Thirteen Reasons Why
by Jay Asher
Thirteen Reasons Why Guilt and Blame Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Chapter.Paragraph)
I hope you're ready, because I'm about to tell you the story of my life. More specifically, why my life ended. And if you're listening to these tapes, you're one of the reasons why.
What? No! (3.5-6)
Hannah's story begins with this harsh accusation. It really does a number on Clay, who is sure he did nothing about which he should feel guilty.
I know what you're thinking. As I was telling the story, I was thinking the same thing. A kiss? A rumor based on a kiss made you do this to yourself? (3.223)
Hannah pretty much reads our minds here. At the beginning of the story, it's hard not to read a little defensively. We have a hard time listening to people who can only blame others for their problems. But as we hear Hannah out, we come to understand why Justin's betrayal is such a big deal to her.
Every single event documented here may never have happened had you, Alex, not written my name on that list. It's that simple. (4.45)
Even Clay admits that Hannah isn't being reasonable here. Yes, Alex's list had a serious effect on her. But her insistence that the list is responsible for everything that happened afterward conveys the desperation and confusion she's feeling as she records her story.