Title: Thirteen Reasons Why
Author: Jay Asher
Release Date: March 31, 2017
This show killed me, I spent most of it in tears and it was absolutely heartbreaking and amazing all at once. As an adaptation, I think they did a great job of adapting this for the screen. It stayed faithful to the books and the few changes that were put in place didn’t bother me. If you haven’t read the book or watched the TV show yet I strongly recommend you do so. There are a lot of triggers present in the show so be careful as you watch it but ultimately you will be sucked into this world and will never be let go.
You can’t stop the future.
You can’t rewind the past.
The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.
Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.
Clay becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.
As I said before, this Netflix adaptation was extremely close to the books, a few things were changed, such as Clay’s number on the tapes and the role of the parents in the show were greatly increased. It was interesting to see the bakers and how they were dealing with Hanna’s death as well. I don’t want to go into spoilers but other changes that were added to this story greatly enhanced the overall arch of the story. There was a great deal of character development throughout the show, and it definitely spent more time painting the characters and spent a lot more time on their backstories and that was really interesting to see. Thirteen Reasons Why was only one book and it wasn’t very long either, but there were a couple of questions left unanswered at the end of the season that may point to there being a season 2, and I’m really excited for that.
Hannah Baker: The show revolves around Hannah and the tapes she left behind, The show was told in a series of flashbacks and in the show we got to see first hand how everything affected her.
Clay Jensen: As the main character Clay goes through a lot as he tries to figure out why he is on the tapes. In the show, we get to see him struggle with not knowing how he might have affected Hannas’ life and having to listen to all the tapes. We could definitely see his character grow throughout the 13 episodes.
Justin Foley: Justin is definitely a complex character, his home life wasn’t the best and in that aspect you kind of sympathize for him but at the same time some of the things he did or allowed to happen where completely despicable and you hate him.
Have you watched/read 13 reasons why? What are some of your thoughts? Let’s discuss!