Additional Information: I bought this book following the #YAsaves storm, the notion that a book can encourage you to self-harm is ridicules.
Synopsis: 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.
200 words (or less) review: Scars is not an easy read, it’s not supposed to be. It’s not an easy book to review either. The story is quick-paced and you’re right in the thick of it from the first page. It doesn’t give you a lot of space to think about what you are reading. That said, when you’ve finished and sit back you have a lot to digest.
Kendra is a beautifully written protagonist and she manages to do something that few characters dealing with self-harm have managed to do. She provides you with a platform of understanding of what it feels like to cut. Many books explore the how and why but I haven’t read a story before that gives you the feelings behind those actions.
For people who don’t cut it’s an excellent read to help them understand why someone would do this. For those who do cut it offers the knowledge that you are not alone.
Putting aside the importance of a book like this, the story is gripping and hard to put down.