The Scar Boys

The Scar Boys

A Novel

Book - 2014
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A severely burned teenager. A guitar. Punk rock. The chords of a rock 'n' roll road trip in a coming-of-age novel that is a must-read story about finding your place in the world . . . even if you carry scars inside and out.

In attempting to describe himself in his college application essay--to "help us to become acquainted with you beyond your courses, grades, and test scores"--Harbinger (Harry) Jones goes way beyond the 250-word limit and gives a full account of his life. The first defining moment: the day the neighborhood goons tied him to a tree during a lightning storm when he was 8 years old, and the tree was struck and caught fire. Harry was badly burned and has had to live with the physical and emotional scars, reactions from strangers, bullying, and loneliness that instantly became his everyday reality. The second defining moment: the day in eighth grade when the handsome, charismatic Johnny rescued him from the bullies and then made the startling suggestion that they start a band together. Harry discovered that playing music transported him out of his nightmare of a world, and he finally had something that compelled people to look beyond his physical appearance. Harry's description of his life in his essay is both humorous and heart-wrenching. He had a steeper road to climb than the average kid, but he ends up learning something about personal power, friendship, first love, and how to fit in the world. While he's looking back at the moments that have shaped his life, most of this story takes place while Harry is in high school and the summer after he graduates.

Publisher: New York, NY :, Egmont USA,, ©2014.
ISBN: 9781606844397
Branch Call Number: YA VLA


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ArapahoeStaff1 Nov 21, 2016

This beautiful story about a boy that has deal with not only high school life and girls, but also being horribly scarred after being struck by lightning, gives hope to readers that life can be normal. Caught in a love triangle and a member of a Rock'n'roll band, Harry fights to keep his life together, and every reader will be rooting him on from start to finish!

Sep 27, 2016

I enjoyed the adventure in this book. It's fun to dream about running away and starting a rock band. Also, I really like the structure of this book, how the main character is looking back on the story. This provides him the opportunity to say what he wish he would have done vs what he actually did. It's an interesting perspective. And any 80s era fans will love all the references.

Jul 21, 2015

I love how they tell us immediately what the book is called Scar Boys.

Jun 29, 2014

This book is one of those books about this messed-up american boy going through life. Though I've read enough these types of books about either boy or girl going through trauma, it never escapes the fact your going through the same thing.

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Nov 24, 2016

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Nov 24, 2016

Coarse Language: several f-bombs


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