When fifteen-year-old Kenna is caught cutting herself in the school bathroom, she’s sent to a facility under a mandatory seventy-two hour watch.
This was a fast read, under 300 pages, and I ended up finishing it in a night. The whole book was in verse style which gave it a raw feel, as if we were reading the character’s private journal. The book also took place, at least most of it, during the seventy-two hours Kenna was being held at the facility. There we were introduced to all kinds of different characters, other patients, nurses, doctors. The patients were all there for different reasons, and even with self-harm having the focus of the book, there were still many reasons touched upon that a person could have for wanting to hurt themselves.
I like that the therapy group sessions were included and alternate methods of dealing with the need to cut were brought up. I also appreciated that there was no hinting there would be a magic cure-all method. The interactions between Kenna and the other patients were both sad and encouraging.
I did wish we’d gotten a little more of the after, seeing Kenna back with her family or back at school, and how she dealt with people knowing and if the people around her changed because they knew. Though I can understand why the book concentrated on her time at the facility and the before and after were left open.
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.