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3.85  ·  Rating details ·  89 ratings  ·  54 reviews
For those of us who come into the world different, we see it for what it really is. Harsh. Avery Chamberlin is special, unique. Beautiful words to gloss over the fact that she is different. She has never felt like she fit in. Why should she? She was reminded on a daily basis that she was not like her peers. Flawed. Damaged. A freak. Avery will have to come out of her shell ...more
Published June 26th 2015 by Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly (first published June 24th 2015)
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Jun 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-s-2015
Avery was born with a cleft lip and has been the target of bullies since day one. After numerous corrective surgeries, and even plastic surgery to cover up the remaining scar, Avery still has a facial scar.

During her younger school years, she has been the butt of many jokes and pranks. Especially from a particular girl, Harper. In high school, Avery and her best friend Dylan, who is gay, are faced with vicious attacks on themselves. Beng verbally abused and the butt of jokes and pranks from youn
Very insightful read. Proof too that it doesn't have to be a long story to get the point across and flow smoothly. Full review to come with my tour date of 6/26...


"It usually ends up with me getting hurt emotionally and sometimes physically. I know I should be numb to it all, but I'm not really sure I could ever get numb to any of it."

Avery is a strong girl. Born with a cleft lip, her skin has to be thick in order to survive the ridicule that would happen once she hit school age
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This was a quick, moving read.
A girl that has been bullied her whole life because of a cleft lip.
A young man who has been watching but never told her anything.
A young girl who has her own insecurities and becomes the villain in order to feel better.
This short read was very smart. it shows how brutal bullying is. I loved how it developed but I would have liked a little more detail so I could fully connect with the characters.

4 Stars from me!

I kindly received an ARC in exchange for an honest revi
Jenny Bynum Black Words-White Pages
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teens & Older
Recommended to Jenny Bynum by: Jaidis Shaw
I am a YA Paranormal reader and usually I stay in that genre, but today, I am glad that I stepped out of that comfort zone and gave this book a chance.

'For those of us who come into the world different, we see it for what it really is.

What a great way to describe this book and peoples feelings. This is a quick, get to the point, read that will have you laughing, crying, or upset. The fact that this book is based on bullying, is the reason why I wanted to read it. I could relate and feel
Happily Ever Chapter
Jun 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: other
by Elizabeth Montgomery
June 26, 2015
Publisher: Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly
approx pages unknown
Teen / YA

* * Provided by Author via Promotion in Exchange for an HONEST Review. * *

-- My Thoughts --
Judging a Book by it's Cover:
The cover seems to depict the standard-fact teen drama and the synopsis supports this theory, but with a bit more depth.
Looking Deeper:
The Teen/YA category is not one I normally choose to read, but due to recent events in my own home regarding our fifteen ye
This is a very short read.

Avery was born with a cleft. She has been bullied throughout her life. Blake and Avery used to be friends, but one day they just stopped being friends. Suddenly one day, Blake asks Avery to come to his party. Avery is very suspicious of his invitation since she thinks it is just a trick to hurt her. However, Blake is not so quick to give up on Avery.

I love YA/NA stories such as this one where the hero and heroine were childhood friends and then the friendship stopped,
Corrine Pickering
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*** Reviewed for Hooked on Books ***

Scarred - Elizabeth Montgomery - 4.5 stars

This is a fairly short standalone.

Avery is different from everyone else and because of this she gets continually bullied at school and has never really fit in. She has her one rock, her best friend Dylan and he is different too, together they are strong for each other. When Dylan is injured at school and Blake starts texting her everything starts to change.

A beautiful romance and very well written short story. This i
Hooked On Books
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a fairly short standalone.

Avery is different from everyone else and because of this she gets continually bullied at school and has never really fit in. She has her one rock, her best friend Dylan and he is different too, together they are strong for each other. When Dylan is injured at school and Blake starts texting her everything starts to change.

A beautiful romance and very well written short story. This is the 3rd book I have read by Elizabeth Montgomery and I love her style of writi
A. Powers
Oct 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
A quick read with a good message.

Scarred is a short novel about Avery, a high school sophomore who was born with a cleft lip and has undergone multiple restorative surgeries. Although her lip has been repaired quite nicely, she still has visible scars and has still had to endure years and years of shame and bullying, most notably from her classmate Harper. Her only friend Dylan is also a victim of bullying, and when he is attacked at school, Avery is there to stand up for him. She soon begins t
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Scarred by Elizabeth Montgomery

Avery Chamberlin is different. Born with a facial defect, she has been picked on and viciously bullied her whole life. Although she has loving parents and a best friend to support her, she still struggles on a daily basis. Then slowly things begin to change, she has to learn who she can trust. Will she take the chance and trust an unlikely student? All she knows is life has to change for her, and she is willing to take a chance to make her life more enjoyable.

A bea
Tammy McGowan
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star, arcs
Do not let the size of this book fool you. It pulls a packing punch.
We all at some point in time have been bullied. Whether it is for what you wear, the mark on your arm, your pinkie is bent a certain, or having a scar on your lip.
This is what we see in Scarred. A girl who was born with a cleft lip and endured numerous surgeries to correct it. Leaving her with a mild scar.
Even this small scar saw her receive years of torment.
She relied on one friend and one friend only,
Finally someone steps up f
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A Telling Story
This is the first thing that I've read by this author and I'm really glad that I got the chance. I think that schools could really use this book. There is such a huge issue with bullying and I think this book addresses it very well, and offers some insight into the issues that are involved. This book is a quick read but has so much substance. Avery was born different, and because of this she is shunned, and outcast, and bullied. Her and her best friend, who is also bullied, and an
Jun 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a quick read that was pulling at my heart. I was intrigued from the blurb. This author really hit home. It's sad that in today's society if your the slightest bit different from everyone else you tend to be targeted. Teenage years are hard enough as it is.
The main character Avery is a strong and had to be from an early age. Thankfully she has her best friend Dylan by her side since kindergarten. Together the two of them faced thongs that no child should have to face. Get ready for an e
Ashley Martinez (ilovebooksandstuffblog)
A fast paced and short read on bulling. It was a nice uplifting story that makes you smile in the end.
Jun 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Review coming soon!!
Kelly Gunderman
Check out this and other reviews on my young adult book blog, Here's to Happy Endings!

There are a lot of books out there that are written to tell a story - and that is also the case for Scarred. While the premise is good - a young girl who had a cleft lip as a baby and who had it corrected with surgeries (and still has the scars), is bullied for the way she looks. Eventually the popular boy (who was dating the popular girl) decides to get to know the girl and, while she is suspicious, decides to
Southern Belle Book Blog
Aug 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Gah. I wanted to love this. I feel like I still sort of do, except I have major elements that bothered me, so maybe I don’t love it. But I… I kind of still do. Ugh, I’m making no sense.

Okay so let’s just lay it out there. I loved the idea of Scarred. The bullied girl who does right. The struggles of one high school girl that doesn’t end in a horrific, tragic way, but instead will leave you feeling hopeful, compassionate, and kind toward others. It’s a quick read, and while it is very short (19k
Kelly Smith Reviews
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you have never been bullied, you might not quite understand the magnitude of the effect it has on the human (especially the hormonal teenage) psyche. In this day and age, the bullying isn't just name calling in the school hallways, it's on the Internet, destroying your life and following you day and night. It makes you have anxiety, depression and, as seen in the news, it makes you suicidal. Bullying, cyber or otherwise, is a serious issue, and Scarred discusses it with plain simplicity and a ...more
Melissa Ogletree
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
I received this book for an honest review.
Avery is bullied every day of her life for something she has no control over. Always feeling like an outsider she just wants to get through each day as unscathed as possible. She needs to find a way to find her own self worth and stop worrying about the labels others are putting on her. Add in a gay BFF dealing with his own bullies and the schools golden boy who is suddenly trying to rekindle his friendship with her from when they were young. Can she fin
Katie Blythe
Oct 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
*This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review*

Avery is just like every other high school girl except when Avery was born, she had a cleft lip and got surgery to correct it that unfortunately left her with some scarring. She is constantly picked on and bullied by fellow classmate and beauty queen Harper but that just has made her develop a thick skin. Her best friend Dylan helps her out and sticks up for her every time, even though he gets bullied too for being gay. On
Angela Cruz
Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a stand alone, short story. I recommend this for young adults. This book is a roller coaster of emotions. I completely related to Avery's mom, I could feel her pain. I need a sequel to see what happens next. I love the friendship between Avery and her best friend. And I appreciate the wonderful support system that surrounds her.

This is Avery's story, she is your normal everyday girl. She gets her good looks from her mom and her dedication from her military dad. So why does she feel diff
Patrick Hodges
I've read many books that deal with the subject of bullying. Most have involved kids or teenagers, and not surprisingly, and almost all have had a common theme - namely, that the main character is suffering terrible torment at the hands of someone bigger or prettier or more popular or wealthier (or all of the above), for no other reason than that they are "different."

Avery was born with a cleft palate, and though she's reconstructive surgeries to fix it, the evidence of her former condition stil
Heaven is a bookstore
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read the description of this book and knew I would HAVE to read it. I was not disappointed!

I was immediately sucked in to Avery's character. I loved her from the very first paragraph. She was so sweet and vulnerable, but had found a way to fight against the chaos in her life. Having been ridiculed as a child bc I wore glasses, I understand this, but the level that Avery has to deal with is beyond my comprehension. My heart went out to her and I wanted to slay demons with her, but she has a go
Shasta Mosley Swoon Worthy Books/Cherry0Blossom
I think everyone has been bullied in some way or another. Whether it has been physically bullied or with words it hurts. And in Scarred by Elizabeth Montgomery, she gives a powerful and heartwarming story. No matter if it is with a fist, a kick, or even just a slanderous word, bullying is bullying, and it hurts.

Avery Chamberlin is no stranger to being bullied. A young lady born with a beautiful soul and big heart gets bullied her whole life just because she was born with a cleft lip. Since she w
Aug 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars!

I read this book in one sitting because I just couldn’t put it down. This book had me go through a range of emotions, sad, happy, suspicious, shocked, and a few others.

As a mom, Scarred makes me want to hug my kids and shelter them from any kind of harm or harassment. This is a great perspective from the person being bullied. We get to see what is going through her head and why after years of torture she acts like she does.

I really enjoyed this story even though at times I felt as if m
Jun 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 Stars!

Scarred by Elizabeth Montgomery was heartbreakingly real. I went into this book knowing it was about bullying and even though this is a sensitive subject for me, I went in with an open mind and open heart.

Avery was born with a cleft lip, which she had surgery to correct, but that never stopped the teasing and the bullying. She has a gay best friend, Dylan –whom I LOVE- and for that, they are also bullied. Together though, they make you see the beauty in true friends and kindhearted peop
Jun 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much and clearly so did everyone else from the buzz I'm seeing on Facebook. This book follows Avery Chamberlin who was born with a cleft lip and has been relentlessly bullied for as long as she can remember. As someone who was bullied throughout my childhood I really related with the character and the horrific bullying she receives daily. Enter Harper (The bully) and Blake (The love interest). Fed up of Harpers disgusting behaviour, Blake and Avery become closer. The romance ...more
The Pink Bookshelf
This book is packed with all of the feels. I highly recommend it to everyone regardless of age. I loved how it showed the victim’s side of a very horrible problem. Bullying. It shows how Avery deals and overcomes all of the bullying that she endures on a daily basis. We all know kids were mean in high school. But i don’t think people truly remember just how mean they were. Or choose not to believe it. This book is a great tool to use for anyone wanting to teach about bullying. I believe it could ...more
Jul 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This fast paced, easy to read book quickly grabbed my attention and I read it all in a short afternoon. The stereotypical characters interacted together fairly typically. I liked the writing style and the voice. I particularly liked Avery’s mom. It was refreshing that Avery and her mother had a very close loving relationship; not adversarial. I really enjoyed their interactions.

I enjoyed the story and felt it did a good job pointing out how hurtful and harmful bullying is. It also did a good job
Jaidis Shaw
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Avery feels like an outsider. Her whole life has consisted of her building up walls to protect herself from the bullying she receives due to something she can't help. She was born with a cleft lip and though the surgeries have fixed it and the scars are minimal, teenagers will be teenagers. Avery must learn to take risks and not let anyone pull her down so that she doesn't spend her life missing out on the good things coming her way.

Scarred was a quick read that shows what teenagers think and fe
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Elizabeth Montgomery was born in Williamsburg, Va and raised in Yorktown, Va. Growing up in and around the historic triangle spurred her love for the unusual and paranormal. She is a mom to four amazing kids, a wife to an extraordinary husband and a full-time pediatric nurse. When not writing, working or helping with homework you can find Elizabeth with her nose stuck in a book or hovering around ...more
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