So today on my Twitter I explained that although my work life is taking over I still wanted to keep momentum on here. I asked in a poll what I should share and something from drafts and the blogger award were chosen. So here is a draft that I started a long while ago about a TV series that well and truly got under my skin so without further ado. I give you 13 Reasons Why.
Summary: Newcomer Katherine Langford plays the role of Hannah, a young woman who takes her own life. Two weeks after her tragic death, a classmate named Clay finds a mysterious box on his porch. Inside the box are recordings made by Hannah — on whom Clay had a crush — in which she explains the 13 reasons why she chose to commit suicide. If Clay decides to listen to the recordings, he will find out if and how he made the list. This intricate and heart-wrenching tale is told through Clay and Hannah’s dual narratives.
My thoughts: It’s been a while since I have been compelled to write about a TV show. I guess this one is different as it originates from a book today I am talking about 13 Reasons Why. I love that Netflix commission so many different shows and I’m even more impressed that this one started as a book. As you can guess I haven’t read the book but I am contemplating the audio book. I have heard a few of the basic differences and I’m intrigued to listen and to read more from Jay Asher.
Now, 13 Reasons Why is essentially a sad story about a girl who committed suicide and the tapes as in the 13 reasons are explaining why ultimately. So the story is told by two people Clay in the here and now and Hannah through her tapes that are passed around certain students for various reasons. From the off I liked Clay – a nice guy, bit of a nerd but an amazing all round good guy. I also felt for Hannah from the off as she wanted to fit in and to matter, and it seemed that many people didn’t really notice her until she was gone.
This is a real coming of age story with all the usual angst. At times this is exceptionally hard to view but I believe it is done so well.
For me I was on the edge of my seat awaiting Clay’s tape as I said I liked him from the off so I wanted to know why. It killed me to hear it and to see how truly touched and broken by it he was. Clay isn’t malicious but like most teens he didn’t totally think of how his actions would come across. A few small words from Clay to Hannah could have changed her life.
Hannah’s cry for help with a counsellor and her final moments were such hard viewing.
I hope to devour the audiobook soon and I will once again share my thoughts. There is to be a second season and I cannot wait to have the gang back as there are still so many unanswered questions. I may even review each episode that’s if you guys would like that?
Have you watched 13 Reasons Why? Or have you read the book or anything more from Jay Asher. I would love to know your thoughts and suggestions.