Author: Jay Asher
Date finished reading: January 3, 2014
Like what other reviewers voiced out, I had highhhh expectations on this book , only to be disappointed. I really like the whole idea of the story – suicide, cassette tapes, high school drama and romance. I thought it was interesting to go through myriad of emotions of a teen who decided to take her life. But as I go deeper and deeper into the story, I thought the reasons were shallow, immature, and vying for attention. I’ve been thinking why I felt that way. Maybe because I went to a school without that drama. To be honest, I’ve actually had my fair share of experiences in high school, but I don’t ever remember thinking about killing myself. Sure, it was difficult, and same as Hannah, I wish there were times when the world would just stop. In the end, it would all go down to you and your decisions. It is not about other people anyway; it has been always about us loving ourselves. Hannah failed to do that. She had a lot of chances of build relationships, to form friendships, to trust people and talk about her feelings. But she shrugged all of that hope because she already made up her mind. It sucks that the people she thought she could trust turned out otherwise, but I’m pretty sure there were a lot more people who would have cared. I get the message of the story though and I think it encourages us to treat each other better. Other than that, I didn’t really enjoy and I was in a hurry to finish and get it over with.
“You can’t stop the future
You can’t rewind the past
The only way to learn the secret
…is to press play.”
My Rating: ★★★(3)