Hurst Hot Take: ‘Heartbreak High’ (2022)

Emma Coppolo, A&E editor

Reboots are always a tricky situation. Whether it be following the original cast or introducing new characters, there is always potential for disaster. One reboot that absolutely passed the test is Netflix’s “Heartbreak High”. Set in an Australian high school, this show takes you through the trials and tribulations of the teens’ lives.

Amerie and Harper, who are best friends, make a map on a wall at their school tracing relationships and such throughout the school. After the map is discovered, the people who are featured on it prominently are placed into a new course. The people in the course have little connection other than their anger in being there. Along the way, though, they learn more and more about each other and themselves.

One major appeal of the show is its beautiful representation. It has received much acclaim online for the portrayal of an autistic character by an autistic ac-tress. Quinni, played by Chloe Hayden, provides a perspective that is rarely presented on television. Another character, Sasha, continuously attempts to make things easier for Quinni. In the process, she takes away some of her autonomy and sees her differently because of her autism. Hayden’s emotions when addressing this issue in-character are raw, and her performance is inspiring. Additionally, Quinni’s best friend is a nonbinary student named Darren. Some of the scenes with Darren’s parents show such a positive example of acceptance.

My favorite part of the series is the little moments where the characters are truly happy. For both these moments and the Australian accents, “Heartbreak High” is worth the watch.