Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Review: Scars

Scars by Cheryl Rainfield

Release Date: May 31, 2011
Publisher: WestSide Books
Genre: YA Contemporary
Pages: 248
Format: Paperback
Buy It: Amazon
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.
WARNING: This review and book may contain triggers for cutting and self-harm.

This book is full of so many different emotions. At such a young age, Kendra is exposed to the cruelties of the world in one of the worst ways possible: child sex abuse. She is constantly haunted by her experiences, and wants nothing more than to move past it. However, the terrifying messages her mysterious abuser continues to send her keep her silent and suffering.

We see Kendra grow from a terrified little girl to a confident and powerful young woman, She finds strength in the relationships she makes with her friends Sandy and Meghan, and she begins to slowly find healing. When everything comes to the climactic ending, the reader is left hanging on the edge of their seat awaiting Kendra's peace.

This book sheds light on two important issues in a great way, and gracefully ties it all together. A great read.

I received this book by buying it. I was not required to post a review, and the thoughts contained herein are my own.

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