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3.54  ·  Rating details ·  397 ratings  ·  128 reviews
The most painful scars are the ones you never see.

In her DJ booth at a Cleveland dance club, Casey feels a sense of connection that's the closest she ever gets to normal. On her college campus, she's reserved, practical-all too aware of the disaster that can result when you trust the wrong person. But inexplicably, Daniel refuses to pay attention to the walls she's put up
Paperback, 240 pages
Published September 30th 2014 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2014)
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Sep 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
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This book is sweet and easy to read ^^ nothing too complicated :) so why have I given this book only 4*? well it missed some essential push factor in it *Nodding the head*

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Lets start with Daniel:

He is your usual charming BF who does not have any vices *yes women he does not sleep around... very serious with whom he wants to spend time with* so there is a breather *phew*

He has a perfect family, a good life but the thing is the author does not elaborate much on his personal life.

So there you go.
Quick review for a fairly quick read. I think the only thing I can say that was good about "Scratch" was that it was a mercifully quick read. Oddly enough, that was also the major problem with it. This first read I've perused by Rhonda Helms has an ironic name attached to it, because reading this felt like the narrative only barely skimmed the surface of all the themes it chose to touch upon for the story. The idea for the premise actually isn't bad at all - a girl passionate about music DJing a ...more
Linda ❤️ Sassy, Classy && a Little Bit of Nasty
ARC via NetGalley


4 Stars

This book starts out with our Heroine, Casey. She's a DJ at a local dance club and she's also a recluse. She enjoys watching people and seeing everybody enjoy her music. Just as long as she's by herself behind her booth. She doesn't have many friends, and that's only because she doesn't make herself available, nor approachable, to other people. There's this saying: Leave your past in your past. And Casey is making sure she is doing just that.


One night while Casey is DJ
Oct 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nancy❤The❤Bookaholic by: LuvLaw
~~4 HEARTS~~

*ARC received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

I really enjoyed reading this book. It wasn't what I expected. When I started it I was a bit hesitant because I wasn't that all into it but I think it was just me and not the book. I think I was just in a funk so I put it on hold and started another book and then got back to this and after that I didn't have any problems getting pulled into the story.

I love Daniel. He's not your typical college guy. He was sweet and carin
May 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
J'ai adoré cette lecture (VO pour ma part, maintenant publié chez Milady Romance). L'auteure sait ménager son suspense et on trépigne de savoir ce qui est arrivé de si traumatisant à l'héroïne. L'histoire est également très touchante. Un coup de coeur.

Chronique :
Sep 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, netgalley, new-adult
Review: 2 out of 5 stars

The premise is what originally intrigued me about Scratch, a young girl with a traumatic past who puts her efforts into DJing and her studies whilst also finding an unlikely friend and eventual love but unfortunately it fell flat in execution for me and I was unable to fully appreciate the book.

The characters: Casey is a college senior with a tragic past; she isolates herself from everyone except her grandparents, her days are spent studying and some nights DJing at a dan
Aug 26, 2014 marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: new-adult
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I had a weird experience with this book. I really liked it at first, but I started disliking it more and more . . . after a sex scene. My thoughts on the book changed quite a bit after that point and I ended up DNFing at 72 percent.


Daniel and Casey had great chemistry. I was in the mood for a good romance, and that's what I was getting. The story started off interesting and I was looking forward to Casey's growth t
Karina Ramirez
Aug 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: new-adult, arc
3.5 Stars

Casey's the resident DJ at a local club in her little college town. She likes watching from afar, keeping everyone at arms length, and up in that DJ booth she feels comfortable - safe. Then Daniel comes into her life and tilts her life off its axis in Casey's world. He wants to know everything about her. However, Casey doesn't have the best past and doesn't want to talk about it, ever. In her world some things are better left unsaid.

But Daniel keeps pushing, and then he pushes til Ca
Sep 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014, arc
Okay, the premise of this story really caught my attention, I mean - how often do we get to go behind the scenes with a deejay? I was really excited to see the club world through the eyes of someone who was so passionate about music.

I knew that Casey was holding something back, she had a secret but I thought as the story unfolded and we learned everything about her, I would like her even more.

Unfortunately, the connection never really happened for me. I felt more like when I watch the news on
Alicia Garnier
Sep 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
[CHRONIQUE] Une très belle histoire que j'ai dévoré !

Aug 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review appeared first at Fantasy is More Fun.

I like New Adult, but I’m also cautious about picking a NA book. They can be MORE angsty than YA, thanks to broken heroes and heroines “saving” each other. But Scratch looked like it could be one of the good ones. And it was.

I think the number one indicator that Scratch wouldn’t be weighed down with melodrama came when I met the guy – Daniel. He’s smart, personable, respectful, doing well in school. He’s got his shit together. I think I was gidd
Oct 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, klover
I received a copy in exchange for a honest review.

As with most of New Adult books, Scratch is an emotional romance between two college-aged characters, one of which is scarred and broken. In Scratch we meet Casey and Daniel. In some ways, Casey is not your typical New Adult character. After a violent event in her childhood, Casey closed herself off from people. What I loved about Casey was the fact that she was a DJ. She can pour her heart and soul into her music. Casey is able to express hersel
Sep 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
ARC from Netgalley for an honest review.

Review coming soon!


Wonderful,amazing,surprising,moving,emotional,gut wrenching story about Casey, a DJ. She’s a senior.

I was sold since the cover and wanna scratch this story about this girl finding her solace in music and not getting involved with people. Her grandparents raised her after a tragic loss of all her family. She lives in her own bubble, where s
Aug 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
An emotional and sweet New Adult romance, Scratch was a wonderful read that I really liked. A story about facing the past and moving on, this book was romantic, full of secrets, and enjoyable all the way through.

Casey was a likable heroine. Ever since her life was ripped apart when she was thirteen, she pushed people away and avoided facing her past. Her habit of locking herself away in self-imposed solitude was frustrating, but she got better as the book went on. She learned to let people in, a
Aug 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Review also found at

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher Kensington via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The expected publication date is September 30, 2014.

This was a nice quick read for me. I enjoyed the fact that the lead character had some flaws and was dealing with some serious emotional issues when she met Daniel. As a result of this we got to see Casey and Daniel get to know each other before they hit the sheets wh
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley.)

This was an okay story about one girl’s journey through her grief, and learning to accept who she was in order to move forward.

Casey was quite a closed-off person; she hid herself from other people all the time, and constantly held back. I hoped that once she got to know Daniel she wouldn’t hold everything back with him, but that really didn’t seem to be the case, and I r
Teri Beth
Feb 25, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-netgally
ARC provided by publisher via NetGalley.

This was my second Rhonda Helms book and I enjoyed it much more than the first I read of hers, but it still didn’t rock my socks. Casey is very closed-off due to things from her past; the want to know what happened to her was what kept me reading for the most part. The relationship between Daniel and Casey was my other reason to keep reading. It was sweet and slow and real. They both make mistakes, she’s keeping secrets and he pushes her too hard. I just n
Sep 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: music, favoris, arc-lus
ARC from Netgalley for an honest Review

Wow wow wow review to come ^^

Edit 09/13


What a beautiful story. I had a great moment reading this book, I was not able to put it down.
I like this kind of book where the heroes have a difficult past and they are struggling to get by.I cried like a baby ahah yeah that's true... The bonus of this book is Daniel. He's so cuuuuute! The heroine is endearing. I always have a soft spot for books about music / m
Sep 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-to-review
(I received a copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.)

Scratch was an alright read, but it felt longer than what it was.

I could understand why Casey found it hard to open up about her past, and why she'd find it difficult to trust Daniel. Though, at times, i really wished that she would let him in more.

There were a few times where i felt bored while reading this, as the story moved along quite slowly. I found the first 25% to be the slowest part. After that, it wasn't quite so ba
Chris Gifford
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Casey has had it really tough. Her whole family is dead tragically and she somehow survived. It has taken her years to get to the point she can go to college and do the day to day routine. But she is not living. Soon her roommate reaches out o her and a young man in one of her classes is pursuing her.

Daniel thinks she is beautiful and he can tell she is fragile. He begins to woo her slowly, trying not to run her off. With new friends and a lover she begins to really live.
Catarina Szelsky †
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Simply amazing
roxi Net
Aug 08, 2017 rated it liked it
It was an quick but fun read; I'm excited that the author included a playlist; it's always great when an author does that - brings you that much closer to the main character!
In Scratch, Casey is a college senior with a traumatic past. To escape the nightmares and memories, she turns to music, and passes many nights DJing at a local club. When she's not DJing, she's locked in her room, studying alone, afraid to let people in -- that is, until Daniel from her philosophy class starts chipping away at the walls she's built up.

The award for least relatable heroine goes to Casey. I could not stand this girl throughout the book. Why must everything be an argument with her?

Casey plays her part well. College student by day, DJ by night, and anything to avoid the past that nearly pulled her under. She keeps to herself, distant from potential friends and certainly not looking for a boyfriend. But when an intriguing guy from one of her classes begins to come around, the carefully structured survival she's managed so far seems so much more empty…

The Verdict: I actually gave this one a second read before venturing into review territory simply because I couldn't figure
Sep 26, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Note: This ARC was provided by Kensington Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

"Scratch" is a New Adult (NA) novel about a college student who exists day to day, not wanting any attention to be called her way. On the weekends, she deejays at a local club, sharing her love of music with others but does it without wanting the spotlight. However, someone's already noticed her and once he does, she begins to wonder if she's satisfied with merely existing or if she's ready to really s
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-reviews
"You ask me the most unusual questions." He gave a ghost of a smile.
"Honestly, I don?t know. But I feel like I want to talk to you
all night. Which is why I wanted to confess that I haven?
t been able to get you off my mind."

This books literally stole me. I have never read a book where a girl was a DJ and I have shed a tear for this book more than ones. Too much of a broken past experienced by the heroine and an all too understanding-but-doesn't-know-what-to-do hero tries to be a part of each oth
Judy Collins
A special thank you to Kensington Books and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Scratch by Rhonda Helms, a contemporary young adult romance of one scarred young woman and her journey to forgiveness, love, and acceptance.

Casey has been traumatized with scars, a memory and nightmare she has locked away in a small hidden recess in her head. The downside is that in order for her to move forward she has to lock away everything, including all those good times in her childhood that h
Rachmi Febrianty
ARC was provided by the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for honest review.

I feel bad to say this but for me everything felt wrong since the very first chapter I read this book. And it was hard to connect to the story and the characters. I think my main issue was the writing. It doesn't flow smoothly and there's something off in it. The story is told from Casey's POV. She's a reserved person, keeps everything to herself and guarded herself all the time. She tells her story mostly in sh
Genesis pimentel
I got this Book as an ARC from Netgalley for an honest Review.\

“Somehow I’d gone through my life not realizing what I've been missing.Existing but not really…living.”

Casey Loved her job as a DJ. It is the only thing keeping her connected to people who other wise she would avoid. She forces herself to believe that everything is okay, she made herself not think about the past, about what and who she lost because she knows that when she faces that truth, her reality. She looses hers
Aug 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Find the original review here at This is the Story of My(Reading) Life

I read this book right before I went away a few weeks ago and made the mistake of not reviewing it right away. Because now details are fuzzy. That also doesn't sit well with the book though, it's clearly easily forgettable. There really wasn't anything that stands out and makes it a wholly original read. I remember requesting Scratch off of Netgalley because the summary makes it sound like music will play a big part in the M
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Rhonda Helms started writing several years ago. She has a Master's degree in English and a Bachelor's degree in Creative Writing. She also edits for Carina Press (an imprint of Harlequin Publishing) and freelance edits.

When she isn't writing, she likes to do amateur photography, dig her toes into the sand, read for hours at a time, and eat scads of cheese. WAY too much cheese.

Rhonda lives in North
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