21 August 2011

{Book Review} Scars

By: Me My Shelf And I | 21 August 2011 at 12:01 AM | | | | |

Author: Cheryl Rainfield
Pages: 233
Published: March 24, 2010
Publisher: Westside Books
Source: The {Teen} Book Scene Tours
Rating: 5 Birds
Kendra, fifteen, hasn't felt safe since she began to recall devastating memories of childhood sexual abuse, especially because she still can't remember the most important detail-- her abuser's identity. Frightened, Kendra believes someone is always watching and following her, leaving menacing messages only she understands. If she lets her guard down even for a minute, it could cost Kendra her life. To relieve the pressure, Kendra cuts; aside from her brilliantly expressive artwork, it's her only way of coping. Since her own mother is too self-absorbed to hear her cries for help, Kendra finds support in others instead: from her therapist and her art teacher, from Sandy, the close family friend who encourages her artwork, and from Meghan, the classmate who's becoming a friend and maybe more. But the truth about Kendra's abuse is just waiting to explode, with startling unforeseen consequences. Scars is the unforgettable story of one girl's frightening path to the truth.

We are participating in The {Teen} Book Scene Blog Tour for Cheryl Rainfield’s Scars. Be sure to check out the other participants for more great reviews, interviews and fun stuff with Cheryl by clicking the link above. And stop back on the 30th for a great 10’s List with Cheryl!
This book is highly relevant in the world today and I agree with then comment on the back cover from Book Trends that reads: “Scars belongs on every high school library shelf”
Scars isn’t your typical fluffy fun, YA read, but you will not be able to put it down, this much I promise you. I sat, unmoving through the whole 233 pages only scooting the the edge of my seat when the twists started to unravel near the end.
Rainfield grabs realistic fiction and goes straight for the topics that people still want to talk about in hushed tones and pretend don’t exist. Both daring and meaningful Cheryl takes you through the life of a sexual abused teen who is struggling to remember the face of her attacker so he can be brought to justice.
Through out, you walk with Kendra through her cutting habit, brought on by the stress and trauma of a family who doesn’t understand her situation and hopes she will just “get over it”. And also live the terror of her attacker stalking her, sending her warnings not to remember his face.

Sexual abuse and self harm are big part of the world today sadly, and what’s more is that most of the time it’s not reported and hidden. Girls (and guys!) live day to day with a horrible secret buried down inside feeling alone and scared. Afraid of the chain of events that might happen should they talk, they just go on hoping the memory will fade over time. Scars is a testament to being strong, standing up and speaking out and persevering through, and I hope that this book falls into the hand s of someone who has suffered this type is trauma and feels like they are not alone.

I am giving this book 5 + Birds for being a highly relevant read that I think should be required reading in fact. I hope that you will pick up this book asap! Go add it to your TBR, now!

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  1. totally agree with you- that these books should be read! Thanks for the review

  2. I've heard good things. Glad you loved it. I agree about it being in every library.

  3. Thank you so much for mentioning this book. I've just added it to my TBR as I am in agreement that books like this need to be supported in every way.


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