Promo Post: Scarred by Joanne Macgregor

Posted February 8, 2016 by Lisa Mandina in promo post / 6 Comments

Blurb / Synopsis:

“Life leaves you scarred. Love can make you beautiful.” 

year-old Sloane Munster is trying to reboot her life after a serious
car accident left her badly scarred and emotionally traumatized. 

her senior year at a new school, she’s delighted to see Luke Naughton, a
swimmer whom she once had a crush on, in the class in front of her. But
when he glares back at her with disgust and revulsion, she’s shocked
and hurt, and assumes it’s because of her appearance. Despite
misunderstandings, the chemistry between them sparks and love grows
against a background of guilt, secrets, and mounting tensions at a
school where bullying is rife and Sloane is not the most deeply scarred

with bittersweet humor, Scarred is an intense, beautiful, compelling
story of life, death and fighting for love against all the odds. 

Scarred is a great read for fans of Sarah Dessen, Stephanie Perkins and Abbi Glines.

Origin of the story:
Scarred is a young adult contemporary romance that seems to
be finding significant crossover appeal.
Scars – internal and external, literal and figurative –
often find their way into my books. Perhaps because I’m also a psychologist,
I’m fascinated by how we are all scarred by our lives. There is simply no way
to go through life without being physically and emotionally scarred. But these
wounds are not only the trace evidence and reminders of what we have already
endured, they also too often influence how we think, feel and behave, and
therefore determine who we become.
The protagonist of this story, Sloane Munster, endures a
terrible ordeal and is left horribly scarred. It changes the way she sees
herself and she is too ready to believe the worst of the world. Preoccupied by
the striking scar on her face, she perhaps doesn’t see how we are all scarred,
and she needs to learn that sometimes the most deeply scarred people carry no
external marks.
The idea for this book came to me one night when I was jetlagged
and sleepless. What if, I thought, a scarred teen assumes the boy who looks at
her with loathing does so because he’s repulsed by her appearance. But what if
there’s a whole other reason for his disgust and dislike? What if these two
characters, each scarred in their own way, are uniquely able to heal each
That’s the crux of this novel. Life leaves you scarred. Love
can make you beautiful.
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Author Bio:

not writing books, Joanne Macgregor is a Counselling Psychologist in
private practice and deals mainly with victims of crime and trauma. It’s
tough work and to combat creeping burnout, she started writing fiction
several years ago. Now she consults and writes on alternate days, and in
completely different head-spaces and physical environments. 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 a Harry Potter fanatic, bakes the best choc-chip cookies
on the planet, and is addicted to chilies and bulletproof coffee. She is
the author of two other books for Young Adults – Turtle Walk (2011) and
Rock Steady (2013), and loves writing about, and for, teens.

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6 responses to “Promo Post: Scarred by Joanne Macgregor

  1. This one vaguely reminds me of the book Cinder and Ella by Kelly Oram which I loved and found to be a favourite read of mine. I am going to have to look into this one because it seems like I could enjoy it just as much…

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