Detached by Christina Kilbourne

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In the end, readers get a full picture of how good treatment can restore even suicidal patients to a full life. (Readers will wish they could have learned what finally happened to Anna’s bridge painting, though.) Absorbing.
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2016 VOYA Top Shelf Fiction Selection


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. 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 painkillers, 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.
 

About Christina Kilbourne

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Christina Kilbourne is a Canadian author of YA and contemporary fiction whose book Dear Jo won three reader's choice awards. Her writing has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Slovenian, and Ukranian, and she is a member of the Writers' Union of Canada. Christina lives in Bracebridge.
 
Published August 13, 2016 by Dundurn. 208 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Good
on Jun 01 2016

In the end, readers get a full picture of how good treatment can restore even suicidal patients to a full life. (Readers will wish they could have learned what finally happened to Anna’s bridge painting, though.) Absorbing.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
on Apr 28 2017

Unfortunately, Anna’s recovery is rushed, especially in comparison to the attention given the events leading up to her suicide attempt. A too-pat ending and glossing-over of what mental illness treatment entails detracts from an otherwise sensitive and forthright discussion.

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