13 Reasons Why: A Review
I read 13 Reasons Why a few years ago and decided to sort out my opinions and review it after watching the Netflix series.
If you haven’t heard the hype, 13 Reasons Why is about bullying–specifically high school bullying to the point of suicide. Hannah Baker is the main character who killed herself because of a series of devastating situations that built her depression. Before she killed herself, she essentially blackmailed her bullies with a set of tapes saying that they were the reasons why she died.
It’s an eerily accurate representation of high school life. It all starts with a rumor being spread about Hannah being easy and then it escalates out of control. What seems like a tiny blip or a bad day to an outsider, were actually bulldozers pushing Hannah closer to the edge.
13 Reasons Why is a classic ‘You Never Know What Someone Else is Going Through’ book and series. Calling someone a slut may seem harmless to you. Maybe you didn’t even mean those words–you were just trying to impress someone. But perhaps those words/your actions were the last straw for that person.
I thought the book was alright but definitely not one of my favorites. (Spoiler Alert) I didn’t understand why Clay was on the tapes. Hannah made him feel such deep guilt and regret when I feel like he didn’t deserve to be one of her 13 reasons. Clay is a shy guy. It felt as though Hannah was blaming Clay for not standing up for her or making a move but you can’t change someone’s personality from shy to outgoing. Life doesn’t work that way. And now Clay has to live with that guilt for just being a quiet person.
I loved the Netflix series, I thought they did a fantastic job casting the characters. And yes, to everyone stuck on the first few episodes, it does get much better, just be patient! This series is the perfect way to open up communication between friends and parents about bullying, depression, self-harm, and suicide. I think we all could use more love and more kindness but most of all: BE INTENTIONAL. Everything you do has an outcome and we need to be more aware and intentional with our actions and words.
My heart is heavy after finishing 13 Reasons Why. Sending love to everyone.
To learn more about the effects of suicide, visit American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and help make a difference in someone’s life. You can also follow the link below to purchase Jay Asher’s 13 Reasons Why through Amazon.