After reviewing Some Laneys Died, I got the opportunity to review Skipstone’s first book: Someone to Kiss My Scars. Thank you to Brooke Skipstone!
What is the book about?
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.
What did I think of it?
Trigger warning: self harm, sexual abuse, alcohol drinking, suicide, child pornography, incest, pedophilia, rape, violence. Be sure to practice self care while reading this book.
Starting off, I think Skipstone is really brave for writing about such an important topic as this book is about. Child abuse is a hard topic to write and read about, but it’s also so important to teach ourselves that this still happens too much (it shouldn’t happen at all).
I like that the main characters of this story aren’t the general ‘perfect’ characters. Jazz and Hunter both have their scars and both have their ‘ghosts from the past’, and that is explained really beautifully throughout the story.
This book also has a concept that I haven’t read about before. It’s really refreshing to read about someone being able to see other people’s memories and then to erase them from these people’s mind. I love the concept of it. Hunter is very brave and selfless dealing with this.
However, in my opinion, some parts in the book were very rushed. The ending was very rushed and when I finished the book, I felt like the story wasn’t ‘complete’ to me. That was a downside for me.
However, I think this is a very important story and that more people should read it.
I gave this book 3,5 out of 5 stars.
Thank you to the author, Brooke Skipstone, for providing me with an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.