MY REVIEW OF 13 REASONS WHY (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)

This show is about Hannah Baker, a beautiful and smart teenage girl who made the decision to take her own life and the 13 reasons why she did (or the 13 people that made her do it). Just like the main character, Clay Jensen, in each tape (episode) you will learn how 13 people (including him) affected Hannah’s tragic choice. Be aware, this is not a happy story. However, it is realistic (sometimes graphic) and it will probably make you feel empty and angry at this world for a while.

If you are a bit of a nerd like me, the first thing you want to ask is: did you at least read the Jay Asher book? The answer is yes… about 4 years ago. Did I like the book? Not really…

I read it in a day, cause yes, like the TV show, you just want to know what is going to happen and who did what (especially Clay). However, I found myself a bit disappointed by the end of the book. It wasn’t bad, but it felt like something was missing. I can’t even explain what felt wrong though… especially four years later.

However, it wasn’t the case with this new Netflix original series. It was amazing.

This is something every parent should watch with their children.

First, for the parents to understand how high school is this little bubble where some kids don’t see how things could ever get better. For them to understand this awful way teenagers tend to think, bully and make a big deal of things that won’t matter in a few years. It’s not their fault though, they don’t know any better. This show might be painful to watch as you see Hannah’s parents struggling to make sense of their daughter’s death, because let’s get real, that must be one of the worst things to go through as a parent.

Also, parents need to know how bullying works, how some things have evolve and that their perfect kid, might not always be so perfect. Also, God knows that peer pressure is strong in high school and that kids are under a lot of pressure these days…

Even more importantly, teenagers need to watch it, even the younger one (even if it’s graphic). Mostly, because, “kids are mean” and they unfortunately don’t even realize it most of the time. They don’t know the power of their words and actions. They tell each other insults (slut, bitch, cunt, etc.) like it’s nothing, share private pictures and write horrible things on the Internet like it means less than what is said in real life. Also, it addresses serious current issue that kids desperately needs to understand like rape culture; bad school administration that blames the victims; addictions; bullying; bad family environment; and obviously, suicide.

Yes, some scenes are very graphic and painful to watch, but I applaud them for the way they handled it and how they were able to draw out what matters in it. The next generation of teenagers should know the impact they can have on others and when to denounce something terribly wrong. Also, schools should be trained to deal with those issues better and have better ressources to offer.

We need awareness and 13 reasons why did just that in a way that will captivate teenagers.

The show is suspenseful enough, entertaining and beautifully well acted out. I warned you, I don’t think it’s possible to not watch it in a few days only.

Every young actor gave a stunning performance. Dylan Minette (Clay) was my favourite and I found it much easier to relate to him in the show than the book. I found myself wanting to hug him and tell him it will all be okay and to not give up. Katherine Langford (Hannah) was sublime and her performance was incredible as she was getting more and more hurt by a series of unfortunate event. Even more, I wanted to hug her and tell her it will get better after high school and that I am sorry for what happened to her.

At first, when I heard that Netflix was going to adapt it, I pictured it as a movie since the book is quite short. However, I loved how they adapted the book in a series. It gave us a opportunity to get to know the characters better and understand how they reacted to the part they played in Hannah’s life. I love how they mixed the present with the past, creating more suspense how what would happened with the tape and every characters.

Part of me hopes that Netflix won’t make a new season even I want to know what happened to all of those kids. I believe the show was about Hannah before everybody else, and sadly, her story is already over.

So now, you have two choices: watch the show or leave me a comment with your opinions on it.

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