Posted in Best-Seller, Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Suicide, Teens, Topical, TV Series

Thirteen Reasons Why

The Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” – based on the best-selling book of the same name by Jay Asher – has received rave reviews for its actors, its storyline, and the authenticity with which it presents every parent’s worst nightmare.

Suicide.

After committing suicide, Hannah Baker leaves behind seven cassette tapes that are delivered to various classmates and one adult. Clay Jenkins, with whom Hannah had a close friendship, is accused of being one of the thirteen reasons she chose to end her life.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide is the third-leading cause of death of young people between the ages of  10 and 24, and proportionally more boys than girls commit suicide: 81% in contrast to 19%. As of March 2015, approximately 4,600 young people have committed suicide. Read more about the CDC report here. The Nemours Foundation provides a comprehensive explanation on teen suicide here.

Click on the trailer above for a glimpse of the Netflix series, and click here for a short history its creation. Click here for a short featurette on the young actors who portray the main characters, and how they interpret the reasons that drove Hannah’s drastic decision to kill herself.

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Time Magazine Announces Its “30 Most Influential Teens of 2016”

Laurie Hernandez  Malia Obama, Sasha Obama  Amanda Stenberg

Above, from left: Laurie Hernandez, the Obama girls, Amandla Stenberg

Among those on the list: Laurie Hernandez, the gold-medal Olympic gymnast from the Rio 2016 games; Malia and Sasha Obama; and Amandla Stenberg, who will be appearing in Nicola Yoon’s movie adaptation of her best-seller Everything Everything.

Check out the list here.