EVEN THE MOON HAS SCARS is quite simply an example of a master at the top of her game. Steph Campbell has written several of my favorite books. Some YA and some NA, all very good works. I think, however, that she is particularly gifted at YA. Her characters are all a little quirky and somewhat left of normal, but all believable so, and none of them far enough out where you can't think of people you know just like them.
In this book the two main protagonists are both damaged somewhat by things that have happened to them, mostly things out of their control, and how they deal with them, and with each other is a beautiful, moving, and enjoyable journey to share with them. I'm limited on what I can say about specific plot points due to my rule that I never post spoilers. I will say that there is a feel, a texture, a depth of field in her works that very few authors can approach much less equal. Lena, like Ms Campbell's Quinn has become a real person to me, one I feel true love for despite knowing in my brain they are fictional, in my heart they are as real as the girls I grew up with, and THAT is the greatest part of her magic. The situations they face, troubles the fight, and locations they exist in are all real, and wonderful too, but Ms Campbell makes real people dance off the pages of her books that become a part of your soul for the rest of your life.
This book further proves something I have known for a while, when people talk of the true greats of Young Adult literature , her name belongs in that discussion with John Green, Sara Zarr, J.K. Rowling and Sara Ockler. If you have not read her works, start with this one and go through the catalog, you will be glad you did.