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Scar Girl Hardcover – March 1, 2016
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"Vlahos, a finalist for the Morris Award with The Scar Boys, has succeeded in creating a sequel every bit as compelling and emotionally charged as its predecessor. . . . Like its predecessor, this novel will leave readers aching for an encore." --starred, Kirkus Reviews
"Picking up where The Scar Boys (2014) left off, this sequel uses an interview format to . . . give readers a look at how all four deal with various unfortunate events while still producing music that stands audiences on their heads. . . . [This] story will offer satisfying closure to the first book's many fans who want to know what happened next." --Booklist
About the Author
Len Vlahos has held leadership positions with the American Booksellers Association and Book Industry Study Group (BISG) and co-owns The Tattered Cover bookstore in Denver, CO. His novel The Scar Boys was a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award.
Praise for Len Vlahos:
YALSA Best Fiction for Adults Award (The Scar Boys)
"Playing and touring demand creativity and commitment, forcing the Scar Boys actually three guys and a girl to come of age in this wry, stylish tale." -The New York Times Book Review on The Scar Boys
"Vlahos's narrative flows easily and rings true....Distinguished in every way." --starred, School Library Journal on The Scar Boys
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SCAR GIRL deals with the complexities of friendship and a rise to stardom the band was maybe not ready to really deal with. Vlahos portrays these characters as ordinary people experiencing and living in not-so-ordinary conditions.
I would like to start off by saying that I was a huge fan of SCAR BOYS; I felt that the plotline was well developed, and the characters were both charming and, in a odd way since I am in no way in the punk scene, relatable and brutally honest. SCAR GIRL makes me feel the same exact way.
This novel is a bit different structurally from its predecessor since this one is formatted as a long and personal interview. The stories of each one of the characters are not told through a regular plot, but through an interview. I also enjoyed that the interviewer remained anonymous, it left the identity of the interviewer open-ended; while one could view the interviewer as himself or herself or, perhaps, Johnny. I also think that having the novel written this way helped with the fluidity of the plot while deepening my understanding of Cheyenne, Harbinger, and Richie’s relationship.
I got really attached to Cheyenne’s character; I feel like after reading this installment of the series, I both understand and have a deeper knowledge of the terrible things she had to go through. Without giving any spoilers, I can definitely say that she was by far the strongest out of the four band members, and I admire her a lot. Richie was also a nice character; he was always giving the most entertaining stories to remind me of the actual interview-style atmosphere of the book. It was a nice contrast between the serious stories given by Cheyenne and Richie’s light-hearted comments.
It was a bit difficult though, to navigate through the several punk references the Vlahos made at certain points of the novel. Although I did look some of them up and I realize this book is targeted towards a demographic that understands the references themselves, I found that it took away some of the enjoyment of reading --- at least for the average reader.
Nevertheless, this was a great book that I recommend reading if you are interested in a realistic, heartbreaking, yet lovable story of four band members living their dreams, and explaining everything they had to go through to achieve them.
Reviewed by Rachel D.
For me, I felt that the interview format gave you a chance to see each of the band members as to how everything that was going on had affected them. To help lighten it some I really liked Richie, he gave the lighter side sometimes when issues with Johnny, Harry and Cheyenne were getting pretty dark. Each of these individuals had their own battles to conquer; Harry was bullying and dealing with a deformity that was brought on by the bullying, Johnny was dealing with the issues of losing a leg due to a drunk driver, Richer had lost his mom at an early age, and Cheyenne was not only dealing with an unexpected pregnancy but with a miscarriage as well and because of this Cheyenne had developed a drinking problem.
I am really glad that I read this book and I have to say that I am going to go back and read Scar Boys because I thought the author did such a good job with this book and made me want to learn even more about these four individuals.
This book was provided as an ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.
I received a copy of this novel from NetGalley and EgmontUSA in exchange for an honest opinion.