What I’m Watching: 13 Reasons Why
“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.”
I binge watched this series on Netflix based on the book by Jay Asher. The hardest part of watching the series is that you know she is already gone. There are no take backs. Nothing anyone does or says can make it all go away. She is dead and buried. There is only finding out why and trying to pick up the pieces.
It’s mesmerizing to watch unfold. There is the unreliable narrator factor that makes you question if her reasons are real. There are people that you hate that, as you learn their truth, you come to sympathize with. There are others that seem decent but slowly morph into monsters. None are innocent. All have guilt. But it’s not that simple.
All great stories for me are complicated and messy. This hits all those spots. Villains are rarely completely villainous and saints are rarely sinless. It rang completely true and reminded me of some of my own messes from high school. This is a good thing and a bad thing. It left me with feelings that are hard to define. It made me think and I’ll probably watch it again just to watch the process again. (I’m a glutton for punishment.)
It is really a phenomenal piece of work and I loved it even as it brought tears of pain to my eyes. The cast is pitch-perfect. Be ready for the roller coaster of emotion…but I do recommend it!