4 stars · fiction · young adult

Scars by Cheryl Rainfield

Scars

Author: Cheryl Rainfield

Pages [paperback]: 250

Favorite Characters: Meghan & Sandy

Summary:

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.

Review:

Scars  is a book that drags you to the edge of your seat and keeps you there for the rest of the novel. Following Kendra, a girl who deals with trying to remember who sexually abused her when she was younger and cuts to keep the pain from becoming unbearable, this book deals with some tough issues while being believable and not preachy.

While it does deal with how to get a person to stop harming themselves, it also serves to explain exactly why someone might turn to such a thing as a solution to their problems. It lets the reader see into Kendra’s mind, and shows exactly what her thoughts are as she goes through the steps of confronting her past and identifying her abuser.

I loved Meghan, who was just an awesome character that I think worked perfectly both with the plot and for Kendra. She definitely snuck up on me, and is one of those characters that might be slightly overlooked, but is definitely deserving of more spotlight.

Scars is a great book that I recommend to anyone who can handle the mature themes dealt with behind the cover. I give it 4/5 stars, and think that it should be read more often than it has been. Definitely give it a try!

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