Dec 29, Dianne rated it it was amazing Shelves: author-requested-review , own , peer-abuse , drama , great-dialogue , coming-of-age , strong-female-characters , ya-romance , family-read , grab-the-kleenex. A serious car accident left her scarred physically and emotionally. For seventeen-year-old Sloane Munster, the life she had known was gone, only the memories and her hopes and dreams remain, crushed and shattered. When she begins her senior year at a new school, she already knows what to expect and she was not disappointed.
The bullies came out in droves, the gawkers would stare at her face with expressions from revu A serious car accident left her scarred physically and emotionally.
The bullies came out in droves, the gawkers would stare at her face with expressions from revulsion to pity as they saw the long, jagged scar. But the worst reaction came from a boy she had known at her other school, a boy she had crushed on from afar. Scarred by Joanne Macgregor is more than another young adult tale of bullying, insensitivity and the cruel callousness that runs rampant today. Joanne Macgregor has created a strong and powerful character in Sloane as she uses sarcasm and dark humor to as a shield to what she feels inside.
Sloane shows her compassion for others time and again only to be rebuffed, but she never stops. Forcing Sloane and Luke together in times of high stress was a brilliant move as he learns to forgive her for a debt she never owed and admit to the guilt he once felt for caring for the person she is on the inside.
Emotionally jarring, eye-opening to the cruelties a human faces for being different or flawed, this is a must read for everyone from teachers to students to parents. There are lessons to be learned wrapped within a highly engaging tale from this brilliant author. I received this copy from Joanne Macgregor in exchange for my honest review. A start to a new school, a girl so scarred that she hides behind her hair and only reveals the side of her face that's not disfigured by scars..
In one of her classes she sees a face from the past before she was disfigured, his name is Luke Naughton I see only him. His eyes move to my scar. He actually turns his head to take it in, the smile stillborn on his face. His lips twist, but in a sneer, not a smile. Then he looks back into my eyes and this time his are full of deep revulsion. Everytime these two lock gazes Luke turns away with a look of disgust on his face.. S and A. S that's how I divide my life Before Scare and After Scar What is a refreshing change in this is the dual POV'S which gives the reader a broader spectrum into both characters, can't believe how easy this was to get into as soon as I started reading it I was pretty much hooked into the story line..
God I don't know where to even start with my write up, I was in a book funk before I hit this book, I can't tell you how many I tried getting into before reading this, it packs so much drama within its pages, forgiveness, love, bullying, shooting, my mind was in turmoil and my heart was breaking, I connected with these characters, I felt their pain, their guilt you name it, everything this author threw at me I felt it and I love it when an author can make me feel.. View 2 comments.
Jan 12, Elaine rated it it was amazing Shelves: suspense , thriller , adult , ya , favorites , mystery , romance , adventure , authors-to-look-out-for , contemporary. 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 - This is a compelling, moving exploration of emotions, actions and reactions told in an emotive, enthralling manner. 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. 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? 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. Apr 26, Melissa Delport rated it it was amazing Shelves: tsbc-authors. Fabulous book. I expected a good YA read. I got one that can stand hold its own against the biggest names in YA at the moment.
Loved Sloane and Luke, although I wanted to slap them both at some point in the book teenagers!! With equal part humor and tragedy, I became quickly engrossed in this story and the pacing is superb! Joanne MacGregor didn't waste one single word. Highly recommend for fans of YA contemporary. A beautiful and sensitive story where we follow the journey of Sloane and Luke through loss and grief but also towards forgiveness, acceptance and love. Sloane is strong, independent, courageous and faces a lot of challenges and heartbreak.
She is starting at a new school and has all these feelings of fear and dread about it She got scars after a terrible car accident, physically and emotionally speaking, and has been, for a while now, fixed about the noticeable scar on her face that attract a A beautiful and sensitive story where we follow the journey of Sloane and Luke through loss and grief but also towards forgiveness, acceptance and love.
She got scars after a terrible car accident, physically and emotionally speaking, and has been, for a while now, fixed about the noticeable scar on her face that attract a lot of bad attention, disgust and pity from others Nonetheless, the worst are the memories. Luke is, obviously, the hot guy But he is so much more than that!
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He is sweet, smart, disciplined, strong and kind. He has a lot of character and is going through a rough time too And Sloane reminds him of that, her existence and presence at school is a open wound. In this book we are able to see with accuracy the consequences of careless words and pranks and how devastating high school can bee. Sloane sees more now and begins to understand that while she is scarred So is the world. Mar 29, VJ Stock rated it really liked it. Life goes on. For Sloane, she is struggling. There is one person who seems to keep reminding her of the past, as much as she tries to forget it.
This beautiful oh so dreamy and popular guy, has this fiery towards her. The anger he has behind those eyes of his are strong. So when they are forced to be together for a project—sparks are flying in a not so good way. You can feel the depression along side the bullying of all of this. I did get emotional; which surprised me. Nov 11, Lea Cherry rated it it was amazing. As soon as I started reading this story, I found it different in the way a normal YA would be written.
Present time brings about a new look into the genre and I have to say that it is refreshing. I loved the mature perspective of the injured physically, mentally and emotionally Sloane, with her wild personality and odd behaviours. Reminds me of my younger self. The character of Luke is a real puzzle in the beginning and the small parts of his view shows a bit about his character but also remai As soon as I started reading this story, I found it different in the way a normal YA would be written.
The character of Luke is a real puzzle in the beginning and the small parts of his view shows a bit about his character but also remains mysterious. Some things I found predictable but only a few paragraphs before it happens. I also did not expect the end. The author captured the teenage reality of school beautifully and I know that there are teenagers and YA enthusiasts that would relate to some if not most of the story! Mar 26, CeCe rated it did not like it Shelves: dual-pov , did-not-finish , read , amazon-ku , could-not-connect , high-school , writing-issues.
The writing style did not work for me.
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Felt amateurish. Verbiage and behaviors felt scripted. I could not sympathize with the heroine. You may love this. Reading is subjective. I loved the premise and was excited to read this one, but I could not connect to the story or the characters. It is a story of honesty, acceptance and —ultimately— forgiveness. Through it all, both were genuine characters, and Sloane was funny and so gloriously sarcastic.
This book is therapy and hope in pages. After the epic failure that was Soundless , I was equal parts eager See this review in its natural environment, Dani Reviews Things. After the epic failure that was Soundless , I was equal parts eager and wary to start a new book. I was on the precipice of falling into the River Reading Slump.
Scarred rescued me. So first of all, why did I pick up Scarred in the first place? I am Proudly South African. A YA contemporary by a South African author? Yes, please! World-building Sadly for me, the book was set in Chicago, though I can see how this would make sense. If it were set in South Africa, I doubt anyone would let a year-old girl live virtually on her own in a city. Just saying. I highlighted the following passage because I loved it in a weird way.
Winters start cold and then get colder.
When the sun shines, it does so with pallid weakness and it retreats like a coward to the coming of snow. Tehehehe… so English… all the time… even in the summer… Please someone take me somewhere sunny and warm. She moves to a new school and is faced with Luke, the guy she used to crush on before the accident. Except Luke — previously interested — is now repulsed by her and the big scar on her face. The plot twist is unexpected. I thought the pacing was appropriate given the development of the story and relationships.
Any faster, and it would have been too easy. Any slower, and it would have been boring. Characters and relationships I loved the characters. Sloane She is a sarcasm queen. I like to think I am a sarcasm queen at times, too. Resting your cheek in your hand is also a good hiding trick, but I can confirm that it looks weird if you do it while walking or standing.
She stands up to bullies, even if it gets her in trouble. Out of context, some of the things she says could apply to any one of us. How many times could this apply to you? Question: Can I do this? Answer: Do I have a choice? But we do both have dodgy knees that click and lock!
He is intelligent, hard-working and dedicated. He has goals for his future and volunteers in his free time. He cares about his family, even when they treat him like rubbish. He is the Chilli King. About a quarter of the way through the book, it is revealed that Luke and Sloane are connected rather terribly. The rest of the book consists of them working through their issues — with themselves, with each other and with their families.
The tension between them is clear, but so is the chemistry. I actually felt bad for them, feeling the kind of chemistry they did but faced with rather formidable obstacle in their way of happiness. They're not meant for happy endings, at least not in the real world. I felt simultaneous sorry and put off by him. Writing All I can think is, trust a psychologist to explore the psychological effects of tragedy.
While the story is not deep and depressing, there is heartache and anger and distrust. But then there is also hope and moving on and love and humour and forgiveness. She brings out these in her characters and their connections. I felt like, through the book, I had my own kind of therapy. And so I got schooled by a motivational poster. It means that you let go of the hope that the past can be different. That being said, reading about forgiveness and accepting that it is the right thing to do does not mean that you instantly forgive someone, which this book demonstrates.
So I will keep working on that and using Scarred as guidance. I know that feeling. When you just want to scream, but you have to keep the noise constricted beneath your throat. I read this chapter and just thought: yes, yes, this is it. This is how I feel. As for the writing style itself, I found the book easy to read, very clear and funny in all the right parts.
I was actually astounded to discover it was a self-published book, as flow is something I think other indie authors sometimes struggle with. Le sigh. One of the biggest things I wasn't expecting was the bullying element featured in this book. I'm not just talking about the standard bullying though; rather the kind of bullying that comes from teachers who pick on students in this case, an awkward, lumbering teen boy and who gets away with it.
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There's a shocking element tied in with this sub-plot that leads to shocking but unsurprising events that follow. I did find myself a bit frustrated that this issue was never resolved, but at the same time, I completely understand that realistically speaking, not all cases of bullying ever are especially in the case where adults are involved and really appreciated Joanne for showcasing the reality of this. The book is romantic, sad, but also gritty. Joanne has created two strong and resilient characters who each battle their own demons, but who eventually find a way to get beyond the past.
I can't recommend this highly enough. It would be interesting to see a story arc with LJ the bullied teen in the lead. His backstory, and especially his role in the ending of the novel definitely makes me think that he could have a story of his own. Disclaimer: Review copy received from the author.
This in no way affects my opinion of the book. May 15, Candyce Kirk rated it it was amazing. This author isn't afraid to touch subjects that are hard for people. Two people that suffered a tragedy get closer, but it's not as perfect as it seems. I can't say too much without giving any spoliers, but I couldn't put this book down. Sloane and Luke have to learn to deal with what happened in their lives. Certain events leave scars and they have to give it a place in the way they live now. There was also a twist in this book I did not s 4.
There was also a twist in this book I did not see coming and I loved that the author added it if you read the book you will know what I'm talking about. It's not only the kids at school that leave imprints. Full review to come on thebookdutchesses. May 29, Nerine Dorman rated it it was amazing.
What Joanne Macgregor does well is get inside the heads of young adults, and she does so admirably in Scarred. Some people carry their scars on the outside, and for others, though they may appear perfect from the outside, they carry their wounds deep within. Sloane Munster and here I was nearly groaning at her surname was in a horrible car accident in which her mother died. And since then she's been struggling to come to terms with not only the loss and their relationship had been far from per What Joanne Macgregor does well is get inside the heads of young adults, and she does so admirably in Scarred.
And since then she's been struggling to come to terms with not only the loss and their relationship had been far from perfect but also dealing with the disfiguring scars that mar her body. Knowing how important outward appearance can be for young people, this is especially tragic. Yet Sloane gets by. But there's more guilt to heap on top of things. She has the hots for Luke Naughton, the somewhat arrogant swimming star. But, as we discover, there are Reasons with a capital R why Sloane can't be completely honest with Luke about her past.
So it's a dance between these two lovely, damaged souls and the push-pull of their attraction for each other in what is a very deftly handled teen romance with a side order of drama. But it's more than just a romance; it's also about how we discover ways in which we continue with life after tragedy, scarred but still alive, still trying to assimilate the fragments that remain. But Macgregor also treats other issues, such as school bullying, and how different people either fracture or become more resilient in the face of others' cruelty.
So yes, there was a bit more going on in this book than your stock-standard YA read, and I commend the author for that and it's also the reason why I award her a full five stars. We are never whole again if we ever were to begin with but we have no choice but to continue, because life isn't fair. Okay, so far as reviews goes, I'm getting meta here, which is a bit more than I should be. The setting is generic USA-ville, though there is a part of me that would have wanted to see a more regional, local flavour to add a bit more dimension to the story but I understand why the author made the choice.
Yet this is a solid read, and the characters have authentic voices, even if I wanted to shout at them to stop being so pig-headed. If you're looking for your next contemporary teen read, this is a goodie. Pick it up; it won't disappoint. A tragic accident left her scarred, a horrible loss keeps eating at her, and she's just broken.
However, Sloane is also willing to move forward, thanks to the hard work of her psychologist. Unfortunately, her new high school is filled with a few unexpected complications; one of them being Luke. This book is a highly addictive read. The characters have been developed well, I enjoyed the plot, but mostly I loved the underlining message of the tale.
Because it makes the reader think about the story long after it ended; and 2. Did I just ask for a contemporary YA sequel? Yup, I did. It asks questions, important ones. How do we get rid of bullying? Was Columbine and all the other school shootings preventable in one way or another? Does society even realise the unattainable standards placed upon children can break them? So many questions, so few answers … I would definitely recommend this book to readers who are in the mood for a thought-provoking novel. Seriously, this holiday season, you need to read this book. Mar 06, Siobhan rated it it was amazing Shelves: ebooks , Thought provoking book that speaks about real life and real situations regarding life, bullying and grief.
Fantastic because what I loved most about this book are the messages within it. It teaches you not to judge someone by their outer appearance and that you can be struggling on the inside while the outside world doesn't even know it, so always be kind. All in all, I enjoyed this book and it's something great for teens to read and as a young ish adult, it is a good reminder to me why I'm alwa Thought provoking book that speaks about real life and real situations regarding life, bullying and grief.
All in all, I enjoyed this book and it's something great for teens to read and as a young ish adult, it is a good reminder to me why I'm always kind to everyone. The characters are lovely and Joanne has written this with depth. It isn't a flat novel. May 08, Felicia Mathews Bookishly Slytherclaw rated it really liked it Shelves: books-read-in This story was a whirlwind! I never read the synopsis for Scarred before I began reading it and I'm kind of glad because the impact of everything was so much better. Scarred was so emotional.
It also felt very real with all the situations going on in schools now. The instalove bothered me a little bit in this story. Sometimes I can overlook it, but in this case it was very noticeable and a little annoying. Overall, I did enjoy the story but wish the relationship would have taken a little l Woah! Overall, I did enjoy the story but wish the relationship would have taken a little longer to get started.
Feb 16, Erika rated it really liked it. Original review posted at Books, Stars, and the Pages in Between Scarred begins the story of year-old Sloane, who after an accident, is finally trying to get on with her life by attending a new school. Within the sea of new faces, Sloane recognizes Luke, an old crush, but is immediately taken back by the hostility and disgust he has towards her.
As she tries to navigate the social pains of high school once again, a painful past will reveal itself as Sloane figures out just what it is that keep Original review posted at Books, Stars, and the Pages in Between Scarred begins the story of year-old Sloane, who after an accident, is finally trying to get on with her life by attending a new school.
As she tries to navigate the social pains of high school once again, a painful past will reveal itself as Sloane figures out just what it is that keeps driving her and Luke apart, when it's obvious he wants nothing to do with her. Right from the beginning, we're introduced to Sloane's mindset on life.
The doubt of one's accomplishment being offset by sheer determination is an feeling everyone goes through to, immediately allowing readers to connect to Sloane on a personal level. For Sloane, her challenge is to make it through being the new kid at school, paired with a scar that will inevitably attract negative attention.
What Sloane discovers instead only makes her life worse: an old crush who suddenly has become hostile towards her, a verbally abusive teacher, and a social circle of bullies. He has nothing against her personally, yet has everything against her. At first, I couldn't understand why he was acting so petty and hateful, and found him insufferable for how he treated Sloane.
However, once his situation was revealed, his actions became justifiable to me, and I couldn't help but begin to question whether I would react similarly if I were in his shoes. Luke definitely has his own sets of problems, and needed every bit as much help as Sloane does to face them. Though romance was a factor of the book, I would consider it more as a tool for both Sloane and Luke to find a way to confront their negative emotions. For Sloane, being in love meant trying to find a way to be honest, and being able to sacrifice her relationship in exchange for the greater good of truth.
For Luke, a relationship meant that he needed to confront the fact that his parents were only present in the past, forever unable to able to see past the memory of Luke's brother to see Luke himself. This novel raises some very thought-provoking questions. What happens to both the parties after an large accident? Is it right to blame those indirectly related? How do you deal with adults who abuse their role of authority? Where do you draw the line for forgiveness?
Though all these questions that have no distinct right answer, it really gets you thinking about just how far you'd be willing to go, and how far you think you should go. The last half of the book brought together quite a lot of major issues in this world. Things like invisible injuries, pushing people past their breaking point, coping, moving on, and forgiveness were all major themes in the novel. This is a story that tells of very real situations, and what happens to both sides of parties involved in major accidents.
It may be a work of fiction, but the reactions and emotions were all very realistic, including the horrifying final event. These are very real issues, and sadly, some of them seem to be growing in frequency. The novel ends off both bittersweet and a bit open-ended, just like how events in life normally are.
I'll leave saying that this thoughtful novel captures one of my favourite quotes perfectly: that so many of our problems would be solved if we simply talked to one another, rather than assuming. Kindness is something that has no price for, and we should be willing to give it at any moment's notice. Aug 07, Rebekah rated it it was amazing. Great book on loss and recovery Overall story: I enjoyed it. Parts that were predictable and maybe a little unrealistic but I felt like the story was one I really liked.
The author tackled real issues like the ramifications of bullying, loss, and recovery. I like that this wasn't a fluffy YA. Mar 24, Frieda rated it it was amazing Shelves: tsbc-authors. Being a teen is hard, without all of this happening to one! There are some really good life lessons here and I wish more people would listen but everyone believes it will never happen to them How easily it can go wrong. Now, don't get me wrong, the story is not preachy at! It deals with these issues wonderfully and keeps it very interesting. Mar 20, Emma McConkie rated it it was amazing. I don't know about anyone else, but I am seriously addicted to reading teenage romance novels.
I will definitely read more by her. Dec 02, Shelley rated it it was amazing. I read it in less than 24 hours, and that's with reluctantly having to go to sleep and errands getting in the way of precious reading time. I was pulled into Sloane's world so much so, I could feel the emotions pour from the page. High School is bad enough, what with having to contend with bullies, teachers included, and everything else school related, but throw a disfigurement into the mix, and the personal grief Sloane goes through, this makes it even mor I totally and utterly LOVED this book!
High School is bad enough, what with having to contend with bullies, teachers included, and everything else school related, but throw a disfigurement into the mix, and the personal grief Sloane goes through, this makes it even more hellish, but this girl can handle herself, even when she's falling apart. Believable characters, some you love, some you loathe and some you feel sorry for.
I love Joanne's style of writing, and cannot wait for any new books from her! Oct 18, Janice rated it it was amazing. Thanks to the author for sending me a copy of her book in return for an honest review. I devoured this in practically one sitting!fr.jufuvywine.tk
Sloane Munster is bravely starting out a new school. In fact, Luke openly rebuffs her. Inevitably though, they are thrown together — by a pesky Life Orientation teacher and, of all things, a project on pollution! As Sloane and Luke navigate the rollercoaster of their inevitable relationship, we meet the various characters that make up the tapestry of their daily lives.
But the biggest question of all is … what if our perceptions are wrong? Mar 14, Christina rated it it was amazing. This was an emotionally intense book that had me riveted right from the first page. Sloane is funny, sharp and almost too mature for her years as the accident has left her with scars both inside and out. There was also the parental kind and the reader feels for the victim, understanding why it may all become too much to handle. Grief is something only time can heal, and Sloane is doing pretty well on that front, but the guilt is something else.
I think the point here is that you have to live for the future, and this comes across beautifully.
All in all, a great read! I would have liked to give it four and a half stars but since that option is not available I've gone with five. Jan 26, Elizabeth Brooks rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites , made-me-cry , read-in Joanne Macgregor's writing is a graceful look at the physical and emotional aftermath of a tragedy in a person's life.
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