13 Reasons Why (Netflix Series Review)

By Lauren - April 11, 2017

Long time no post, wow!

Anyways, here's a brief review on the new netflix series 13 Reasons Why.

"Hey, it’s Hannah. Hannah Baker. That’s right. Don’t adjust your…whatever device you’re hearing this on. It’s me, live and in stereo. No return engagements, no encore, and this time, absolutely no requests. Get a snack. Settle in. Because I’m about to tell you the story of my life. More specifically, why my life ended. And if you’re listening to this tape you’re one of the  reasons why."

If you haven't watched it, you've probably heard about it or seen trending articles online about the new show. 

13 Reasons Why was originally based off of a novel written by Jay Asher. It follows the story of seventeen year old, Hannah Baker and what ultimately drove her to commit suicide as investigated by her former classmates and friends. 

The show deals with very real issues including but not limited to; rape, suicide, content abuse (drugs, overdosing, alcohol and underage drinking) bullying etc. . 

I've noticed a lot of viewers complaining that they should've censored or cut out a lot of the controversial material and I would have to disagree with them. I knew when I started watching 13 Reasons Why, what I was getting into. The whole story it's based off of does not have a happy ending. These are very real, everyday issues that need addressing in our society. Personally, I applaud the show writers and filmmakers for including this content in a very real way. 

I briefly also want to discuss the bullying aspect that was heavily addressed in the show. It was mentioned many times by several characters that "it was Hannah's choice to end her life". Yes, ultimately suicide is that individual's choice but bullying and other triggers do help make that push as well. Imagine you're already struggling with your mind telling you over and over how worthless you are. . When you're continuously surrounded by negativity and toxic people in your life, your mind now has more negativity to feed off of than it did before. As someone who's personally struggled with severe depression I know this to be true.  It can be difficult to explain unless you've gone through it but thought it was interesting how the show covered that as well.

I do highly recommend this show to anyone who can watch it. Obviously, if you're triggered by the heavy content don't watch. The TV-MA is there for a reason but I believe this is another great conversation starter for some of the issues shown on screen, including the stigma that needs to be addressed with mental health. 

Rating 5 out of 5 

**If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is - 1-800-273-825. Don't be afraid to reach out for help if you need it. #EndTheStigma** 

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