51Fw6JpZmbL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_Seventeen year-old Sloane Munster is funny, feisty, and scarred.

Trying to reboot her life after a serious auto accident, she starts her senior year at a new school and immediately has a scar-to-face encounter with the caramel-haired, hazel-eyed Luke Naughton, whom she once (almost) met on the competitive swimming circuit. Sloane is attracted. Luke, unfortunately, seems disgusted and revolted. But the chemistry between them sparks a growing connection set against a background of guilt, secrets, and mounting tensions at a school where bullying is rife and Sloane is not the most deeply scarred person.

Life leaves you scarred, love can make you beautiful.

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“Scarred – Tender and Insightful”

Five Star Review on Amazon By Amanda Coetzee

I loved this novel. Tender and insightful, it is a pleasure to read a YA novel that is well written and constructed. It may follow the love story of two thwarted teenagers (what novel could survive without Romance)? but it does so with sensitivity and raises serious issues that deepen the story-line without overwhelming it. I particularly enjoyed the author’s trust in the reader that they can think about issues while and after reading without requiring a clumsy prod to take note each time a layered inference is deftly woven into the plot. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this for older teens and those of us that are still young at heart.

About the Author

Born and bred in Johannesburg, South Africa, Joanne Macgregor is a counselling psychologist in private practice. She works mainly with victims of crime and trauma.

She started her professional life as a high school English teacher and has also been an IT trainer, a theatre dogsbody, a Big 4 business consultant and an in-store frozen vegetable demonstrator (don’t ask).

She lives in the tough adrenaline-rush of the big city, but escapes to the mountains and the wilds whenever she can. She has always been in love with words and with nature. She is a pretty good cook, and a Harry Potter fanatic.

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