“13 Reasons Why”- The Newest Hit on Netflix

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Mindy Nguyen, Arts and Entertainment Editor

13 Reasons Why is an American television series based on the 2007 novel written by Jay Asher and adapted by Brian Yorkey for Netflix. All episodes, including bonus footage Beyond the Reasons, was released to Netflix on March 31, 2017.

The show centers around the reasons a 17-year-old high school junior, Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford), has killed herself. Before dying, Baker makes a set of tapes detailing the 13 reasons for her suicide, and arranges for them to be sent to the 13 people she blames for her death. Each person is required, according to Hannah, to listen to the whole set before passing the tapes along to the next person on the list. The catch is, if they don’t listen, the tapes go public for the world to hear. Listening to the tapes proves difficult for many of the people involved, their guilt bringing out paranoia and series of rash decisions solely for their own personal gain.

“13 Reasons Why opens your eyes to how much the little things can affect someone’s life. It can build up and people can snap, so watch how you treat people because you never know what they’re going through. Your smile could save a life,” said Junior Mario Jones.

The show does a good job of depicting that there are many aspects into why a person may make the decision to end their own life. Bullying, rape culture and slut-shaming are all issues discussed in the series. With youth suicide and depression on the rise in society, the show gives insight into how small actions can lead to larger consequences. The overlying moral of the show is mean’t to get teenagers thinking about how their actions can truly affect others, and how being kind to someone can be the difference between life and death.

“I think it is a good show because it’s interesting and it has a good story. The characters are dynamic and different,” said Junior Isabel Acevedo.

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