13 Reasons Why is a teen novel written by Jay Asher which deals with drug and alcohol abuse, rape, and suicide. Not only is this a book, but it has recently been turned into a show on Netflix and has been talked about among teens and adults for several weeks now. Both the show and the book are about 12 high school students that try to puzzle together why their classmate Hannah Baker took her own life. Before she made the tragic decision, she recorded thirteen tapes on the reasons why.
12 classmates receive audio tapes from Hannah after her death explaining their involvement in her decision it is from their perspective that is based. The first tape starts off with the most iconic line, “Hey it’s Hannah. Hannah Baker...”
The person listening is shocked to be hearing a dead girl's voice. On these tapes she talks about rape, sexual harassment, and rumors that changed her high school experience forever. All the students in the tapes are blamed for Hannah’s decision except for Clay Jensen. Clay Jensen is a 17 year old who was great friends with Hannah, but also fell in love with her. In Clay’s tape, Hannah explains how he isn’t like the others. “I cost a girl her life because I was afraid to love her.” Clay never believed the rumors. He was the only one that truly cared for her feelings besides her parents.
13 Reasons Why is a TV MA rating on Netflix for explicit language, sexual activity, and graphic violence. The show also has a five star rating but is it for the right reason? Many say the show glorifies suicide as a gate way to solve your problems, while others believe it showcases perfectly what can actually go through a person’s mind if they are feeling in any way like Hannah.
Suicide is something the world has always been afraid to talk about. We are scared to face the reality that it actually happens more than we think. On average there are 121 suicides per day and more than 5,240 attempts a day from grade levels 7-12. It wasn’t until recently that people have started paying more attention the to the warning signs.
You’re probably thinking to yourself, what is the point of this whole story? Does it even have a purpose? Everything has a purpose and a reason, just like your life. The story behind this is always be kind to people, no matter how close you are to them; you never really know what someone is going through.
If you or anyone you know is feeling like Hannah, just know there are people who care and want to help, you can always talk to someone about it. You can also call a suicide hotline if you don’t feel comfortable talking with your friends or family. Someone is available at any hour of day, any day of the week, to talk to you if you’d like to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255.