Thirteen Reasons Why

by

Jay Asher

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Justin Foley Character Analysis

Justin Foley is the first name on Hannah’s list. He’s a senior at Hannah’s school, but in his sophomore year, he was Hannah’s first kiss. After that kiss, he spread rumors about Hannah being sexually provocative, effectively beginning a snowball effect that would cause Hannah’s reputation to deteriorate amongst her peers. A couple of years later, Justin reappears in Hannah’s taped story at a big party, where he lets his friend, Bryce, into the bedroom where Jessica is in bed, drunk and unconscious, knowing Bryce wants to have nonconsensual sex with Jessica. Justin stands by as Bryce rapes Jessica, emphasizing that he values his male friendships more than his romantic partners and highlighting the gender inequality that harms many of the novel’s female characters.

Justin Foley Quotes in Thirteen Reasons Why

The Thirteen Reasons Why quotes below are all either spoken by Justin Foley or refer to Justin Foley. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Cassette 1: Side A Quotes

The dream starts with me at the top of the rocket, holding on to the steering wheel. It’s still a playground rocket, not a real one, but every time I turn the wheel to the left, the trees in the park lift up their roots and sidestep it to the left. When I turn the wheel to the right, they sidestep it to the right.

Related Characters: Hannah Baker (speaker), Justin Foley
Related Symbols: The Rocket Slide
Page Number: 25
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Cassette 5: Side A Quotes

How many times had I let myself connect with someone only to have it thrown back in my face?

Everything seemed good, but I knew it had the potential to be awful. Much, much more painful than the others.

Related Characters: Hannah Baker (speaker), Clay Jensen, Marcus Cooley, Ryan Shaver, Justin Foley
Page Number: 213
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Cassette 5: Side B Quotes

The bedroom door opened again. But again, you pulled it shut. And you tried to make a joke of it. “Trust me,” you said, “she won’t move. She’ll just lay there.”

And what was his response? What was it? What was his reasoning for you to step aside and let him in that room? Do you remember? Because I do.

It was the night shift.

He told you he was working the night shift and had to leave in a few minutes.

A few minutes, that’s all he needed with her. So just relax and step aside.

And that’s all it took for you to let him open the door.

Related Characters: Hannah Baker (speaker), Justin Foley, Jessica Davis, Bryce Walker
Page Number: 225
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Justin Foley Character Timeline in Thirteen Reasons Why

The timeline below shows where the character Justin Foley appears in Thirteen Reasons Why. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Cassette 1: Side A
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...go there, if they do, they’ll understand her story better. Then, she begins to address Justin Foley, a senior. Clay knows Justin was Hannah’s first kiss, but he begins to wonder... (full context)
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...the location of her first house in this town and the first place she saw Justin. One summer day before Hannah’s freshman year, she and her friend Kat waited at Kat’s... (full context)
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Hannah continues her story: she and Justin grow closer thanks to the fact that most of their classes are near each other.... (full context)
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On the tape, Hannah describes the conversation she and Justin had when she called him back that afternoon. He gives her a math problem: Train... (full context)
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...climb the rocket ship and think of home. For the few nights before she meets Justin in the park, she dreams that she’s sliding down the rocket ship slide toward Justin.... (full context)
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Hannah enjoys dating Justin for about a month following their kiss, but then Justin starts to spread rumors that... (full context)
Cassette 1: Side B
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...day before the start of school—what if she had been attracted to Zach instead of Justin? Would she still be alive? (full context)
Cassette 2: Side A
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...aren’t true. It’s easy for Jessica to believe a rumor about Hannah and Alex because Justin already started other rumors about Hannah. Hannah says she knows Jessica and Alex had a... (full context)
Cassette 5: Side A
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...tape, Hannah doesn’t name the people they sat down beside, but Clay remembers they were Justin and Jessica, and they were kissing each other. He also realizes that Hannah couldn’t escape... (full context)
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...and Clay’s kisses feel like first kisses to her, and that makes her think of Justin—the anticipation of their first kiss, followed by the way Justin ruined the memory of it.... (full context)
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...She discovers that the next connection—the person who entered the room after Clay left it—is Justin. (full context)
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At the end of this tape, Hannah tells Clay that, because Justin already received these tapes, he should skip to the next person when he sends them... (full context)
Cassette 5: Side B
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...Tony again why Hannah gave Tony the second set of tapes. Tony says he’ll tell Justin once they arrive at the party house. (full context)
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...was the start of something good. Soon after Clay leaves, the couple from the couch (Justin and Jessica, though Hannah doesn’t name them on the tape) come in, the girl so... (full context)
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Hannah stays crouched on the floor. She thinks Justin will stop soon, given that Jessica is so drunk she’s unresponsive. He keeps asking her... (full context)
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Hannah’s story continues. That night, after Justin leaves Jessica in bed, Hannah sees his shoes outside the door and can tell he’s... (full context)
Cassette 6: Side A
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...goes home early. After a few days, he goes back to school and notices that Justin looks terrible; after that, he notices the same thing about Alex. He decides to make... (full context)
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...she describes as the central knot of all the listeners’ tangled storylines. After she and Justin stop staring at each other, she wanders back into the party and sits down. She... (full context)