Overall I like the story most.
I don't think I have read a book like this one.
No I have not.
When she got to Clay's tape it made me cry.
The book is amazing I would recommend it to anyone.
This was my first audiobook and I don't think I could have chosen a better book to begin with. Despite this book being a sad tale, I really enjoyed it, not just the story but the listening aspect as well. Here's why -
This story was made for audio presentation – the book is written alternating the point of views of two teenage characters, Clay, who listens to some voice recordings on some cassette tapes he received after a girl he knows from school committed suicide; and Hannah, the girl who made the voice recordings explaining her decision to end her life
Both the narrators are the epitome of the characters of Hannah and Clay and convey heartfelt emotions in their voices;
The story is captivating from beginning to end and makes for compelling listening;
Listening to this story, I really did feel like I was there with Clay, hearing Hannah’s voice come through on the cassettes, uncovering the way she perceived the world and those around her, and listening to Clay counteract her thoughts with his own perspectives;
The story is about real teenagers in real situations and almost all young people would have either experienced these situations or know of someone who has;
The story is very real and is quite emotional at times, with a heart wrenching tragedy at the end, but there are sweet moments in the story as well;
This story will make you think about the consequences of how you treat other people;
Even though you already know how the story ends before you begin, the way it is told keeps you enthralled all the way through, making you want to hear more of Hannah’s story and how Clay sees the same events;
You will be amazed at the interconnectedness of the events that unfold throughout the story; only a few things I found to be predictable; there were many elements of surprise;
The last tape made by Hannah was quite emotional for me, and I think it was made more so by the heartfelt emotion I sensed from the narrator of Clay’s voice as Hannah said her final goodbyes on the cassette;
I liked how we were given bits of material now and again in the story both through Clay and Hannah which showed that Hannah herself was not entirely innocent in all this, and although she wanted to blame 13 people for her decision to end her life, she also contributed her part by her actions or lack of action in some circumstances;
I appreciated the ending where Clay came to an important realisation and then acted upon it; it shows his real growth during the story and was a wonderful way to end it with a sense of hope.
The story does contain a number of sensitive topics that are relevant to teenagers (and probably adults too when I think about it) which may make some people uncomfortable, but I highly recommend it. I also think that listening to this book, rather than reading it yourself, will enhance the experience of the story considering how it is written, and enable you to relate to the main characters more.
The Book took me a while to finish because I think of the way it's set up. In the tapes I was waiting for one specific person which didn't end up coming up for a long time. The overall book was good once you finished it but had boring parts.
i loved it! i cried after finishing it! I really feel sorry for Hanna. performance is great and the story is very well written.
This book should be read by teens and parents. An eye ope ner to many.
This sounded very well written about a girl after her suicide. There were multiple things I saw that seemed like she never really asked for help but typical of a girl her age to think no one cares. You get really into Clay and where he fits in the story. What did he do. I know she was most mad for her death at the last person to get the tapes but I still think she never said what she was really thinking so even though she blames him I wouldn't as a listener.
It was hard to believe that highschool students were talking and thinking like this. It was funny when it needed to be and creative. The plot was well put together but the ending left me a little upset because it just needed more substance. Overall though I enjoyed this book!