13 Reasons Why – ★★★ 1/2
13 Reasons Why has taken America by storm, becoming one of the most watched Netflix series ever, and dividing audiences who think it’s either great for making a show that sheds light on bullying and it’s consequences, or those who feel it glorifies suicide.
Clay Jensen attends a mourning high school, reeling from the fact student-nobody Hannah has killed herself. Weeks later, Clay returns home to find a box of 13 tapes, recorded by Hannah. On the tapes, Hannah explains why she killed herself, and if you’ve been given the tapes and are listening to them now, then you’re one of the reasons why she did it.
What follows are flash backs featuring Hannah, mixed with present day grief that follows the characters emotions and how they deal with someone they knew who committed suicide. How do they cope, knowing they had a part to play in Hannah’s decision to end her life? And why is Clay on the tapes?
It’s gripping, annoying, relevant, promising, needed, shocking and intense. 13 Reasons Why should’ve been 8 Reasons Why, but thanks to amazing acting and some incredible character development you have no choice but to stay tuned and find out the reasons why.
By Matt Skings