‘Follows teenager Clay Jensen, in his quest to uncover the story behind his classmate and crush, Hannah, and her decision to end her life.’ (IMDb) (Netflix, 13 episodes of ap. 1h)
This struck too close to home. It struck close, and hard, and deep. Especially the truth it portrayed gave my chivers but I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.
I already feel this will be a short review. I’m not going to go into details and I don’t want to do a recap by episode, as I sometimes do with other series. But I did want to talk about my thoughts and feelings watching this series. So, it won’t be a full review either. Not now, not just yet.
It didn’t go easily. I stopped watching after the first one and then again after the third one. Just because it struck so close to home and I saw things happening that I knew friends or myself went through. It was hard. They don’t shy away from the truth. They choose to express it fully and wholly. To let everybody see what impact someone’s actions can have on one person. For that I will be forever grateful. And I will promote this series to friends and family and strangers. So everybody knows it or at least has heard of it, and so that they may (maybe) understand what some individuals go through.
This theme is hard. That is the truth. Teenagers can be assholes. Teenagers can be cruel. And when you’re also a teenager, finding your way in your new body, your new life, then hearing and seeing and going through such things, hit much harder. You’re just not in that place yet where you can dismiss it or give it the right place. Not yet.
So yes, this series struck close to home. I cried my eyes out and I felt things I haven’t felt in a long time. But it also felt like a closure for me. Being older and thinking back, I finally can close some of the chapters in my life that were still seeping through in my current life, that were still controlling me. I can finally give it a place.
After episode 4 or 5 I watched almost all of it in one setting. On the one side, I needed it to be over, on the other I was eagerly awaiting the moment Clay got to his tape. (I cried all over here) He broke my heart all over again, realizing what he did or didn’t do. Just a beautiful moment.
This entire series is carried by the actors. They are all fabulous and bring over the emotions without overacting, without pushing it too hard. They are real teenagers and you can easily place yourself in their place. I now understand when Selena Gomez (producer on this series) told that they waited to tell the story until they found their perfect cast. And they succeeded.
The last episode hit the hardest. They show everything. Everything. And it wasn’t easy to watch it. It wasn’t at all. But it is the truth. And everybody should know it. Because it isn’t easy and it never will be and it can never become easy.
I talked about it with a friend who also watched it, realizing as well it hit too close to home and got through it. Both of us agreed that this is the best way to show it. It is much more important to open a discussion about it, letting everybody know it is ok to think it once in awhile, and most importantly that there are people to talk to. And I’ve always been open about it, letting people know I understand and I want to be there to help others through it.
I especially hate all the commotion that came around it: that Netflix didn’t put enough information around the series about places people can go too if they need help. That this isn’t a series for young people. That it is too hard. They do have a point. But I think it’s way more important to be open and honest, especially with teenagers, and talk about it. Not hiding it, because then it gets worse. Trust me, I grew up in a household were talking about real, hard emotions wasn’t possible. Where the perception others had of us as a family, was more important. I’ll say no more about this, but please talk about this. Don’t shove it away. This is too important.
What do you think about this entire topic? Did you watch it? Let me know in the comments… And please be respectful and share the love around… This world is too beautiful to ruin it with poison.
9/10 stars… yes, a very high score… Both for its performances and quality, and for the message it gives to teenager. There’s already a second season in the pipeline and I can’t wait to see what they’ll do with this one.