Scars by Cheryl Rainfield
Available At: Aspen Valley (HS), DCC (HS), Rampart
Categories: Cursing, LGBTQ+, Sexual, Violence
Description: Depicts teen-ager Kendra who, in an attempt to escape her fears and pressures resulting from childhood sexual abuse, cuts herself in order to cope with the memories and their powerful emotions.
YA Label?: No
Notes: This book contains violence involving self mutilation; inexplicit sexual activities; and profanity.
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Page 40: “I slam my door shut and ram my chair under the handle. I snatch up my utility knife and cut, fast and hard.”
Page 41: “I slash again and again, flesh opening up to expose little white bubbles of fat, until dark blood wells up to cover them and spills over my arm in wide, curling arcs, thin and hot. I barely feel the pain- just air rushing into my lungs, the thoughts slowing down.”
Page 72: “I clench my hands under the table digging my nails into my skin. I need to cut.”
Page 135: “‘I sleep with boys. There’s a difference.’ ‘You have sex with them…but you don’t like them?’”
Page 139: “I understand that. Fucking boys numbs me, too…”
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