REVIEW – Even the Moon Has Scars by Steph Campbell

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Title: Even the Moon Has Scars
Author: Steph Campbell
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 28, 2014



Two strangers.
Two broken hearts.
One night to set each other free.

Almost dying from an undiagnosed heart condition means every second of your life is a precious gift to be guarded.

Lena Pettitt was born a miracle.

And her parents never let her forget it.

Even if that daily reminder kept her from experiencing the one thing they were trying to protect most–her life.

Gabriel Martinez’s heart has been ripped out.

His pride has been stomped on.

Oh, and he now has an arrest record that’s caused an even bigger rift between him and his DA mother. All for a love that wasn’t really true.

Now he’s exiled to his grandmother’s, working on his late grandpa’s old Corvair when a shivering girl knocks on the garage door. Lena, left alone for the first time ever, has locked herself out of her house–in the snow. Gabe knows he could help this girl get back inside her house–but that may mean missing the next train to Boston to pick up the part he’s spent eight weeks tracking down. She can wait for him at his grandmother’s or…

A few hours, an aluminum valve cover, and some strong coffee later, neither Gabe or Lena can feign disappointment when they race to the station and arrive just as the last train home from Boston is pulling out.

As jaded as he is, Gabe can’t deny the fact that he’s excited to spend the night exploring a city he knows nearly every corner of, with a girl who sees magic in the simplest things.

Lena has been waiting for her tiny world to crack open her entire life. Now that it’s finally happened, she finds the only thing she can focus on is the unexpected tour guide who opens her eyes to possibilities she never imagined.

All they have is this one night, together, under the bright moon in a city full of hidden beauty.

It’s one night that will change how they see the world and the paths their hearts will take forever.

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Even the Moon Has Scars is absolutely one-of-a-kind and everything a YA novel should be. This story is growth and uncertainty, big dreams and harsh realities, pushing boundaries and holding on to home. Lena feels trapped by the heart condition that has ruled her life forever when she meets Gabe. Gabe is prisoner to his own heart, just in a completely different way than Lena. Both desperate to break free, they head out on an adventure that changes them both forever. This story is life in it’s purest and simplest of forms. In Even the Moon Has Scars, Steph Campbell lets us see the world for the first time through youthful eyes and an honest heart all over again. Things we take for granted every day become extraordinary in Steph Campbell’s hands, making this story a glowing reflection of what it means to love and live fearlessly.

“Isn’t that what life is about? Collecting scars. Touching people with them? Having them as permanent reminders when people leave?”

Lena was one of those characters that took me completely by surprise. I wasn’t prepared for the poignancy of her struggle or the emotional ramifications of her journey. Her transformation over the course of this story was perfect in its authenticity and gradual progression. Steph Campbell nailed the emotions, fears, and dreams of a girl growing up in the shadow of a heart condition and my connection to Lena was immediate and strong. Gabe, on the other hand, was allowed to simply be himself around Lena and I could sense the sigh of relief he must have experienced at spending an entire day without expectations. Gabe’s charm and Lena’s innocence made for adorable flirtation and cheeky banter that filled my heart with that overwhelming joy of young love. Steph Campbell has managed to breathe life into this story and give her characters a heartbeat that forges an inimitable bond with the reader.

“I want to. Really. For once I was to do something stupid. For once I want to live a little. And I want to do it with you.”

There is an undeniable magic in books written from the depths of an author’s heart, and Even the Moon Has Scars is no exception. It was obvious that Steph Campbell poured herself into this story and that it was something close to her heart. Her passion for these characters and their story poured off of each and every page and it had me completely lost in the world she had created. From the dialogue to the main character’s naïveté, every moment of this book felt fresh and young and free. My heart was full and ready to burst with my love for these characters and I had a hard time letting them go. The epilogue was, like this book, simple in its statement but simultaneously breathtaking in its emotions. Even though I’m dying for more information about the future, it felt like the right way to end this beautiful story. I have to applaud Steph Campbell for diving headfirst into the murky waters of a second chance at life and the hesitancy of accepting untainted love. Even the Moon Has Stars is a brilliant, quick read, that will leave you feeling whole and refreshed.


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steph campbell

Steph Campbell grew up in Southern California, but now lives in the hot, humid south. She has one husband, four children and a serious nail polish obsession. When she’s not writing or taking care of her brood, she’s reading or scouring travel sites, always ready for life’s next adventure.

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