Teenager Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box lying on his porch. Inside, he discovers seven double-sided cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and unrequited love, who tragically committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah unfolds an emotional audio diary, detailing the thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Her instructions are clear: each person who receives a package is one of the reasons why she killed herself, and after each person has completed listening to the tapes, they must pass the package on to the next person. If anyone decides to break the chain, a separate set of tapes will be released to the public. Each tape is addressed to a select person in her school and details their involvement in her inevitable suicide.
Let’s go through every story of the tapes. One by one. The story was narrate by Hannah Baker.
Katherine Langford as Hannah Baker
Dylan as Clay Jensen
Tape 1, Side A:
Clay Jensen finds a box filled with audio cassette tapes anonymously dropped on his front doorstep. He plays the first one in his dad’s boombox and realizes it is his recently deceased classmate Hannah Baker who is talking, before accidentally dropping it and breaking the play button when scared by his mother. On his friend Tony’s Walkman, which he stole, Clay listens to the first tape, in which Hannah relates the experiences that caused her suicide. She starts by sharing the story of her first kiss, which was with Justin Foley, who spread a salacious rumor that began her downward spiral. Clay is revealed, through numerous short flashbacks, to have been in love with Hannah and to have worked with her as cinema attendants.
Tape subject: Justin Foley, for spreading a racy picture of Hannah along with a sexual rumor about their encounter.
Tape 1, Side B:
On the tape, Hannah reminisces about her friendship with two other new students: Jessica, who moves frequently because her father is in the Air Force, and Alex, whom they met at a coffee shop. Jessica and Alex eventually become an item and stop hanging out with Hannah. When Alex breaks up with Jessica, Jessica blames Hannah. In the present, Hannah’s mother, Olivia, finds a note in her daughter’s textbook that leads her to believe Hannah was being bullied. Bryce Walker’s circle of peers meets with knowledge about Clay listening to Hannah’s recordings.
Tape subject: Jessica Davis, for mistakenly believing that Hannah was the reason for her breakup with Alex.
Tape 2, Side A:
Hannah’s relationships are threatened by a ‘best/worst list’ made by Alex Standall, who has put a “target” on Hannah. In the present, Hannah’s mother, Olivia Baker, seeks out the school principal about her suspicion of bullying and makes a disturbing discovery. In the midst of his investigation, Clay turns to Alex for answers, who warns him against trusting Tony, whom Clay later finds in a hostile occurrence. As Justin tries to recuperate from his recent slump, Bryce strong-arms Clay and Alex into a drink-off in an alleyway.
Tape subject: Alex Standall, for listing Hannah’s ass as the best one in school to get Jessica Davis jealous so he could be more popular.
Tape 2, Side B:
Hannah hears someone outside her window, and confesses to her friend, Courtney, that she has a stalker. Courtney offers to help her catch the creeper in the act. While waiting for the stalker to arrive, they play an alcohol-fueled game of truth or dare which leads to the two of them making out on Hannah’s bed. The stalker, school photographer Tyler Down, takes a photo of the girls and sends it around to the school. This effectively ends Courtney and Hannah’s friendship. In the present day, Clay takes a naked picture of Tyler and sends it around the school as payback, instead of throwing a rock through his window as suggested by Hannah on the tapes.
Tape subject: Tyler Down, for stalking Hannah and spreading her and Courtney’s kiss photo around the school.
Tape 3, Side A:
Courtney, afraid of her classmates finding out about her sexuality, spreads the rumour that the girls in the leaked photos are Hannah and Laura, an openly lesbian classmate. Courtney also adds to the rumor about Hannah and Justin, furthering Hannah’s poor reputation. Meanwhile, in the present, Clay takes Courtney to visit Hannah’s grave. She leaves quickly, not ready to face the loss of her classmate and her involvement. Tony arrives with Clay’s bike and gives him a tape with the song he and Hannah danced to at the Winter Formal. Later the boys force Clay into the car with them and scare him into silence about the tapes by driving over the speed limit. They are pulled over by the police but get away with it as the officer is revealed to be Alex’s father.
Tape subject: Courtney Crimsen, for throwing Hannah under the bus to avoid being discovered as one of the people on the kiss photo.
Tape 3, Side B:
Hannah’s date on Valentine’s Day with Marcus doesn’t go as planned due to the rumors that she’s ‘easy’. In the present, Alex gets into a fight with Montgomery and they both have to appear before the student council.
Tape subject: Marcus Cole, for humiliating Hannah in public on their One Dollar Valentine’s date.
Tape 4, Side A:
After Hannah refuses to go out with Zach, he sabotages her emotionally during a class project. Out of revenge, Clay damages Zach’s car, but in the present, things turn out to be different than they appeared. Clay is having both auditory and visual hallucinations of Hannah during the day as well, including seeing her dead body on the floor of the basketball court during a game and hearing her tape playing over the school’s intercom system.
Tape subject: Zach Dempsey, for stealing the “positive notes” destined to Hannah in Communications class out of revenge for her rejecting him and his help.
Tape 4, Side B:
Hannah is touched by poetry recited by fellow student Ryan Shaver and pours her heart out after encouragement from his side. Ryan betrays her by publishing the poem against her will in his school magazine. In the present day, Tony confides to Clay about the night of Hannah’s death.
Tape subject: Ryan Shaver, for stealing a poem she wrote noting her personal problems and publishing it in the school newspaper without her consent.
Tape 5, Side A:
While hiding in Jessica’s room during a summer party, Hannah witnesses Bryce Walker raping an unconscious and intoxicated Jessica, with Justin’s consent. In the present, Clay talks to Justin who claims it’s better Jessica doesn’t know the truth. Marcus warns Clay the worst is yet to come.
Tape subject: Justin Foley, for allowing Bryce to rape his girlfriend Jessica.
Tape 5, Side B:
After the party, Hannah gets a ride from Sheri. They get into a small accident and hit a ‘Stop’ sign, but Sheri refuses to call the cops. While Hannah is on her way to find a phone, a tragic accident occurs at that same crossing, causing the death of Jeff Atkins, a friend of Clay’s. When Hannah tries to tell Clay about the ‘Stop’ sign he pushes her away thinking it’s one of her drama moments again. In the present, Jessica’s behavior becomes more erratic.
Tape subject: Sheri Holland, for abandoning Hannah after she crashed her car into a stop sign, which later caused the death of another student.
Tape 6, Side A:
Clay finally listens to his tape and is overcome with guilt because he could not do enough to prevent her suicide. In present day, Justin finds out Jessica is at Bryce’s. He confronts her there and admits that Bryce raped her on the night of the party. Olivia Baker finds a list with the names of all the people on the tapes, although she doesn’t know what the list means.
Tape subject: Clay Jensen, for leaving Hannah at her request after the pair almost had sex. However, Hannah notes that Clay does not deserve to be on the tapes (she confesses her admiration and fondness of him) but she says she added him because he knew many of the people who bullied her and she wanted him to know the full story.
Tape 6, Side B:
After accidentally losing her parent’s deposits which were supposed to go to the bank, a depressed Hannah stumbles upon a party thrown by Bryce. The night ends in tragedy when she ends up alone with him and he rapes her. In the present, Clay goes to Bryce’s house on the pretext of buying weed from him and confronts Bryce about the rape, taping his confession. Everyone on the list Olivia found is subpoenaed for the lawsuit between the Bakers and the school. The episode ends with an ambulance treating an unknown teenager with a gunshot wound to the head.
Tape subject: Bryce Walker, for raping Hannah in his hot tub.
Clay gives Tony the confession tape to copy. Hannah visits Mr. Porter, and tells him about her rape. Hannah secretly records the conversation, hoping Porter will help her. When he doesn’t, she leaves to go home and commits suicide by cutting her wrists. In the present, Clay confronts Mr. Porter about meeting with Hannah on her last day. He also hands over the tapes including an additional tape with Bryce’s confession. Clay tells Porter that he is the subject of the final tape. The depositions continue, with all of those named confessing their faults except for Alex who attempts suicide and is in critical condition. Justin leaves his home and town out of guilt, but not before telling Bryce about the tapes. Jessica tells her father about her rape. Before his deposition, Tyler hides ammunition and guns in his room. At school, Clay reaches out to Skye, a classmate he previously noticed with scars on her wrists.
Tape subject: Mr. Porter, for not believing Hannah was suicidal and for not giving her proper help.
So the series is based on Jay Asher’s novel “Thirteen Reasons Why”
I love the story. I love the cast and the way they portrait the characters well. I just don’t know the reason why they change the scene wherein Hannah committed suicide. Instead of swallowing pills they’ve decided to change it by Hannah cutting her wrist.
The story become mainstream and there are also a lot of memes now about this series.
But all in all it is great! I’m giving it a 9/10.
P.S. 13 reasons why got renewed for season 2, I really don’t know what to expect we’re just going to wait for the release of it soon.