Thank you to NetGalley and Dundurn for providing an ARC for review.
I didn’t know what I was expecting when I picked up this book. I’m still a little torn after finishing it. But let’s start from the beginning.
Annika’s boyfriend, Dylan, is everything to her and she is everything to him. They love each other so much, they want to spend every waking minute of the day with each other, much to the dismay of her parents. They don’t approve of him and neither do her friends. When suddenly Annika’s parents forbid her to see him again, the teens, seventeen and eighteen years old, form a plan to run away together.
When they finally did run away, things begin to change rather quickly between them. Dylan gets more and more agitated by the second. At first Annika is forgiving because she knows that he had a difficult start in life. But when her life is suddenly at stake, she decides to get him help.
I had a hard time getting into the story because I was basically thrown into their run away scene. There was no approach whatsoever and I wished there would’ve been some. Dylan’s POV was especially difficult to read since he “told” his story in choppy sentences.
Annika was a very naive seventeen-year old girl who could have easily been thirteen as well. She was very immature and annoying. I actually despise girls like her: girls who give up her friends and hobbies for a boyfriend.
The story was a little too fast-paced for my liking. As I said in the beginning, I was basically thrown into it, and it didn’t stop there. Everything that happened in the novel, happened in the course of 11 hours but I wished that Kristine Scarrow would have prolonged the story a little.
What I didn’t see coming was the ending of it. To say that I was shocked is an understatement.
The message that Scarrow wanted to convey, however, is important: Depression is nothing bad and should be talked about. This illness doesn’t get too much recognition, it seems frowned upon in our society. Why? I don’t know, but I think people link it to some sort of craziness. Hopefully this story raises a little awareness.
Although I wasn’t too happy with the characters and the fast-paced story, the message and the ending of the story was great, which is why I give it 3.5 stars, leaning towards 4 stars.
If you want to get to know Annika and Dylan, follow the links below and pre-order The 11th Hour. Release day is February 24th!
“At the root of this dilemma is the way we view mental health… Whether an illness affects your heart, your leg, or your brain, it’s still an illness, and there should be no distinction…”
– Michelle Obama