17 Quotes From '13 Reasons Why' That Remind Us Just How Hard High School Can Be

Liz Alterman | May 5, 2017 TV
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  • 'It Has to Get Better'

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    In the wake of Hannah's death, Clay realizes something has to change so that history doesn't repeat itself. He's right.

  • 'Don't Understand'

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    This quote speaks to how easy it is for all of us to misconstrue information. It's important to base judgments and opinions on your own firsthand experience rather than speculation and hearsay.

  • 'Losing a Friend'

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    Friends are just as important as family to teens. Losing a close friendship is often like a death. Communication can be key to mending that rift, as long as there's still time and both parties are willing. If Hannah and Jessica had patched up their friendship, both young women would've benefited. 

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  • 'Pretending'

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    Parties are supposed to be a blast, but when you're in high school, you often feel like you don't fit in. Alex attends Jessica's party, hoping to win her back, but, unfortunately, for all, it doesn't work out that way.

  • 'Take Responsibility'

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    When Alex creates his list, it pits Hannah and Jessica against each other and subjects Hannah to Bryce's unwanted advances.

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  • 'Right Moment'

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    Clay had so many chances to let Hannah know his true feelings but his fear of rejection kept him from speaking his truth. We can all learn from this modern take on the old adage, "He who hesitates is lost."

  • 'Rumors'

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    High school hallways are filled with rumors but it's up to each individual to decide whether he or she should believe them -- or worse, spread them. 

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  • 'Turn Off the Noise'

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    When you're feeling down or depressed, it's all-consuming. Hannah struggles to tune out the voice of self-doubt that constantly reminds her she's not good enough. A new voice, like Clay's, telling her she was special could've helped her silence the noise.

  • 'The Truth'

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    Both teens and adults sometimes latch onto rumors and run with them because they're usually more scintillating than the truth. But when they're at the expense of others, it's best to just shut them down. Anyone who stood up for Hannah and squashed the cruel and demeaning things said about her might've prevented this story's tragic ending. 

  • 'What Goes On'

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    When we look at certain people we might imagine their lives are perfect, but when you really look inside, you see that they all have their issues. Hannah, Justin, Alex, Jessica, Skye, Tony, and Clay all had a lot going on in their lives outside of school that added to their stress.

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  • 'Disappointed'

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    Hannah feels upset with herself when she allows her hopes to rise --only to be dashed over and over again. You truly feel for this young woman who wants her life to go in such a different direction from the course it's taking.

  • 'Everything Matters'

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    Though difficult to abide by, if you remember that each action and reaction matters not just to you but to everyone surrounding you, you may alter your behavior to make it more considerate and compassionate.

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