13 Reasons Why: Season 2 possibilities 

Hannah’s story is finished, but there are plenty more to tell.  There were so many loose ends in the season finale.  I hate when movies and TV shows end that way.  It looks like we’ll be getting a 2nd season anyway.  Here are some storylines I’d like to see.

  1.  Alex.  The last time we saw Alex, he was in critical condition after a suicide attempt.  We know that he did some terrible things on the show.  He made that stupid hot-or-not list.  Because of it, his friendship with Hannah was ruined.  Not only that, he ruined Hannah’s friendship with Jessica too.  He wasn’t exactly a good boyfriend to Jessica.  He dumped her for not wanting to have sex with him.  But unlike a lot of the others, he actually felt guilt and remorse for what he did.   We were so consumed by Hannah’s story that we overlooked Alex’s issues.  Reckless behavior.  His mood swings.  Dealing with depression and anxiety.  Sadness.  Emptiness.  A major life crisis, which was Hannah’s death.  Making preparations, etc.  Whether he’ll survive or not is undetermined, but I would like to hear his 13 reasons why.
  2.   Jessica.  She was raped by her friend, Bryce.  Two people she cared about knew about it and did nothing about it.  Justin is one of those people, and he lied to her about it for months.  Really deep down, I think Jessica knew something bad had happened to her.  She just couldn’t piece it together until Justin finally confessed.  And he gave the stupidest, yet understandable reasons why he didn’t report it.  She was betrayed by a lot of people in her life too.  We could see things from her point of view.  It doesn’t have to follow the exact same formula as Hannah’s.
  3. Tyler.  I know you’re wondering why I put Tyler on this list.  He’s done a lot of messed-up things on the show too.  He stalked Hannah, which is why he was one of the 13 reasons she killed herself.  He leaked that picture of her and Courtney after Hannah rejected him.  He’s a bit of a creep.  But you don’t necessarily have to like someone in order to feel sorry for them.   I mean, look at Hannah.   From what little information we have, Tyler is an outcast.  Tyler was bullied for all of his life, it seems.  He tried desperately to fit in, but he was constantly rejected.  He didn’t seem to know how he came across.  The only way he could connect with people is through his photography.  I think he’s likely dealing with depression too.  Constant rejection will do that to you.  Trust me, I can relate.   If he doesn’t get the help he needs, he could get into some real trouble.  The last time we saw him, it looked like he was planning a school shooting.  And he had pictures of the people he apparently wanted to kill.  He took down Alex’s picture, possibly meaning that he change his mind about killing him.  We see a flashback of Alex defending Tyler against Montgomery, one of Tyler’s bullies.  We don’t know for sure if they’ll use the school shooting story.  But it would certainly be interesting to see Tyler’s point of view.

 

These are just some random theories I have.  13 Reasons Why is streaming on Netflix.

Review for “The Couple Next Door”

Review for “The Couple Next Door”

Synopsis: A mystery story about a couple whose child was stolen.

Anne and Marco Conti are just exhausted.  They recently became parents to little baby Cora, and they have no real time to themselves.  For just one night, they attend the party of their glamorous next-door neighbor.  They wanna  let loose and have fun.  Fun without their little daughter, whom they leave home alone.  So they get the shock of their lives when they return home to find Cora missing from her crib.  This is just the beginning of the many problems the Contis will face.  Get ready for a rough ride.

It’s quite a task to write about such unlikeable people.  You have to find a way to make them sympathetic as well.  But I think that Shari Lapena did an excellent job of that.  All of the characters have done terrible things, but somehow, you find yourself feeling sorry for them…a little.  I felt the most sympathy for Cora, the couple’s six-month old daughter.  But out of the adult characters, I felt the most sympathy for Anne.  She has never quite had an easy life growing up.  And she has to deal with a lot of really intense things.  What are those?  You’ll have to read the book in order to find out.  There was some sympathy for Marco.  I could somewhat relate to a few of his struggles in the book.  But for a lot of the story, I didn’t like him very much.  I couldn’t stand Anne’s step-father.  What a twisted man! You just wanted to punch him in the face.

With this book, Lapena used a slightly more traditional format.  From the very first page, you just have to know what happens next.  It felt like I was going through a variety of different feelings–shock, surprise, disgust, sympathy, anger and relief etc.  I wanted to shake Marco violently for even suggesting that they leave their baby daughter at home alone.  That was incredibly dangerous and stupid.  Later on, you’ll see why he did that.  You’ll probably won’t believe it.  It was fun to see things partly from Detective Rasbach’s perspective.  There was tons of secrets that the characters kept form each other.  I liked how they were unveiled one piece at a time.  It never felt overwhelming.  He was an interesting character.   I wish we knew more about him, though.

My biggest issue with the book was the ending.  At first, I liked it.  That ending was certainly a shock. Upon rereading, however, I liked it a lot less.   I know a lot of people hate ‘happily ever after endings’.  But I think it would’ve made more sense this time.  Anne and Marco had gone through enough.

 

Besides the above complaint, I really enjoyed reading The Couple Next Door.  It was a fun, fast-paced read.  In fact, it was probably one of the best mystery books I’ve ever read. Highly recommended,  I’d give it a 9 out of 10.  You can find it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other online bookstores.