The Problem With 13 Reasons Why

I’m not going to take back my opinions of how good the show is, because it is, but I do have one issue that I can’t get past from.

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Last week I was working on on a post about books and shows that portray characters dealing with mental issues. Initially, I had 13 Reasons Why on the list, but then it dawned on me that it also didn’t belong on that list (sort of like Clay). The other books on the list talked about mental health and how debilitating and problematic it can be to live with them, but they all had one thing in common. Their protagonists received the help they needed. None of them died. For those reasons, I found myself removing 13RW from that list.

On a post that’s about dealing with mental illness, I didn’t want to include a story whose character dies in the end. I wanted it to be more positive, to let people know that there can be an issue, and more importantly a solution to it too.

I know that in the real world it doesn’t always end on a happy note, and 13RW reflects that, but shouldn’t we also be able show how people can overcome it? In the show, Hannah doesn’t get help. She only talks to one person who fails to see the problem, and then she gives up. She could have talked to her parents or friends, but chooses to give up easily. That’s not the right message to show people already struggling with similar thoughts.

What’s even more mind boggling is that the show never addresses the possibility that Hannah might have been suffering from some type of mental illness. In my opinion, this a failure on part of the show because most suicide victims also suffer from mental illness.

Everyone is talking about how great the show is and how it’s raising awareness on serious topics, but without someone saying there is another way to cope with these hardships, it’s hard to get past this glorification of suicide. I’m afraid people aren’t going to see the message the creators of the series originally intended to show its audience.

Moving forward, I hope 13RW remedies this problem by having other characters get the help they need, like Jessica. Because more than anything, people need to hear the words, It will get better.” 

As someone who has experienced issues with mental illness, showing how other people get through it, can motivate others do the same.


Review: The Cat King of Havana by Tom Crosshill

TITLE: The Cat King of Havana Image result for the cat king of havana
AUTHOR: Tom Crosshill
SUMMARY: In the hopes of impressing his crush, Rick Gutierrez takes Ana to Cuba to learn Salsa dancing, but he soon learns he’s getting more than he bargained for.
GENRE: Young Adult | Contemporary
WARNING: Profanity in Spanish
RATING: 4/5 Continue reading

Review: Every Day by David Levithan

TITLE: Every Day Image result for everyday david levithan
AUTHOR: David Levithan
SUMMARY: A 16-year-old literally changes bodies every day, never being the same person twice, and never staying longer than one day.
NOTES: This is the first book in a trilogy. The second book, Another Day, tells the story from another character’s point of view.

For today’s review, I want to start off with the one thing I disliked about the book before telling you all the reasons why you should definitely read Every Day by David Levithan. Continue reading

Review: Ten Tiny Breaths by K. A. Tucker

TITLE: Ten Tiny Breaths Image result for ten tiny breaths
AUTHOR: K.A. Tucker
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Kacey and her sister, Livie, move to Miami in attempts to forget their horrible past.
NOTE: This book is not suitable for children and it’s the first book in a series.

I’m just going to say it. I hated this book. I didn’t like the protagonists, or their relationship, or the writing style, or the plot (to an extent). I’m not sorry if I’m the only one who thought this book was horrible. Continue reading