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Thirteen Reasons Why
by Jay Asher
Thirteen Reasons Why Chapter 15 Summary
Cassette 7: Side A Clay gets to Eisenhower Park, the place where Hannah had her first kiss. He climbs into the rocket-ship slide and pushes play. Hannah's voice is a whisper. She says she's going to try one more thing before she ends her life. She's going to see Mr. Porter, her guidance counselor. This tape is for him. Clay panics a little. He doesn't like the idea of an adult hearing these tapes. At that point, Clay hears Hannah knock on a door (in the tape). She is recording the conversation with Mr. Porter. After telling Mr. Porter that she's having lots of problems at school, she admits that she's thinking of ending her life. Mr. Porter asks if she really means it, and she says she does. But she doesn't want to do it. That's why she's come to Mr. Porter for help. The guidance counselor asks Hannah to talk about her life at school. She says she feels like no matter what she does, people keep hurting her. For instance, there are lots of rumors about her at school. She tells him about her name being put down on Alex's list her freshman year. She says, " And people have been reacting to it ever since" (15.122). Mr. Porter asks her the last time somebody reacted to it, and she tells him that it was at someone's house, after a party. He asks if something happened that night that she wishes hadn't, something involving a boy. Hannah is honest, and says yes. Mr. Porter wants to know if what the boy did was illegal, and Hannah says that she wasn't raped. He tells Hannah that if nothing illegal happened and she doesn't want to go to the police, she has two choices: 1) She can talk to the boy about what happened. 2) If she can't or won't talk to the boy, she needs to just " move on" (15.166). Hannah says, " You want me to move beyond this?" (15.175). She thanks Mr. Porter and turns to go. Still listening, Clay mentally begs Mr. Porter not to let Hannah go. Mr. Porter makes a half-hearted attempt to keep her in his office, but she leaves. She waits for him to come after her, to try again to reach her, but he doesn't. This is the final proof she needs that nobody cares enough to try to save her. She says she's sorry, and the tape ends. Clay wishes he could have helped her; he wishes he had tried harder.
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