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Review: 13 Reasons Why

13 Reasons Why, a new and bingeable television series was released on Netflix on March 31. Based on the 2007 novel Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, the series tells a story about a young, teenage girl named Hannah Baker who kills herself. Before she had killed herself, she left a sequence of pre-recorded tapes in which she blames a number of people for her death. The tapes are meant to be passed down from one person to another and the show begins when the tapes are found in the doorsteps of Clay Jensen.

Clay Jensen, an ex-coworker and classmate of Hannah, has no idea why his name appears on the tapes. During the duration of Clay’s review of the tapes made by Hannah herself, he discovers shocking and deep secrets that change his life forever.

There are some minor differences between the book and the Netflix series, although the storyline itself is generally the same. The most apparent difference is the point of view. In the book, the story is told in first-person, which I actually prefer because readers are able to sympathize with Clay and the overwhelming confusion and shock he experiences. In the show, Clay is still the focal point, however, readers aren’t able to fully experience Clay’s presence in every scene. Overall, I enjoy both the book and the show adaptation. It is suspenseful and keeps you on your toes and makes one feel inclined to flip the page or hit the play button.

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