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Nikki Bearden

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*Spoilers from book and TV show*

 

    Many of you may already know about the new Netflix television show called “13 Reasons Why.” “13 Reasons Why” is about Hannah Baker, a 16-year-old girl who was being sexually assaulted and bullied at school before she sadly took her own life. Two weeks later, Clay Jensen is introduced, another main character in the new show. We first see Clay walking through the high school hallways, being quiet and taking small glances at Hannah’s locker, then throughout the day we watch Clay reminisce about Hannah, and watch the conversations that Clay and Hannah shared. After school ends, we watch when a package is left on Clay Jensen’s doorstep. In the package there are seven cassette tapes with thirteen stories, and a map. As the first tape of the cassette tapes Hannah Baker tells her listeners that she holds every person listening to the tapes responsible in some sort of way for her death. She also tells the listeners to continue to listen to find out why they are responsible. Hannah says that there are only two rules to listening to the tapes.

  1. Listen to the tapes all the way, don’t just stop because you hear your name, listen all the way.
  2. Send it to the next person in the list, without a return address, so that the next person can’t return the box back to the sender.

We watch Clay listen to the tapes through a period of a couple of days, suffering by listening to the girl that he had a crush with, but never having the courage to tell her that he did. We soon find out in Episode 6, Tape 5 side A, that Clay isn’t really supposed to be on the tapes. Hannah then explains that Clay is a really good guy and reveals that Clay did confess his feelings to Hannah and they kissed. Hannah then states that Clay was the best thing that had happened to her in the days leading up to her death.

    Now many may be asking is there any differences between the book and the new hit television show? There are multiple differences between the television show of “13 Reasons Why” and the book by author Jay Asher, 13 Reasons Why but there is one major difference between the two, and that is the amount of time that it takes Clay Jensen to listen to Hannah Baker’s tapes. In the book, it takes Clay one night to complete the thirteen stories. But in the TV show it takes him a couple of days to finish the set of cassette tapes. Another difference between the two is how in the book it doesn’t mention at all that Clay and Hannah danced at the dance that the school was having, while in the new hit Netflix show it does. Many people highly recommend this show and we hope that you might watch the story of Hannah Baker and her “13 Reasons Why.”

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