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Talking Points and Discussion Questions for “13 Reasons Why”

  • What did you relate to in this story? Which character did you relate to most in 13 Reasons Why?
  • What impacted you the most throughout this series?
  • What were your thoughts and feelings about blame placed on each of the characters in the story?
  • Do you feel suicide can be contagious?
  • What were your thoughts/feelings about the graphic nature of the sexual assaults and depiction of Hannah’s suicide in 13 Reasons Why?
  • What were your thoughts/feelings about the show’s portrayal of suicide? Do believe it was glamorized?
  • What were your thoughts/feelings about the role of the school counselor?
  • What were your thoughts/feelings about the role of Hannah’s parents?
  • Why do you think Hannah shied away from talking to her parents about what had happened to her/ was happening to her?
  • What were your thoughts/feelings about the role of other teens’ parents and their “not my child” mentality?
  • What were your thoughts/feelings about the idea of revenge in death?
  • What were your thoughts/feelings about the idea of having a voice postmortem?
  • What were your thoughts/feelings about the lack of discussion regarding mental illness/depression in the story? What are other ways one can get help in these situations?
  • Hannah chose a permanent solution for issues that could have been addressed and treated professionally. What could she have done? If she felt no one was listening, including the school counselor, where could she have gone for help?
  • Do you agree with her friends upholding Hannah’s wishes postmortem? Was this in her best interests? Her family’s? Her friend’s? Was the decision in the end to give the tapes to her parents wise?
  • How far would you go to keep a friend’s secret? If upsetting a friend and telling others about a dangerous situation can save that friend is it more important than keeping that secret?
  • Did the other teens miss an opportunity to help by making decisions based upon upholding their own reputations?
  • Where was the breakdown in support for Hannah? What can you do to assure you have a good support system?
  • What were your thoughts/feelings about the nature of the sexual assault on both Hannah and Jessica in 13 Reasons Why? What support or help could they each have used?

Also, make sure to read this review of “13 Reasons Why” by my colleague, Joy, for further discussion of this show.