13 Reasons Why

13 Reasons Why is an intense, dark Netflix drama based on the popular young adult novel of the same name.

The first season explores the motivations that led Hannah Baker, a troubled teen, to die by suicide. We hear about the bullying, sexual assault, and other traumatic events in her life. Messages about compassion, empathy, and not taking others for granted are clear, but the fact that Hannah blames others for her suicide may send the wrong idea to sensitive teens. Hannah’s suicide is shown in great detail in the original series (but was edited out by Netflix in 2019 on the advice of suicide prevention experts and doctors), as is more than one graphic rape scene, including one that’s extremely brutal and involves a mop. There’s also teen drinking and lots of swearing. 

In the show’s second season, the students of Liberty High continue to process Hannah’s death while dealing with their own issues, including self-harm, more bullying, gun violence, and the pressure of testifying in a court case about Hannah. 

The third season is framed as a murder mystery with some main characters implicated, and also has an abortion storyline, steroid use, and immigration issues. 

The fourth and final season sees the main character die of AIDS, after being homeless and a sex worker, while another deals with serious mental health issues like PTSD and anxiety.

The series was emotionally draining. Even though it’s a high school set up as I watched the series I could feel the hurt and pain at the hands of the people with whom I share my DNA. The show makes you think about how you treat other people cause you do not understand what’s going on in someone else’s life even if their life seems perfect. 

The song list is awesome :

  1. Can’t Take My Eyes Of You – Frankie Valli

2. Love Me Like The World Is Ending – Ben Lee

3. Your Not Good Enough – Blood Orange

4. Over Here – Mk Gee

5. The Good Side – Troye Sivan

6. Would You – Richard Swift

7. Best Part – Daniel Ceasar

8. Give Yourself A Try – The 1975

9. True Feeling – Galantis

10. Washing Of the Water – Peter Gabriel

11. Unbelievers – Vampire Weekend

12. Half Light II – Arcade Fire

13. Trouble – Lindsey Buckingham

14. Heatwave (2020) – Lean

15. For A While – Fene Lily

16. Bottom of the deep Blue Sea – Missio

17. Harm – IO Echo

18. The Night We Met – Lord Huron

19. Back to you – Selena Gomez

20. A 1000 times – Hamilton Leithauser

21. Kill Em with Kindness – Selena Gomez

22. Only you – Selena Gomez

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