About a year ago I decided that I needed to start reading books more in order to enhance my writing abilities. I spend a lot of my time writing, making lists, reading short articles, reading things online, but I’ve never labeled myself as a bookworm. The only books I’ve actually read are the ones forced in high school like Of Mice and Men, Great Gatsby, and Kite Runner (terrifyingly epic book actually).
So when I had this realization, I decided to go to my trusted friend Google and find some books that I would like. I kid you not, I Google’d books that are good, easy reads – no judgement, okay? – and found a list of a bunch of books, ranging from mystery to love stories. One of the books I ended up ordering from this awesome website called Thrift Books, was 13 Reasons Why…I began reading, and of course it took me awhile, but I was intrigued and it was a fairly easy book to read through. To be honest, I still haven’t finished it, because when Netflix came out with this series, I binged watched it and now I’m writing this blog. 3 Reasons Why you should seriously read this book and/or watch this series:
- High school reminiscence. If your high school experience was similar to mine in that it was pretty fun, but of course, drama was included, it shows a frighteningly accurate depiction of how high school is. I’ve been out of high school for almost 7 years (damn), and according to this series, things haven’t changed up too much. I actually enjoyed watching this and thinking back to my high school life. If you started watching and rolling your eyes, yes it’s pretty immature. But we have to remember that these are high schoolers! Think of how dumb we were back in the day and enjoy the reminiscence.
- THE AWARENESS. ***mini spoiler***, they have a couple rape/rape-y scenes in the show, which for me, were pretty hard to watch. Realizing that these types of events occur makes you realize what you consider sexual assault and gives you a played out visual of what happens during a rape. It can be your friend, someone who is well-known at school, a friend of your boyfriend, anyone! Without giving too much away, sexual assault happens no matter how much people want to avoid the conversation. How things pan out in the book/show helped me empathize with survivors of sexual assault, and have given me the obligation to help others if I see warning signs.
- THE MESSAGE. If you didn’t know, the 13 reasons why this girl kills herself gives you an idea of a high schooler’s mindset and what they think is world-crushing. When I found out some of the reasons this girl considered a reason to kill herself, I was irritated that she considered something so meaningless, so meaningful. But then I took a moment to realize that you never know what is going on in someone’s life, especially if they don’t share it with you. Something small can be something huge to someone who is still in high school. Something minuscule can be the cherry on top of a bunch of problems you’ve already been going through. So I reminisced. Back to when I was in high school and rumors were spread about me. At the time, I thought it was the end of the world, but now, I laugh and think that it was just sooo extremely small and silly to even care about. The message of the whole story spoke to me because I think it’s important to be aware of the suicidal signs, and ways that you can help a person who is feeling extremely low in their life, no matter what age.
These messages conveyed in this novel/series are really important for people to see/learn about. I want people to not only get a little laugh at some of these scenes, but digest the message and reflect on your own life.
Let me know how you like it!