- "Miss your stop, Clay?"
- ― Skye addressing Clay on the bus
"Over the years, she's learned how to avoid people. Everyone."
-Clay Jensen thinking about Skye Miller
Skye makes two appearances in the entirety of the novel, once on a bus with Clay, and once at the end of the book, walking away from Clay, before he catches up and calls out her name.
1st Appearance: On the Bus
Clay is listening to the tapes while he rides the bus, when Skye, sitting behind him, asks him if he missed his stop. Clay is at first surprised, then a little bit anxious as he talks to Skye. Running through his head are all his thoughts and theories about Skye and her withdrawal from society, making him nervous and causing him to get off the bus at the next stop. This leaves Skye alone again, and she continues on the bus, resting her head on the window and closing her eyes.
2nd Appearance: In the Hallway
The day after listening to all of Hannah's tapes, Clay is walking down the hallway when he sees Skye walking further down the hall. He hesitates for a moment, then decides that he is willing to take the risk of rejection and catches up to her. He calls her name, and that is the end of the novel. It is likely that Clay believed Skye suffered from depression just like Hannah, and knowing what happened to Hannah, Clay is determined to prevent that from happening in the future.
- "Skye's always been pretty, but she acts like the thought's never crossed her mind."
- ― Clay describing Skye on the bus.
Nonetheless, a short account of her is given by the narrator, Clay Jensen. Knowing that Clay considers her pretty, and had a crush on her, it can be possibly inferred that Skye does not have serious physical disfigurations, and probably has a "normal" body. There is no evidence that Clay found any sort of strange feature attractive in people, so it is safe to assume that the people he found pretty were within the normal spectrum of appearance. Furthermore, Clay's crush on Hannah Baker allows a somewhat shakier claim that Skye may have looked something like Hannah, although her loose clothing likely prevented that from ever being confirmed.
Skye is known for wearing a certain, consistent style of clothing. It is typically baggy and not form-fitting, so as to hide herself and not stand out. Usually, Clay tells us, it is also gray or some other dull color, again worn for the purpose of blending in.
Taken together with Skye's other characteristics, the clothing is both a sign and a symbol of Skye's possible depression and suffering.
Personality and Traits
- "I'm not going anywhere."
- ― Skye Miller on the bus with Clay Jensen
Skye's only known relationship was with Clay, as she did not make many appearances in the novel. They do not have conversations beyond simple, polite greetings. However, it can be inferred that they once had a closer relationship, because Skye was Clay's crush in middle school, and because their relationship would have had to be founded on something, even if it had regressed in the present day.
Notes and References
- Asher, Jay. Thirteen R3asons Why: A Novel. New York: Razorbill, 2007. Print.