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Jay Asher’s “Thirteen Reasons Why” Quotes (48 Quotes)


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  • Definitely beats my first kiss. Seventh grade, Andrea Williams, behind the gym after school. She came over to my table at lunch, whispered the proposition in my ear, and I had a hard-on for the rest of the day.
    (Jay Asher, "Thirteen Reasons Why")

  • If time was a string connecting all of your stories, that party would be the point where everything knots up. And that knot keeps growing and growing, getting more and more tangled, dragging the rest of your stories into it.
    (Jay Asher, "Thirteen Reasons Why")

  • What you don't understand, you can make mean anything.
    (Jay Asher, "Thirteen Reasons Why")

  • Don't give up on me now. I'm sorry. I guess that's an odd thing to say. Because isn't that what I'm doing? Giving up?
    (Jay Asher, "Thirteen Reasons Why")

  • It may seem that every time someone offers you a hand up, they just let go and you slip further down.
    (Jay Asher, "Thirteen Reasons Why")


  • When you are done listening to all thirteen sides - because there are thirteen sides to every story - rewind the tapes, put them back in the box, and pass them on to whoever follows your little tale. And you, lucky number thirteen, you can take the tapes straight to hell. Depending on your religion, maybe I'll see you there.
    (Jay Asher, "Thirteen Reasons Why")

  • Everything seemed good, but I knew it had the potential to be awful.
    (Jay Asher, "Thirteen Reasons Why")

  • It's nothing. A school project. My go-to answer for anything. Staying out late? School project. Need extra money? School project.
    (Jay Asher, "Thirteen Reasons Why")

  • Whenever I'm out late she makes a sandwich for my school lunch. I always protest and tell her not to, saying I'll make my own when I get home. But she likes it. She says it reminds her of when I was younger and needed her.
    (Jay Asher, "Thirteen Reasons Why")

  • Fun drunks make a nice addition to any party. Not looking to fight. Not looking to score. Just looking to get drunk and laugh.
    (Jay Asher, "Thirteen Reasons Why")

  • Like driving along a bumpy road and losing control of the steering wheel, tossing you--just a tad--off the road. The wheels kick up some dirt, but you're able to pull it back. Yet no matter how hard you try to drive straight, something keeps jerking you to the side. You have so little control over anything anymore. And at some point, the struggle becomes too much--too tiring--and you consider letting go. Allowing tragedy...or whatever...to happen.
    (Jay Asher, "Thirteen Reasons Why")

  • You can hear rumors. But you can't know them.
    (Jay Asher, "Thirteen Reasons Why")

  • God, I am freaking out. Maybe he doesn't know. Maybe I just look guilty of something and he's picking up on that.
    (Jay Asher, "Thirteen Reasons Why")

  • Maybe it didn't seem like a big deal to you Zach. But now, I hope you understand. My world was collapsing. I needed those notes. I needed any hope those notes might have offered. And you? You took that hope away. You decided I didn't deserve to have it.
    (Jay Asher, "Thirteen Reasons Why")

  • You can't go back to how things were. How you thought they were. All you really have is...now.
    (Jay Asher, "Thirteen Reasons Why")


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