Thirteen Reasons Why

by NYASIA JONES

13 Reasons Why is based on best-selling author Jay Asher’s 2007 young adult book of the same title. Actress and pop star Selena Gomez co-produced the 13-episode Netflix adaptation. The series, which premiered March 31, 2017, follows the fictional story of a teenage girl named Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford) who leaves behind 13 mysterious audio recordings on cassette tapes in a package after killing herself. She addresses each recording to a person who she says played a role in her tragic decision to end her own life.In the package, there are a total of seven cassette tapes and thirteen stories.

On the first tape, Hannah tells her listeners that she holds each of them responsible in some way for her death, and that the tapes will explain why. After listening, each person must give the tapes to the next person on the list. She says that if anybody fails to pass them along, a copy of the recordings will be made public. The tapes also come with a map that listeners are meant to physically follow as they listen to her story. The narrative moves back and forth between Hannah and Clay’s thoughts and actions.The show definitely gets crazier as each episode goes on. Thirteen Reasons Why is a Netflix Original that I highly recommend.