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The book Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher, is the story of Clay Jensen receiving Hannah Baker’s, a classmate of his, tapes she left as suicide “notes” telling the reasons why she decided to kill herself.
The story is told through Hannah’s point of view but then cuts to Clay’s when he reacts or tells his sides of the story. This can be distinguished by Hannah’s parts are italicized and Clay’s are normal. Throughout the whole novel Clay is confused why he is receiving these tapes because everyone that is talked about did something bad to Hannah and Clay did nothing. Hannah even says, “Clay, honey, your name does not belong on this list… You don’t belong in the same way as the others.” (Pg. 200). So the author uses repetition to show confusion and distress. Clay is often found saying, “Why me? … Why do I have to hear this?”.
Allusions are used a lot in the novel when Hannah describes her and Clay’s relationship. She often compares the relationship to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

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