this is actually my favorite post yet.whoever is keeping this blog is doing a great job. i really enjoyed this book and it was a great suprise to find it in the mail. it actually made me a little depressed for a while but since it forced me reconsider people and their motiviations, it was worth it.i have lent this to some friends and they also have enjoyed it but have mixed feelings towards Hannah. So, all in all, thanks for sending it, Penguin.
I agree with you, Nerdfighter.I was also very surprised when I found this book in the mail, and I enjoyed it as well.
Oh dear Hannah.. WHY DID YOU KILL YOURSELF??WHY???WHY??
Hannah werent supposed to kill herself. The reasons werent that bad. And her situation isnt that depressing. But, amazing book. Love it.
I wish she didn't do what she did even if it is just a book
zbhdn, it is true that the situations were not that bad... apart. But can you imagine ALL that happening to you and not even having anyone to talk to that would listen? I think that's one of the points of the book. All of those sticking together in her mine... a snowball effect if you will.
She makes a good point becuz there was a point where i wanted to kill myself my situations were also not that bad but not having anyone to talk to or who can listen and try to understand it gets to you and you feel like the only person that can listen is death i don't know what made me come to my sences i think it was becuz i knew i can over come it if it doesn't kill me it only makes me stronger and i was a cutter too but i wish Hannah could have too. Such a beautiful and young girl she could have done alot.
zbhdn--how can you say her situation wasnt that bad?your not in her shoes you can never understand the pain some kids go through it may not seem "that bad" but hell she killed herself soo yea im guessing it was bad for her. even if is just a book you downplaying it is disrespectful
that was beautiful hannah. But Im sorry it was stolen. Im sorry about everything. im sorry they killed you. Im sorry.
HeyI come from Germany and read thsi book in german. It was written like in the real life. I really could image that it happend.
Many of you say that her reasons weren't "that bad" but in fact have you ever been in her sitution i can answer yes. "Silence is a girls loudest cry". It maybe that Hannah Bakers reasons werent that bad, but have you ever had everyone and really think about this everyone you trusted betray you, have you ever gone for help and be told to move on. Most readers only looked skin deep in her reasoning but you have to look deeper you have to see the real reasoning behind her reasons. Purpose and Reason are two different things, remember that. Hannah went for help and was rejected. Hannah didnt have anyone who understond. In the end everything mattered. When i picked up this book i didnt expect that i find something more hinded in the lines of Jay Ashers writting, i didnt expect I'd find the answer i was looking for. I didnt have anyone who understood until i meet Hannah Baker on one rainy October afternoon, Hannah Baker saved my life even though she is only but a character of Jay Ashers imagantion. Hannah gave me purpose when all i had was reason. Thank you Jay Asher & Hannah Baker for saving the last part of my parnets daughter.
Her reasons may "not have been that bad" but doesn't every little thing count? Doesn't it all play a bigger part then what we really give it credit for? Life is unexpected, and painful. Some of us can get through it, others can't. Hannah was, unforutnately unable to get through it. But her tale was inspiring, even for "A character in a book." For those who couldn't even get past "Oh her reasons weren't that bad" you failed at understanding the concept of the book. You failed at having a catharsis, and for that I pity you. I don't mean to sound like a bitch, and i'm sorry if i appear that way. But for some people, Hannah saved them, even if it was just a little part of them. Thanks to her, some parents got their daughter or son back, others got their friend or family members back. This story, Hannah's story, helped a lot of people. Whether or not Jay Asher meant to do that, he did and I'm sure people are very happy about that.
This book is.... REALLY interesting. It had me thinking for days. And.. I don't know.. there's something about Hannah that makes it easy for us to relate to her. I mean, don't all us teenagers go through that? Atleast once? Well, I've never actually wanted to kill myself, but.. there has been a time where I felt sooo alone. And, Hannah has taught me that even the littlest things can affect someone. (:
Yeah, I agree with everyone-they weren't massive suicide things but altogether-12 little problems make one giant problem. Then, I suppose, one giant problem leads to, well, death in Hannah's case. In someone else's case it may lead to therapy or something but Hannah chose death and she can never go back on that choice. She will never be able to rewind. om gosh i cant help it I keep talking about her as if she was real! I know its a book but its such an amazing book it makes me wanna cry!
om gosh, Im crying! Ive read the book loads but ive never been on this website! My Mom thinks Ive hurt myself but its the book! It makes me cry every time! Hannah, thank you. You'e made me see reality. Praise the Lord! LOL
OM LIFE! Jay Asher's male?! Sorry Jay, don't find this offending if ur reading this I just thought u were a girl! Its just coz my friend is called Jay we call her Jay-Jay, it is an awesome name for both sex! Love it! Anyway, amazing book! I cant stop crying!Someone hand over the tissues, oh thx Mom! I love this book I love this book! Jay, thanks, you've shown some people reality for others youve shown a fairy tale! From looking at these comments, I think everybody takes this book in a different way-some find it emotional, some find it scary and others think its just like them!-but everybody loves the book! So thannks again Jay if you're reading this!) for writing such a heart-felt book (I know, its a bit cheesy but its true!) Thanks for listening! LOL (well reading) xx
i think this book makes an amazing point about every little action has a reaction and how you don't relize how one thing you do affects someone in so many different ways
This was truly an amazing book, and the writing was really good, and overall, I enjoyed it immensely. The only thing is... While reading it, I kept thinking that her situations weren't that bad. I probably sound like a mean, disgusting person saying this, but... I'm in similar situations with her, if not worse, and I cope. It's simple; knowing that no one cares should simply motivate you to find the one that does care.I don't mean to sound insensitive, or whatever, but people are becoming way too sensitive these days. A century or two ago, they had a reason to kill themselves, because of all the hard work, and mistreatment of kids, and wars, they had reasons. But, Hannah wasn't even being bullied, really. I understand her depression, but NOT her suicide. It would make sense for her to maybe run away, and start fresh somewhere else. Forgive me for saying this, but suicide is the stupidest way out of a problem.
OMG ANONYMOUS.. Have you SEEN HOW MEAN kids can be to eachother these days... and thesse days there are alot more means to e mean.. more than just writing rumors on the bathroom wall.. there is faceook, text messages, email, etc.. I wouldn't want to be a teen for nothing these days! They have it tough.. Back in the days.. life was simple.. yes we had to work hard.. but people were more respectful and life was a lot more simpler!
I don't understand how it can be said that Hannah wasn't being bullied. The who's hot/not list, the butt grabbing, the peeping tom incident---these are all types of bullying. Just because she wasn't pushed and shoved and had any of the "typical" bullying done to her, does not lessen the effect it had on her. It is a sad, sad commentary on today's youth that some people still consider it okay to act like this towards others.
Situations can seem that much worse if you're ALONE. To have to deal with so many things at once with no friends to help you deal with them, to seem left alone, abandoned.. can make you feel helpless which leads to hopeless. There's a time in most peoples life where things become a slippery slope. I WISH she had been caught before she hit the bottom.
OKay, I get that she felt it was the only choice but the thing with suicidal people is they aren't in their right mind when they consider it. A natural human instinct is to live, and they are denying that. So for someone who is suicidal to say they think its the only way and they get offended with people disagree, it's because the people who disagree aren't losing their minds. In the book ,Hannah could have reached out but she thought that little hints nobody could catch on to was askign for help. She allowed things to happen and even set things up so she could feel worse about herself, and she went against her instincts. The peeping tom incident, she should have reported him. NOT have a little lesbian rub down session in her room. The touching, she should have reported it, and shouldnt have brought it upon herself again. That time at the diner, he doesn't stop, SMACK HIM WITH A KETCHP BOTTLE! Not like nobody else didnt have an idea what was going on. She didnt confront people or ask for help, and she was being selfish. She just stood by and let people screw her over, and sometimes set it up. She was setting herself up for hurt and sadness. ANd the one person who she knew she could definitely trust, she pushed away. She never denied the things people said about her until she blackmailed them with tapes. For a person who went through a lot of elt downs, she shouldn't have been so trusting. The reason she had so many elt downs was because she went against her gut or set them up in a way. So people should really analyze the situation more instead of just going with their hearts. They should use their brain as well.
I LOVE THIS BOOK it's sooooo adictive and it has awesome tapes to to along with it! The voices are soo creepy(:
yah the thought of bieng one of those people who had to listen to her tapes makes me nautios. It is mad creepy fur shur, and that was just reading it. It would make for a kickass movie ! :)
this book is amazing, and surprisingly realistic. I can totally understand why Hannah thought about suicide all the time. She feels like there isn't a point in living - its just easier to give up than put up with all the crap. I think many people feel like that, but they are too scared to actually kill themselves. Maybe that is a reason why some people self harm? My best friend is still alive although she harms herself and has an rare life-threatening medical condition. She still fights on.
I loved this book,and a few of the situations happened in my school... rumors are cruel and they led to my best friend to start cutting, if anyone of us tried to broach the topic she would become defensive, sheltered,and I felt like I was losing her. Remember: everything you say has an effect,so try and make it good!
Even if this was just a book, i wish she hadnt done what she did. Thoguh, it makes me see everything differently now. This has to be the best book iv ever read.
marissa, I don't even know where to begin. I completely understand your point of view and even agree with some of it, but Hannah WAS trying to live. she give out signs and though they weren't big look-at-me signs, nobody listened or looked. And to some people, they would fight right back, but i know people who can't defend themselves because they feel like they would be drop to their level. do you know what i mean by that? here, if you don't this is what i mean: they are kind, their bullies are not. to some people (myself included at times), responding to their problems with violence is too much. And Marissa, if you think that the human brain is more likely want to live, you are right and wrong. The human brain tries to find an escape for us humans when the situation is bad. if you are, for whatever reason, in freezing water, your brain will make you numb, not remind you that you are about to die because of the lack of warmth. If you feel suicidal, your brain will naturally send out signs to others to help you stop feeling your emotional pain(yes, you can feel emotional pain. don't argue with me at that). if it realizes that no one is listening, then it will search other ways, other solutions that can hurt and harm, but if it calms you, it will allow it to happen. Don't believe me? here, let me tell you something that only one person in my family ever found out about. recently, I was depressed about different things that to me felt like THE END. I felt like nothing was worth it, and the thought that, at the end, we are all going to die kept coming to me more and more. But get this, since i love reading, i have so many books about so many different topics (that is why i understand your point of view) but i have not read all of them. One morning, though, I woke up feeling worse than ever and i actually wanted to jump of something high right there at that moment. I turn around to see if i have something high enough and, instead, i found my self looking at a book's spine. no joke, this is what i read"DON'T DO IT; THIS BOOK IS USED TO SAVE LIVES."when i came closer, it turns out that the title really said "PRESIDENTS & STATES; THIS BOOK IS NOW ON SALE"now tell me, how did it go from don't do it to presidents & states? Today, I am a happy girl with perfect grades and a smile on my face. because of what i first read on that spine and what it turned out to be. my brain found a way to save me because others didn't see its signs. and i didn't go around hitting people or cursing them out. I just learned not to care and let things go. Marissa, suicidal people have NOTHING wrong with their brain, and ignoring their heart won't help stop their situations. enough said.
I completely disagree zbhdn her situation WAS bad. Don't judge someone else unless you've had to walk their path.
im here...alone.i read it. my life exactly. im asking for help....but i bet no one will care enough to give it....goodbye then :(
Ashleyomen you are never alone
So I've read the book and listened to the tapes and watched all the fan made trailers and its all effected me more than I can explain but the thing that effected me the most?? The comments. Especially this one. The book didn't made me cry even though it should've..but this comment made me cry. I was in the same place as you and sometimes I still am...not thinking suicide thoughts - I never did that but...I get insecure sometimes. I know what your thinking...every girl gets insecure sometimes but last year I came home from school everyday crying afraid of what my friends thought of me. I wanted to be anybody else but me. I'm over that now and when I read this book...it reminded me of those times. I'm also a big reader and I still love losing myself in a book so that I can leave my life for a while...Anyways your comment and everyone elses makes me realize that there are so many people like me. I am now also a very happy girl at most time and I love my friends and I know that they love me. So for anyone else reading this...there's no point in being sad. Just...be happy and live your life...because it's worth it. Your worth it. =D
***Sorry I meant the comment that replied to marissa!
There are people who do mean things and there are haters but guess what? They dont matter. Find out who your real friends are and lean on them and ask them for help because maybe one day...they will need you too. If you can't find anyone?? Go to someone new and build trust with them. You matter. You read the book right? Did you see how clay reacted? He wanted - needed - Hannah back to make things right. Ashleyomen....I'm a random girl who doesn't know anything about you but I sincerely hope you aren't thinking about suicide. Hannah and jay dont want that. Learn from Hannahs mistakes. Let people in and have fun...be optimistic and make amazing memories with real friends. Stop being sad and go be happy!!! Because I promise you - it'll be worth it!! Don't give up.
R u SERIOUS?!?!?!?!?! she killed herself because of those people!!!!!!!!¡
Hannah's reasons were real reasons to commit suicide. I've thought about it more times than I can count. It's such a huge issue in teenage today. The point of this book is to show that things happen in peoples lives. And you have no idea what your saying can effect someone greatly. The other day I said I didn't want to be in a photo and this girl was like "is it because your unphotogenic? I think that's a disease. They have medication for it. It's called dieting pills." What I'm saying is maybe she was joking but people need to know the mean things they say hurt others, effect others and bring others down. If everyone decides to Target one person it could ruin his or her life forever. And you don't want to be responsible for why someone killed themselves. Think about what you say, what you do because you should know it effects everyone. This book makes you realize that and this book though it is fiction. Is real in the world of some people today. You never know who it might be. So don't go thinking these aren't reasons to die. They are. They are real in every way possible. And this book opens the eyes to teens today that there jokes may hurt people, will hurt people. But some need to know that there is always someone out there that loves you, that wants to help you. Though all the reasons to die there is always one reason to live. If you can find thay reason hold onto it. That's what this book taught me. Hold onto that one reason to stay alive and things will get better.
This book was just AMAZING. It's so realistic, and when I reached the end of the book, the carpet of my room was practically SOAKING with tears.I think the story was about suicide, and also about how your image is presented to others. Hannah just wanted people to know her and acknowledge her as the person she really was; a poetic, caring, and nice person. Except, everyone - including her friends- believe the rumors that are passed around about her, and Hannah doesn't even know who SHE is anymore.I can totally relate to Hannah. Some people at my school - I won't say who!- think I'm mean and nerdy, and did you know that yesterday, my friend told me that someone told her I was creepy? It just breaks my heart. I mean, COME ON guys! It's not right to just judge someone when you barely know him or her. I guess I'm much better off than Hannah still.
WHY DID YOU KILL YOURSELF WITHOUT SUCKING MY DICK FIRST?!?!?!?!?!?! GODDAMNIT HANNAH, I LOVE YOUR VAGINA!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMFG IMMA KILL MYSELF TOO, BUT WHEN I SEE YOU, YOU BETTER KEEP THAT PUSSY WET OK? I'LL TREAT YOU LIKE THE QUEEN OF MY DICK BITCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SUCK IT HARD!!!!!!!!!!! OH SHIT, I JUST CUMMED MYSELF THINKIN ABOUT YOU! IMMA FUCK YOU REAL HARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!
IM MASTERBAITING NOW:)
i didn't read the whole book i'm on the first pages! but i heard these tapes and i think she shouldn't kill her self even if people do bad things to her it doesn't mean when she moves on in her life she will meet great people maybe ! or maybe if she didn't kill her self she will be dead anywaycuz we are all going to die..but i guess i will really like the book and i hope they will make it a movie !! and we have to have these bad things happened to us ! WHY ?cuz if you didn't see or try these bad things in general you will not feel anything when the good and the HAPPY things happened !!
YOU let her down Mr. Porter. You should have never let her leave.
Hey, all you guys who don't care...why not put yourself in her shoes? Let's see how well you can deal with it. Oh there's a shocker you would be as tormented, embarrassed and hurt by people you though were your friends but betrayed. God some of you are really sick...in the head, it's a freaking dead girl! Be ashamed very ashamed
Oh Hannah.Sweet, sweet Hannah.You deserved so much moreIf only you had been around to see that your story has saved the lives of kids just like you everywhere. Including me.My parents think I'm heartless because during your story I didn't cry a single time. But there's a reason for that. But only 1 reason. Because I understood.I couldn't cry because of your decision.I couldn't cry because of your actions. Because I understood why you did the things that you did. And maybe up in heaven you're reading this. Maybe you're standing behind me.But believe it or not, you are missed darling.Very, very much.<3
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