Disclaimer – I was given a free digital copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.
Seventeen year-old Sloane Munster is funny, feisty, and scarred. Trying to reboot her life after a serious auto accident, she starts her senior year at a new school and immediately has a scar-to-face encounter with the caramel-haired, hazel-eyed Luke Naughton, whom she once (almost) met on the competitive swimming circuit. Sloane is attracted. Luke, unfortunately, seems disgusted and revolted. But the chemistry between them sparks a growing connection set 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.
Life leaves you scarred, love can make you beautiful.
If you’ve read the book reviews on my blog, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of angsty, mushy romance novels, quite ironic when you consider that I’m not a romantic person by nature, or rather, I don’t enjoy too much mush and corny romance when it’s directed at me.
The YA (young adult) genre, which is kind of a tamer off shoot of romance novels, is another genre I have always enjoyed. Light, easy, somewhat angsty reads, there is nothing I enjoy more than falling in love with the characters in a novel, in learning who they are and loving or hating them but needing to know more. In feeling and experiencing their emotions as their story unfolds.
So it should be no surprise that I enjoyed Scarred. It’s an emotionally gripping, angsty and witty novel about Sloane, who is trying to reclaim/reboot her life after a terrible accident claims the life of two people and leaves Sloan forever scarred and changed by the experience.
The story center’s around Sloane, with snippets of Luke’s POV (point of view) throughout the book. It’s about finding your first love and overcoming both emotional and physical scars. It’s a coming of age story too, finding out who you are and making peace with who you are, even when who you are is less than “perfect”.
The author tackles some tough topics throughout the course of the book, not least of which is the effects and impact of bullying on impressionable and often damaged teens. I did feel she could have delved deeper into this topic and developed the depth of the story around this topic a bit more, which culminated in an event that ultimately helps Luke and Sloane find their truth. For me, this part of the story felt somewhat rushed and as a result, I felt, that it fell somewhat flat in terms of the intensity it could have had on the story.
Having said that, I finished Scarred in under two days and it was a solid, enjoyable and light read, even though the author did touch on some pretty deep and dark topics.
Well worth the read if you’re a fan of contemporary romance and the YA genre. The author did not drag the story out and it moved along at comfortable pace, without me getting bored with the stories or the characters.
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About the Author
When not writing books, Joanne Macgregor is a Counselling Psychologist in private practice and deals mainly with victims of crime and trauma. It’s tough work and to combat creeping burnout, she started writing fiction several years ago. Now she consults and writes on alternate days, and in completely different head-spaces and physical environments.
Although she lives in the frenetic adrenaline-rush of the big city, Joanne has always been in love with nature, and escapes into the wilds whenever she can. She’s a Harry Potter fanatic, bakes the best choc-chip cookies on the planet, and is addicted to chilies and bulletproof coffee.
She is the author of two other books for Young Adults – Turtle Walk (2011) and Rock Steady (2013), and loves writing about, and for, teens.