15757273Reviewed by Jessa Larsen

Nicole’s story picks up with her release from rehab and transition into sober living. She has been sober for 90 days and hopes to stay that way. Heroin had taken her life away and replaced everyone and everything she ever loved. Nicole hopes to begin the slow process of regaining her freedom and making amends with people she has hurt. Unfortunately, despite the fact that two men love her and want nothing more than to help, her past isn’t that easily erased. Nicole can only hope that she can stay sober and move forward, but it may not be her destiny.

I was really excited to start reading Scars from a Memoir as I’d loved Memoirs Aren’t Fairytales so much. Sadly, all momentum was lost once the drama of the drugs was taken out of the picture. I did want a happy ending for Nicole and to see her sober up and make amends, but it didn’t translate to anything intriguing. I felt that it just chugged along at a mediocre pace because perhaps the author felt that it was simply how things were supposed to go. All the emotion and reliability I previously felt just trickled away to nothing and left me bored. And not to spoil anything for you, but the ending came off as a cop out and I had to force myself to read the last two chapters. I was sorely disappointed.

Since I read the young adult edition of Memoirs Aren’t Fairytales, I also read the young adult edition of Scars from a Memoir. With Scars from a Memoir, there was less of a difference between the adult and young adult editions since this part of Nicole’s story had fewer adult themes that Marni Mann felt would be inappropriate for the younger audience. Overall, I really did expect more from a sequel to a book I really enjoyed. I would recommend reading Memoirs, but don’t feel bad if you decide to skip Scars. It had some interesting points and dealt with some harsh realities, but that was about it. What began as excitement to continue Nicole’s story turned into an obligation to finish what I started. It was definitely a letdown.

Rating: ★★½☆☆ 

Jessa lives in Utah with her husband, 2 sons, 2 dogs and a cat called Number One Boots Kitten. She is a full time mom and enjoys writing short stories in her spare time. She also likes watching anime, reading books, and playing video games.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Marni Mann. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.