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detached

I’ll note that Detached, by Christina Kilbourne, got some pretty nice reviews on Goodreads. However, I’m going to take the rare position of disagreeing with the majority. This book should have been in my wheelhouse. I wanted to like it. The plot fit my interests in terms of what I normally like to read—Anna seems like a perfect teenager on the outside, but on the inside she is a complete mess of depression and has NO idea how to tell anyone. She’s smart; she’s talented. But the suicidal thoughts that keep coming back have turned her into a walking black hole, and she becomes certain that the only way out is to do something about it. As a added “bonus,” we get to see how Anna’s depression and suicidal tendencies hurt those around her by reading some chapters from their points of view. Sounds interesting, yes?

Here’s the problem. I did not like the people around Anna. I didn’t like the way their POVs interrupted hers. I didn’t like the way their POVs jolted the chronology of the narrative. I especially didn’t like how Anna was able to attempt suicide FOUR times and absolutely NO ONE realized that this was a serious issue. While I understand that people who really want to kill themselves are not going to broadcast it to the world, the fact that Anna attempted four times and NO ONE tried to help her really bothers me.

Anna as a character is pretty great. Her sadness is so overwhelming that it invades her every thought, and that’s something Kilbourne handles really well. Had the entire book been from her POV, I would have been much more sold. However, as it stands, it comes across as too many different pieces of suicide, a large issue with many intricate pieces, crammed into too small of a book. 3 stars.

**Detached, by Christina Kilbourne, was given to me as an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Detached was published by Dundurn Press on August 13th, 2016.

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