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Dear Jay Asher,Words are not just mistakes, brushed away by a single eraser. Words are not leaves, fluttering off an oak tree soon to be forgotten in the winter snow. Once words leave your lips, they will leave a permanent mark wherever you go, like footprints in soft sand. Before reading Thirteen Reasons Why, I felt like words were just a way to release my thoughts, not having the same outcome of an action. Little did I know words can hurt just as much if not more than actions. I always refer harsh, hateful words to a gun. Once that fierce bullet is shot, it cannot be magically placed back into the chamber. Once it pierces into someone, the pain and the wound can be forgiven, but never forgotten. Instead, it leaves a deep scar that will always be a reminder of that bullet.Before reading Thirteen Reasons Why, I noticed one of my friends from summer camp was going through a really tough time from bullying. One day I saw her sitting at our usual lunch table, with her head in her hands. When I gave her a light nudge, she looked up at me with her soft baby blue eyes filled with water. I asked her if she was all right and watched a small tear drip down her puffy cheek as she said nothing was wrong. As I talked to her, I soon found out that she tried to commit suicide the night before. At the time, my face turned as white as chalk, and I completely froze in shock. My heart felt like it had just shattered into a million pieces. Even the slightest thought of her not appearing for days, which turns into weeks, which then turns into years, and eventually becomes forever made my eyes blur with tears.  I couldn’t even begin to imagine the pain my friend had gone through to feel like all hope is lost, like a road with a dead end. Later that year I found your book, Thirteen Reasons Why and could not put it down; I read the entire book in one day! Before discovering your book, I simply thought suicide came from depression, which is only partly true. But you let me into the mind of a teen who has been bullied and resulted in suicide, Hannah Baker. As I flipped through this book, I discovered smeared ink due to my teardrops on the smooth pages. I felt a deep bond to Hannah Baker when she opened up her thoughts about life throughout the novel.  The powerful words of Hannah Baker made me perceive the thoughts of someone that is dealing with suicidal thoughts.    Thirteen Reasons Why made me realize that I don’t know what goes on in anyone else’s life but my own. Watching Hannah face the rollercoaster of life changed my way of thinking about the world. I used to just stand there helplessly if someone would get bullied in my school, feeling powerless to take action. Now whenever I get the chance, I will talk to someone who looks lonely, or stand up to someone in need. Who knows, you could be saving lives. After all, knocking someones self esteem down won’t make you any better of a person. All in all, you not only taught me the importance of bullying and depression, but most importantly, you guided me along a whole new way of life. Light can’t shine without darkness, and problems cannot be avoided unless they are faced. If there is a dead end, why not make your own path? You showed me that spreading negativity and pushing others down doesn’t result in anything good. For example, calling someone ugly doesn’t make you any prettier. Thank you for showing me that if I see anyone without a smile, I will just give them one of mine.Sincerely,Nina Buzzotta 

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