Book Review: Scratch by Rhonda Helms

by Rhonda Helms

Summary from Goodreads:

The most painful scars are the ones you never see.

In her DJ booth at a Cleveland dance club, Casey feels a sense of connection that’s the closest she ever gets to normal. On her college campus, she’s reserved, practical-all too aware of the disaster that can result when you trust the wrong person. But inexplicably, Daniel refuses to pay attention to the walls she’s put up. Like Casey, he’s a senior. In every other way, he’s her opposite.

Sexy, open, effortlessly charming, Daniel is willing to take chances and show his feelings. For some reason Casey can’t fathom, he’s intent on drawing her out of her bubble and back into a world that’s messy and unpredictable. He doesn’t know about the deep scars that pucker her stomach – or the deeper secret behind them. Since the violent night when everything changed, Casey has never let anyone get close enough to hurt her again. Now, she might be tempted to try.

TSR My Review

When I read the blurb for Scratch, it instantly caught my attention. It sounded like my kind of book and I was almost positive I would like it. However, it wasn’t as great as I thought it would be. It was good, just not amazing. I can’t really put my finger on it, but I felt sort of detached as I was reading it. At times I even got distracted which doesn’t usually happen to me when I read. Books normally engross my attention.

I would’ve liked to see more interactions between Casey and Daniel in a way that showed more of Daniel’s personality. I feel like I barely got to know him because the story focuses almost exclusively on Casey and her feelings, her insecurities, etc… Also, the book was a little bit too predictable in my opinion and it would’ve been nice to see a couple of twists, especially since the story is so similar to so many other NA books. The only bump in the road was Casey’s reluctance to open up and I had a hard time understanding her reactions at times.

I give it 3 stars because even though it felt kind of flat, there were parts that I did enjoy reading and it left me with a good feeling at the end.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

3 out of 5 stars

3 stars


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