The deepest scars are not always the best hidden.
by Alison G. Bailey
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 23 Jun 2015 | Archive Date 30 Nov 2021
My life is divided up into two parts, before and after the incident.
Before the incident, the days were filled with bright blue skies to match my bright future. My dreams of college, career, boyfriend(s), love, marriage, and family were all within reach.
Then out of nowhere it literally and figuratively blew up in my face, causing me to crash and burn.
After the incident, I existed in the darkness, hidden away from the rude stares, and ugly comments. But my heart clung to my dreams, so I forced myself out of the shadows. What I found in the light were two special boys who would change my life forever.
Risher fulfilled my dreams.
Benton fulfilled my purpose.
Both made my life extraordinary.
"Heartbreaking yet heart warming, another fantastic read from Alison G. Bailey." -Donna, Amazon review
"This book touched my heart in such a way that when I finished reading it, I was physically shaking. Alison's ability to touch on this subject... well, it's just beautiful." -Jennifer, Amazon review
"You'll think about it even when it's over." -CL, Amazon review
Average rating from 8 members
Hidden Scars, which was formally titled "Stop" is a honest emotional realistic story that I highly recommend to every reader. This is not your typical love story, it is filled with important messages and reminders readers to stop the hate and accept others for who they are. I really admire and adore Alison Bailey for writing this book because she didn't do the mainstream romance story but allowed readers to open their minds and hearts of what really matters in life. This is a book about friendship, love, acceptance, strength and healing. I highly recommend it to my followers.
Hollis is just starting college after a terrible accident she's afraid to leave her protective bubble without her best friend or her parents to help navigate. Can she make college fun after that terrible accident or is going back home the better option? This book hits on all of my feelings, I instantly fell in love with Hollis and felt all the emotions that were happening with her, I was on an emotional roller coaster. I ugly cried so hard my kids didn't know what was wrong with me. It takes you back to college days, also keeps reminding you there is more to people than just their looks. The way Alison writes is so raw she is seriously talented. Definitely adding more of her books to my tbr.
This book went in! Without any fear this book tackles some really heartbreaking and emotionally challenging topics, I found the characters were really well developed, we hear the story mainly from Hollis’ POV however, we also get a small chapter from Benton too. Hollis, Benton and Risher are the three characters this story focuses on and they each have their own ‘Hidden Scars’. This was a tough read at times; and it wasn’t what I expected when we start with Hollis and her story I thought this was going to be mostly focusing on her however it moved on to both Risher and Benton and wow, their stories individually were a tough read but Benton *no spoilers* = your just going to have to read this for yourself! This is both a heartbreaking and a heartwarming story, describing some brutal and emotional topics with such elegance. A great read. Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to read and provide a review.
This was the first time I have read anything by Alison G Bailey and I loved it. The storyline was interesting, that had me both uplifted and an emotional wreck in equal measure, the characters were relatable and loveable and the writing was great. A really enjoyable read.
Unexpectedly good! I like YA so I thought I’d give this title a try, despite worrying that it would be just a teenage love story. I’m so glad that I took a chance because this book is so much more than a teen romance. It deals with issues of self esteem, self image, gender identity, family relationships and much more. Give this book a chance - you won’t regret it!
This book was an emotional rollercoaster. It was fluffy and romantic, and yet i often found myself heartbroken. Either way, this book touched my heart in ways I never thought a book called. It was such a realistic view to hate that others might feel towards them. The whole book by Alison G Bailey conveyed such an important message in a figurative and emotional way that it kept me tagged along till the end! I am certainly a fan of Alison G Bailey books now!