Life leaves you scarred. Love can make you beautiful.
Sixteen year-old Sloane Munster had the perfect life, until she didn’t. Beautiful, popular and the best swimmer on the school team, she dreamed of one day qualifying for the Olympics. And things were looking good with Luke – the hottest swimmer on the competitive circuit. But everything changed when a horrific accident left her badly scarred and emotionally traumatized.
Nine months later, Sloane is ready to reboot her life. Starting her senior year at a different school, she’s thrilled when she discovers Luke is a student in her new class. But when she smiles at him, he glares back with revulsion and she’s sure he’s disgusted by her ugly scar. No matter how hard she tries to keep out of his way, life keeps bringing them together.
Luke is confused and conflicted, attracted and appalled. He shouldn’t want her, but he does. Despite misunderstandings and guilty secrets, the chemistry between them sparks and he can’t seem to keep away from her. Meanwhile, tensions are mounting at their school where bullying is rife and Sloane is not the most deeply scarred person.
Sharp with bittersweet humor, Scarred is an intense, beautiful, compelling story of life, death, damage, and fighting for love against all the odds.
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Review Roundup for Scarred:
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"God I don't know where to even start with my write up, I was in a book funk before I hit this book, I can't tell you how many I tried getting into before reading this, it packs so much drama within its pages, forgiveness, love, bullying, shooting, my mind was in turmoil and my heart was breaking, I connected with these characters, I felt their pain, their guilt you name it, everything this author threw at me I felt it and I love it when an author can make me feel..So this is why SCARRED gets my 5 Stars.." Kitty Kats Crazy About Books blog
"Scarred tells this story of two broken teenagers who don’t know the full story. It is a story of honesty, acceptance and –ultimately– forgiveness. I read the book in a day, eager to watch Sloane and Luke’s truth unfold. Through it all, both were genuine characters, and Sloane was funny and so gloriously sarcastic. This book is therapy and hope in 251 pages." Dani Reviews Things blog
"Classified as a YA (Young Adults) novel, ‘Scarred’ deals with relevant, contemporary themes that readers of all ages will easily relate to and identify with: how to live with loss, fear, rejection, social isolation, and how to understand acceptance, difference and love. It’s filled with the twists and turns that characterise teen angst, which don’t necessarily leave us once we leave those teen years behind us." Jan's Book Buzz Blog
"When I started reading the novel, I was instantly intrigued. Ms Macgregor deftly weaves an intimate and compelling tale of the profound impact of love and loss on people’s lives in her new YA novel "Scarred". Sloane Munster is the teenage protagonist whose world is torn apart by a horrific car accident. Engaging characters and unexpected plot twists make this novel a thoroughly absorbing read. Highly recommended." Monica (Goodreads)
"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!) " The Book Tree Blog