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- Listening Length: 6 hours and 24 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Listening Library
- Audible.com Release Date: October 1, 2007
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000XSAY00
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This is such a popular book, and unfortunately it does a real disservice to teens in their understanding of suicide and what to do about it. The idea that a counselor, upon hearing that a student was considering suicide, let her walk away without contacting her parents is unthinkable. Aside from this being unethical (which, granted some therapist's are), no therapist would ever think to act in such away due to the legal ramifications. Even the most incompetent would have immediately gotten Hannah help.
Aside from the above issues, comes the underlying message. What was it? Be nice to people or they might kill themselves? Be on high alert for people who seem sad? Mostly what I got out of it was that you are responsible for others actions. It seems very one sided. In truth, we all do cruel things, we can all think back on times when, for one reason or another we behaved badly. To say that human error deserves such retribution is alarming. Not only that, this idea of post-death vindictiveness is a very attractive idea to teenagers who feel misunderstood and unheard.Read more ›
That said, I think creating a very elaborate map and set of tapes for 13 people and essentially blackmailing them into listening to the tapes just reeks of a vindictive, selfish individual. Perhaps her tapes didn't affect all her listeners as deeply as they affect the narrator but, if it were me, I would be devastated and scarred for life if I received a suicide message along those lines. It's one thing to go back to people who have harmed you and say "Hey, you messed up and you really hurt me. Just wanted you to know" and to move on with your life (with the help of a good therapist in Hannah's situation) but it's another thing to say "Hey, here are a set of tapes that describe all the detailed slights and harms that have been done to me and you can feel horrifically guilty for the rest of your life because I'm DEAD now! So there!"
Yes, some of those people did some horrible things. I'm not excusing their actions. But I also think most of those people honestly didn't know Hannah well. I have no clue what is going on in the private lives of most of the people I see every day.Read more ›
I guess one of the things that most bothered me about the book was Hannah's decision to leave the teacher/counselor with apparently the biggest burden of guilt for her choice to commit suicide. From the outset, I assumed he had done something quite awful; her taped instructions were that, as the last recipient on the list, he could take her confession with him "to hell." Later she mentions in passing that this tape might cause someone to "lose a job." Since the teacher's the only one with an actual job, I pieced together that she must be talking about him. So I read on, figuring he'd abused her, insulted her, berated her. . .something. Instead, we find only that he tries to listen to her, and doesn't chase her down when she runs from his office after seeking his advice a grand total of one time.
This does nothing if not glorify suicide as a viable way out, a way of getting revenge on those who have wronged you. I don't recommend it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It’s been a few days since I finished this book, and now that I’m sitting down to review it, I’m not 100% sure how I feel about it. Would I recommend it? Yes. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Myndful
This was a book on the summer reading list for my 8th grade daughter. I don't believe HOW the issues of depression and suicide were handled well in the book - or that it was on a... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Roy Grosbach
Couldn't put this book down! From the moment I picked up the book I wanted to know "why." I would recommend this book to everyone. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Adrian
Good book. Quick easy read. Not challenging but was engaging. I liked the overall message of being good to people because you never know what they're dealing with.Published 7 days ago by Christer
I read this book in a matter of hours. It's amazingly written and has an incredible story. It made me angry and sad, but in the best ways. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
I have read this book about 3 times and enjoy it every time. Asher recently revealed that there was originally an alternative ending which makes sense considering you are left on... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Kindle Customer
My thoughts and feelings on this book are ...
All over the place. Leaving me a quivering mess.
Shall I explain how a book can do that to you? Read more
It was good. Kinda brought up some old stuff and made you really think about the life of a teenage girl. Been there. Done that. Overall it was a good book. I'd read it again.Published 16 days ago by Simplismilez