Saturday, July 2, 2011

Scars by Cheryl Rainfield: Review

By Cherly Rainfield
Published by Westside Books
Pub Date: May 25th 2011
Pick up you copy today at, Amazon, B&N, or your local indie!

Sysnopsis borrowed from Goodreads:

Kendra, fifteen, hasn't felt safe since she began to recall devastating memories of childhood sexual abuse, especially because she still can't remember the most important detail-- her abuser's identity. Frightened, Kendra believes someone is always watching and following her, leaving menacing messages only she understands. If she lets her guard down even for a minute, it could cost Kendra her life. To relieve the pressure, Kendra cuts; aside from her brilliantly expressive artwork, it's her only way of coping. Since her own mother is too self-absorbed to hear her cries for help, Kendra finds support in others instead: from her therapist and her art teacher, from Sandy, the close family friend who encourages her artwork, and from Meghan, the classmate who's becoming a friend and maybe more. But the truth about Kendra's abuse is just waiting to explode, with startling unforeseen consequences. Scars is the unforgettable story of one girl's frightening path to the truth.

Darkfallen's tormented thoughts:

This is one of those books that you just know, going into it, that it is NOT going to be an easy read....but it was even harder to put it down....

Fifteen year old Kendra is falling apart inside. She was sexually abused, that much she knows. What she doesn't know is by whom, or for how long. Every time the memories start to flood back the important detail, his face seems to elude her. But the details she is left with is enough to drown her, and the way she can seem to get some relief from all the internal scars is to cut. Cutting them open until they bleed least until the next time.

This book takes you through the journey of what it is like for a victim of a pedophile. It will leave you gasping and cringing. Constantly looking over your shoulder, around the corner, under the bed, anywhere for clues to who did this to this poor little girl. And once you figure it out it will leave you.....seething. Over all this book handles so many issues, issues that need to be handled, and I thank Ms. Rainfield for that. I fell in love with Kendra from the very first page. The thoughts she has are real, and true. Her torment is palatable. You will want nothing more than to hug her, love her, take her pain away.

If you, or anyone you have ever known, is dealing with sexual abuse, cutting, or homosexuality, I would say this is a must read. For parents, teachers, therapist, or victims...there is something in here to help you. Just please know that this isn't all sugar-coated, and covered with sprinkles. This is the real deal, and therefore hard to read. But then again the truth always is...that is what makes this book that much better....the truth behind it all.


1 comment: