Hi! I hope you guys having a great this Valentine’s Day! Well, as a person who have been single all of her life (not really), I don’t celebrate it. I even avoid greeting people it so I hope you don’t expect me to put up a Valentine’s or a love post in lieu of the said event. Anyway, don’t you find it weird that I’ve been reading books about depression and suicide? I do! I didn’t plan these books (Th1rteen R3asons Why, Virgin Suicides, Go Ask Alice and Girl, Interrupted) to read on the exact week of Valentine’s, just a mere coincidence. If you ask, I am not even suicidal. So, yeah.
It’s my first time to read a book that touches sensitive topics like bullying and suicide and a book by this author, Jay Asher. I got curious when I first read the synopsis—about this girl named Hannah Baker and she took her life after everything went out of control. Before that, she made a suicidal note in cassette tapes to let the people who ruined her life, to shove to their faces the reasons why she killed herself—because it’s not the usual type of story I read.
I let a day pass before I write my insights about the book. Most of the time, I am so lost with the story, especially this story, which happens in reality and that many kids in school suffer situations like this. I can’t think straight and THE PAIN IS SO REAL. The pain that the Hannah Baker had. As I’m reading what she said on those tapes? I feel like I know her. I feel like I’m one of the people in the list. I feel so depressed because I experienced that kind of bullying. I feel guilty of bullying too. And this book serves an eye-opener to the readers that a single bullying/mocking a person will make a chain of bullying/mocking that may totally ruin a person’s life. Especially those who are weak.
I liked how Jay Asher wrote the whole book and I don’t find any part that slow and dragging. I kept on reading because I am curious. I want to know why this Hannah Baker took her life, what these jack-ass people did to her (I HATE BRYCE! WITH PASSION AND CAPITAL LETTERS) and where are her friends?! I got so much questions WHY HANNAH, WHY? So kept reading and reading. There’s a part of me that expecting that these cassette tapes are just a part of a sick joke that Hannah is pulling and that she’s alive… but God didn’t answer a Yes on my prayer this time. Hannah Baker did took her life.
You can find Hannah’s tapes on her blog, Hannah’s Reasons.
And as of this month, February, I heard that Universal Studios is developing a film adaptation of this book which they casted Selena Gomez as Hannah Baker. I hope they are joking. I can’t see angst, anger and depression in her.
Book #10 for 2011
Th1rteen R3asons Why by Jay Asher