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Life leaves you scarred. Love can make you beautiful.

Sloane Munster had the perfect life, until she didn’t. Now seventeen year-old Sloane is trying to reboot her life after a serious accident left her badly scarred and emotionally traumatized.

Starting her senior year at a different school, she recognizes Luke Naughton, a swimmer whom she once had a crush on, in her new
Kindle Edition, 251 pages
Published September 29th 2015
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A serious car accident left her scarred physically and emotionally. Her “friends” left her abandoned and alone at a time when she needed them most. For seventeen-year-old Sloane Munster, the life she had known was gone, only the memories and her hopes and dreams remain, crushed and shattered. When she begins her senior year at a new school, she already knows what to expect and she was not disappointed. The bullies came out in droves, the gawkers would stare at her face with expressions from revu ...more
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TITLE: Scarred
AUTHOR: Joanne Macgregor
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: September 29th 2015

MY RATING: 5 Stars

**༻This will be my first time reading something by this author༺**

This is me stepping out of my normal genre and trying something a wee bit different, the reason why I one clicked this is I think the cover is truly beautiful, plus the synopsis grabbed my attention out of many others I could've one clicked..

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A start to a new school, a girl so scarred that she hides be
This is a compelling, moving exploration of emotions, actions and reactions told in an emotive, enthralling manner. The writing draws the reader into the scenarios, making it easy to empathise with many of the characters - and feel like reacting on their behalf to some of the others!

The story is very emotive, with the themes of grief and guilt, loss and blame as well as love and hope running throughout the well structured plot. It is filled with the full array characters from High School life -
Melissa Delport
Apr 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tsbc-authors
Fabulous book. I expected a good YA read. I got one that can stand hold its own against the biggest names in YA at the moment. Loved Sloane and Luke, although I wanted to slap them both at some point in the book (teenagers!!) haha! With equal part humor and tragedy, I became quickly engrossed in this story and the pacing is superb! Joanne MacGregor didn't waste one single word. Highly recommend for fans of YA contemporary. ...more
Brenna Moreira

A beautiful and sensitive story where we follow the journey of Sloane and Luke through loss and grief but also towards forgiveness, acceptance and love.

Sloane is strong, independent, courageous and faces a lot of challenges and heartbreak. She is starting at a new school and has all these feelings of fear and dread about it... She got scars after a terrible car accident, physically and emotionally speaking, and has been, for a while now, fixed about the noticeable scar on her face that attract a
VJ  Stock
Mar 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
When something traumatizes us, we can’t cope with life. We try too; heck, if we had a time machine we’d have a first-class ticket to go back to a simple life–but we can’t. Life goes on. And even if it’s a life we truly don’t want, we just hang on as much as we could. For Sloane, she is struggling. I think I’ve been there and maybe you have been too. She’s in this terrible accident and everyone now knows her as this tragedy, as she can’t forget it because of the scars she obtained from it. She th ...more
Lea Cherry
Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As soon as I started reading this story, I found it different in the way a normal YA would be written. Present time brings about a new look into the genre and I have to say that it is refreshing.
I loved the mature perspective of the injured (physically, mentally and emotionally) Sloane, with her wild personality and odd behaviours. Reminds me of my younger self. The character of Luke is a real puzzle in the beginning and the small parts of his view shows a bit about his character but also remai
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’ve been curious about Joanne Macgregor’s Scarred for a while. I’ve read most of the authors work and have loved them all, with Scarred always in the background promising another book I would adore. As soon as I started reading this one, I knew I was in for a wonderful read.

From the very first page, Scarred pulled me in. It was a book I had to complete in a single sitting, one I could not put down. With each page, I was sucked in deeper. With each element that was introduced, I fell deeper in l
The writing style did not work for me. Felt amateurish. Verbiage and behaviors felt scripted. I could not sympathize with the heroine. You may love this. Reading is subjective. I loved the premise and was excited to read this one, but I could not connect to the story or the characters.
Dani (Dani Reviews Things & Love in a time of Feminism)

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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.

Not so quick review

After the epic failure that was Soundless, I
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, audiobook
This was intense and sad and pretty well written. Sloane was pretty brave, considering all the people at school making fun of her and her teacher being a condescending asshole. Plus, Luke was pretty harsh toward her too. I get that he was hurting from his own loss, but it wasn't Sloane's fault and she has no parents and is permanently injured. I like that she stuck up for herself and LJ, even though he was super creepy and mean. There were a few moments where I was worried who would live through ...more
Camila Matuella
Oct 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Senti falta de um epílogo, queria mais um pouco desse amor tão lindo que o livro transmite. Tão fofo e tão cheio de ensinamentos.

"Who bullied L.J's stepfather, to make him so harsh? And what had been done to that person? We're all victms of victms of victms, each of us scarred by life. What make one person swallow their pain or turn it back on themselves, and another decide to take it out on the world?"
Massive applause to Joanne Macgregor for this beautiful contemporary read. This is a book that could so easily have fallen into the trap of being a cliched version of boy-meets-girl, falls in love and manages to overlook her scar (trust me, I've seen my fair share of those), but Scarred is a book that is filled with so many layers that mesh together beautifully.

Dealing with issues of grief, bullying, gun violence and social structures in terms of both family and school, Scarred is a multi-facete
Candyce Kirk
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Wow, this book was an emotional rollercoaster. This author isn't afraid to touch subjects that are hard for people. Two people that suffered a tragedy get closer, but it's not as perfect as it seems. I can't say too much without giving any spoliers, but I couldn't put this book down. Sloane and Luke have to learn to deal with what happened in their lives. Certain events leave scars and they have to give it a place in the way they live now. There was also a twist in this book I did not s
Nerine Dorman
May 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What Joanne Macgregor does well is get inside the heads of young adults, and she does so admirably in Scarred. Some people carry their scars on the outside, and for others, though they may appear perfect from the outside, they carry their wounds deep within.

Sloane Munster (and here I was nearly groaning at her surname) was in a horrible car accident in which her mother died. And since then she's been struggling to come to terms with not only the loss (and their relationship had been far from per
Monique Snyman
Nov 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Scarred by Joanne Macgregor is one of those books I’m sure almost everyone will be able to relate to in one way or another. Set in modern day USA, Sloane seems to be a typical teenage girl, but she’s been through far more than a girl that age should go through. A tragic accident left her scarred, a horrible loss keeps eating at her, and she's just broken. However, Sloane is also willing to move forward, thanks to the hard work of her psychologist. Unfortunately, her new high school is filled wit ...more
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks, 2017
Thought provoking book that speaks about real life and real situations regarding life, bullying and grief. Fantastic because what I loved most about this book are the messages within it.

It teaches you not to judge someone by their outer appearance and that you can be struggling on the inside while the outside world doesn't even know it, so always be kind.

All in all, I enjoyed this book and it's something great for teens to read and as a young (ish) adult, it is a good reminder to me why I'm alwa
Helen Power
Aug 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
This book is fast-paced and has a good plot, but I didn't quite connect with Sloane, the female main character. She's a tad too immature for my liking. She has a large scar on her face, and for the first few chapters, this is her "trauma" and she barely even thinks about the person who she loved who died in the accident that caused the scar. (I'm trying not to put a spoiler here, but it's not much of a spoiler since it's revealed after a few chapters). While I understand that a scar like that wo ...more
Olivia Williford (LivTheBookNerd)
4 stars: Really well written contemporary romance novel. This book was really entertaining, and it had great characters and a really interesting plot. The romance wasn't too cheese-y...I mean it was cheese-y but it wasn't overbearingly cheese-y. There were a few cliche moments that made me purposefully put a "cliche" note on my Kindle. There were multiple points throughout the book that made me literally laugh out loud, and towards the end some of the scenes made my heart literally ache for the ...more
Felicia Mathews
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Woah! This story was a whirlwind! I never read the synopsis for Scarred before I began reading it and I'm kind of glad because the impact of everything was so much better.

Scarred was so emotional. It also felt very real with all the situations going on in schools now.

The instalove bothered me a little bit in this story. Sometimes I can overlook it, but in this case it was very noticeable and a little annoying.

Overall, I did enjoy the story but wish the relationship would have taken a little l
Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Original review posted at Books, Stars, and the Pages in Between

Scarred begins the story of 17-year-old Sloane, who after an accident, is finally trying to get on with her life by attending a new school. Within the sea of new faces, Sloane recognizes Luke, an old crush, but is immediately taken back by the hostility and disgust he has towards her. As she tries to navigate the social pains of high school once again, a painful past will reveal itself as Sloane figures out just what it is that keep
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great book on loss and recovery

Overall story: I enjoyed it. Parts that were predictable and maybe a little unrealistic but I felt like the story was one I really liked. The author tackled real issues like the ramifications of bullying, loss, and recovery. I like that this wasn't a fluffy YA.
Content: Clean
Language: Clean
Religious: No

Happy reading!
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tsbc-authors
Being a teen is hard, without all of this happening to one! There are some really good life lessons here and I wish more people would listen but everyone believes it will never happen to them... How easily it can go wrong.

Now, don't get me wrong, the story is not preachy at! It deals with these issues wonderfully and keeps it very interesting.
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don't know about anyone else, but I am seriously addicted to reading teenage romance novels. I LOVED this book because it wasn't the exact same plot as all of the others. I will definitely read more by her. ...more
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I totally and utterly LOVED this book! I read it in less than 24 hours, and that's with reluctantly having to go to sleep and errands getting in the way of precious reading time.

I was pulled into Sloane's world so much so, I could feel the emotions pour from the page.

High School is bad enough, what with having to contend with bullies, teachers included, and everything else school related, but throw a disfigurement into the mix, and the personal grief Sloane goes through, this makes it even mor
Oct 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to the author for sending me a copy of her book in return for an honest review.
I devoured this in practically one sitting! It’s cleverly written to steadily draw the reader in and is determined to ensure that you focus on nothing else for its duration!
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 ac
Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was an emotionally intense book that had me riveted right from the first page. Sloane is funny, sharp and almost too mature for her years as the accident has left her with scars both inside and out. It’s also given her a new perspective on life – she can see what is important and what isn’t, disdaining the shallowness of her former self and erstwhile friends. She’s a fighter and tries to face her demons head on. She’s also kind and compassionate, wanting to help others like L.J., the guy in ...more
Elizabeth Brooks
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Joanne Macgregor's writing is a graceful look at the physical and emotional aftermath of a tragedy in a person's life. It is evocative. It doesn't push aside the effects mental illnesses have on a person. Or how, through the support of friends, family, and love, a person can move forward in their life- move past the tragedy and see there is a bright future ahead of them.

When I first started this book, I wasn't sure if I was going to like it. Sloane Munster felt very one dimensional- she was foc
Kerry Heathfield-Sharper
May 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I devoured this book in one sitting - from the first paragraph I was absolutely hooked and engrossed.
Scarred is targeted at young adults but I think most adults would enjoy it too because it is a strong story with valuable lessons. The plot deals with love, loss, being physically and emotionally scarred, bullying, acceptance and many more of those relatable things. I loved the characters - so much attention to detail was payed to the characters and who they were inside and out and a clear pictu
Carrie Wheeler
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, my-go-to
i was first introduced to this author through her dystopian series recoil, which i loved! so i decided to give this a try. the difference between the teens in recoil and in this book is believable as contemporary life. the author really gets the characters and the maturity they have because of what they've been through. the realism of the what can happen when texting while driving is not just limited to teens. sometimes teens are innocent victims of what happens. the school shooting is highly re ...more
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When not writing, Joanne Macgregor is a counselling psychologist in private practice where she works mainly with victims of crime and trauma.

Although she lives in the frenetic adrenaline-rush of the big city, Joanne has always been in love with nature, and escapes into the wilds whenever she can. She's a Harry Potter fanatic, bakes the best choc-chip cookies on the planet, and is addicted to chil

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