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22 Scars

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  87 ratings  ·  67 reviews
Raised with apathy and spite, Amy’s life is a monotonous drone of deep despair, broken only by coffee and nights out with her best—and only—friend. She battles depression daily, fighting to keep her sanity in a world that, to her, is set on destroying her soul.

Her future is bleak, overcast with shadow and doubt; her past harbors terrible secrets that even those closest to
Published October 28th 2017 by Christopher North
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Julie Parks
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
This book deserves 5 stars for originality alone.

I initially requested it through NetGalley but their file didn't work, and after reading the Amazon Sample I actually bought the Kindle version. It's that good!

It reads a lot like The New Yorker for YA. And the depression is approached internally not only externally on the screen - as in, while you're reading, you're pretty much feeling as confused and disoriented and unsure of anything as Amy herself.

Many will scorn that. I think in today's liter
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author through Voracious Readers*

*Trigger Warning - This book mentions, self-harm, suicide and rape*

This is a unique portrayal of a characters journey through the struggles she experiences in her life, and the emotions and thoughts she grapples with every day. The novel is brilliant in a subtle way, focusing primarily on understanding and developing the character of Amy, through events in her life, but also he lives of her parents.

The begin
Vesper Dreams
Jun 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf

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Upon seeing 22 Scars on NetGalley and VRO, I was really interested in seeing what this author would do with a story regarding such an emotional and sensitive subject like depression, self-harm, and more. Having been a victim of both depression and self-harm, I requested it in hopes to find a book that will help open up people's eyes to the mental illness while providing an emotional story.

Unfortunately, this book didn't live up to my expectations. I
Karen • The Book Return
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I received this book for free from Author (via YA Books Central) in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Amy leads a tortured life. She has a monster for a father and a distant mother. Amy self-harms and has suicidal tendencies. Then tragedy in her life leads her in a dangerous direction.

'22 Scars' highlights  mental illness in teenagers. With recent events, I think a young
Laura Henderson
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel seems to be more character driven rather than plot driven which is fine, however the character driven aspect was kind of slow. I felt that sometimes it was hard to discern what Amy was really thinking at times. Also note that the book is hard to get into at first, however later on the book does pick up. Not a one click read but still glad i read this book. The mental health side of this book was very well done. I've read a lot of books were manic depression/suicidal thoughts and tende ...more
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 4-star
I recieved a free copy of this ebook from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

This was a novel which dealt with some very serious issues and fortunately did so in a sensitive manner. It was cautious, engaging, informative and the characters were very intriguing to read about. I enjoyed my time reading this, although it was about a very dark subject.
Amii Morrison
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was given this ARC from Voracious Readers for an honest review.
TRIGGER WARNING ** This novel deals with depression, suicide, mental and physical abuse as well as rape. If any of these are a trigger for you, please do not read this book.

This novel was really good. I felt like I knew Amy and everything she was going through. I could feel her pain and all I wanted to do was help her.

There are to different storylines that come together in the end. You do not know that until you start reading a ch
Amanda Cole
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
As a person who has struggled with mental problems my whole life, this was hard to read. I like the way it educates the reader on depression and shows that many people throughout the world have it. Very emotional. Will stay with you for a while.
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
I got a free ebook copy of this from in exchange for an honest review, and quite honestly I feel weird giving this such a low rating compared to the other reviews. There wasn't a ton of plot, which was fine. Some books are great at just being character driven rather than plot driven, but usually then you get a deep dive into what the character was thinking at all times. This book didn't really go there - at least for Amy - until the end.

Also, it felt kind of disjointed.
Katie Lacombe
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this book as a part of the Voracious Readers book club.

I was really excited about this book when I read the description. I work in the mental health field, so I was interested to see how this author depicted depression and all the crazy emotions of high school. I think for me, it did a good job of showing how dark life can be for someone suffering from depression.

Overall, the structure of the book was hard to follow. I think with the changing perspectives, it took me a while to follo
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from voracious readers. Took me a fair while to twig about the couple in this book and link them in with the main character as it really could have done with a '15 years ago' chapter heading when it was about the couple so you know where you are. But have to admit it was bloody heartbreaking and I did shed a gallon on tears. A tad dark but considering the title and front cover of the book, you can figure out what the book is about so if you're prepared to go on thi ...more
TamaraLynne Stewart
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'd read this book again for sure it's a good read and it gives info that would help you better understand a person going threw depression so bad it feels better to them when they hurt themselves , these people are not alone and this book shows that ! I'm glad I got to read this book thank you for writing it C.M North helping people understand more of what it's like can only be a good and helpful thing
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*I received a complementary copy of this book from the author through Voracious Readers*
*Trigger Warnings - this book deals contains self-harm, rape and suicide*
22 Scars is the heart wrenching story of the daily struggle of living with depression. It portrays the life of 17-year-old Amy’s struggles through life and the emotions she deals with on a daily basis. This books is told through key events in Amy’s life and the lives of her parents that shapes the way Amy and her parents are.
The book as
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was well written. I really hit home and i can relate to some of it. I couldn't put it down.
Apr 12, 2018 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book for free through VRO.

Overall, it was a unique and cleverly done story. I found it difficult to get into at the start, as it jumped around between plots and characters, but am glad I kept reading and really enjoyed the second half of the book, where it felt like the characters had come more alive. I would happily read more of the author's work in the future.
Sep 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult
It felt like a manuscript or an early concept, like the ideas were written but needed to be organized and completed into a book.
I'm learning to accept that sometimes in life we will not get an answer to the question "Why?" And maybe that was the point here; we're not suppose to know what happened we just need to accept it. But, unfortunately, because of that I never cared about any of the characters we never really get to know any of them, we're just dropped into the story and expected to keep u
Kya Hanners
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was simply amazing. It describes manic depression in the most understandable way so someone who's never even been depressed could feel what its like almost. Gotta admit, i was almost confused for half the book. Worth reading.
Niamh Gibson
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a unique story which I couldn't put down! The use of alternating storylines was a bit confusing, but I liked the end of the story, with the use of diaries. Amy felt like a little sister to me all the way through- one I wanted to help, and the other characters were interesting, but it would have been nice to have seen characters like Beth get more depth.

In all, however, this book was enjoyable and I would like to read more from this author
Autumn Leaf
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: readers who love books about mental illness, parents, teachers.
Recommended to Autumn by: VRO
Shelves: favourites, i-own
I received this book from VRO for an honest review.

It is a well-written book about the deep and realistic side of mental illness and the society around those who suffer in silence.
The writer succeeded in narrating the pain and struggle of a lonely teenage girl. It was so vivid that, it makes the reader feel helpless.

This is dark, painful and the ending is so heart wrenching. I didn't see it coming. I never realized the whole picture at first and after connecting the dots, I do want to read it a
Erin Gossman
Jan 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I really loved the premise of this book. I really hated the first half of the book. I understand having disjointed ness to an extent, but you still need to be able to follow the story. I had absolutely no idea who’s point of view I was reading when it wasn’t Beth until halfway through, because it kept jumping between two characters. Halfway through when I figured out who the couple were and who’s point of view I was reading, I began to finally enjoy the book and be really drawn in. Overall it’s ...more
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-reads
I received this book as an E-book via VRO in exchange for a review.

Overall, I enjoyed the story of Amy's life and her struggles, although extremely dark, it was incredibly moving to read. I feel it is necessary to mention that there are topics such as suicidal thoughts, sexual assault, and self harm throughout this book.

My only complaint was the timeline of the story overall. Now that I've finished the book the jumpy timeline makes more sense, but as I was reading it was kinda difficult to und
Keyona Lopez
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book just because I could relate to this topic so much. I did enjoy the journal entries because it reminded me of my journaling and my blog but the overall book just did nothing for me. It transitioned poorly between characters, it didn’t all tie together until the end and I just felt like it lacked a true plot.
EruditeAF Literary Symposium
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read through the reviews of this book before I began reading it. I wasn't sure exactly what to expect, and I still wasn't quite sure when I was a few chapters into the book. It does veer off the usual path this blog follows in its content, but I think that covering books that spotlight the tragedy and despair that affects humanity can be beneficial in bringing awareness to those specific conversations.

I wasn't terribly confused by the back and forth narration that allowed the book to be told
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you NetGalley for letting me read this book for an honest review.

I didn't really know what to expect but I knew I could probably relate to the story just by looking at the cover. You don't need a summary with a cover like that, you know what it's about. Something people don't talk about much, like the subject is going to disappear!

It was a little bit confusing at first with all the names, it felt like every chapter was a diferent story, sometimes happening years before, but as you keep on
Anna Motteler
Apr 26, 2018 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book from VRO.

I honestly have mixed feelings about this book and I’m not quite sure where to even begin. I suffer from depression so a lot of this made sense, and it hit close to home. I think people just assume depression is because you’re a teenager and you’re being dramatic and then it follows you through life but that’s not always the case. Most of the time, like in this novel and my own life, something happens and you don’t deal with it. That’s what depression mea
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Intriguing tale of teen girls who cut
Format: Paperback
A heavy-hitting novel of young adult despair that will punch you in the gut. Some of the characters depicted should be in jail. Author C. M. North sets a somber and ominous tone from page one. Reader feels immediate sympathy for the lead character who shuffles alone through the park. A painful but intriguing tale of teen girls who cut. Home pressures and abuse propel seventeen-year-old Amy in her actions. The book deals with timely issues suc
C. McIntosh
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
"Wow! What a great read! How you can explore so many tender topics in one book is amazing and shows just how talented the author is.

Was it sad? Yes.
Was it deep? Yes.
Was it morbid? Yes. But, that comes with the territory of what it covered. It explored despair, abuse and loss.

Am I telling you to read it because of these things? No, I am telling you to read it because it reminds us just how special and precious life is. And, because the story reminds us how to handle death. We need love and supp
Carmela devito
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow wow wow!!! Such a disturbing novel on so many levels. Depression, grief, domestic violence , sexual assault- this book had it all!! Amy has a lot of issues-depression/ anxiety emotionally distant parents and the unexpected deaths of Amy's only friends. To alleviate her pain Amy cuts herself.and feels so isolated rom her fellow students who consider her a freak for a lot of reasons. As difficult as this is o read it ends on a hopeful note. This book should e an example to parents and school o ...more
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
While the ending has you slightly wondering what was going on, and the chapters may have been confusing at first, I will say this was a great book. It was sad, you could feel the depression, and you felt for Amy. When things were falling into place, you could almost hear everything click in your head, and you are there saying 'ohhh...I get it now.' There may be triggers in this book, but I think it will be worth the read for anyone who wants to see what it could be like inside the head of someon ...more
Courtney Payne
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
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I received a copy of this book from Voraciousreaders in exchange for an honest review.
I felt the author had a good plot line in mind when he began writing this book. I love the idea of reading about the early days of Amy's parents relationship to see how the dysfunction began and not finding out who they really are until halfway through the book. I understood Amy's actions more when I learned of the trauma she had endured in her past
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C.M. North was born in the suburbs of Boston, MA, although he left there when he was two. He spent most of his childhood split between the soaring peaks of the Swiss Alps an the dark industrialism of northern England, and their scenery has left an indelible mark on his psyche and creativity.

He went to school in Sheffield, England, and earned a B.A. in Music Composition from the University of Sheff
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