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Scars

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Kendra hasn't felt safe since devastating memories of childhood sexual abuse began surfacing, especially because she still can't remember the most important detail-her abuserÂs identity. Someone isalways watching Kendra, following her and leaving menacing messages, and making her fear for her life. Kendra cuts to relieve the pressure: itÂs how she copes, along with her brilliant expressive artwork. Her mother is tooself-absorbed to listen, so Kendra finds support elsewhere: from her therapist and her art teacher, from Sandy a family friend, and from Meghan, a friend and maybe more. Will they ever learn the truth about KendraÂs terriblesecret? Scars is the story of one one girlÂs frightening path to the truth.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 134.62 x 210.82 x 15.24mm | 181.44g
  • West Side Books
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1934813575
  • 9781934813577
  • 68,498

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13,051 ratings
4.17 out of 5 stars
5 51% (6,666)
4 25% (3,307)
3 16% (2,072)
2 5% (686)
1 2% (320)

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Fifteen year old Kendra is starting to remember. She's starting to remember things she's been forced to forget for years. Things she know she should remember, but at the same time, is afraid to. She's been abused, ever since she was a toddler. And now her abuser is back, stalking her, threatening her to make sure she tells no one about him. Or he'll kill her. Kendra is lost and confused, feeling alone in the world. Her mother doesn't seem to care about her, always ignoring her and pretending everything is fine. Her father is stressed because he's lost his job. And as Kendra starts to recall fragments of her childhood, she sees him in every male around her. In her mother's friends. In her teachers. And everytime she starts to remember his face, everytime she comes very close to really seeing him... she freaks out with the strength of the trauma, of the horrible memories, og the need to NOT KNOW, that she needs release. She needs to somehow distract hersefl, to get this thing out of her. That's why she cuts herself. But when the memories start to become too much... to show things she's not ready to admit, she knows she needs help. More help than her sweet therapist, lovable art teacher or super nice gay friend can give her. She needs to be loved. To feel something good and pure and bright, to chase away the pain and darkness that fills her. And she's finding that in Meghan, the pretty, messed-up girl at school. Kendra is about to find out that her agressor might be closer than she thinks... and that he might be even more dangerous than she ever expected. I have been meaning to read this books for YEARS now. But somehow, never got to it. Thankfully, now I had the chance to read this fantastic tale of facing and overcoming your fears, of accepting yourself, of loving and being loved. Kendra touched my heart very deeply. In all her painful and humiliating memories as a child, I felt like I was right there with her, going throught it, too. Every time she cut herself, I wish I could reach in and try to sooth her nerves. I just wanted her to finally accept her memories and try to overcome her fears. I knew, from the start, who the abuser was. It was just very clear, from all the clues, but sometimes I did doubt myself. LOL. And, I guess, so did Kendra. The poor girl. The book was so heavy and sad from the start that when it ended in such a nice way, with that glowing/ healing/growing up sensation, I felt thoroughly satisfied. And light. I loved it. It was very alarming, touching, and, more importantly, believable. * I received an eARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*show more
by Karla Vollkopf
I read this book on my eReader while sitting in Starbucks. It riveted me to my seat. And released me only when I'd finished. I felt as though I was holding my breath as I flew through this book. It's a powerful story, written in an evocative style of language. Scars tells the story of pain, of pain so horrific that no language exists to describe it. I loved the author's use of art as a language, a medium for Kendra to purge her soul and reach for the truth of her past. I love also the mystery surrounding the stalker/perpetrator, and the way Rainfield pairs it up with Kendra's recovery of her suppressed memories. This book is about a teenage girl finding herself as much as it is a gripping, page-turning kind of book. It's quite clever that the stalker stalks and secretly threatens Kendra in order to prevent her from further recovery and disclosure, which only ends up nudging her closer and closer to the edge of memory recovery. I loved the characters, and wished the book could have been a little longer so we could explore the characters some more. I found myself mildly annoyed with Lori, Kendra's mom. She seemed ingenuine, or naive. Or more like an ostrich ~ head in the sand. She went to such great effort to make her paintings postcards perfect. I wondered if this was over-compensation. I kept trying to see the story from the mom's POV, trying to tell myself that it sucks for moms in her situation. She may have seemed one-dimensional, but I think that's not the case, I think it seemed like that because we are inside Kendra's head, seeing things from her perspective. As far as Kendra and Meghan's relationship goes, it did seem to happen so fast, but the book is a short one. I will say, though, that of all the girl on girl GBLTQ YA books I've read, this one treats the subject matter the best. There's tenderness, softness, expressiveness and vulnerability, all the qualities I want to see in a girl on girl romance. In fact, I would like to see a second book, one which tells Meghan's story.show more
by Roxanne
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