Now on Netflix: 13 Reasons Why (TV-MA)

Why would a dead girl lie? Why did Hannah Baker kill herself? Well, there are 13 reasons why and you won’t be able to stop watching this Netflix orignial until you know every single secret.

13 Reasons Why is a revamp of the best-selling novel that came out in 2007. The story follows a shy, socially awkward teenager named Clay Jensen in his quest to uncover the truth behind why Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush, took her own life.

When I watched the first episode, I have to admit, I was a little disappointed. Some of the acting was painfully bad and these “high schoolers” looked like they were pushing 30.

This show also really emphasizes the different stereotypical cliques, making the jocks jerks in letterman jackets, the preps in pearls and pullovers and the weirdos covered in black eye-liner and tattoos. BUT… I kept watching and despite all those things that drove me crazy, I couldn’t stop.

The series begins with Clay coming home from school to find a mysterious box on his front porch with his name written on it. Inside lie cassette tapes, recorded by Hannah who had committed suicide just a few weeks before. On these tapes, she explains why she took her own life… and that whoever is listening, is one of those reasons why.

I recommend this show for mature audiences but please read this disclaimer before doing so.

Disclaimer: This show features innappropriate language, brutal bullying and some topics that are very uncomfortable and could be traumatic for some viewers. A few episodes feature content that could be very upsetting to younger viewers.

Suicide is a serious, heavy topic and if you, or someone you know, is struggling with bullies, mental health issues or depression, there is always help. I will list some resources down below.

Remember, you are never alone.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-784-2433

 

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