I don't know if it's already reached your radar, but there is rather new Netflix series called 13 Reasons Why which centres around a teenage boy called Clay, trying to deal with the suicide of a fellow student for which he, partly, is to blame for.
It has been my new binge-watching show for the past days and although it is really painful to watch, I deem the show really good and definitely worth watching.
So here's the plot. The series commences with student Hannah Baker committing suicide by slitting her wrists and bleeding out in the bathtub. Before she committed suicide, she made 13 tapes, each dedicated to one person/reason as to why she killed herself. Clay Jensen, a geeky, not entirely popular boy receives the tapes and is ordered to listen to all of them and then passing them on to the next person. He is slowly learning about Hannah's past and what drove her to her decision. Also, he learns about the other people on the tapes who now also want to shut him up in case he wants to give the tapes to the police.
I haven't watched the whole series yet, but so far it is very fast-paced, exciting and featuring great actors like newcomer Katherine Langford as Hannah Baker with whom you have to fall in love and whose loss you bemoan as a viewer. The horrible thing about this series is that you know it will ultimately end badly, with Hannah's death, and the closer you get to her and her pain, the more her pain becomes yours. I wouldn't recommend binge-watching it as it will make you cry and hate bullies even more than you hopefully do now. Clay Jensen, admittedly is a little harder to like - especially in the first episodes - as he doesn't do much but stand around and stare stupidly into thin air, sporting his nasty cut on his forehead. Of course, as it is a high school drama series, it features the always-popular-in-movies-and-series-but-seriously-hated-by-viewers football crowd of rowdy assholes you make hot-and-not lists of girls, rape them and shame-picture them to show around in the whole school. Even the gay men in this series are meanies to poor Hannah and in the end you're so paranoid you don't want to trust anyone or anybody ever again, as poor Hannah shouldn't have. This is the second worst thing about the series. It permanently jumps between the present in which Hannah is dead and Clay is listening to the tapes, and the past where all these things take place. So, you will see Hannah make a friend, but because you know he/she is on the tape, you will know he/she is a stupid asshole who contributed to Hannah's suicide in the end and it will make you cry even more when she pours our her heart to someone only to be crushed minutes later of screen time. But for people loving high school drama with a more sinister edge and a truly great message (look what you can achieve with your deeds, bullies), it is definitely worth a watch, but keep tissues ready!
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