I am a freshman at East Rockingham. I enjoy playing soccer and doing fun outdoor things!
Numerous times throughout this story, I have been overcome by emotion and sadness due to the awareness raised for depression via this novel. Before I read it, I was not fully aware of what people dealing with depression have to go through. You get to hear the deepest, innermost thoughts of a suicidal person who seems to be okay on the outside. I think it would be good for teenagers to read to remind them that words can hurt and you never truly know what people are going through on the inside.
Jay Asher, uses a unique writing style. Every time Asher uses italics, it indicates Hannah telling her story through the tapes; every time he uses regular font, it’s either Clay’s thoughts or dialogue between him and another character. I thought it was really interesting because I have never read a piece of literature similar to this one.
I believe that everyone can benefit from hearing a story of bullying from the point of view of the victim. Everyone has heard the classic bullying story of the bully, the victim, and the bystander, but this book dives deeper into that. Throughout the book Hannah describes how every little thing that may have seemed harmless to others slowly killed her on the inside. This book teaches us that words truly do matter and they can be the difference between life and death for a person dealing with depression.