Faceless (Point Paperbacks)
DescriptionFaceless is an emotionally gripping novel about a girl who gets a face transplant -- and has to rediscover her identity.
While on a run one day, Maisie gets into a terrible accident. A hot-burning electrical fire consumes her, destroying her face. Where her nose, cheeks, and chin used to be, now there is... nothing.
She is lucky enough to qualify for a face transplant. But with someone else's features staring back at her in the mirror, Maisie looks -- and feels -- like a stranger. The doctors promised that the transplant was her chance to live a normal life again, but nothing feels normal anymore. Before, she knew who she was -- a regular girl who ran track and got good grades, who loved her boyfriend and her best friend. Now, she can't even recognize herself.
From the New York Times bestselling author of A Danger to Herself and Others comes a gripping and gorgeously written tale of identity and love. This is a story of losing yourself, and the long, hard fight to find your way back.
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About the Author
A New York Public Library Best Books for Teens (2015)
Nominated for YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults (2016)
Faceless is gorgeous and wrenching, full of gigantic questions and even more gigantic answers about love, identity and appearance. It is a vivid, compelling, beautiful, immediate novel, and Alyssa Sheinmel's writing is so true, her characters so real, that they live on long after the last page is turned. -- Luanne Rice, New York Times bestselling author
[Sheinmel's] depiction of a disfigured adolescent girl, already searching for herself and now suddenly forced to accept this new enormity, is compelling... absorbing. -- Kirkus Reviews
Fascinating. Teens will identify with [Maisie's] struggle to accept that her old life is gone forever. The anger and grief that she feels is palpable and vividly expressed. Fans of R. J. Palacio's Wonder will also enjoy this book and relate to its similar theme about how physical appearance does not define who you reallyare. -- Voice of Youth Advocates
A fascinating human portrait of a unique medical procedure, this work paints a complex picture of a young life impacted by a mammoth change. -- School Library Journal
Sheinmel's prose is accessible to a wide range of readers who, for whatever reason, find themselves struggling with differences. A touching reminder that real change is rarely skin deep. -- Booklist