13 Reasons Why

Warning: In the words of India Aire, “Don’t be offended this is all my opinion, ain’t nothing that i’m saying law…”

If you haven’t watched this show, or commented on at least one thread about this show, you are officially 2000 and late…kind of like I am with writing this post.

So 13 Reasons Why is based on the novel of the same name. It’s about a high schooler who commits suicide, but not before recording 13 tapes for 13 people letting them know how they contributed to her suicide. I bought the book a few years back but could never get past page 25. I tried multiple times a year to read that book but it just wasn’t working for me for some reason. So when they announced a year or so ago that Selena Gomez was going to bring the book to life, I was like well maybe I can watch it, just not read it. WRONG!

So Hannah’s downhill spiral starts when she goes out with jock Justin and he takes a picture of them making out or something and his friend Bryce sends it to the school and just like that, Hannah is now labeled a slut. Next up she meets the other new girl at school and is forced by the guidance counselor to hang out with her, They actually get on pretty well and then a third new kid pops up. Alex. Eventually Jess and Alex start dating and everyone knows threes a crowd. Hannah is alone again. Except not really. There is Clay who is a total dork, He’s sweet and innocent and everything good. He likes her, she knows, everyone knows, but Clay apparently isn’t her type. She ends up going on dates with two other jocks from Justin and Bryce’s circle and of course more rumors arise and she’s falling further down the high school rumor rabbit hole.

Another student, Courtney also slanders Hannah when some pictures of her and Hannah making out get spread around the school. Creepy Tyler is a total peeping Tom who took the pictures through her window as he was hiding in the bushes. Well Court throws Hannah under the bus because she is a secret lesbian but doesn’t want anyone to know. She denies that it is her in the pictures.

I’m actually over all the offenses Hannah felt were committed against her. I don’t think most of them warranted a “I killed myself because of you” tape. They were petty high school offenses! Except Bryce’s. Fuck that guy. Should the kids have been mean to her in the first place, no, but why not tell them what you had to say (everything on the tapes) to their faces while you were alive. At this point is where I have to revert back to a teenager where high school is your world and you can’t see beyond that and everything is a huge deal. I also realize everyone handles situations differently. Some people can take more than others. I get that. My problem with the show is that Hannah made a game out of her suicide. Everyone has to listen to each others tapes and if you don’t, there will be consequences. What? How messy! Just liked she made arrangements to mail the tapes off prior to her death, could she have not mailed each one off individually?

I was really done with Hannah when she decided to make Jess a tape after she stood by while she got raped! Are you kidding me? Paralyzed with fear? Ok, i would have accepted that had she went to the police, or even jess a day later and told her what happened. But she did neither. Instead, she put all her business out there for 12 other people to hear as well. All over them falling out as friends which “broke her heart”. Friends come and go, especially high school ones. Jess’ offense wasn’t nearly as bad as the one Hannah committed against her.

And why make poor Clay a tape? Yes it was kind of nice, but now he has to live with the fact that he’s a contributor to her death because he didn’t love her. That’s fucked up.

She also always pushed people away and then when they didn’t come after her, it was their fault and she felt as if no one cared/loved her enough. We see everything from Hannah’s POV. In reality, everyone has their own problems to deal with. So if they keep trying to get through to someone, and they keep pushing them away, eventually they will stop and use that time to either sort their own lives out, or try with someone they may think might accept the help.

I’m rambling at this point and didn’t even say half of what i wanted to say.

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Everything, Everything

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Ok , so last night I saw Everything, Everything. I’ve been waiting for this one since it was announced Amandla Stenberg would be staring in it (Rue 4 Lyfe). Any who, once that announcement was made, I immediately purchased and read the book. It was pretty good.

Now back to the movie. So the soundtrack bangs. How do I know that? Because like 75% of the scenes were accompanied by a song. It was almost like a visual album! Lmao. I was kind of hating that, but then I remembered this movie is about teens, made for teens. I am not their target demographic. So I’ve decided not to hold that against the film. I think all the acting was good, although some scenes oozed with cheese. And making the cheesiness more apparent, were this gaggle of teen girls who would crack up EVERY TIME one of those faithful lines were uttered. Which was pretty often. Their laughter eventually started to make me cringe with second hand embarrassment right before I knew a lovey dovey line was about to be delivered. They kind of ruined my experience, TBH. Somehow the lines didn’t seem so corny in the book.

The movie stayed pretty true to the book. They cut out the part where Maddy visits Carla prior to her departure with Olly, which kind of made me mad. I love Carla! We needed that scene!!! They did update the story a little by making Maddy and Olly’s main means of communication through txt and not instant messenger like in the book. I can dig it. I initially liked how they had them together as if they were talking face to face during some of their txting conversations. Keeps you from having to read their messages on the side of the screen. Nick Robinson did an awesome job as Olly, btdubs!

Overall, the movie was cool. Cute. Definitely worth seeing. Plus it’s an added bonus that the book was written by a black woman, movie was directed by a black woman, and it starred a black girl. That’s dope. #Blackgirlmagic

Kylie’s Rating – B

P.s – Can y’all believe there were people trying to dog Amandla about this movie for being mixed and not counting as a black girl? They were like this isn’t a real accomplishment because she’s light skin and we need dark skin representation in lead rolls. I get that. Colorism definitely exists in Hollywood, and the world in general. That being said, you can’t use this particular movie as an example of colorism in Hollywood prevailing once again. Why? Because in the book she was mixed (although black and chinese). So, FOH. Let her get her shine on in peace.