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“Fifteen-year-old Kendra’s memories and cutting episodes have been getting worse. Sexually abused from the age of 2 until she was 12 years old , and unable to cope with the trauma, she’s resorted to cutting herself. Read the rest on my blog (are you following me yet? If you were, you wouldn't have to read a few sentences, but would get the entire review in your mailbox. Just enter your email address on my blog.) Here's the link to the rest of the review: http://shouldireaditornot.wordpress.com/2013/11/15/scars-cheryl-rainfield/”Alma Ramos-McDermott wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I didn't give this book 5 stars because it gets a little repetitive at times, but it's actually a good, gripping read. Knowing that the author speaks from personal experience makes it even stronger. A number of serious issues are touched upon and the "evil" parents are believable.
From School Library Journal:
Grade 9 Up—Fifteen-year-old Kendra is being stalked by someone who wants her dead, and she is overwhelmed by the compulsion to cut herself. She is dealing with shadowy memories of sexual abuse from her early childhood and wonders why she cannot recall her rapist's face. Kendra is a tough, vulnerable, troubled teen, a survivor who will win readers' hearts as she struggles to deal with her life. While her biggest challenges may be extreme, there is much that any teen can relate to: frustration with a clueless mother, delight as her friendship with Meghan grows into love, and the struggle for identity and self-knowledge. Watching, guiding, and caring for this emerging young woman are three adults who offer emotional support rather than answers: a gay mentor, a therapist, and a teacher who knows true artistic talent when she sees it. Particularly well written are the scenes with Kendra's therapist; there's no miracle working here, just the long hard slog through pain and uncertainty. And when the revelation comes, there is no cardboard villain in the shadows, but rather a complex person whose cruelties and self-deceptions are believable and deeply sad. The excellent resource section covers widely respected books, Web sites, organizations, and help lines for youth seeking information on extreme abuse, cutting, same-sex attraction, and dissociation. This book will be a particular comfort and source of insight for teens facing any of these challenges, but whatever their life experience, they will be on the edge of their seats, rooting for Kendra to unravel the mystery that shadows her life. This is one heck of a good book!—”
“For Kendra, cutting is her way of forgetting and dealing with the memories of what happened in the past and it’s her way of not remembering. Kendra can't say when it started or when it stopped, she remembers parts, and it was horrific. She isn't cutting to kill herself she's cutting because she has no other way of letting out the intense pain she feels. While cutting is a tabooed outlet, it's an outlet for a reason. While it isn't necessarily okay, it's needed and this book stresses that. Sophisticated readers may very well roll their eyes at melodramatic clichés “It’s only my utility knife that releases the screams inside me” but that same sense of overwhelming emotion might appeal to teens wrestling with similar issues”jonny wrote this review Thursday, October 31, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“For those who struggle with self harm, this may be a triggering book.”Wubbabet wrote this review Sunday, August 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book was so amazing, and it kept me on the edge of my seat. I couldn't help but get so emotional over it. I loved it 5/5 I recommend you read this right now!”?Jewel? wrote this review Sunday, June 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Book Info: Genre: Young Adult literature
Reading Level: Young Adult with the caveat that this addresses serious issues; readers should have someone to whom they can turn for assistance with any issues that it brings up. Some of the abuse scenes are very graphic and very disturbing.
Recommended for: Anyone who can read it
Trigger Warnings: Child molestation/incest (very graphic scenes), cutting (graphic), homophobia, suicidal ideation, child abuse and neglect, assault with a deadly weapon, ritual abuse
My Thoughts: Wow, this book is brutal: absolutely brutal. Not only is Kendra trying to survive the memories of her abuse as a child, but she's also coming to grips with being a lesbian and dealing with the ignorance of her family. They try to be accepting, but keep saying things like, “If you choose to be a lesbian, you're choosing a hard road.” People just can't seem to understand it is not a choice! I mean, who in their right mind would choose to live with the sort of hatred and discrimination that people in the QUILTBAG have to deal with? No, it's the way a person is born, nothing to do with any choice. The only correct thing about that statement is the “hard road” bit. I was very happy that a) Kendra figured it out so young and b) she had a friend of the family who was gay that would support and encourage her.
Cheryl Rainfield has said, “I write the books that I needed as a teen.” She also writes the extremely hard and brutal truth. She digs so deeply into the head of the abused Kendra that I felt like I needed a shower after reading some of the things that poor child went through.
While the book is brutal and disturbing, it's also very well-written. I just realized, after finishing it, that I didn't notice a single editing error. I couldn't tell you if that was because they weren't there or I just didn't notice them; I was absolutely enthralled by this story. It was hard to read, but … I really can't recommend it enough. If you can stand to read it, you really should.
Disclosure: I picked up this book from Amazon during a free promotion. All opinions are my own.
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.”
“Kendra does not remember who sexually assaulted her as a child. She remembers shoes...she cuts and cuts and cuts, using the physical pain to deal with the psychological pain. Is it her teacher? A surprise ending will make you say..oh, didn't see that coming.”Robin M wrote this review Sunday, June 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great book. Horrible, depressing, sad story. But a great book. I've read it multiple times.”Logan Beau Abraham wrote this review Thursday, April 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I read this book for a health project. i thought it was pretty good. I don't remember it to well but i have a pretty good summary on my blog.”Avni Jain wrote this review Monday, March 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No