Let me just say – wow. Hannah’s story made me at times angry with Hannah – and I know that is probably ridiculous. I wanted her to talk to someone – anyone. Just open up and yet I know that author Jay Asher covered all that well.
She had no close friends. The ones she tried to bring close to her failed her time and again. The boys were…. in most cases…. boys. The teacher that she finally chats with at the end really blows it big time. She thinks she might talk to Clay but that just doesn’t happen that way she (or he) had hoped.
As I write this I still have all these players – all these characters – swirling around in my head. I think what sticks with me most is that this is a fictional story that could easily be real. I had a friend in high school who you would never have seen this coming for. She seemed for the most part happy, or as happy as I would say most of us were in High School with our lives centering around what we thought was life and death situations: boys and friends. When she made her attempt (and thank God it wasn’t successful) none of us had seen it coming.
One of the last things in the book is when she winds up in the hot tub with (his name escapes me right now). A little more graphic than I like in my reads, but at the same time this part of the book shows Hannah just letting go. It doesn’t matter anymore and you can see this change in her. How sad nobody else did.
I would love to read your thoughts on the book. What did you think of the characters? Was there one that you felt could have been the one to change the outcome by acting differently – who and how so?