13 Reasons Why You Should Watch Thirteen Reasons Why

13 Reasons Why You Should Watch Thirteen Reasons Why

have been emotionally drained, had my soul ripped out and set on fire, and yet, I would still do it all over again.
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I just recently finished watching Thirteen Reasons Why on Netflix, and let me tell you: I have been emotionally drained, had my soul ripped out and set on fire, and yet, I would still do it all over again.

In fact, I've already started watching it for the second time!

Why would you do that to yourself? You ask.

Well, let me tell you why!

1. The Book

This book was just as heart-wrenching as the Netflix series and deserves to be read. Even my brother, who is a self-proclaimed book hater, finished this book in less than a week. To-date, this is the only book he has ever read on his own accord and enjoyed. I don't care if you read the book then watch the series, or watch the series then read the book, but you have to read the book!

2. Clay Jensen

Okay, first off, Clay Jensen is too pure for this world and we must protect him at all costs. But seriously, I love his character so much. He's relatable, flawed, and honestly just real. You'll find yourself constantly nodding your head and saying "Same," to the television screen as Clay talks/acts.

3. Diversity of the Cast


Thirteen Reasons Why boasts a diverse cast with multiple ethnicities in major roles with lots of screentime. They also break a lot of stigmas related to sexuality and race. Instead of making Tony the stereotypical gay best friend, he is interested in cars, can fix anything, and is seen as a bad-ass. This is something you, unfortunately, don't usually see on television. It's definitely something that should become more popular.

4. The Banter

Although this series is mainly soul-crushing, it does include a lot of comic relief that you can appreciate. You can especially appreciate any of the conversations Clay and Tony have; they're all fantastic.

5. Redemption

Each person on the tapes has made a mistake, and while some people don't show any remorse, others are able to redeem themselves by fighting to right their wrongs. Zach Dempsey, for example, does something stupid (like teenagers do) but continues to work towards making up for his mistakes.

6. Hidden Messages

**THIS CONTAINS SPOILERS SO IF YOU CARE, SCROLL DOWN TO #7**

There are all of these small things that kind of all build up to this massive hidden message. Throughout the series, everyone is so focused on Hannah and Clay that they don't notice how Alex is spiraling out of control. Everyone seems shocked when he shoots himself in the head at the end of the series, even though all of the warning signs were there. This shows us how in real life, we can get so caught up in our own issues that we don't see what others are going through and that we should take the time to notice the pain/struggles of the people around us.

7. Trigger Warnings

Netflix does an amazing thing by showing trigger warnings before every episode that is particularly graphic or disturbing. Netflix didn't have to do this when the entire series is based on a girl committing suicide, but they still look out for those whose mental health could be affected, and I just find that fantastic tbh.

8. It's Raw and Authentic

Thirteen Reasons Why does not dance around tough topics, but instead, faces them head on without apology. It talks about rape, alcoholism, self-harm, suicide, abuse, and much more. I absolutely love that they take things that nobody wants to talk about and puts it out there for the whole world to see.

9. It's Relatable AF

This series is one that you'll often find yourself relating to, whether personally or hearing from a friend. This might actually be one of the scariest things about this series; that you can look at a character and think "That person is just like ____!"

10. Digs Deep into the Characters' Actions

Those of you who have read the book know that it consists mostly of Clay just walking around all night and listening to the tapes. All of the emotions you feel are from Clay's inner-monologues. This series does something different in that it follows all of the characters, not just Clay, as they react to the tapes and the situations around them. It really puts things in perspective and forces you to see that not all people are just innately bad.

11. THE FACT THAT THEY DID AN EPISODE PER CHAPTER THE WAY IT SHOULD BE DONE

I feel like this doesn't need any further explanation; Netflix did a magical thing when making each episode based on one chapter. Because they did this, they were able to delve deeper into the details without leaving anything out.

12. Tony (Including Massive Heart-Eyes for this Wonderful Character)

Okay, I just really, really, really, really love Tony. He's just this amazing friend who protects everyone around him and wants the best for those he cares about. He's the kind of person you'd want to be your best friend. Like, I really don't think Tony gets enough appreciation for staying loyal to Hannah, even after her death. He deserves the world and I would gladly give it to him if he were real.

13. The Not-So-Hidden Message

Some people might think that Hannah sent out those tapes as a way for her to get last-minute revenge to those who wronged her. I think they'd be missing the point. I think it's her way of trying to get people to think about how their actions affect others. Yes, I'm sure it hurts them to hear such horrible things about themselves, but that's kind of the point. Sometimes you need to face the awful truth about yourself before you can change for the better.

So now that you've read why you should watch this series, you have no reason not to! GO WATCH IT!!!

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.
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The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:


“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:

“FISH STICK! I NAMED HIM FISH STICK BECAUSE HE'S A FISH STICK, OF COURSE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 59)

When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:


"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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15 Thing Only Early 2000's Kids Will Understand

"Get connected for free, with education connection"

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This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.

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Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.

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Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.

3.Bunnicula

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You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.

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You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.

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The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers

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You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.

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The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"

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The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution

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This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi

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Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters

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You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs

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Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.

14.Go-Gurt

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Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

15. Slap Bracelets

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Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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