*The content featured in this article could be seen as graphic, I am discussing a program which showed strong sexual content, minor abusing drugs and alcohol, strong language and rape. Basically you should not be reading this without permission if you are a minor. Also spoiler alert.
I’d heard mixed reviews from friends, coworkers, Facebook followers people who’ve read the book and new it existed prior to watching the series. When I started watching i’d understood that i’d either feel a sense of kindred belonging or utter disdain for the late Hannah Baker.
Instead I felt myself feeling a both annoyed by her naivete and sad no one stepped in to save the histrionic young woman. Hannah Baker committed suicide by slicing her wrists in the bathroom tub, she’d endured 2 years of torture after moving to a new town and a new school. Sadly this was her only way out.
Before committing the final deed, she’d recorded 13 cassette tapes, (yes they still exist in 2017!) and confessed her sins and the sins of those she felt were most responsible for driving her to end her life. Some would consider it a bit pious of her.
I at times agreed, the police would have and could have stepped in to bring justice to the stalker and the rapist. (i’m sure the later did face criminal charges once his confession was released.) Some would suggest she merely get over the other teenage shenanigans.
I believe she could’ve used benefited from having a real counselor who could’ve guided her through a few minor struggles, had any adult been able to offer her refuge she could’ve had a chance.
My beloved would say she needed “thicker skin” The series as a whole was pretty interesting and I would even consider watching a second season if they bothered to continue the show. The book was a stand alone project but who knows Season One left room for a 13 Reasons Why I shot up the school or 13 Reasons Why I Ran Away.