Written by Joanne MacGregor (Available on Amazon.com)
Guest review by Ruby Vos (Grade 5, aged 11 going on 25)
The plot: Seventeen year-old Sloane Munster is funny, feisty, and scarred. Trying to reboot her life after a serious auto accident, she starts her senior year at a new school and immediately has a scar-to-face encounter with the caramel-haired, hazel-eyed Luke Naughton, whom she once (almost) met on the competitive swimming circuit. Sloane is attracted. Luke, unfortunately, seems disgusted and revolted. But the chemistry between them sparks a growing connection set against a background of guilt, secrets, and mounting tensions at a school where bullying is rife and Sloane is not the most deeply scarred person.
I enjoyed the book Scarred very much especially because it had parts about swimming in it and I love swimming. I liked all the characters except for the mean girls, I really felt like punching them. I loved the main character, Sloane. I felt like I actually knew her in some way, and I felt sorry for her because she was scarred both mentally and physically. I especially liked the character Luke, he sounded so cute, I honestly wish he was real. I was really disturbed about L.J, though, he was a hectic character. I thought I was a part of the book and so the ending really got to me. And, no, I’m not going to tell you what happened, you have to read it for yourself! I enjoyed this book so much that I have one request for Joanne Macgregor: please, please write a sequel!!
I started reading Scarred at bedtime – planning to read a few chapters and head to bed. Hours later, way past my midnight curfew, I was still reading, waiting to see what happened. Why did Luke dislike Sloan so much, would Sloan crack under all the pressure, what had happened to LJ to make him so tormented, and of course – would Luke and Sloane ever get it together? The perfect read to get your reluctant teen to open a book – with a mix of romance, emotional angst, bitchy high school girls, ripped bodies in the swimming pool and a heart stopping trauma at the heart of it all. Macgregor writes with depth and skill – and she knows how to keep a teen turning the pages. (and an adult!) Without spoiling the plot, Macgregor uses current issues and problems facing young adults in an effortless, natural way – surely influenced by her profession as a psychologist. The heroine has her head and heart in the right place and although challenges are thrown and mistakes made, there is a sense of a mature young woman emerging from it all.