Scars

Scars

Book - 2010
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Fifteen-year-old Kendra, a budding artist, has not felt safe since she began to recall devastating memories of childhood sexual abuse, especially since she cannot remember her abuser's identity, and she copes with the pressure by cutting herself.
Publisher: Lodi, NJ : WestSide Books, c2010.
ISBN: 9781934813348
9781934813324
Characteristics: 248 p. ;,22 cm.

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readmetowonderland
May 29, 2015

I personally really liked this book -- and it ended with a huge plot twist. If you want to learn more about cutting, you should definitely read this book.

mommysgirl Dec 26, 2014

I wasn't a fan, the story just seemed kind of all over the place and the repetition and childishness of the parents was annoying

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Haven0406
Sep 02, 2014

Very well written :) I definitely recommend it.

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gweibel220
Jun 08, 2014

AMAZING! Fast-paced, with tons of connections and grasping on to characters and their lives and stories. I never put it down. The story line is a little disturbing as you know it is about like cutting and suicide but overall it is a great read and an awesome book!!!!

Cdnbookworm May 13, 2014

This young adult novel deals with a couple of difficult themes, cutting and child sexual abuse. The main character, Kendra, only recently became aware of the past sexual abuse she suffered, as the repressed memories began to surface. The violent threats of her abuser still echo inside her head whenever she tries to dig deeper into those memories to find clues to the identity of her abuser. When this voice become too loud and too terrifying, the only way she can calm herself and retreat from those memories is to cut herself.
Kendra is working with a therapist that she has come to trust and she finds comfort when visiting a family friend, Sandy. Another source of comfort for her is her art. Painting helps her let out her feelings in a safe way, but her mother's own artistic ability and opinions on Kendra's art have led her to keep her parents unaware of the paintings she is still creating.
Kendra has had the feeling lately that she is being followed, and she is sure the person following her is her abuser. But when he starts leaving messages for her she becomes even more wary. When a new school friend Meghan starts to play a larger role in her life, Kendra has more strength to face the issues in her life and continue to work to uncover those memories that will lead to the identification of her abuser. But are the threats she is getting from him real, and is she in more danger than ever now?
A difficult read, but a sympathetic character dealt with in real terms. A good addition to any young adult collection.

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erikacuautle
Jun 21, 2013

Scars is a really good book and I didn't what was going to happen next which made me want to read it more. The more I read the more excited I got. At the ending it really surprised me and I love reading this book.

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Indigo_Bee_4
Jun 04, 2013

This was a really good book, but I want to put a message out there to all people who have cut before: this can be really triggering. Just be careful. Also, I believe the authors view of self harm was a little extreme. A lot of people don't do it this badly, don't let this mislead you.

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joeabbi
Jun 03, 2013

This book is a great read! It gives an exciting thrill and scare at the same time! HIGHLY SUGGESTED TO ABOVE AVERAGE READERS! :D

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tynet
May 18, 2013

I have read this book so many times, and still love every word and sentance that i read, so deep and emotional!

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TheLyingGameXox
Apr 29, 2013

Omg this book was amazing!!
It was a little slow at times but trust me it was so worth it, the ending blew me away, although I kind of had a feeling I knew who it was ( probably cause I read so many books like this haha ) But don't let that discourage you, for most people you wouldn't have guessed it :) I read too much lol. This book was great! :)

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readmetowonderland
May 17, 2015

readmetowonderland thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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tempestfugit
Mar 27, 2013

tempestfugit thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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KKPGIRL
Dec 31, 2012

KKPGIRL thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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LizzyFerguson
Nov 15, 2012

LizzyFerguson thinks this title is suitable for 99 years and over

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krystalamanda16
May 14, 2012

krystalamanda16 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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naruto10
Feb 22, 2012

naruto10 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 16

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KamyRawr
Jan 23, 2011

KamyRawr thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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readmetowonderland
Apr 30, 2015

Sexual Content: includes sexual content

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readmetowonderland
Apr 30, 2015

Coarse Language: includes some coarse language

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KamyRawr
Jan 23, 2011

Sexual Content: Flash backs of sexual abuse

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KamyRawr
Jan 23, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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KamyRawr
Jan 23, 2011

Violence: Severe self-harm exploitation

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krystalamanda16
May 14, 2012

Kenda, a 15 year old artist is struggling with memories of sexual abuse as a young child. She hasn't felt safe for 6 months, sine she started to recall the memories and uses cutting to repress them. She can't remember who it is, but what makes matters worse is that they're following her. Watching her every move to make sure she doesn't remember or tell.

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naruto10
Feb 22, 2012

-she cuts herslef,
never too deep
never enought to die
just enough to feel the pain*

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