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"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 "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 memories of the secret trauma begin to surface when Hunter sees other people’s memories—visions invading his mind with stories of abuse, teen self-mutilation, rape, and forbidden sex. His best friend Jazz has dark and disturbing memories of her own that she hides behind her sass and wit. Hunter discovers he can rescue the victims, even though he risks adding their suffering to his own. Hunter and Jazz kiss each other’s scars and form a bond of empathy no two teens should ever need. This book contains scenes of sexual abuse, self-mutilation, and suicide. It should not be read by teens who wish to be shielded from such harsh realities their peers may be enduring alone. Nor by anyone who desires to remain in the dark despite being in a position to shine light. However, those who suffer in private or wish to help those who do—please read this story and share its contents. Many parts of this book are difficult to read and were very difficult to write. But there is much truth in these pages, some profoundly ugly and some beautiful in its resilience. As one character says, “I have to believe I can still love and be loved. We can’t stay broken forever.” And they shouldn’t be unknown forever. People need to feel the pain of others.


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"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 "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 memories of the secret trauma begin to surface when Hunter sees other people’s memories—visions invading his mind with stories of abuse, teen self-mutilation, rape, and forbidden sex. His best friend Jazz has dark and disturbing memories of her own that she hides behind her sass and wit. Hunter discovers he can rescue the victims, even though he risks adding their suffering to his own. Hunter and Jazz kiss each other’s scars and form a bond of empathy no two teens should ever need. This book contains scenes of sexual abuse, self-mutilation, and suicide. It should not be read by teens who wish to be shielded from such harsh realities their peers may be enduring alone. Nor by anyone who desires to remain in the dark despite being in a position to shine light. However, those who suffer in private or wish to help those who do—please read this story and share its contents. Many parts of this book are difficult to read and were very difficult to write. But there is much truth in these pages, some profoundly ugly and some beautiful in its resilience. As one character says, “I have to believe I can still love and be loved. We can’t stay broken forever.” And they shouldn’t be unknown forever. People need to feel the pain of others.

47 review for Someone To Kiss My Scars

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lilith Black

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. E-ARC provided by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. TRIGGER WARNING: sexual abuse, self-mutilation, rape, pedophilia, incest, murder, violence, child pornography, suicide, homophobia, alcohol drinking. There might be others too, so please BE AWARE when you go into this book because it is VERY DARK! PROS: • Raising awareness about child sexual abuse. I think this is a very important book to read, mostly during our days! Brooke Skipstone is an amazing brave author be E-ARC provided by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. TRIGGER WARNING: sexual abuse, self-mutilation, rape, pedophilia, incest, murder, violence, child pornography, suicide, homophobia, alcohol drinking. There might be others too, so please BE AWARE when you go into this book because it is VERY DARK! PROS: • Raising awareness about child sexual abuse. I think this is a very important book to read, mostly during our days! Brooke Skipstone is an amazing brave author because she took this extremely hard subject and put it into a book. Some might hate or disapprove her because she chose to touch some hidden scars of our society, but I think most of us will see what she tried and managed to do with this book. • The female lead character wasn't a breathtaking painfully beautiful girl with a slim perfect body. This thing made me so happy because we need more representation for curvy girls/women! This world might be full of slim, wasp shaped women, but also, curvy ones exist and they are beautiful and very worth loving too! • Writing style. I have no idea if this is a debut novel or not, but I have enjoyed the writing style! It really made me feel like I was part of the book, for the most time, thing that it is rare to very rare for me. • Shoved me in a roller coaster of my emotions. This book made me cry, smile, feel rage and anger, hate, pain, pure ravishing desire to fight and save those children. CONS: • Some points, mostly the ending, felt rushed. The sex scene between Jazz and Hunter, for example. I mean, they both were victims of sexual abuse, and just like that, after a couple of days and mostly after Hunter remembered what had happened to him, he was prepared to have sex with Jazz?! I don't deny their emotional connection, but really, after all that, it made no sense and was very hard for me to believe that Hunter, with all those fresh memories, was ready for it! • The fact that Jazz was speaking for Hunter, without even really asking him first if he agrees or not. She almost always asked him if he can take more AFTER she was saying yes on behalf of him. This thing really pissed me off! As I have said in one of my updates, I understood her pain and her desire to save others too, but in those moments where she was doing this, it made me felt that she didn't really care about Hunter's pain, like she was seeing him as an object to help her reach her goal. OVERALL THOUGHTS: • I feel the need to repeat it, even now, that this is a very dark novel! Will hit you very hard and will show you the cruel and painful reality that often, most of us, choose not to see or acknowledge it because we choose to live in our fantasy worlds. These things happen! And happen more often than we ever think! THIS IS A WAKE-UP CALL! You can follow my TWITTER If you want to support me, you can check my WHISHLIST

  2. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    The mystery of Hunter's memory loss was what initially drew me to the story. It was a beautiful story of two broken people finding each other and trying to heal. It deals with heavy subjects so I would definitely recommend it to people who love mature YA. This is no fluffy, cute story, although it had its cute moments. *ARC provided by author*

  3. 5 out of 5

    Booksiren

    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 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 help others forget their traumatic past but memories of his own dark past come to haunt him. Trying to fight their past demons, the teens learn to depend on each other and form an unbreakable bond. The book opens with graphic details of physical intimacy laced with feelings of shame and guilt, setting the tone for a dark, disturbing read as horrifying secrets are revealed. Skipstone takes time to reveal Hunter’s past, his broken relationship with his father, and his sufferings at the hands of his mother. Short flashbacks throughout the narrative effectively divulge the severe sexual abuse and mental anguish the young teen suffered, the effects of which threaten to destroy his present. Skipstone’s daring portrayal of her many characters’ damaged mental and emotional state as they go through horrible sexual abuse is deeply disturbing and chilling. Rooted in science fiction, the book effectively captures the pain of both the victims of sexual abuse and its survivors. Brilliantly brave!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Please Pass the Books

    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 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 other people's trauma come to him as vivid, lifelike visions, he begins to suspect the memories his father has “told him” might not be the truth. Meanwhile, Jazz has memories of her own that, unlike Hunter, she desperately wants to forget. Brooke Skipstone is a brave, brave author. Someone to Kiss my Scars is a wholly unapologetic, raw look at sexual assault, abuse, aggression, homophobia, self-harm, suicide and all of the terrible things that destroy lives on a daily basis. Every one is either the result of or an absolute man-made phenomenon, and every one is addressed with a responsible recounting in this courageous young adult novel. Driving the theme along are two incredibly convincing protagonists and a cast of supporting characters who, even when their actions make us believe they do not deserve it, make us carry a dusting of empathy for them also. Skipstone's story might be embedded in a bit of science fiction, but the subjects broached and the pain they cause...well, one could only wish that was fictional. Highly recommended. Review written for Readers' Favorite.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Krissy

    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 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 going on. I finished it so quick. I don't really want to say what goes on bc it's a wild ride and I personally hate spoilers. Pick this one up! The only issue I can think of was that the end was a little awkward, but it didn't take away from the book for me. I really appreciated the authors note at the beginning. She states that these stories shouldn't be covered up. That teens, (or anyone of any age really), shouldn't hide their abuse. Encouraging everyone to speak out, even if it seems like they shouldn't. Ignoring the fact that people get sexually abused every single day doesn't help anyone. Pretending it doesn't happen is another crime in itself. I loved the way she explained it. I didn't expect to stumble upon such a unique book, but i'm super happy I did.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Patrik

    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. Th 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. The writing style used was very good and the descriptive language used, made me feel as if I was actually there, watching it all for real. From the start, the story started with a punch! And it continued without a single boring moment. I enjoyed how it was not only focused on Hunter`s story life but instead had other different kind of small stories linked to it. Like Tatiana`s story, Eric`s story to Jazz`s story. The stories all dealt with important issues plaguing some teenagers from suicide, sex addictions, rape to self-mutilation. I was in awe of the connection and bond between the main characters Hunter and Jazz. They had both been through a lot. Things that no teenager deserved to go through. Hunter`s really unique ability and how Hunter decided to use it by helping others, made him a true superhero character in the story. I was also excited by how the female lead character Jasmine was not like most novel cliché slim females. She was instead large, nonstandard and loved by Hunter for who she was including the scars and her past. This story was filled with raw emotions and was very intense too. If an intense and emotionally gripping story is what you are looking for, then I highly recommend this book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jerrica Mah

    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, 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, to cry, to try to stop the abuse as you read along. You want to hug Jazz, Hunter, and all the other characters and never let go. Skipstone's ability to get inside a teenager's heart and mind and reveal all of their fears, insecurities, and desire to love and be loved is unmatched. As expected, the content is not for all ages. But, it could help a lot of teenagers and teach them what to look for and how to help their friends who may be suffering. Every adult should read this book as a wake-up call that we need to stop turning a blind eye or living in ignorance.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lucy Gardiner

    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 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 heart went out to her and what she has to go through with her alcoholic mother. The book is compulsively readable, there are new questions that present themselves in every chapter gripping you into the story. This author has some imagination I thought the ideas behind the book were amazingly written. I would recommend this book however please read the content warnings as it is not for faint of heart, it’s marketed as upper YA but I’m an adult and found some of the content quite disturbing particularly with me being a mother myself.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lene Blackthorn

    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 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 never experienced. But here they are, surviving on their own, helping each other to survive the difficult situation. A very touching and dark teen romance, full of danger and thrilling situations. Trying to imagine I had to live any of their lives, either as Jazz or as Hunter, is giving me the chills, and it made me stop to contemplate again how much evil a human can cause to other people. How much can be lost. How broken a family can be. But on the other side, it shows the power of hope and love. How strong people can be, their will, their emotions. And how much can it help if you find someone to share your burdens with. I very much enjoyed the story.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Terry

    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 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 and a sense of empowerment, to do something about these horrors afflicting our young. From the author's foreword: "As one character says, 'I have to believe I can still love and be loved. We can't stay broken forever.'" I could relate, and I believe many others will too. This was not an easy book to read and I highly doubt it was easy to write. Thank you Brooke Skipstone for bringing awareness to these often taboo subjects which need to be discussed in the open.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nighat Jahangeer

    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 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 book of people who survived in the society with their painful scars and an advise to kiss the scars of others instead of ignoring them. Highly recommend this to read a thriller dark story. Its pain really sucks you in.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Melina Lobo

    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 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 to forget. Hunter and Jazz are best friends who don't realise how much the other can help remember and forget. 🦄🦄🦄 Someone to Kiss My Scars by Brooke Skipstone is an upcoming YA thriller novel releasing on 17th October, 2019. The topics covered in this book opens our minds to what is actually happening in the world and we are turning a blind eye. This is a one sitting, can't put it down kind of book. The novel is heartbreaking, thrilling and uplifting at the same time. The concept of this book is something I never seemed possible and the characters have a sense of authenticity to them. I REALLY want to tell you'll the main storyline if the book but if I do it'll ruin the thrill. Highly recommend you preorder this from Amazon as the ebook is only $2.99. DM me for the link. 🦄🦄🦄 Rated: 150/100

  13. 5 out of 5

    Marni

    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 di 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 perhaps his past is lost for a reason. We follow him through discovering friendship, love, secrets, and a pain that is almost unbearable as his memories begin to trickle back. This is not for the faint of heart but carries a message in every page that needs to be heard and makes the read worth every tear shed. And I did shed tears. Written with skill and an ability to keep me awake, flipping pages, hoping for the best, and cringing at every wound born. This one whispered to me weeks after I turned the last page.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Corrine

    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 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 have no doubt you would fall in love with this book like I did. Get ready for some tissues because your going to need them!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ria Price

    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.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    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.

  17. 4 out of 5

    April

    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 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 was pulled into the story, which I could have read in one sitting if I’d had the time. The suspense builds throughout and leads to an exciting and satisfying conclusion. Though the events these kids endured are excruciating, they find salvation in helping and saving others and learn a simple truth: When someone cares enough about you to accept your suffering, you begin to heal. When you kiss someone else’s scars, you rise above your pain and find peace.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    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.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Disclaimer: Someone To Kiss My Scars is a YA/Adult novel with graphic violence and sex. While it is integral the story, it may be disturbing to some readers. Hunter does not know who he is. With the exception of a few vague memories, he knows nothing of his past except for what has been told to him by his aloof father. His mother and younger brother died in a car accident and almost everything Hunter and his father had was burned beyond recognition in a storage unit fire. Lately he ha Disclaimer: Someone To Kiss My Scars is a YA/Adult novel with graphic violence and sex. While it is integral the story, it may be disturbing to some readers. Hunter does not know who he is. With the exception of a few vague memories, he knows nothing of his past except for what has been told to him by his aloof father. His mother and younger brother died in a car accident and almost everything Hunter and his father had was burned beyond recognition in a storage unit fire. Lately he has been remembering bits and pieces of his former life. But those memories come with a price. He is not only remembering his past, but he has visions about other people. They come to him in a painful blast. The only way he can stop the pain is to type the stories he hears in his head. Unfortunately, he does not receive happy memories. All of the stories are filled with pain and anger. But the odd thing is, once he receives a memory, the person that held it is now free of the event. He and Jazz, a girl he becomes friends with at his new school, become even closer when they find a common bond in their pain. Both of them self-harm to get through the events in their past and present. The two of them become stronger together and begin to heal while helping others that have been their enemies become whole again. Is Hunter willing to pay the price to finally know about his past? Ms. Skipstone meets the social issues of teens and young adults head on. Many taboo topics are confronted and discussed by the characters in this powerful work of fiction. Per the author “Fifty percent of women in Alaska experience sexual violence in their lifetime…” and in the US, “…one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before they turn eighteen…”. These are staggering statistics. The author presents these very difficult topics, as well as others in novel form to bring attention to how this affects those involved as well as the people that love them. DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy for free from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. Copyright © 2019 Laura Hartman

  20. 5 out of 5

    BookswithBandela

    This book disturbed me in ways I was not prepared for. While I knew the context of this novel, there were scenes I was still not prepared for. This book is not for the faint of heart. If you are someone who is sensitive to sexual abuse, incest, infidelity, etc., the sweet underlying love story brewing throughout this book will not save you from feeling sick to your stomach while reading this book. With that said, I think this book is simply ok. The story follows Hunter, a boy who can' This book disturbed me in ways I was not prepared for. While I knew the context of this novel, there were scenes I was still not prepared for. This book is not for the faint of heart. If you are someone who is sensitive to sexual abuse, incest, infidelity, etc., the sweet underlying love story brewing throughout this book will not save you from feeling sick to your stomach while reading this book. With that said, I think this book is simply ok. The story follows Hunter, a boy who can't remember his own past, but surely remembers others' traumatic stories, and his best friend Jazz. The storyline is ok, and while there are many side plots and several different POVs, that is not what hindered me from loving this book. My biggest issue was how simply everything was answered. For example, Hunter was struggling to understand what was happening to him for 2 months, and within one day of telling Jazz what has been going on, Jazz figured out his dilemma in a single succinct conversation. It was too easy. Though there are twists and turns, the dialogue seems ungenuine and did not draw me into the story any further. So why did I not give this book 1 or 2 stars if I had so many problems with the book? The writing. The writing wasn't spectacular, but it was real, and that made me want to keep reading. Though I was sickened many times throughout the book and often had to put the book down to process what had just happened, the writing was perfectly flawed. I felt like a friend of mine was telling me this story. Skipstone wrote in a casual voice that made me want to keep reading, no matter how much I did not like certain scenes (like the first time Hunter heard himself being called "Baby" in his visions). Overall, I would recommend this book to my strong friend who isn't sensitive to other people's pain. I will also say, I do want to read this again having finished the book to see if I felt the same way about the early scenes as I did during this first read-through.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Caroline Bertaud

    Because it's a debut I resisted the urge to put the book down and kept reading—to say it was hard work is to put it mildly. I kept hoping for something to click within me, to make me care about and for these characters, to see the point of the story or understand all the good-rated reviews. But the story didn't work for me. It's too grim, the abuse and violence too gratuitous, the science crap about memory felt too explanatory, like a pretext, an excuse to cover it all, or for writing the story, Because it's a debut I resisted the urge to put the book down and kept reading—to say it was hard work is to put it mildly. I kept hoping for something to click within me, to make me care about and for these characters, to see the point of the story or understand all the good-rated reviews. But the story didn't work for me. It's too grim, the abuse and violence too gratuitous, the science crap about memory felt too explanatory, like a pretext, an excuse to cover it all, or for writing the story, I don't know. There's not even good dialogue to salvage the mess. I lost count of the times I rolled my eyes. (Example: “Don’t be so hard on yourself. When crap happens to us, we blame ourselves. Why? Because most people aren’t raped or abused, so we must blame ourselves for getting into such bad situations. But none of this was our fault.” Sounds like it's intended to a rape victim. Cheap.) I know it's hash and I'm sorry, but I feel like I have an obligation to tell; I can't believe how much disgusted pornography this book holds, and the worst part is it all comes from teens from the same high school: I don't even know how many of them have been either raped or engaged in an incestuous sexual relationship or otherwise abused or are kids’ pervs…what are the odds? This is sick, unbearable, and problem is there is nothing to counterbalance the horrors of it. Oh, and did I mention there's a school shooting in the sorry too? What's that for? Is the book really written only at shock value? What's the message? There are predators out there? Duh. Life’s tough? Okay… I cringe at the thought that it's apparently labeled YA. This is not fit for YA. Again, I'm sorry for the harsh tone of my review, but I have a 15-year-old and that's certainly not the kind of book I'd like her to consider. I need Hunter to take that memory out of my mind…

  22. 5 out of 5

    Gabby

    **ARC provided by NetGalley** Trigger Warnings: sexual abuse, self-mutilation, and suicide I have decided to put this book down and not finish it. I tried so hard to continue on with this novel and finish it just because it is an ARC. If I continue on I feel like I'm wasting my time and could be reading other things and that I'm going to end up in a slump. This is a teen thriller novel about Hunter and Jazz. Hunter needs to remember his past and Jazz needs to for **ARC provided by NetGalley** Trigger Warnings: sexual abuse, self-mutilation, and suicide I have decided to put this book down and not finish it. I tried so hard to continue on with this novel and finish it just because it is an ARC. If I continue on I feel like I'm wasting my time and could be reading other things and that I'm going to end up in a slump. This is a teen thriller novel about Hunter and Jazz. Hunter needs to remember his past and Jazz needs to forget her past. The two are trying to help each other and fall in love. This novel just has nothing to interest me. It starts out somewhat confusing (at least it was to me) and I think that hindered my continuation. It jumps all over the place and is hard to follow along and with my feelings on the beginning it just made it more confusing.

  23. 5 out of 5

    adik miftakhur

    ** An ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ** I liked the book from the very first page. The detailed on some scenes kind of disturbing me, yet the well-described characters kept me going. This one was good for a debut novel. Keep it up!! :)

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kate Church

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is a interesting story. I would recommend it. It was well written and the characters were described well. How would you feel if someone took your bad memories away? I can't wait to read more by this author.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    The summary of this book intrigued me, but the issue is that the writing just didn't match that excitement. I couldn't get myself to finish this book due to the fact it doesn't pull me into what's happening with the story or the characters. Such a good concept that doesn't meet the anticipation.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kasey

    Thank you for the opportunity to review this book as a giveaway recipient. I am excited to read it and will update my thoughts on this book soon!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Alexis Petrak

  28. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

  29. 5 out of 5

    Charli

  30. 5 out of 5

    Courtney-Paige

  31. 4 out of 5

    elaine

  32. 4 out of 5

    Morgen

  33. 5 out of 5

    Micielle

  34. 5 out of 5

    Kim Ellis

  35. 5 out of 5

    Astrid Galactic

  36. 4 out of 5

    Janice

  37. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Tilton

  38. 5 out of 5

    Courtney Cox

  39. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Trenary

  40. 4 out of 5

    John

  41. 4 out of 5

    Amy

  42. 4 out of 5

    Rhiannon

  43. 5 out of 5

    Zoe

  44. 5 out of 5

    BookNerdBetty

  45. 4 out of 5

    Tammy Goodwin

  46. 5 out of 5

    Deborah

  47. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

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