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  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1482948680
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482948684
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By tonituesday on 2 Mar. 2013
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I have never read a book about self harm before and having been a cutter for over 8 years I was dubious about how someone could write about such a personal experience and connect with the reader but this was one of the most beautiful and harrowing books I have ever read.
When she described cutting, it was like I was back in those dark moments, slicing open my own skin. Everything she said, I could relate to. It was both an awful experience and one that felt freeing.
If you are a recovered harmer like myself, I would be careful before you read this book. It will bring back that desire to a point, it is not for someone still struggling with the urge but it is a must read for anyone who has been to those points and survived.
If you need a insight into self harm, I cannot think of a more fitting way. This book encapsulates how I felt for the whole time that cutting was the main focus of my life.

It was an incredible read. I couldn't put it down.
Truely mesmerising.

To the author: thank you. Thank you for putting into words what so many are afraid to do and thank you for helping me realise that I am so glad that way of life is behind me. You are an inspiration.
I am over 400 days clean of cutting and I almost gave in before I read your book. Now, I know I won't.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Luna's Little Library on 12 Aug. 2012
Format: Hardcover
Scars is not an easy read, it's not supposed to be. It's not an easy book to review either. The story is quick-paced and you're right in the thick of it from the first page. It doesn't give you a lot of space to think about what you are reading. That said, when you've finished and sit back you have a lot to digest.

Kendra is beautifully written and manages to do something that few characters dealing with self-harm have managed to do. She provides you with a platform of understanding of what it feels like to cut. Many books explore the how and why but I haven't read a story before that gives you the feelings behind those actions.

For people who don't cut it's an excellent read to help them understand why someone would do this. For those who do cut it offers the knowledge that you are not alone.

Putting aside the importance of a book like this the story is gripping and hard to put down.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 27 Sept. 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a very intense and much needed book. Cutting and other forms of self harm is a very serious matter and it is good that books like this exist. In many cases, cutting is a coping mechanism in response to sexual abuse.

Kendra, 15 has been sexually abused for a period of over 10 years, starting when she was a toddler. She is not able to identify her molester. Fortunately she does tell her mother, who, in addition to being in denial over so many things does have the good sense to get Kendra into therapy. Kendra's therapist Carolyn, is a kind, perceptive woman who has firsthand knowledge of sexual abuse and is a stable and nurturing influence in Kendra's life. Kendra's mother would later feel threatened by Carolyn and would make unsuccessful attempts to drive a wedge between her and Kendra.

Meanwhile, Kendra is living a nightmare. She believes she is being stalked, but she isn't sure who the stalker is. She has chosen a new family for herself. Kendra is a gifted artist and her art teacher sees the subtext of Kendra's paintings and is very much a support system. Kendra's mother is friends with a very kind man named Sandy and his partner, both of whom are artists. Kendra's mother has followed her own artistic muse. She has passed her artistic talent on to Kendra and regularly critizes Kendra's work. Kendra feels she cannot confide in her and no longer shows her any of her artwork.

"Happiness is a warm gun/when I hold you in my arms and I feel my finger on your trigger/I know no one can do me no harm/because happiness is a warm gun." -- John Lennon, 1968

On a more alarming note, Kendra has been cutting herself regularly. She has been doing this as a way to symbolically and physically cut out pain.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Deanna Goodfellow on 18 Jan. 2013
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This book was so much like my life and it helped me to think that things will be okay also it is a very gripping book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wallflower on 3 Sept. 2013
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I really did like this book! The only reason it didn't get 5 stars it because I guessed the ending... apart from that it was brilliant!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christina on 26 Aug. 2013
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It was such an amazing story and as a cutter myself it really gave me some hope about stopping our stories are so similar in so many ways
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charlie Gregory on 5 Aug. 2013
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This book relates to me in ways I would think impossible. It gives you hope for survivors all over the world
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lalala on 9 July 2012
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Such a good book!!! Good twist and really well written. Liked that it had helplines etc at the end too
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