Thoughts | 13 Reasons Why

13 Reasons Why is a young adult novel from Jay Asher. The book hit #1 on the New York Times best-seller list 4 years after it was released in 2007. The premise of the book was that there were 13 people involved in the inevitable demise of Hannah Baker, a high school student.

How the story reveals itself was a bit interesting, it was in a way voyeuristic in nature. Hannah, who narrates what led her to do what she did as she goes from one tape to another. Giving us a glimpse of how another character added to her demise. She in her own way tries to understand and puts a reason as why they did what they did. Each tape is dedicated to one person - how he/she treated her and how everything else fell apart as the story captures you into playing the next episode.

It took me 4 days to complete all tapes (episodes) and it felt rather hanging. I saw a few possible next season plot if anyone paid attention.
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Talking about this is therapeutic to me as I also had dark times back in high school. For those who know me as the all-rainbow-spewing-unicorn that I am, fail to see the dark past I once had. Back in high school, I had the worse times. I once planned to end it all. I survived it but the looming darkness does come back every now and then.

It was said that if anyone has tendencies to commit suicide they should not watch the show. The series showed what other TV series leave to the viewers' imagination. They should how Hannah ended her life - this was where people think that the series glorified suicide. They miss the whole point of the series - it was about bullying, rape and depression and of how your actions can affect anyone. The series is a simple reminder that everyone is fighting their own battles. Moving passed the void that I can never get fill, I try to live my life one day at a time. I give random strangers hugs when I see one cry at the office lobby or at the girl's comfort room. A hug, a pat in the back can go miles. So much more if you spend a day with people that you may have disconnected with. Put your phone aside and look at the people around you, when was the last time you had a meaningful conversation with anyone?
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