Published: June 26th, 2015
Publisher: Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing
Genre: YA Coming of Age, Antibullying
Avery Chamberlin is special, unique. Beautiful words to gloss over the fact that she is different. She has never felt like she fit in. Why should she?
She was reminded on a daily basis that she was not like her peers.
Flawed. Damaged. A freak.
Avery will have to come out of her shell to prove that even the bullies have their own insecurities.
LIFE ISN’T ABOUT LABELS
Excerpt from Scarred by Elizabeth Montgomery:
The halls were crowded with kids trying to get to class, but one person stood out in the crowd as she always did. Harper Clarke. The bane of my existence. I learned early on in middle school that she came from the upper crust, but her love was bought by her alcoholic mother and absent father. She was beautiful, popular, and I’m pretty sure she could wipe her butt with hundred dollar bills if there was no toilet paper. Walking into class, I saw the one person I wished would just move out of the state, Harper. She was draped over my desk. Our English teacher thought it was a good idea to assign seats in tenth grade. It had not been conducive to my fading-into-the-crowd plan since my desk was toward the front of the room. “Can you remove your butt from my desk please?” I asked as sweetly as I could. “Aww, what’s wrong, Scarface? Didn’t bring your guns?” she asked with a bogus frown and then doubled over laughing. She had called me Scarface ever since I could remember. One of the downfalls to growing up in a small town: everyone knows everyone. Forever. “What are you talking about, Harper?” I asked, dropping my backpack to the ground beside the desk. “Don’t you get it? Scarface…guns…Al Pacino.” Her head tilted to the side like a confused puppy. “Whatever,” she said as she rolled her eyes. “I heard you’re coming to Blake’s party?” she asked, crossing her legs across the desk. “Who told you that?” I was starting to get annoyed, but I didn’t want to push her; she was ruthless and would tear me to shreds in a public humiliation scene. “Well, Blake himself, silly. I think he likes you.” She had a southern twang in her voice and a pageant smile plastered across her face. “That’s nice. Can I have my desk back please? Class is about to start and you wouldn’t want a smudge on that perfect image you have, would you?” I winked at her as she wrinkled up her face at me before grabbing my backpack and dumping its contents on the floor. Flipping her hair over her shoulder, she walked away like nothing happened.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I am a YA Paranormal reader and usually I stay in that genre, but today, I am glad that I stepped out of that comfort zone and gave this book a chance.
'For those of us who come into the world different, we see it for what it really is.
What a great way to describe this book and peoples feelings. This is a quick, get to the point, read that will have you laughing, crying, or upset. The fact that this book is based on bullying, is the reason why I wanted to read it. I could relate and feel what the character was feeling. I was shocked by the outcome of the ending. It was just something I hadn't seen coming. The book flowed very nicely and is an unforgettable read that will remind readers that 'LIFE ISN’T ABOUT LABELS' and that karma can be really mean, but there is always a light at the end of the dark tunnel and there is people out there that no matter how much you hurt them, they will be there with you whether you want them to be or not.
I highly recommend this story for teens and older. It's a great reminder of what bullies and bullying can do to a person, but yet how you can overcome it and become stronger from it.
Author Elizabeth Montgomery was born in Williamsburg, Virginia and raised a hop, skip, and a jump away in Yorktown, Virginia. Paranormal inspiration was easily obtained during her childhood in the Historic Triangle. This helped to spur her love of Paranormal romance stories, but she also enjoys reading YA and NA.
She is currently raising four children and a husband while elbow-deep in the depths of the writing cave. You can often find her searching on Google for an appropriate, or sometimes inappropriate, photo to insert in any random conversation. If not on Google, or Facebook chat, she can be found drinking coffee (like any normal writer), eating Gummy Bears, baking fanciful cakes, reading, or writing.
“I always wondered what authors meant when they said that their characters tell them what to write – I get it now!”
Find Elizabeth on the Periscope mobile app: @EMontgomeryAuth
There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:
- A $25 Amazon gift card and 5 ecopies of Scarred.
Giveaway is International.