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Thirteen Reasons Why Chapter 17

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Chapter 17

The Next Day, After Mailing the Tapes

  • Clay is later for school than he's ever been.
  • He's late because he mailed the tapes to Jenny Kurtz, but also because he can't bear to see Mr. Porter and Hannah's empty desk.
  • He gets to his locker and dials his combination.
  • The headache he's had since he started listening to the tapes is worse now. All he can think about is Hannah.
  • When he walks down the hall, he wonders how he'll react to the people at school, knowing what he knows now.
  • As he walks by Mr. Porter's classroom, he sees Skye Miller (the girl from the bus on Cassette 3: Side A) in the hall.
  • He keeps walking past Mr. Porter's classroom toward Skye.
  • Clay feels a "flood of emotion" (17.45). He feels "Pain and anger. Sadness and pity. But most surprising of all, hope" (17.45).
  • When he's just behind Skye, he says her name.
  • Her name is the last word of the story. (See "What's Up With the Ending?" for more on this brilliant choice.)

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