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Someone to Kiss My Scars

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  81 ratings  ·  46 reviews
"Powerful. Original. . . Deeply felt and convincing." — Kirkus Reviews
"Fresh. . .eventful. . .with a satisfying love story underlying it all." — Foreword Clarion Reviews

Hunter needs to remember. Jazz needs to forget. They need each other to heal in this teen thriller of survivor love.

Hunter’s past is a mystery to him, erased by a doctor at the direction of his father. But
Kindle Edition, First, 364 pages
Published October 17th 2019 by Skipstone Publishing
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Lilith Black Bee
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Schizanthus Nerd
Before I tell you anything else, I want you to know there are a significant amount of 5 star reviews for this book and would encourage you to check some of those out before deciding whether this is the book for you.
“There are a lot of things I wish I didn’t remember.”
This could well be the most triggering book I have ever read. I knew before I began that sexual assault would be addressed but I read a lot of books that include content of that nature so I thought I’d be okay. I never expected
Chanel Johnson
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Someone to Kiss my Scars: Brooke Skipstone
Publisher: DartFrog Books
Teens/YA, Thriller, Sci-Fi
Archive Date: Apr. 24, 2020

Unapologetic, intense, and cinematic; a powerful psychological thriller.

Brooke Skipstone’s novel, Someone to Kiss my Scars, is a psychological thriller that touches on some major, dark tragedies that befalls a group of teenagers such as: child pornography, incest, rape, suicide, abuse, and that’s just to name a few. Hunter, the protagonist, is a young man with a troubling past
Please Pass the Books
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Someone to Kiss my Scars by Brooke Skipstone is a young adult thriller about a pair of teenagers named Hunter and Jasmine (Jazz) who, through no fault of their own and at the hands of others they should have been able to trust, are forced to battle the emotional demons that were forced upon them. Sometimes these abuses manifest themselves physically, whether they understand why or not. Hunter's father Joe has had Hunter's memory erased before moving them both from Washington to Alaska, but as ot ...more
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Skipstone’s debut novel delivers a moving portrait of young lives scarred by severe mental and physical abuse, as seen through the lens of a teenager’s nightmare.

Hunter not only left his old life behind but also all the memories of his past when his father relocated both of them from Washington to Alaska. Struggling to remember his past, Hunter starts to see disturbing visions where other people’s painful memories invade his mind. With the help of his best friend Jezz, Hunter realizes he can he
Sofia Marques
Alcoholism, sexual abuse, child pornografy, suicide, domestic violence, murder, incest, and so on... so many trauma in one book...
This was not the book for me and although the book have a great history i guess i could go to another away, many things don't have answer... i like to know what happen after they forget the bad memories... i don't know what to thing about it...

Thank you to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book.
Sarah Patrik
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I want to applaud the author Brooke Skipstone on creating such an intense and emotional plot which had me in tears as I read certain scenes. It awakened me to some of the horrors and harsh realities being faced all around the world by children and teenagers. I love how the author took the chance to use this as a platform to help spread that kind of awareness. It is rare to find such rare gems like this book which does not hesitate in telling raw truths no matter how gruesome the truths maybe.

Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book brings awareness to sexual abuse in the most unique way. It will very likely make you uncomfortable. It SHOULD make you uncomfortable. If it doesn't, you may be just as awful as the villains in this story.

From the very beginning I was hooked. It was mysterious and I needed to unravel the mystery. It follows two best friends that have been through awful abuse. I think the only way to describe one aspect of this book is magic realism. I was so interested in finding out what exactly was
Jerrica Mah
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is right up there with 13 Reasons Why. It is a powerful read that exposes the hidden scars of kids and teenagers suffering from emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. This is a triumphant story that will inspire adults to stop living in denial about what happens to our children behind closed doors and will give hope to those who have suffered, or are suffering, from abuse.

Brooke Skipstone somehow manages to balance all the ugliness of abuse with hope and empowerment. You want to yell,
Lucy Gardiner (luc_lostinbooks)
Rating - 4.5 stars.

Someone to kiss my scars is about two teenagers called Hunter and Jazz.

Hunter can’t remember anything about his life more than two years ago. His mother and brother have apparently died in an accident, hunter himself is covered in scars and has been told this was a biking accident also.

He starts having disturbing visions, and soon discovers these visions are actually other people’s memories. His best friend Jazz vows to help him resolve this.

Jazz is just fantastic, my hear
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm back to reading this book. I really want to like this, even though I remember genuinely not liking the book the first time I read it. It's a story about mental health with an incredibly intricate backstory - usually everything I want in a book. So, I just want to give it a second chance, because the review I wrote last time really stayed with me for some reasons, and I have so many questions about the book since reading it that I just need to read it again. The original review can be found a ...more
Vaiomo ♡
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
Hmm, I sadly didn't like this book.

After reading the blurb and luckily getting a copy of it I sadly wasn't able to enjoy it.

I found that it was very difficult to connect with the main characters and even though the events were very interesting and fun to read I just felt disconnected to the characters in the moment.

I would like to say that the event in this book are not the happiest as seen in the foreword this book contains sexual abuse, self-mutilation and suicide so just a heads up for the
Kajree Gautom
Apr 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was one of the midst disturbing reads, in a sense that it was so real and terrifying.
Dealing extensively with abuse of all and any kind, Someone to kiss my scars takes it up a notch with Hunter's 'magical' ability to read and see other's thoughts and pain. Trying to piece his own past together, he stumbles upon violence and abuse like he's never seen before, and Hunter is determined to save these people in any way he can.
It was a hard read, no doubt. I felt so bad for the characters, for
Melina Lobo
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Warning: triggers of abuse and sexual content.
"Why won't you help me?"
Hunter, he used to be a normal young boy before he lost his mother and brother. Now, he lives with his father in Alaska having no memory of his past. He knows nothing about his mother and brother, not even their names. He needs to remember.
Jazz, she tries to be a normal young girl. But, memories from her past creep up on her and invade her thoughts. She tries to live but cannot. She tries to live but cannot. She needs t
Lene Blackthorn
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very compelling and heart-touching story of two young souls scarred by their past and traumas they should never have lived through. Hunter does not remember anything thanks to a doctor's therapy, but sees other peoples memories full of abuse and sex, memories they would never share willingly; and the only way to get rid of their haunting presence in Hunter's head is to write them down as a story. Jazz, on the other side, has her own secrets and memories she would love to forget, or rather neve ...more
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ugly. Brutal. Dark. Beautiful. Honest.
Much needed and overdue, but not for the faint of heart.
Deals with multiple traumatic events, which are happening daily in the lives of our children and young adults around the world, which need to be brought to light more often by brave souls such as this author.
Realistically written, true to life characters, very effective in drawing the reader in to the scenes.
Somehow, Brooke Skipstone has managed to show Frankenstein's heart, and leave us with hope a
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This story takes you through the emotional gamut. From intriguing mystery to astonishing discoveries and through an emotional ride that kept my heart clenching through every page.
I found this to be a lesson in humanity, the lengths a person will go to forget trauma and others to forget their hand in it.
We meet Hunter as he is discovering an ability to hear others' pain. A disturbing gift that haunts his days and nights, while he himself struggles to recall who he once was. He soon discovers that
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
17-year-old Hunter can’t remember the first sixteen years of his life which includes the death of his mother and little brother. As other people’s memories invade his mind, he sees glimpses of his past, spurring an insatiable desire to know the full story. Jazz seems confident and happy but hides a body full of scars, both literal and figurative. Together they take a journey toward truth, forgiveness, and redemption, not only for themselves, but for other broken teens. From the first sentence, I ...more
Nighat Jahangeer
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Interesting read which forces you to think about its subjects. This book highlights a sensitive topic. A dark book with blunt expressions , child abusement and suicide and rape are prominent elements of the plot. Author took a courageous step to unveil the harsh realities of our society. The interesting but painful turns of story shock you. The attractive writing style makes this dark book easy to swallow. This book touches the psychological problems of child abusement and aftermath. This is the ...more
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is so amazing in every kind of way. It brings so much awareness and understanding about the physical and mental health of those who have been afflicted. Hunters journey along with Jazz, made me feel like I was right there with them through every step of the way. As they broke through barriers within themselves I was right there cheering them along. Full of emotional scenes, twists and turns that you didn't even know would happen. This story will capture your heart like it did mine. I h ...more
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
ARC given in exchange for an honest review.

This book took me by surprise in an eye opening way. It didn’t shy away from hard topics (no spoilers) and try to cover up what many teenagers are going through. I like that it was a mystery too, with small pieces of the puzzle getting added chapter by chapter. I will definitely recommend to my kids when they reach high school age because I think it’s vital we all should be exposed to how other are living.
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book tells the complex stories of Hunter and Jazz, who both lived many awful things. They found each other and started to heal while developing a complex, deep and sweet relationship. This story is very heavy and not meant for everybody to read, but is a great way to raise awareness. I would recommend it to anyone who can handle it.
Ria Price
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I found this book very hard to read but totally worth it, it highlights some really important issues in such a real way and is fantastically written.
Jessica | Booked J
Jan 05, 2020 rated it liked it
(3.5 stars) Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Review also found here at Booked J.

As always, a copy of this book was provided by the publisher or author in exchange for my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way.

Someone to Kiss My Scars is a powerful, dark, emotionally draining read that comes hand in hand with several real-life topics and trigger warnings. I highly suggest looking up a complete list of said triggers before reading it. There are many topics explored throughout t
Book Reviewer
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Someone to Kiss My Scars by Brooke Skipstone defies standard categorization as it is a wonderful amalgam of coming of age, mystery, science fiction, and love story. I would say it is suitable for mature teens, and add that I, as an adult reader, thoroughly enjoyed Someone to Kiss My Scars and never felt it was juvenile while reading it. In fact, the introduction from Skipstone made me a little bit nervous – did I want to read about sexual abuse, depression, and suicide, given that 2020 has alrea ...more
Apr 09, 2020 rated it liked it
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Sep 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
3,5 🌟

Trigger warning: self harm, sexual abuse, alcohol drinking, suicide, child pornography, incest, pedophilia, rape, violence. Be sure to practice self care while reading this book.

Starting off, I think Skipstone is really brave for writing about such an important topic as this book is about. Child abuse is a hard topic to write and read about, but it’s also so important to teach ourselves that this still happens too much (it shouldn’t happen at all).
I like that the main characters of this st
Laurie Tell
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have no idea how to rate this book. I guess I will just spill my thoughts and let you decide for yourself.

First of all, it was a well written, really interesting, engrossing book. And the premise was seriously interesting. Based on these, I would give it 5 stars.

But then.. I like books that make me cry. But I dont like books that make me cringe and grimace. I dont have "triggers" and can read about sexual abuse, assault, etc. But this seemed too graphic - it disturbed the hell out of me. May
Jo Williams
Aug 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to the author for sending me a digital copy of this book, which I’ll be providing my honest opinion of here. Sometimes a book comes along which doesn’t so much push the boundaries of its genre, as rob a juggernaut and tear those boundaries down. This is that book.

Where to start? I’m not going to give trigger warnings as they’re already glaringly obvious in the blurb. I wasn’t sure if I could stomach this novel, as the details are graphic. However, I realised that my discomfort is exac
gifta alvina
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Hunter is a boy who doesn't remember his past yet he can somehow see other experiences and erase it from them. He is desperately trying to remember his story. While Jazz, his best and only friend desperately want to forget her story. ⁣

Reading "Someone to Kiss My Scars" will force us to see the dark side of growing up for teens whom exposed to several violations. Beware though, it heavily describe the sexual abuse, mentioning quite detail about the drinking and brush through self-cutting. ⁣

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