When Clay Jenson plays the casette tapes he received in a mysterious package, he’s surprised to hear the voice of dead classmate Hannah Baker. He’s one of 13 people who receive Hannah’s story, which details the circumstances that led to her suicide. Clay spends the rest of the day and long into the night listening to Hannah’s voice and going to the locations she wants him to visit. The text alternates, sometimes quickly, between Hannah’s voice (italicized) and Clay’s thoughts as he listens to her words, which illuminate betrayals and secrets that demonstrate the consequences of even small actions. Hannah, herself, is not free from guilt, her own inaction having played a part in an accidental auto death and a rape. The message about how we treat one another, although sometimes heavy, makes for compelling reading. <source: Booklist>
I wouldn’t want to be in Clay Jensen’s shoes….
One’s mind is such a mysterious place and one will never know why people make the decisions the way they do, especially when it comes to a hard and heavy subject like suicide. To be honest, I didn’t sympathize with Hannah’s character much and all I could think of is how foolish her decision to end her life was. But then, I’m not a teenager (hormonal, confused, uncertain, lost between “safely” guarded childhood and reality, etc.) and am smart and old enough to know that my identity lies with God (not that it is easy but at least I know and try!).
Asher indeed gave me a lot to think about and to be sensitive to what others might go through however small they seem. And I pray that my child will grow up to be a godly girl so that she can stand firm against lies and temptation of the world with God’s help.