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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. Shes always felt like she didnt belong: not with other kids, not with her family, not in her body. It isnt 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 didnt 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. Its then that rock bottom comes into sight and the journey back to normal begins.Detached is a brave book.Told in alternating first-person perspectives that include Anna; her mother; and Annas best friend, Aliya, this novel sheds light on mental illness.Christina Kilbourne is the author ofDear Jo, which won three readers choice awards. Her writing has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Slovenian, and Ukrainian. Christina lives in Bracebridge.Addictive and powerful.Anna has never felt like she belongs, but now she feels detached. The only solution she sees is taking her own life. Through the perspectives of Anna, her best friend, and her mother, her story shows how depression taints even the simplest human interactions, and how different people can interpret the same scenario in vastly different ways.Use this short but detailed book in a classroom or book club setting to start a candid discussion on depression as a mental illness.A convincing and affecting narrative about depression, stressing the fact that it is not the sufferers fault.Kilbournes writing is strong; the novel is engaging, easy to read, and flawlessly alternates between the voices ofl%
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