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4.06  ·  Rating details ·  157 ratings  ·  56 reviews
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 grandpare
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Published August 13th 2016 by Dundurn Press
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ARC kindly provided by the publisher (Dundurn Press) and Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

Trigger warning: Depression, suicide, substance abuse

This was an extremely powerful book. Personally, I don't think I suffer from depression, but this book should be read by everyone, as it's an eye-opener. Christina Kilbourne wrote this book after being approached by a mother who had lost her teenage son, who committed suicide. Her message at the beginning of the book touched
I can't ever look at a swing set the same way again :( An important wonderfully written novel about depression and the road to recovery. Christina Kilbourne writes with a narrative that is easy to follow from three very different but important point of views. As a mentally ill teen (back in the day), this book had me nodding along because of all the familiar thoughts I had experienced. Please excuse my short mini review because I'm still tearing from all the emotions I just experienced reading t ...more
A very powerful book that all teenagers and parents should read. Really, everyone.

From the Author's note to the reader:
"Detached was a hard book to write. In fact, I didn't want to write it at first. But I was approached by a mother whose teenaged son had committed suicide, and she wanted a book she could use in her outreach efforts.
[...] I balked at the idea of writing a book about teen suicide. What if I gave someone the idea to kill themselves?
[...] I set myself a daunting challenge in wr
Jul 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow. I couldn't stop reading this book, through to the end. I stayed up late, and read when I should be working.

I have to step back and think how best to make you want to read this book. It is intense. It is well written, and it is about teenage suicide.

Incredibly sensitively written story, told in three voices, Anna, her mother, and her best friend, about what is going on with her. Because it is being told in three voices, you don't know what will happen in the end, and if she will succeed or n
Karen Barber
Jul 30, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I've only just finished this, but my thoughts towards it are mixed.
I think the first thing that I have to say is that any book that gets teenagers to think about mental health issues is a good thing, particularly one that is so unflinching in the way it explores one of the things that scares adults most - suicide.
Anna is a talented artist but since her grandparents died in a crash she feels detached from those around her. On the surface she seems to be coping, but inwardly her thoughts increasin
Aug 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sometimes the people that look really happy to you are in fact the ones suffering.

No one knew what Anna was going through internally. On the outside, she was a great student and a talented artist. After her grandparents' death, they all believed she was coping fine. But that's not the case.

It's rare to read a book about someone who spends her days coming up with ways to die. I found her thoughts very sad and so terrifying. I mean, the stuff she'd think up were so horrible. And throughout the st
This book is on a dark, important topic, and I expected it to be triggering. But the book is so wonderfully executed, and in the end I found it... Well for a few hours, I couldn't even put a word to it. I was so captivated by this book, I couldn't even think straight. But looking around at what the other reviewers wrote, I found the right word. Uplifting!
I have nothing bad to say about this book, not a single thing that I thought could be executed in a different way, mostly because the writing i
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Grade: B-

One Word: Difficult

I was super excited to receive a complimentary ARC copy of DETACHED by Christina Kilbourne from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. It had been on my wish list since I saw the gripping cover months ago.

Anna is bright, funny and talented. She has a great group of friends and a loving, supportive family. She's still mourning the death of her beloved grandparents two years ago, but that's to be expected given how close she was to her kindred spirit grandmother.
May 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-read
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my review.

I was wary at first because of the author's notes in the beginning. A lot of the time when you get a writer who wants to tell a story of suicide and depression who hasn't experienced it first hand, you get a bunch of horrible sappy writing. Kilbourne took this story quite seriously, and somehow managed to convey and detail exactly what it feels like to be caught in the throughs of dying. It can be hard at times for people to
May 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, ya-teen
The author's foreword gave some insight into her aims, to write a book about teen suicide that would help people to understand, that would show the despair causing it as well as the ripple effects, all without being either too dark or too perky, and I have to admit I was a little sceptical until I started reading.

This may be the first book I've read that really shows the insidious nature of depression, and its gradual draining of life and vitality, and yes, Christina Kilbourne manages to show th
May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Review to come closer to release date.
Jul 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
4 or 4.5 stars. will decide when I write me review
Sep 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Anna has always felt different. She’s always had a nagging feeling that she didn’t quite belong with the people around her. And then one day, her grandparents are killed in a tragic accident and it isn’t until then that Anna starts wondering what it would be like for her to be gone too…to just not exist anymore. Not only has she become detached from the world around her and those who love her, she has been void of any emotions as well. Suicidal but entirely unaware of her mental illness, Anna fa ...more
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing

What a book! I started this book on Saturday evening and it was glued in my hands until I finished it Monday night (I did unfortunately have to put it down to go to work and run errands). Christina Kilbourne brings the reader inside a world and mindset that is so often shut to the majority of society. She gracefully engages in a very dark and controversial topic and once again emerges victorious with a story that allows us to discuss topics that are often taboo fro
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the books that should find its way on more bookshelves and I am so thankful to have got this ARC from NetGalley. The way Christina Kilbourne approaches the topic is, in my eyes, fantastic. Instead of trying to construct a wild story about a girl, she depicts everyday situations to make the feelings of Anna obvious and realistic.

We also get to see this world from the viewpoint of Anna’s mum and her best friend Aliya. Because of that, the same situations can be experience through di
★||Actual Rating: 3.8|| ★

I received this book from the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Warnings: Mentions & Attempts of Suicide, Underage Drinking.

This story focuses on Anna, the MC. Her bestfriend, Aliya and her Mom. From the beginning of the book we see that Anna clearly suffers from depression even though she herself doesn't know it.

We see Anna lead a seemingly perfect life but inside she's dying. There were signs of course but I think this book shows us that sometime
Brandi Kosiner
Jun 25, 2016 rated it really liked it

Disclaimer: I received this book as an ARC (advanced review copy). I am not paid for this review, and my opinions in this review are mine, and are not effected by the book being free.

I wanted to read Detached because I am drawn to stories that deal with mental illness and it sounded like one that would deal with the issue as well as suicide in a realistic way.

It's told in multiple narratives from Anna, perfectly normal and middle class from the outside, she even has her looks and talent with
M. Hollis
May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
"The thing I was sure about, though, was that nobody would understand why I so badly wanted to stop existing. It's not that I wanted to kill myself. I just wanted a break from being me, which meant the thought of dying was never very far away."

From the very first pages I already connected to Anna right away. Her thoughts were mine, her fears and wants were mine too. This book is an immersion in the mind of a depressed person with suicide thoughts, as much as it is about the people around her.

May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
This review contains no spoilers

First of all, I think everyone should read this book. If you read the description of this book and you’re not sure whether to read it or not, read it! Once you start reading this book you won’t be able to put it down.

This book perfectly describes what it’s like to live with depression. I can speak from experience because I have been dealing with depression for years. It is always difficult to explain to people what it is like to live with depression. Reading the s
Sep 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing

From the first page I absolutely fell into rhythm of this book. Anna has what some people would say is the perfect life: two married parents who are well off, a great relationship with her brother, good grades, and a wonderful talent. How could she be depressed?

Slowly through the pages you see the illness drive Anna deeper and deeper into this dark cloud, where the only way out in her mind is death.

I loved everything about this book from the beginning to the end. It correctly and accurately sh
Lekeisha The Booknerd
Jun 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Originally posted over at Lekeisha the Booknerd

My Mini Thoughts

You all know that I love all things mental health. And a few of you know that I suffer from depression myself, so I will always seek out books that are centered around that more than others. Detached is really well developed, in terms of the protagonist's illness and the subsequent effects of her state of mind. The author did an amazing job detailing Anna’s thoughts and actions, and you are really inside her head the whole time. Read
I was given a review copy of Detached through NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for my honest opinion.

Anna's art has always kept her centered, but a bridge, for which she has become obsessed, takes over her waking thoughts. Painting does nothing to quell her obsession of it, which was dubbed by the locals as the suicide bridge. Ever since her grandparents died in the same river spanned by the bridge, Anna has felt detached from her life, hopeless and desperate. Her parents, her brother Jo
May 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Dundurn Publishers for an ARC of Detached by Christina Kilbourne.

Anna is a young girl with depression, only she doesn't realise she's depressed. All she knows is that she wishes to die. And so, she tries. Only... she is rescued and wakes up in hospital, where she is treated for depression.

I want to give this book 3.5 stars. I did enjoy the book, I felt Kilbourne describes untreated depression and suicidal ideation in a sensitive and realistic way, and describes the recovery quite w
Aug 22, 2017 rated it liked it
"Detached" is one of the few books which has focused on depression as a mental "illness" and not as a social stigma to shy away from.

The book revolves around Anna who finds herself dead within which has aggravated especially after her grandparents' death. Throughout the book the author has tried to give an insight about the thinking process of a depressed person, how the feeling of letting go overpowers them to the extent that they think suicide as the ultimate end.
The most important aspect of t
Shawna Briseno
Aug 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Depression and suicide in teens are always difficult topics to read about. But it's an important one because it's very real. This book does a good job of telling the story of one such teen in a way that's entirely believable. Another aspect of the book that I enjoyed was hearing Anna's story told from three different perspectives: Anna herself, her mother, and her best friend. It's a reminder that these are issues that don't just affect one person but instead everyone around that person. ...more
May 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a very uplifting book about a dark topic. The way the author describes the way Anna feels is just incredible. Then when she is giving the side of her mom and friend give you a whole new side to the story

Fantastic story MUST READ
Jul 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This book is well developed and the author has done a wonderful job in swiftly moving through scenes and time without appearing choppy. It is written in alternating POV, Anna (protagonist), Anna's mother and Aliya (Anna's friend).

I personally didn't like Anna which is a good thing because that meant the author did very well to make her appear apathetic, bland and dull which are some things you expect of a person suffering depression.

I found her selfish most of the times, ungrateful attention s
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

Detached by Christina Kilbourne is an informative and insightful portrait of depression and suicidal ideation that I HIGHLY recommend to readers of all ages.

Sixteen year old Anna is an amazingly gifted artist, but she has never quite felt like she fit into her life. She is intelligent and thriving at her elite art school. Anna has a loving family and although her circle of friends is small, she is well-liked by everyone. However, following her grandparents' deaths, the inner void she h
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bvw-to-read
I thought this book did a good job of trying to describe how depression feels and how it's not always easy to recognize in yourself or in others. I think it could be a good discussion book and could help people understand that it's not always so easy to just feel better. ...more
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Christina Kilbourne is an award-winning young adult author who handles complex subjects with sensitivity and tact while covering issues of critical significance to youth.

Her novel, Dear Jo, was the recipient of three Canadian young reader’s choice awards in British Columbia (Red Cedar), Saskatchewan (Snow Willow) and Manitoba (MYRCA). It was also shortlisted for a young reader’s choice award in Ne

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