Friday, June 28, 2013

Review: Scarred (Scarred #1) by J. S. Cooper

Scarred (Scarred #1)
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Everyone in Jonesville thought that Bryce Evans had the perfect life in High School: he was the Mayor's son, the quarterback for the football team, the boyfriend of the head cheerleader and had a 4.1 GPA. His acceptance to Notre Dame came as no surprise but when he chose to enlist in the army instead everyone was shocked.
Lexi Jones was the quiet girl in school and kept to her small group of eccentric friends. She had no connection to any of the popular kids except for one incident on Prom Night when her path crossed with Bryce's.
When Bryce enlisted Lexi was the only one that wasn't disappointed and decided to send him anonymous letters as a way to feel connected to him. She stopped after a year because she felt there was nowhere for their relationship to go.
Fast-forward four years and Bryce is back in Jonesville and once again he and Lexi cross paths. Only he's no longer the seemingly perfect man and Lexi's no longer the quiet girl.
This time their relationship is quite different but both of them have secrets from the past and friends that threaten to ruin their chance at happiness together.
Publisher: All Night Reads
Publication Date: March 7, 2013
 
 
 
Kat's Review
 
The premise of this book, golden boy returning home to look for the mystery girl who kept up his morale during his time in the army with her anonymous letters, caught my attention.  I like books with secrets and a twist, and this one has those.  Ultimately, though, I didn't love the story.  I don't like giving negative reviews.  I know that there will be many, many, people who will enjoy this book, so I'm going to outline what I liked and what I didn't, because there is a lot to like. 
 
Lexi has tried to put high school behind her, although she hasn't been able to shake her obsession with Bryce, despite the fact that he left town to join the army.  I had trouble really connecting with Lexi because she read as much younger than a twenty-something protagonist.  I certainly don't expect every protagonist to be experienced with men, but I felt that she was just too na├»ve about everyone and everything in general to be believable.  Bryce came across as more age appropriate, but I felt that the supporting characters were almost caricatures of real people- the overly jealous best friend who stabs Lexi in the back, the jealous ex-girlfriend who will stop at nothing to get Bryce back, the best guy friend who really wants to be more but his love interest remains oblivious.  For me, if this novel had been set in high school, I would have bought into the characters a bit more, because they really did come across as teens.
 
There are some good things here.  Lexi wants to grow up and break free from her past, as does Bryce.  I liked that Bryce was written to have remorse, and to be trying to change his ways.  There are some back stories that might be interesting to delve into in the sequels.  Ultimately though, I found that the plot jumped around too much, that Lexi was a bit wishy-washy for my taste, and the overall plot just didn't hold my attention as much as I had hoped it would.
 
Rating: Heavy Page Turner
 
This book has promise, but in the end, it just didn't do it for me. 
 
I received a complimentary copy of this title from NetGalley & the publisher in return for an honest review. 

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