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What did you love best about Scarred?
I loved this book! Initially drawn by the beautiful cover and the title, then intrigued by the first chapter, where the reader is introduced to a scarred and self conscious protagonist, I read on until the dramatic climax. I loved the overarching theme of physical and emotional scars borne not just by the main character, but in one way or another, by many of the other characters in the story. It was rewarding to discover that ultimately Sloane does not allow herself to be defined by her scar(s).
What was one of the most memorable moments of Scarred?
Intrigued by the scar, slashed across Sloane's face, which she is trying to cover with make up, the reader is impatient and curious to read beyond the first chapter to find out how she got it (and why it appears to be particularly 'repulsive' to classmate, Luke). When the backstory is eventually revealed in a climactic, memorable and pivotal chapter, the reader has clarity about the anguish and raw emotion and misunderstanding going on in the heads and hearts of the two main characters.
Which scene was your favorite?
It is romantic and rewarding when Sloane and Luke finally clear the air and move on to develop a sweet and touching relationship. I loved the scene where, on a day and time between heartache and misunderstandings, Luke takes Sloane to volunteer at the dog pound where they spend the day doing something so simple but worthwhile while getting to know each other. It is a day and a 'date' they both deserve, a lull between the events and knowledge that loom which could possible doom their relationship.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
This story deals with some heavy and topical issues, resulting in many moving moments dealing with death of a family member, bullying, physical and emotional scars etc and how these affect relationships between friends, classmates, parents and children, and sweethearts. I was particularly moved when after a powerful truth-telling scene with Luke, Sloane's fleeting happiness comes crashing down. Alone and numb she says "I feel brittle, like if I move too suddenly I might shatter".
Any additional comments?
Even though this story deals with some weighty issues (so much more since they are being faced by teens), the writing style does not feel weighty. Macgregor does a good job of keeping the story moving along with likable and/or believable characters, amusing situations which offset the tense moments and some very vivid imagery. The story flows in an easy and entertaining, yet very compelling way giving a sense that because of or in spite of the scars life can sometimes deal, it goes on. Teens still do and say and live as teens do inside of high school and out, and Macgregor provides some laugh-out-loud funny moments and dialogue, and a protagonist who has admirable doses of wit and sass. Kelsey Egan and Richard Lothian do a great job narrating this relevant and romantic read .
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