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Author and Publisher: Joanne MacGregor
Date of Publication: October 1st, 2015
This is a compelling, moving exploration of emotions, actions and reactions told in an emotive, enthralling manner. The writing draws the reader into the scenarios, making it easy to empathise with many of the characters – and feel like reacting on their behalf to some of the others!
The story is very emotive, with the themes of grief and guilt, loss and blame as well as love and hope running throughout the well structured plot. It is filled with the full array characters from High School life – the sneering, snobbish, mean and elitist Jesters girls, the brilliant and supportive Sienna, the cruelly ridiculed and treated L.J, the heartthrob Luke and, of course, Sloane. There’s also a total mix of teachers, too – several of whom really shouldn’t be in the job!
I certainly hadn’t expected to enjoy this as much as I did – there is so much more to this book than you initially assume! It is one of those stories that I didn’t want to put down until I’d reached the end. Much of the story is told from the point of view of Sloane or Luke, helping the reader relate closely with them. The consequences of the car accident were far reaching for everyone concerned and this story portrays this brilliantly, taking the reader on a journey along a route full of unexpected twists and turns towards a potential resolution of the emotional upheaval and brighter future for all concerned – but will the actions of others prevent this being achieved? You’ll just have to read it yourself to find out!
Whilst supposedly targeted at young adults, this is a book that is so well written and moving that I believe it will appeal to adults as well – it certainly did to me! I can’t praise this enough and have absolutely no hesitation in highly recommending it – I will certainly be looking out for other books by this talented author in future!
Thanks to the author for gifting me a copy of this book in exchange for this, my honest review.
“Life leaves you scarred. Love can make you beautiful.”
Seventeen year-old Sloane Munster is trying to reboot her life after a serious car accident left her badly scarred and emotionally traumatized.
Starting her senior year at a new school, she’s delighted to see Luke Naughton, a swimmer whom she once crushed on, in the class in front of her. But when he glares back at her with disgust and revulsion, she’s shocked and hurt, and assumes it’s because of her appearance. Despite misunderstandings, the chemistry between them sparks and love grows against a background of guilt, secrets, and mounting tensions at a school where bullying is rife and Sloane is not the most deeply scarred person.
Sharp with bittersweet humor, Scarred is an intense, beautiful, compelling story of life, death and fighting for love against all the odds.
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