This book was intense. Hannah’s voice is raw and real and brutally honest about how cruel teens can be to one another. Clay’s narration--although hard to get used to at first due to the two voices speaking almost simultaneously--helps to tie her story together with what he knows. There is no happy ending. Hannah does kill herself, although I was kind of hoping that it was all a hoax (but then I would have slammed the author for tying everything up neatly with a happy ending and a cherry on top). I only hope that teens who read this book recognize that Hannah always had other options. Even though it seemed as though she had no reason to live and nobody to turn to, she always did. Always. Remember that. In spite of the very unhappy ending to Hannah’s story, the novel itself ends on a positive, hopeful note, so make sure you read it all the way to the end.
Highly recommended for grades 9-12.