[Review] 22 Scars

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Title: 22 Scars

Author: C.M. North

Genre: Young Adult

Published: October 28, 2017

Source: Copy provided by NetGalley

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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 beaten?
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've been telling myself a lot recently that I should stop expecting anything from the books I read so that I can't be disappointed, but I always fail to do that.

I got my copy off NetGalley and the version I received was riddled with weird formatting issues that turned quotation marks into a cluster of symbols which made it extremely hard to read and determine what was dialogue. Maybe that's the main reason I couldn't truly finish it (I mostly skimmed the rest because my eyes and brain hurt from trying to decipher the poor formatting job).

Anyway, let's get on to the actual story. I first want to touch upon the fact that it seemed like two different people wrote this. Some sentences flowed well, while others were broken up into tiny sentences when they could have been drawn out. I hate tiny sentences. It's so hard to read. It also makes me really annoyed. Do you see where I'm going with this? A previous book I read did this and I absolutely could not stand it.

The scenes moved back and forth, and it made it so hard to follow who we were supposed to be following. One moment, I'm reading Amy's story, the next, it's a couple getting married? What? Look, I see that it was an attempt at doing multiple perspectives to, in the end, connect the two, but it wasn't well done. Most good books with multiple perspectives tend to make it easy to tell what's what, but this just left me confused, irritated, and ready to just stop reading.

I tried not to DNF. I tried to keep going, I really did. I feel so bad leaving this review because of all the shining reviews left by other people. Maybe it was solely the corrupted formatting issue. Maybe I'll go back when/if I decide to get the published Kindle copy. With the format issue combined with the feel that it was written by two different people and the bad multiple perspectives, I just couldn't bring myself to finish. I'm sorry. Unfortunately, for now, this is my review.


  1. Amazing review! It does suck when you get your hopes up over books like this. I've read very few that actually were better than expected lol.
    Will definitely be passing this one up lol