Last week, I finished listening to the audiobook of 13 Reasons Why. If you do decide to read this book, listen to it instead. There are two voices going on and because of that, it’s better to listen to it.
13 Reasons Why is originally written By Jay Asher. In the book, Hannah Baker committed suicide. Before she killed herself, Hannah sent out 13 tapes to 13 people telling them that they are one of the reasons why she killed herself. That person has to listen to the tapes and then pass it on. The book is told from Clay Jensens’ POV, but the story is about Hannah Baker.
I didn’t like this show. Not at all. And I know that there are people who disagree with me and that’s fine. But the show glamorized suicide and that, I’m not a fan of. They were graphic when showing Hannah’s suicide and other scenes that I won’t talk about now. In the end, the show started to escalate. I don’t want to spoil you, but I can tell you that if there’s a second season, what’s going to happen next is unnecessary. One thing that I did like was the diverse cast. In the book, Asher didn’t really give physical descriptions of the characters, so it was fair game. I don’t recommend this show if you’re in middle school, having a hard time in school or if you have suicidal thoughts or have thought about suicide. The show is triggering.
One thing that I didn’t like was that the show and the characters tried to make Hannah the villain. This is Hannah’s story. Listen. Don’t try to put the blame on her. They called Hannah dramatic, but remember, she’s in high school. Everyone is dramatic. It’s kind of a requirement.
Clay took weeks to listen to the tapes. Weeks! In the book, he listened to the tapes in one night. Clay took way too long. To be honest, Clay didn’t deserve to be on the tapes. That much, I can tell you.
Clay was very irritating. Not only did he take weeks to listen to the tapes, but he interfered with nearly every problem that arose on the tapes. I understand that he had good intentions, but all he did was cause drama. Granted, there were 2 times that he’s meddling actually helped.
What’s sad and pathetic is that after the show aired, many people said that they learned that they should be nice to people because they don’t know what’s going on in their lives. Really? You need a show to tell you that? Pathetic.
I have a lot more to say, but I don’t want to spoil anyone. Look out for a video review. Maybe.
If you’re thinking or have had thoughts about suicide or just need someone to talk to, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255.