In its examination of the ways we hurt each other, deliberately or casually, knowingly or otherwise, the adult edges to this story ring with honesty and truth. Because sometimes, the only way to feel something is for it to hurt.
Perhaps it's the strength of the source material but the teen characters are fully fleshed-out people. They're not the archetypes you often box youngsters into - these guys are the Breakfast Club peeps at the end of the movie.
13 Reasons Why, which follows the fallout after a student's suicide and then unravels the web that led her there, is an ambitious and uniquely sympathetic deep dive into the challenges of being in high school.