Thirteen Reasons Why. Even if you haven’t watched it, I’m willing to bet you’ve heard these words floating around the virtual world, or maybe heard it from someone you know? For those who don’t know, it’s a web series, originally released on Netflix. It’s based on a book and I strongly recommend it to every person who’s reading this. This show deals with everything people keep quiet about. Bullying, rape, suicide, it shows the dark side of being a teenager. Though the book was released in 2007, which is when Selena Gomez bought its rights, it’s finally on screen ten years later, and it is amazing.
Here’s a blurb of the book, to get you acquainted with the story:
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 spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He 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
Now onto what I think of the characters:
Hannah: Throughout the series, even though I was well aware of the end, I kept hoping someone would save her. Some issues she deals with may look small when viewed individually, but as Hannah mentions, it’s a snowball effect. One thing on top of another and it became big enough for her to end her life.
Justin Foley: I got a bad feeling as soon as he was introduced to the story, he gave those vibes. Even though he was good to Hannah at first, my heart broke when he ruined what could be one of the best moments of her life. But I did feel bad for him when we got to know about his mother and what his house was like. But unfortunately, there’s no excuse for what he let happen.
Alex Standall: Alex wasn’t really bad. He was revengeful towards his ex-girlfriend, but aren’t most people? He did start something terrible, though. What I like about him is that he realized what he did, and wanted to fix things, at least what was left that could be fixed.
Jessica Davis: *deep breath* I personally think that she was one of the worst characters in the show. Even though people have good reason to believe otherwise, I know how Jessica was someone who could hurt Hannah the most, because she was her closest friend. I will always hate her for that.
Tyler Down: He was just an outcast. I do feel bad for him, even though he made Hannah feel unsafe in her own house. He is the awkward guy, the freak, that everyone bullies at school, someone no one wants to befriend, and that makes me sad.
Courtney Crimson: I think everyone can agree that she was horrible. I hate people who would hurt as many people as it takes, just to protect their ‘goody two shoes’ reputation. She could’ve saved Hannah, but then again, all of them could have.
Marcus Cooley: Marcus was Courtney’s counterpart, in a way. From what I know, he was just an asshole who wanted to sleep with Hannah because of the rumours and that damned list.
Zach Dempsey: He wasn’t bad at heart, he just did something petty that made the snowball rolled faster, faster to run over Hannah. I otherwise would like to believe that he was a good guy, just in the wrong group of people.
Ryan Shaver: He left Hannah’s raw emotions for the world to joke upon. I did hate him, but not as much as the others. I don’t think he published Hannah’s poem as a cruel joke, I really think he did it because he thought it was a beautiful poem with raw emotions that deserved recognition. But I know that doesn’t excuse the fact that he did it without Hannah’s permission.
Sheri Holland: I don’t hate her like the others. She was a teenager who knew she messed up and was scared. I know what she did led to something terrible, and she could’ve prevented that, which is the only reason she was on the tapes.
Bryce Walker: I don’t think there are enough words to express how horrendous this person was. He was a bully and a rapist. A rapist who said, “every girl asks fo it”. I think we all can agree that he is a hateful person who really needs to get what he deserves. How can someone be such an ignorant asshole, who thinks he’s always right? Bryce showed us how.
Mr.Porter: I really had hopes from him, he let all of us down, didn’t he? The words Hannah said were serious enough for him to sit through school hours and make her tell him what was wrong. She badly needed someone to fix things for her, and being the counselor, it was his job to try.
As Hannah said, “Some of you cared, none of you cared enough.”
Tony: He wasn’t on the tapes, but he deserves to be on this list. Tony is a great friend, and he feels responsible for Hannah even though he didn’t actively do anything. But he let it happen, and it eats at him every day, which is why he is determined to honour Hannah’s memory and keep the tapes going their way.
Clay: Now we’re onto the person with whom we experienced Hannah’s story. He was such a nice person and my heart breaks for him. He loved her, and he couldn’t save her. He lost her because he was too afraid to love her. I get Clay’s anger, his storming out, his stopping the basketball game, keying Zach’s car, clicking Tyler’s photo, everything. Because I was just as angry when I heard how those people led Hannah to do what she did. I hope Clay gets some respite in the fact that he would never hold his love back for anyone.
I hope everyone watches this show, and realize what a huge difference they can make in someone’s life.
My wonderful friend Tanya has also written a blogpost on this show, and how it is important that people watch it. Go and read it here. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Go watch it now if you haven’t, and if you have, leave me your thoughts below.