13 Reasons Why, based on the bestselling novel and executive produced by Selena Gomez (!), is wrought with everything we hated about high school. Which is why we can’t get enough of it.
Dropping on March 31st, shy and nerdy high schooler Clay Jensen finds a box of 13 cassette tapes on his doorstep. Recorded on the tapes is the voice of Hannah Baker, a student (and Clay's crush) who recently committed suicide. On the first tape, Hannah delivers a chilling message: “Hello, boys and girls. Hannah Baker here, alive and in stereo...I hope you’re ready because I’m about to tell you the story of my life. More specifically, why it ended. And, if you are listening to these tapes, you’re one of the reasons why.”
At times outrageous, upsetting and deeply moving, the show is like experiencing being a teen all over again without actually experiencing it all over again. The series is rife with backstabbing, slut-shaming and dealing with unexpected tragedy.
Putting the heavy stuff aside, we’re gripped by the high school nostalgia: the cliques, gossipy notes passed under desks in class. While Hannah and Clay's school isn’t our idea of an alma mater we’d like to attend, it does inspire other fictional high schools we wish we had or hadn't gone to IRL. With special teen experts, Ashleigh Murray and Mädchen Amick, from Riverdale—here's where we’d want to enroll along with those we’re so glad will never be in session.