I must confess that when I first picked up a copy of Faceless by Alyssa Sheinmel and read what it was about, I moved it to the bottom of my reading pile. I honestly didn’t know when (if ever) I would be able to emotionally handle the story of a girl whose face is burned away in a freak accident. I mean, I like #sicklit as much as the next person, but the whole concept just seemed too gruesome for me.
When I did read it, though, I discovered that the story was moving and painful without being overly explicit. It focused more on Maisie’s identity, who she thinks she is, who she wants to be, and who she CAN be. This is sure to be a hit with #sicklit fans and teens who enjoy survivor stories. I think that it would also make a great topic for a book discussion, because this is a book about characters who go through different emotional struggles and make sometimes questionable decisions along the way.
When Maisie wakes up in the hospital, she doesn’t remember what happened to her. She doesn’t understand why she can’t move, or why her body feels different. All she knows is, based on how much her mother has been crying and the look on her father’s face, whatever happened to her must have been REALLY bad.
This is the story of a girl who used to have a normal, happy life. She was a good student, she was a runner, and she had a wonderful boyfriend who asked her to the junior prom.
This is the story of a girl who went out for a run one morning, and on the way back home she was injured in a freak accident when an electrical wire fell on her during a storm.
This is the story of a girl whose body was so badly damaged by that accident that she will need a face transplant to replace the part of her that was burned away.
This is the story of a girl who realizes that her life will never be normal again.