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Brooke Skipstone
Someone to Kiss my Scars
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.
Plot/Idea: 8 out of 10
Originality: 9 out of 10
Prose: 9 out of 10
Character/Execution: 9 out of 10
Overall: 8.75 out of 10


Plot: This YA sci-fi thriller is well paced and plotted. Skipstone’s excellent use of tension and plot reveals will keep readers invested in the story.

Prose/Style: Skipstone’s prose is skillfully crafted and at times, haunting, especially when describing the effects of trauma on survivors. The author also creates original, authentic teen voices for her characters.

Originality: Skipstone combines a sci-fi premise on sharing and erasing memories and grounds it with the very real and emotional subject of child abuse. Lead characters who feel authentic and wholly original set the story apart from others in the genre.

Character Development: The characters in Someone to Kiss My Scars are deeply memorable and convincing. Readers will root for the novel’s protagonists, Hunter and Jazz, as they slowly reveal their past traumas to one another and try to help each other heal.

Date Submitted: July 12, 2020