Saturday, April 14, 2018

22 Scars Review

22 Scars
By: C.M. North

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 her couldn’t begin to guess. When tragedy strikes someone she holds dear, will she succumb to the crushing weight of despair, or will she find the strength to fight—to live?

22 Scars is a story of what it takes to live daily with depression - and how the scars of a lifetime can pass through generations and beyond.

Can the past ever truly be forgotten?

Can depression ever be beat?


I received a copy of this book from Voraciousreaders in exchange for an honest review.

I was so excited to read this book. I've been so entrenched in the fantasy genre lately that I was looking for a fresh new read to give me a little dose of reality. The synopsis for this book was very well written and is one of the very few synopsis that I have actually enjoyed. 22 Scars sounded like the most raw and emotionally genuine read book that I have read in awhile. 

The book began slowly, by that I mean the author spent so much time describing, in minute detail, absolutely everything from the character's clothing to the weather to the number of people surrounding the character at that moment (none of which had any bearing on the story) that I very quickly lost interest in the book. Eventually you begin to see into the life of Amy, a depressed teenager who has an unstable home life and cuts herself to gain the attention of those around her. 

Then the story jumps to an unhappy guy, who in the span of three chapters sees a girl at a party, meets her in a coffee shop and marries her. No names were given for either of these characters, and little was told about their personalities. The book basically narrates their day to day activity jumping forward quite a bit to only give insight into the most important details of their relationship such as the details of their meeting, their marriage, and the mental instability of both people. The author crammed too many life changing events in such a short time span that they felt glossed over and insignificant.

The whole book is laid out the same way jumping back and forth from Amy's unhappy existence and the anonymous couple's unhappy relationship. Neither story really displays any personality traits of the characters that allows the reader to empathize with any of the them, thus making the reader unable to feel anything for the character beyond a basic human sympathy. Even when the most harrowing events happen, such as the death of a secondary character or even the suicide attempt of the main character I didn't feel anything as deeply as I would have had the author had put more effort into developing his characters than describing their clothing or movements. 

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, and felt that the audience could have been given more insight into her past earlier on so she didn't lack depth the whole way through the book. She came across much the way her dad viewed her; as a whiny teenager who felt sorry for herself when she had every opportunity to turn her life around. I would have felt more for the characters and the book itself had the author written more about the characters personalities themselves and less about their actions. Writing this book in first person from Amy's perspective would have lent the book a more personable quality, giving the reader access to her thoughts and feelings and made me care more about her.By the end of the story when she killed herself, I still felt nothing. Which is bizarre for me because I am a crier when it comes to books and movies. It disappointed me that I couldn't really get into this book more because I truly loved everything about the story and how the book was laid out. 

All in all I feel more like this is a work in progress rather than a completed book. It has a lot of potential, it's just not there yet.

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Thanks for reading!

Opinionated Bookworm

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