January 2016, Chicken House, 357 pages, Paperback, Review copy
Content: teen romance, medical procedures,
Summary from Chicken House
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? 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.
Make sure you have tissues at the ready for this emotional heartwarming read. What happens is tragic, and there's lots of detail about Maisie's feelings. There's anger, hurt, frustration and acceptance, not necessarily in that order and it takes both family, friends, and medical staff to help Maisie deal with her new self. She reacts impulsively over a few issues, and then has to sort out the resulting mess.
It made me feel grateful for what I have, even though my body is fairly useless; at least I can taste and smell things which Maisie can't. Imagining losing those two senses is impossible, but Maisie's difficulties convey what that is like. Set aside a few hours to read this!
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