Someone To Kiss My Scars: A Teen Thriller (Print)
Hunter needs to remember. Jazz needs to forget. They need each other to heal in this teen thriller of survivor love.
Hunter's past is a mystery to him, erased by a doctor at the direction of his father. But memories of the secret trauma begin to surface when Hunter sees other people's memories--visions invading his mind with stories of abuse, teen self-mutilation, rape, and forbidden sex.
His best friend Jazz has dark and disturbing memories of her own that she hides behind her sass and wit. Hunter discovers he can rescue the victims, even though he risks adding their suffering to his own.
Hunter and Jazz kiss each other's scars and form a bond of empathy no two teens should ever need.
This book contains scenes of sexual abuse, self-mutilation, and suicide. It should not be read by teens who wish to be shielded from such harsh realities their peers may be enduring alone. Nor by anyone who desires to remain in the dark despite being in a position to shine light. However, those who suffer in private or wish to help those who do--please read this story and share its contents.
Many parts of this book are difficult to read and were very difficult to write. But there is much truth in these pages, some profoundly ugly and some beautiful in its resilience. As one character says, "I have to believe I can still love and be loved. We can't stay broken forever."
And they shouldn't be unknown forever. People need to feel the pain of others.
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"Powerful. Original. Deeply felt and convincing." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Fresh. . .eventful. . .with a satisfying love story underlying it all." -- Foreword Clarion Reviews
"Riveting . . .a beautifully written book. The characters are compelling and their pain authentic. . . hard to put down." -- Blueink Review
"A moving portrait of young lives scarred by severe mental and physical abuse. Skipstone's daring portrayal of her many characters' damaged mental and emotional state is deeply disturbing and chilling. . . Brilliantly brave!" --The Prairies Book Review
"A profoundly emotional dramatic page-turner. It is a courageous look at incest and other forms of sexual abuse. . . A lurid, yet audacious tale." --Authors Reading
A brutal and essential read . . .A fearless novel with a message far deeper than the plot. The intensity of the story . . . is coupled with powerful prose and the reminder that everyone has secrets and scars, urging readers towards empathy, self-examination, and greater kindness." -- Self-Publishing Review
"A taut and lovely story about two tortured young adults who find common ground and mutual acceptance. . . This well-written story addresses social issues of paramount importance. . . Highly recommended."-- Jack Magnus
"Author Brooke Skipstone has created a masterpiece with this traumatic and emotional novel. . . . one of my favorite reads this year."-- Tiffany Ferrell
"A wholly unapologetic, raw look at sexual assault, abuse, aggression, homophobia, self-harm, suicide and all of the terrible things that destroy lives on a daily basis. . . Highly Recommended." -- Jamie Michele
"The prose is impeccably good, laced with vivid descriptions that make the reading experience cinematic. . . A gripping, dark, and disturbing coming of age story that is deftly handled with characters that readers will root for and themes that are relevant and strong."--Romuald Dzemo