Thirteen Reasons Why
How we cite our quotes:
No return engagements. No encore. And this time, absolutely no requests.
No, I can't believe it. Hannah Baker killed herself. (3.3-4)
Hannah obviously records the tapes before she dies, but it feels like she's a vengeful ghost speaking to her listeners from the beyond.
I'm listening to someone give up. Someone I knew. Someone I liked.
I'm listening but I'm still too late. (8.281-82)
Death colors everything in this story, but it's most prominent in the later sections, as Hannah becomes more and more sure of her decision to take her own life.
I needed a change, just like they said, so I changed my appearance. The only thing I still had control over. (9.137)
The novel points to a change in appearance as a big sign that someone is at risk for suicide. "But," you might be thinking, "people change their appearance all the time! Just look at Lady Gaga." We were thinking the same thing. Perhaps it has to do with the meaning of this change: is it just for fun, or is it a cry for attention?