Detached - Christina Kilbourne | Book Review

September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. This year's theme is Connect, Communicate,‎ Care. I encourage you to be part of the Conversation.

Pages: 201 pages, Paperback
Publication date: August 13, 2016

Publisher: Dundurn Press 
How I got the copy: Received a copy from the publisher
Rating: 4/5 Stars

Anna has always been so level-headed, so easy-going, so talented and funny. How could anyone have guessed she wanted to die?

Anna is not like other people. For one thing, she’s been an accomplished artist since she was a preschooler. For another, she’s always felt like she didn’t belong: not with other kids, not with her family, not in her body. It isn’t until her grandparents are killed in a tragic accident, however, that Anna starts to feel untethered. She begins to wonder what it would be like if she didn’t exist and the thought of escaping the aimless drifting is the only thing that brings her comfort.

When Anna overdoses on prescription pain killers the doctors realize she has been suffering from depression and start looking for a way to help her out of the desperate black hole she never thought she would escape. It’s then that rock bottom comes into sight and the journey back to normal begins.

Detached is a very important book and it's an example for readers to speak up. Mental illness awareness and the prevention of teen suicide are topics that should be openly discussed and not something to be ashamed of because it's so important to understand the factors of mental illness. Detached covers realistic topics of teenage struggles such as cyber bullying, depression and suicide.

I think Detached is a strong story with a strong main character. Anna struggles with depression without knowing she's depressed. And I really like that Kilbourne includes facts about teen suicide and depression into the story like how Anna is patient, adamant. and creative when she has an idea or how normal Anna looks to friends and family when in reality she is disconnected and very unhappy.

There are three different perspectives, Anna's, Anna's mom and Aliya, Anna's best friend. I loved having all three perspectives while reading Detached because it gave me an insider view to the entire situation, while having other character thoughts and point of view. It allows readers to compare how different Anna feels about situations from her mother and best friend's perspective.

I think it's great for readers to learn about mental illness through reading fiction because it's such an important topic and it can reach some many different types of readers if not on purpose, by mistake too.

However, I would have liked more of Anna's story. There were times I would have liked more information on situations and I felt some scenes were moving too quickly, just like the ending.

Overall, I really enjoyed Detached and I recommend it to readers that enjoy YA contemporaries that focus on realistic issues such as mental illness, depression and suicide. 

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