Asher's book is structured as nearly a back-and-forth conversation between Hannah's taped narration and Clay's increasingly stressed perspective, all told in one miserable night. The track, a haunting cover of "Only You" from '80s synthpop duo Yazoo, is inspired by the story between the main characters Hannah and Clay.
Selena Gomez's latest project, 13 Reasons Why, finds the actress and musician not center stage, but rather behind the scenes.
Selena hopes viewers take away a powerful message from the programme and that she reaches out to those struggling in their own skin. I'd read the unbelievable book by Jay Asher so I had an idea of what to expect - and any TV series that realistically depicts teenage suicide, sexual assault, and bullying is bound to be painful and deeply disturbing. Before she killed herself, she recorded a long narrative explaining why she did it, and she set up a system so that the cassettes would be privately circulated one-by-one among the 13.
13 Reasons Why premieres on March 31. "You probably think I'm taking it too seriously", Hannah says in one of the tapes.
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Reviewers are already suggesting the series is a binge-worthy addition to Netflix's growing library of content geared toward younger audiences. But it's Hannah's parents - played to tired perfection by Kate Walsh and Brian d'Arcy James that provide the show with its most heartbreaking performances - with Walsh giving what might be the sleep-deprived and desperate performance of her career. When asked about her upcoming album, the "It Ain't Me" singer teased, "I think people are going to be a little surprised, I'm excited for what's coming". I can't stand social media, I can't stand what they're looking at.
If you or someone you know are experiencing suicidal thoughts, call 911, or call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
When Stanford psychiatrist Rona Hu, MD, was invited to help shape the script of a Netflix series about teenage suicide, she knew it was an unusually good chance to communicate with teenagers about mental health issues.