- File Size: 2109 KB
- Print Length: 370 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Xylem Flow Publishing; 2 edition (March 2, 2016)
- Publication Date: March 2, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01CID7HNO
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,819 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Scars of Youth: Book One of the Scars of Youth Series Kindle Edition
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I had a couple of reservations about Scars of Youth. It’s written as a Young Adult novel, but set in 1985. I was a teenager in 1985, so I enjoyed that apsect. But I’m not sure how interested modern teens are in reading such “old school” stuff. My teenager daughter is all into modern (John Green, Jojo Moyes) or dystopian (Divergent, Hunger Games).
Also, the writing style is a lot darker and more gritty than the boarding school stories I remember reading in 1985 (e.g. Anne Digby’s Trebizon series. Yes, I remember 1985). I’m going to assume the setting in time and place (Switzerland, Saudi Arabia) is broadly accurate, yet I still wonder at the freedom these teens had. My 1980’s boarding school wasn’t nearly so liberal.
Reservations aside, it’s worth reading. The characters are excellent, the writing is better than most self-published novels, and the plot shows a scary if probably accurate insight into the teen mind. I’m definitely going to read the sequel, and I recommend this to anyone looking for a realistic and gritty look at teen life, as long as they don’t mind first person point of view. I love first person for the insight it gives, but I know a lot of authors find it totally annoying.
I guess the ultimate test is did I like this enough to buy the sequel. Yes, I did.
Kyle and Jessica, who alternate first-person narration throughout the story, find themselves experiencing a budding romance despite the fact that Jessica is a "senior". Although a two-year difference between lovers may not be significant for people later in life, the fact that it is a reality to the two lovers and their friends reminds the reader that this is a story of youth. Their shared love of hard rock and metal music and mutual coming-of-age experiences drinking a variety of beer help focus this tale of attraction, misunderstanding and fun. Complicating the evolution of the romance is Kyle's best friend Jen (known as "Beautiful Girl") who is close enough to Kyle to cause Jessica frustration.
This edition of Scars of Youth (I) is intended as the first part of the story of Jessica and Kyle. The second edition is already available on Amazon for readers interested in seeing where their relationship goes next. I was glad to have a chance to read it and would recommend it to readers of coming-of-age or young romance stories.
Kyle and Jessica met in boarding school. Right away they were completely infatuated with eachother not knowing how the other felt. They go thru the normal mundane high-school day to day routines. It's inevitable that they start dating. They make eachother so happy.
Kyle has to break his best friend Jenn's heart when she tries to get in between his new relationship with Jessica.
This book really brought the past back for me.... I remember the drama of not being with someone and being suddenly excluded. Also the pressure of wanting to not do the wrong thing.
This book does have some more mature topics discussed. There is drinking, sex and sexual desires. The cursing is at a minimum.
5 + stars!!!!!
The story itself is centered on a romance between a high school senior girl, Jessica and sophomore boy, Kyle. The first person narrative switches between the two throughout the book. But one of the characters also struggles with a mental illness, which is not as common in young adult books, and I thought the author portrayed this character's issues very well.
The supporting characters were believable, and each had their own voice. I particularly enjoyed Becky Wallace, Jess's best friend! She displayed a lot of strength (both mentally and physically!) and the relationship between Becky and Jess was very sweet and heartfelt.
Overall it was an interesting book that dealt with some mature topics that teens do face as they learn about life and love.
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