The people at school were quick to add on and change the rumors, as Hannah says “I’ve heard so many stories I don’t know which one is the most popular. ” (29) These lies and rumors were lowly tearing Hannah apart and there was nothing she could do to stop them so she would put on a mask and act like they didn’t bother her. The rumors may have seemed harmless to the people telling them at the time but nobody stopped to think about what it would do to Hannah or what would build off of one rumor.
Once someone point something out it’s an excuse to talk about it or always look at that thing. Being named “best ass in the freshman class” (48) by Alex Standard made Hannah that thing. Guys used this as a reason to look and talk about Hannah and some even thought they could touch her without remission because of it. This is exactly what Bryce Walker did in Blue Spot Liquor. Girls used it as an excuse to hate her, for Jessica Davis it was the reason Alex broke up with her and she took that out on Hannah.Things like these were just adding fuel to the fire of Henna’s life falling apart and Hannah not being able to stop it.
“Why would anyone not believe a rumor that fits so nicely with an old rumor? ” (66) is all too fitting for Henna’s life. People will use anything they can to look, talk about, take advantage of, or take the blame off of them selves. For most people Valentines Day is either a great day or a horrible one- it was the latter for Hannah.Marcus Cooley asking Hannah out as a joke made her feel like she was a joke, and that nobody took her seriously anymore. Then when he tried to hook up with her in the back booth she felt like people only saw her as her made up reputation, not someone who has thoughts like “Wi ever get control of my life? Will always be shoved and pushed around? ” (45) Valentines Day was a turning point for Hannah, she started letting the things people said affect he for the worse. Hannah Baker never asked for anything that happened to happen.Justine lair stared things off and all Hannah was after was a sweet innocent first kiss.
Being named “Best ass in the freshman class” (48) did not help anything- it only put Hannah up for even more ridicule. By the time Marcus bought into Henna’s false reputation Hannah was already angry about the fact that she had a false reputation and that her life was being controlled by rumors, Marcus just added to the long list of things gone wrong Han Nan’s life was like a set of domino’s, once one fell they all followed.