My figurative anxiety toolbox was filled with tools for dealing with mental illness-y things that had no basis. Of identifying rogue emotions and coping. It doesn’t have a section labelled ‘what to do when someone close to you dies’. It doesn’t have a section labelled ‘how to cope when someone breaks into your home twice in a week and you’re home for the second attempt’. It doesn’t have a section labelled ‘actual life shit that the whole world is effectively ill equipped to deal with and so are you and that’s okay’.
This was not the post I set out to write about this show. This was not the post I had imagined myself writing early on in the episodes, back when I thought 13 Reasons Why was a clever indictment of the flippancy with which young people say and do things. I thought it was a commentary on how, yeah, this stuff happens to people all the time – people get bullied. . People get hurt. – but that you’ve no way of knowing what will push a kid over the edge. You have no way of knowing how many buttons you’re pushing. I thought they were pulling no punches, asking the audience to decide for themselves how morally corrupt the entire setup was.
Silence Interrupted focuses on the senior year of four high school students – Troye, Arabella, Zaidan and Adelaide. Troye is haunted by his father’s drinking problem. Zaidan is struggling to keep Arabella happy as she buckles under the weight of her spiteful mother’s words. Adelaide just wants to keep everyone happy. The four friends discover what a year can bring when faced with all the pitfalls life can possibly throw at teens just trying to find their way out into the world.
I recently discovered the absolute wonder of Netgalley and was over the moon that something like this site existed. For those unfamiliar with it, Netgalley is a place where bloggers and book reviewers can request galleys of soon-to-be-published books directly from publishers. I, of course, made the ultimate rookie mistake and requested all of the books I could get my hands on, and still have about 10 on my dashboard waiting for me as I didn’t expect to actually be approved for any of them….
This has been a weird year
Do you ever just sit back and notice yourself?
The Drugs.ie Youth Media Awards launched back in October, and the competition is accepting applications for the 2017 awards until February 2017. I entered and won the 18-21 category last year, and talked about it here. I’m sure most of us are conscious of the growing concern surrounding drugs and alcohol and young people in Ireland – it is an issue we need greater literacy on across the board.