Scarred by Joanne Macgregor

Scarred by Joanne Macgregor
Scarred by Joanne Macgregor
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (249 pages)
Age Recommendation: 16+
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Review by: Astilbe

“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 had a crush 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.

A great read for fans of Sarah Dessen, Stephanie Perkins and Abbi Glines.

Sometimes remembering the past is the most painful thing of all.

Sloane’s character development was phenomenal. The trauma she experienced as the result of the accident permeated every part of her personality. What made this even more intriguing to me was how small flashes of her old, confident personality occasionally leaked through into the present day. I could imagine the athletic girl she used to be just as vividly as I could picture how emotionally fragile she was now. The dramatic changes in her personality also made Sloane an incredibly empathetic main character. There was nothing I wanted more than to see her heal both emotionally and physically. While I don’t know if Ms. Macgregor is planning to write a sequel, I’d sure love to find out what happens to this character next.

The only thing I would have like to see tweaked in this tale had to do with how much time Luke was given as a narrator. Sloane narrated the vast majority of the plot while Luke made occasional appearances. I would have really liked to hear more from him, especially when it came to the most emotional and difficult scenes. The storyline was excellent as it was written, but it would have been absolutely perfect if Luke had been given a chance to explain certain things from his point of view in more detail.

There was a lot of conflict in this novel. What I appreciated the most about it was how naturally it all fit into everything else that was going on. The characters dealt with incredibly mixed feelings about certain events, and they did so gracefully. This made even the most tense conversations come across to me as something I could overhear in real life. The realism of these scenes was exactly what was needed in order to blend everything together seamlessly.

I can’t recommend Scarred highly enough! It was the best book I’ve read so far this year.

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