hannah has left 13 tapes explaining why she decided to end her life. On each tape she tells one story about one person who played a part in the snowball effect that caused her to kill herself.

The book follows Clay Jensen as he goes through the tapes waiting for the one that will tell him which role he played in Hannah’s death. Although he is on the tapes, he clearly doesn’t believe he belongs on them.

Clay is my favorite character for the simple fact that he does absolutely everything he can to understand what is going through Hannah’s mind as she’s explaining everything. He follows her story all over the town he lives in, trying to picture her in these situations and understand what she was feeling, and I love it.

This has been my favorite book since I was in eighth grade, and I love it more than words can say. One of the things that draws me to the story is the idea that everything we do, no matter how small or insignificant, matters. Everything we’ve ever done or said has affected someone else in some way, and I find that incredible.

The snowball effect is a fascinating concept to me, and that’s a lot of what this book focuses on. Many of the tapes toward the beginning of the story are little things, things that independently wouldn’t really matter too much in everyday life for most people. These little things, however, cause bigger things to happen. And these bigger things that happen cause other life-changing things.

That’s the whole point of the story, to show people that everything they do or say matters, even if they don’t realize it at the time.

“13 Reasons Why” really makes me aware and cautious of my every action, no matter how small I consider it. It’s the type of book everyone should read at least once.