Don’t Read Thirteen Reasons Why, Read This Instead

Don’t Read Thirteen Reasons Why, Read This Instead

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Hello and happy Friday. One of the most problematic books out there, which has been adapted to a Netflix show is 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher. It is, in my opinion, an invitation for vulnerable readers and viewers to consider suicide as an option and it just worries me what it can do to people, especially teenagers who come across this content.

I’m not saying that we should not read about suicide, I am saying that this theme was not handled with the care that something so problematic should. If someone has recommended this book to you, or you don’t know whether you should read it, I’m here to bring you not one but two alternatives that deal with the topic of suicide in a smarter way. Needless to say, if you feel that this is a very sensitive theme for you, do not read these books.

On one hand, we have My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga. I’ve deemed this book a “must read” because I think it sends a very strong message when it comes to truly seeing, appreciating and loving the world around us, even when struggling with mental illness. It has romance, but it is especially heavy on friendship and the importance of having a tight bond with someone, which is something that 13 Reasons Why lacked.

On the other hand, there’s Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang. There is a suicide attempt in this book, but we get to explore and try to understand, if this is even possible, what led to this person taking such an extreme decision. Again, there is a discussion related to what life is worth and what makes it so valuable. It is way more than just the story of someone who has decided to die, and that is what makes it so powerful.

Did you read/ watch 13 Reasons Why? What are your thoughts about it? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

3 thoughts on “Don’t Read Thirteen Reasons Why, Read This Instead

  1. I’ve heard of 13 reasons why but I didn’t know anything about it until reading your post. I agree, glorifying suicide is problematic. I struggled throughout my preteen and teenage years with depression(still do, but at least I’m away from most of the sources that will agitate it) and didn’t have anyone I could talk to. A book glorifying it might have encouraged me to just “go through with it” and “be done with it.” 😔

    I need to write a post for teens who were in my shoes without anyone to talk to and help them find ways to reach out and get the help they need.

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    1. I think that’s a huge problem, not having someone to talk to (or having someone but choosing not to). And since books can be super influential, I think it’s key that publishers be more aware of what they are marketing and how.
      I think that by writing your post you’ll have a great impact on many people and send a message of hope.

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      1. I can only hope.
        I knew when I was a tween/teen I SHOULD have talked to my doctor but I feared my mom would dismiss the doctor’s worries and say I was telling the doctor that stuff for attention. I knew I couldn’t handle it if she did that to me, so I said nothing and essentially suffered as an act of self preservation despite said suffering making me want to do the opposite.

        Turns out, when my littlensister reached out to a teacher about said thoughts and per school policy they sent her to the hospital, my mom told me, to my face, my sister was just saying that stuff for attention. I had moved out and felt safer at home but I think that was the first time I reamed my mom a new one. I haven’t talked to her too much since then, but my goodness, I was heartbroken to know I made the right decision for myself as a kid.

        If I can help even one kid struggling with the same stuff, I’ll call it a huge win.

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