Jay Asher

Netflix’s Release Date for 13 Reasons Why

Back in the summer of 2010, I was first introduced to the book Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher in a Lit for Young Adults class.  Since then. I’ve read the book a couple of times and even purchased it as an audible book.  When it was announced this past summer that Netflix had purchased the rights to create the adaptation of the book, I became excited.   After all, that is the hope of everyone’s favorite book: that some day, you’ll get to watch it come to life on-screen.

Selena Gomez, who is serving as a producer, posted a teaser of the 13 episode series on Instagram:

A peek at a passion project I've been working on with @Netflix. @13ReasonsWhy arrives 3/31.

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The teaser answered a much awaited question: When will the series premier?

Format of the series prediction

Netflix, thankfully, had decided to turn this Young Adult Novel into a 13 episode series.  I’m personally betting what will happen is that each episode will revolve around each of the reasons why Hannah Baker, the leading female protagonist, decided to kill herself.

New Netflix series 'Thirteen Reasons Why' launches MarchCredit: Netflix

New Netflix series ‘Thirteen Reasons Why’ launches March Credit: Netflix

The male protagonist, Clay Jensen, will serve as the ‘present day’ storyteller leading us through the aftermath of Hannah’s suicide while Hannah will serve as the storyteller in the flashback portions of the series.

For those of you who need a quick refresher, Hannah sends out her ‘suicide note’ in the form of seven cassette tapes to each of the people she connects to why she commits suicide.  When we enter the book, Clay is sending the tapes to the next person on the list and then we see a flashback to when he got home the prior day and found the cassette tapes and then spends the night listening to them.

The Cast

The cast consists mostly of young up-and-coming actors:

In regards of cast credentials of the younger actors, I personally think Minnette might be an actor that a younger audience will be the most familiar with due to the fact that in 2015, he stared in the Goosebumps movie.

I think it’s daring, in a great way, that the show cast Langford as Hannah since she only has one other IMDB credit.

 

Thirteen Reasons Why Book Review

In Jay Asher’s book Thirteen Reasons Why, we get travel back in time slightly and listen to cassette tapes.  Yet, the cassette tapes don’t have music on them, nor an audiobook.  We get to hear the Thirteen Reasons Why Hannah Baker committee suicide, but our story starts with reason number nine: Clay Jensen mailing the cassettes to the next person on ‘the list”.

Through out the book, we get to follow Clay as he relieves some of Hannah’s last thoughts and the reasons that she has to end her life.  We get to travel the teenage wasteland of first kisses and heartbreaks, the bonds of new friendships formed and ruined, underage drinking and the aftermath of that and how all of this lead up to Clay finding the package of cassette tapes at his house the night before we enter this story.

Yet, what I found love-able about this book is how Clay’s reactions would be what one’s would be to receiving these tapes and reliving some of the last thoughts of a person’s life.  Reading this book was also compelling because the situations and overall story is something people can relate to.

I’m not saying that every single person who ends up on a list as “having the best ass” or a horrible first kiss ends up wanting to kill themselves, but it’s the little thins that add up to someone wanting to take their own life.  It’s these things that Hannah experiences that makes the book believable.

This is a great book, I think, for young adults to read.  All though some of the content is on the heavier side of things, I think that it explores what teenagers are thinking and how their peers shape their lives.  I think Asher did a pretty good job at writing a story about teenagers that seem realistic.