Book Review | Faceless by Alyssa Sheinmel

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  • Title | Faceless
  • Author | Alyssa Sheinmel
  • Publisher | Chicken House
  • Publication Date | 7 January 2016
  • Pages | 343
  • Genres | Young Adult, Contemporary
  • Format |  Paperback

When Maisie is burnt in a terrible accident, 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 any more?

As Maisie discovers how much her looks shaped her relationship to the world, she has to redefine her own identity, and figure out what ‘lucky’ really means.

In an industry where uniqueness can be hard to come by, Faceless by Alyssa Sheinmel truly stands out from the broad spectrum of YA fiction. It is unique in the sense that it explores what life is like for a 16-year-old who had had a terrible accident involving lightning and electrical fires, resulting in her having to have a face transplant. This obviously isn’t something that often pops up in any YA stories, what are the odds someone will need a face transplant due to electrical fires caused by lightning? Not very high. The way Alyssa went about writing her story is fascinating in itself – doing her research about the science behind face transplants and the drawbacks post-operation (in terms of immunosuppressive medication, and the psychological effects the transplant may have on the individual).

Also, I liked how honest he protagonist is with her situation – although her reasonings may sound shallow, it is completely understandable, as what she has gone through has changed every single one of her relationship – with her parents, friends, teachers, school mates, and especially her relationship with her boyfriend. But everything about Maisie’s personality and character is fresh and new.

I found Maisie’s story as something inspiring, it is full of hope and determination to be who she wants to be as a person – and accept who she really is as an individual, and redefine every aspect of her life in the way she wants it to be and not what others want it to be.

Overall Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

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