Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Book Review: Faceless by Alyssa B. Sheinmel

Title: Faceless
Author: Alyssa B. Sheinmel
Author Info: Website|Blog|Twitter
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Chicken House Books
Publication Date: 7th January 2016
Rating: 5 stars

Tell Me About It
When Maisie is struck by lightning, her face is partially destroyed. She's lucky enough to get a face transplant, but how do you live your life when you can't even recognize yourself anymore? She was a runner, a girlfriend, a good student ...a normal girl. Now, after a single freak accident, all that has changed.

As Maisie discovers how much her looks did and didn't shape her relationship to the world, she has to redefine her own identity, and figure out what 'lucky' really means.
My Thoughts
Maisie is in a terrible accident whilst running. Lightening struck a tree, and caused a branch to fall, pulling some electric wires down with it, which burnt Maisie. Her left side of her body taking damage, but her face took the most. Her left cheek, her nose, and most of her chin are gone, the tissue so badly damaged that it was killed in the fire, a fire so hot it burned blue.

When I first heard about Faceless, the synopsis had me wanting to know what this book was all about, how could you read it and not want to know more. I went into Faceless thinking we would get to know Maisie and her family before the accident happens, but after just one chapter we join Maisie in the hospital, learning as she does about her accident and the damage it caused.
When Maisie is given the opportunity to receive a face transplant she takes it, but this is a decision that isn't made lightly, and she soon realises what comes with her new face. She has to have physiotherapy, a strict regime of medication to be taken at set times, no time in the sun, no excessive exercise, putting track off her school activities. and no babies in her future. Upon her return to school, she realises her Mum and boyfriend have arranged things behind her back, but she also has to deal with all the stares and whispers.

Maisie has a lot of responsibility to ensure that she continues to live with her new face, and she did make some pretty stupid choices along the way, but she also chose life. Maisie is such a strong person on so many different levels, and I really admire her strength to make these decisions, to face the world each and every day, and learn how to live life again.

There were times reading Faceless that I wanted to throw the book across the room, and that was purely for peoples reaction towards Maisie. A classmate openly praises Chirag, her boyfriend, for sticking with her and taking her out on a date. Others call her names and make snide comments while she is there. I know that this can be teen behaviour, and being that Maisie no longer looks like herself, it was never going to be easy going back to school with people who knew her before.

Faceless is more than a book about a girl who had an accident. It's a book about trying to adjust with this new development, going on with your life and learning how to live it all again, giving up what you love and adapting to a new routine. It doesn't sugar coat the facts or the details, and really gives us a full perspective on what happened, and what will have to happen.

Final Verdict
Faceless was a book that completely took me by surprise, I went into this with one idea of what would happen, and instead it took me on a whirlwind of a journey that had me crying, as well as feeling happy. Faceless is a book you have to read, and I am definitely sharing the love for this one.

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