Teenage suicide is an American tragedy, with an estimated 10 out of 100,000 teens determining to end their lives each year. According to the CDC, in 2013, 17 percent of U.S. students in grades 9-12 seriously considered attempting suicide in the previous 12 months.
Writer Jay Asher, in his novel “13 Reasons Why,” brings the tragedy of teenage suicide to the fore in a graphically written method, depicting the tragedy of a school girl named Hannah Baker who leaves behind a series of pre-suicide tapes for her classmates.
Each person who received the package of her suicide diary is numbered among those she
believed contributed to her tragic decision. Her instructions to them were specific: Starting with the first recipient of her tapes, teenager Clay Jensen, each recipient was instructed to listen to the entire 13 individual tapes then give to the next person mentioned until all 13 persons had listened to them.
Asher’s spellbinding novel became the subject for a motion picture that was to star actress Selena Gomez as Hannah. Discussions on the film began as early as 2011. However, for a variety of reasons, the film project was eventually shelved in favor of a projected TV series. The project was ultimately taken on by streaming video king, Netflix.
Read more on Laurie’s article at LifeCycles in the Communities Digital News