Unless you have been living under a rock for the past week and a half, you’ve most likely heard about Netflix’s new series 13 Reasons Why by now. Based on the novel of the same name, the show follows a high schooler named Clay who receives 13 audio tapes after a classmate’s death. Whoever receives the tapes is one of the 13 reasons why Hannah Baker took her own life. In no way shape or form is this a fun show to watch, but it is informative on the effects of bullying and features great overall performances from its cast.
1.) It doesn’t sugarcoat the life and death of Hannah Baker
2.) The extremely talented young & diverse cast
3.) Amazing editing and cinematography that seamlessly transitions between the present, the past, and Clay’s imagination
4.) Shows what high school really looks like today
5.) The characters that aren’t all one note or follow stereotypes
6.) There isn’t really a clear villain of the show until the end of the tapes
7.) Tony’s mixtapes are BOMB
8.) Clay is played by one of my favorite up and coming actors: Dylan Minnette
9. )It’s a cautionary tale that I think will start up conversations about bullying between viewers
10.) Also, it’s kind of a mystery because we slowly discover why Hannah did what she did
11.) It brings awareness to the signs of suicide
12.) Due to it’s format and having all the episodes released on the same day, you can choose to binge-watch it or take your time. This is a really smart idea because in the show the teens have to decide if they are going to listen to the tapes in one sitting or over a longer span of time.
13.) More than likely you will just end up hating yourself afterwards, but 13 Reasons Why brings to life the reality that some teens are facing today.