Genre: Young Adult

For Fans Of

A great read for fans of Sarah Dessen, Stephanie Perkins, Jenny Han and Abbi Glines.

Book Summary

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 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 and despite misunderstandings and guilty secrets, the chemistry between them sparks. 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.


"I can't recommend Scarred highly enough! It was the best book I've read so far this year." -Long and Short Reviews YA

"Heart-racingly amazing! What a great read, I was immediately absorbed into Sloane's world, waiting with baited breath till the very end to find out what this Rollercoaster would reveal. The author has a brilliant insight into the raw feelings that most of us try to hide. I sat and read this story in one day, between work, school and kids. Scarred ended up making me feel that even in the darkest moments of our lives that someone somewhere understands us." - Verified reviewer

"There is so much more to this book than you initially assume! It is one of those stories that I didn't want to put down until I'd reached the end. Targeted at young adults, this is a book that is so well written and moving that I believe it will appeal to adults as well - it certainly did to me! I can't praise this enough and have absolutely no hesitation in highly recommending it - I will certainly be looking out for other books by this talented author in future!" - Splashes into Books Blog

"Scarred will hook you from the very first sentence and pull you right through to the end, mercilessly. If you thought about doing anything else with your time or, God forbid, sleeping, after starting this novel, I wish you the best of luck: I was utterly unable to... While the plot revolves around Sloane and Luke, Macgregor creates a convincing world creatively showcasing the multiple challenges of being a teen in this day and age, building up to a nail-biting climax where there's much more at stake than the hearts of the two protagonists."- Books @ Women24 (News24)

"Macgregor had me at the first sentence! I was so in love with the writing and the style that I literally couldn't put it down. She made me feel like I was Sloane, feeling all those emotions and the struggles she had... she made you feel so drawn to the twist that it was MIND BLOWING." - Florals and Dragons Books Blog

"Scarred is more than another young adult tale of bullying,insensitivity and the cruel callousness that runs rampant today. This is a tale of forgiveness, of healing and of the awareness that one's individual pain is shared by many." - Tome Tender Book Blog

About the Author

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 chilies and bulletproof coffee.

She started her professional life as a high school English teacher and loves writing about, and for, teens. She is the author of several books for Young Adults, including Hushed, Recoil, Refuse, Rebel, Scarred, and - for younger YA readers - Turtle Walk, Rock Steady and Fault Lines.

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