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ohdang | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 7, 2009 at 9:21 PM via web

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What is the setting, external and internal conflicts, plot, and themes in 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher?

What would your rating be for this book and why?

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jessecreations | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted January 8, 2009 at 11:13 AM (Answer #2)

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My rating would be 5 stars. I think this is a great book that most teens should read, because it shows the real consequences of the way you treat people.

Setting - the entire story takes place in a small town where Clay lives.  He follows Hannah's map around town, visiting the places that were significant to her story.

Conflicts - External:  Hannah vs. everyone else.  Hannah had conflicts with the people she describes on the tapes.  Internal:  Clay vs. his emotions, Hannah vs. herself.  Clay wrestles with his feelings as he hears Hannah's story, and Hannah herself has conflicting emotions as she prepares the tapes.

Plot - Clay finds a box of cassette tapes on his front door.  When he listens to them, he discovers that they were made by Hannah Baker just before she killed herself.  The tapes guide Clay through Hannah's life, detailing the significant people and events that led to her decision to kill herself.

Themes - suicide/suicide prevention, the impact of words and actions on others

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