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 go with it.
The main problem that I had with this book is that the plot is just way overdone. From the whole “popular boy and unpopular girl getting together” angle to the plot twist at the end, the book was just predictable and flat. I wanted to love the characters and really embrace the story, because like I said, it had a good premise, and maybe if I haven’t already read so many books that have the same kind of stuff going on in it, I might have been able to appreciate it more.
This book also seemed a little young…like maybe fantastic for those who are just entering high school (like 12 and 13 year olds, perhaps), so maybe I just wasn’t the right audience for this. I couldn’t really connect to the characters, either, which was a bummer, because I wanted to love this book. It was a quick read and I flew right through it (like I said, I gave it plenty of chance!), because I wanted to see what would happen, but I kind of already knew before I even got halfway through the book. This is definitely written with the whole “anti-bullying” thing in mind, and I love that – we need more books about bullying. It’s a hot issue that is becoming more and more common with YA, and seeing bullying being recognized as an actual problem in today’s youth is a step closer to helping lessen the problem. So I definitely applaud the author for what she was doing with this book. She knows how to tell a story. The writing itself wasn’t too bad, and it was easy to stay on track with the story, but it wasn’t the deep and emotional novel that I was hoping for.
Note: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.