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When Maisie Winters wakes up, she’s in the hospital. The last thing she remembers is running through the hills of her neighborhood one misty morning. Slowly, she puts the pieces together. Before she could make it home, a storm gathered. Lightning hit a power line and sparks rained down, the hot-burning electrical fire consuming her. Destroying her face. Where her nose, chee When Maisie Winters wakes up, she’s in the hospital. The last thing she remembers is running through the hills of her neighborhood one misty morning. Slowly, she puts the pieces together. Before she could make it home, a storm gathered. Lightning hit a power line and sparks rained down, the hot-burning electrical fire consuming her. Destroying her face. Where her nose, cheeks, and chin used to be, now there is…nothing. Maisie’s lucky enough to qualify for a rare medical treatment: a face transplant. At least, everyone says she’s lucky. 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. New York Times bestselling author Alyssa Sheinmel has created 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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When Maisie Winters wakes up, she’s in the hospital. The last thing she remembers is running through the hills of her neighborhood one misty morning. Slowly, she puts the pieces together. Before she could make it home, a storm gathered. Lightning hit a power line and sparks rained down, the hot-burning electrical fire consuming her. Destroying her face. Where her nose, chee When Maisie Winters wakes up, she’s in the hospital. The last thing she remembers is running through the hills of her neighborhood one misty morning. Slowly, she puts the pieces together. Before she could make it home, a storm gathered. Lightning hit a power line and sparks rained down, the hot-burning electrical fire consuming her. Destroying her face. Where her nose, cheeks, and chin used to be, now there is…nothing. Maisie’s lucky enough to qualify for a rare medical treatment: a face transplant. At least, everyone says she’s lucky. 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. New York Times bestselling author Alyssa Sheinmel has created 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.

30 review for Faceless

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Imagine waking up to realize an electrical fire has melted off half of your face and you've spent the past several weeks in an induced coma due to the severity of your injuries. Pretty heavy stuff for anyone to deal with, much less a teenage girl in high school. Faceless is a fictional, young-adult novel written by Alyssa B. Sheinmel. One thing I liked about this book is it didn't spend a lot of time building up the pre-story...it got right to it. The story setup reminded me a bit of If I Stay in Imagine waking up to realize an electrical fire has melted off half of your face and you've spent the past several weeks in an induced coma due to the severity of your injuries. Pretty heavy stuff for anyone to deal with, much less a teenage girl in high school. Faceless is a fictional, young-adult novel written by Alyssa B. Sheinmel. One thing I liked about this book is it didn't spend a lot of time building up the pre-story...it got right to it. The story setup reminded me a bit of If I Stay in the sense that if there was anything you needed to know about the characters' lives and relationships, you would get a memory or a flashback. It was so refreshing to not have to wait until the middle of a book to finally get the meat of the story. And what is the meat of this story? The aftermath of a face transplant. Ms. Sheinmel incorporated a mild medical component about what the physical recovery from a face transplant might look like, but the emotional recovery is the focal point in this book. As you can imagine, there's some loss of identity, grief, and self-acceptance issues, not to mention social adjustment. A statement Ms. Sheinmel made in a blog interview located HERE really sums up the overall theme of Faceless: "Most of us –– will never find ourselves in situations as extreme as Maisie’s, but plenty of us still struggle to discover how much of who we are is tied to what we look like. While Maisie’s experience may be singular, being a girl who doesn’t look the way she thinks she should unfortunately isn’t." Overall, I liked this book and would recommend it to the targeted YA audience. As an adult reader, it didn't quite satisfy me as I kept thinking that this story could have been so much more. If you google "face transplants", you'll see and read some real-life nonfiction accounts of what people have gone through. In comparison, Maisie's story is pretty superficial but I'm sure Ms. Sheinmel had to draw the line somewhere as to how deep she wanted to go. If you enjoy young-adult realistic fiction, check it out! My favorite quote: "I'll wear black tomorrow. No one at school will think anything of it. People wear black all the time. It will be my secret that the color is symbolic, a sign that I'm mourning the part of myself that died. Mourning all the things in my old life that are different now. No one will know that I'm waiting to get to the fifth stage, the one where I can accept what's left of me."

  2. 4 out of 5

    E.V. Fairfall

    A book about loving yourself again. I'm almost certain my eyes lived in pools of tears through this whole book. If it wasn't sad, it was the happy kind of sad. However, I also cry at commercial's that show compassion... so most likely you won't cry as much as I did. Normally as a reader I shy away from any book that is "sad" but I don't think you should shy away from this book. It was very touching and left a mark that I want to keep with me. I've only heard of a face transplant in passing befor A book about loving yourself again. I'm almost certain my eyes lived in pools of tears through this whole book. If it wasn't sad, it was the happy kind of sad. However, I also cry at commercial's that show compassion... so most likely you won't cry as much as I did. Normally as a reader I shy away from any book that is "sad" but I don't think you should shy away from this book. It was very touching and left a mark that I want to keep with me. I've only heard of a face transplant in passing before and when I read the back of this book, I didn't think about it like that. I thought of it as some other worldly paranormal thing. But it isn't paranormal at all, it's very real. Alyssa Sheinmel does an excellent job of letting the reader experience first hand how to grieve and move forward. The only thing I didn't like about the book but came to understand later is why she pushes her boyfriend away. Though this has romance in it, it is not a romantic book. This book is about learning to love yourself even after a horrible, disfiguring accident.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    I finished this book in almost one sitting!! This book is just.... so good! I cried a lot, sad tears, happy tears... I'm so emotionally attached to Maisie and her family! Maisie is a great character, full of sarcasm and quirky! I laughed out loud a lot of her jokes! and I sorta understand why Maisie is so angry at the first, and I also knew that her parents are concerned about her more than she can imagined. Chirag is a very nice guy too, I mean he actually sacrificed a lot to accept her even th I finished this book in almost one sitting!! This book is just.... so good! I cried a lot, sad tears, happy tears... I'm so emotionally attached to Maisie and her family! Maisie is a great character, full of sarcasm and quirky! I laughed out loud a lot of her jokes! and I sorta understand why Maisie is so angry at the first, and I also knew that her parents are concerned about her more than she can imagined. Chirag is a very nice guy too, I mean he actually sacrificed a lot to accept her even though he knew that things can't go back anymore. He can be quite cruel but he is a human too, a teenager, so it's acceptable... At first, I was angry with Chirag, really angry, because I still want some good romance in this book, but I think this is more than that, especially finding out what have Chirag done for Maisie. Sorry, I just went to re-read some of the parts that I want to mention and then, BOOM! being sucked into it again... I appreciate all the characters in it. The family dynamics are great, parents come together for their daughter even though they are not in love with each other anymore! Parents played a big role in this book, so that they can make their child stand up again. Her friends, Adam and Serena are very supportive... Adam is the most charming one despite of his face and arm, I mean those are the symbol of his braveness. *spoiler alert* When Maisie kinda had a crush on him, I think mostly because he is that great, I was kinda disappointed, I mean, isn't this too convenient? Even though Adam is my 2nd fav character, this is just wrong! But luckily, Maisie didn't end up with someone else, and I totally appreciate that ending, romance is not her priority now,ahahah! And that scene with Chirag, goodness! That is just perfect! All of these should just happen to YA books now! and of course, I'm so happy for Maisie that she finally accepted herself, the imperfect but awesome Maisie 2.0! Acceptance is really the key! So yeah, it was an amazing read! Fantabulous!!! I loved it! My favourite book of the year, tied with Ready Player One!! This year is just awesome! 5 stars! 25/8/2016 I hesitated to re-read this because I was in a fantasy kick and a big hangover(again) after the Queen of the Tearling. Well, when I started reading this, I read Invasion of the Tearling and almost forgot about this book. Yesterday I finally stayed awake and finished reading the whole book in one sitting, man it was crazy, I was so tired but it's worth it, totally. Maisie was very ungrateful at the beginning of the book and whiney. I almost hated her, like really hate her when she argued with her parents about school and taking meds. But when I thought of it, yeah, I wasn't in her shoes, having to get a new face and those drugs, she just wanted to be her old self again. Her character developed so much and I found myself rooting her all over again. She is totally sarcastic and witty, that's very cool of her. Chirag, well, he's very attractive, this time, I almost had a crush on him. Sheinmel really knows how to build her characters, even though Maisie is the main character, I actually appreciate the side characters more this time. Her family's relationship is also one of the main issue, so this is not just Maisie's story, but everyone around changed too because of that accident, and sometimes life moves on. So, acceptance is still the key, but it takes time. I would like to know more about Serena and Adam. I guess face transplant is quite fascinating and this is my first time to learn more about it in YA, quite informative, tbh. I wish YA can explore more on those rare and diverse issues, but done them in a more accurate way. I like Sheinmel's writing style, it just flows, you know. I gave it 4.5 stars, because I knew everything already and I felt the surprise element is not that surprsing anymore, but still this is still one of my favourites.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    “You have to learn to love yourself before you can love someone else. Because it's only when we love ourselves that we feel worthy of someone else's love.” Imagine waking up, getting told that half of your face has beeen destroyed and that you're never going to look the same again after getting a face transplant. To me the topic of this book felt super heavy yet the author managed to make it a quick read. It's a book about learning how to love yourself again, about figuring out who you are after y “You have to learn to love yourself before you can love someone else. Because it's only when we love ourselves that we feel worthy of someone else's love.” Imagine waking up, getting told that half of your face has beeen destroyed and that you're never going to look the same again after getting a face transplant. To me the topic of this book felt super heavy yet the author managed to make it a quick read. It's a book about learning how to love yourself again, about figuring out who you are after your entire life changed within seconds. It's honestly the type of book that makes you think that you're really lucky to not be forced to go through something like this and to eventually become more grateful for what you already got. It's what I enjoyed the most about this book, simply the fact that you really get something from reading it. Such books are always the best ones in my opinion. I feel like the love story wasn't that important and I didn't like it as much as I would've wanted to. It just wasn't the most important part of the book but I guess a YA novel isn't a YA novel without a love story? I really hoped the story would turn out to be about a young girl that learns that she doesn't need a relationship to be loved and to learn how to be happy again. What I really, really liked was the friendship Maisie and Serena shared. Their friendship is the kind of friendship you'd want all for yourself. What made me really enjoy the book was simply the fact that Maisie learned how to love herself again. We don't find out what happens in her future. If she gets to reach her goals but I feel like that was okay. It gives the reader space to think about it and maybe even come up with an own ending.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    This and other reviews can be found on http://princessicaofbooks.wordpress.com. *Thank you to Scholastic for sending me an ARC for reviewing purposes. This in no way has impacted my review.* I was really intrigued by this story; I had yet to read a face transplant story. I've read a handful of prosthetic stories but not a face transplant. It seemed pretty extreme, which was probably the reason I wanted to read it in the first place. First of all, Faceless was quite a quick read. Maisie, the mai This and other reviews can be found on http://princessicaofbooks.wordpress.com. *Thank you to Scholastic for sending me an ARC for reviewing purposes. This in no way has impacted my review.* I was really intrigued by this story; I had yet to read a face transplant story. I've read a handful of prosthetic stories but not a face transplant. It seemed pretty extreme, which was probably the reason I wanted to read it in the first place. First of all, Faceless was quite a quick read. Maisie, the main character, talks in a very simple language despite all the medical terms. For her, it's just point A, point B, point C. She also speaks a little bit melodramatic at times. She is quite depressing throughout the book so if that's not your taste, then I don't suggest this read. However, it was nice hearing about a face transplant story. It was kind of disgusting but, like all books, at least I was able to gain some kind of experience and knowledge by the end of it. And not just about face transplants-- this could be applied to any change in general; death in the family, prosthetics, just any major difference in one's life. I also like the message of acceptance; both in society and on a self level. It questions: how do our physical features define as a whole person? If it's a lot, maybe we should change that. I loved the majority of the characters, especially her best friend Serena. She is so bold and she knows what friendship is. There is definitely a balance among the characters! I do feel that this was kind of a cliché. Of course an athlete seriously injures herself. Now she doesn't know who she is. Of course society is rejecting her. Of course she is incredibly depressed (I completely understand why she is depressed but it just feels like another athlete-turned-ordinary story). I'm not sure if I like the love interest... Well, the love in general. I just don't think it was necessary. I was hoping this story was going to about someone growing independent; not needing a man, becoming stronger, and self-acceptance. I just feel that it would've been okay if there wasn't a romance aspect and it just focused on her and her confidence. I also wish that her track was more involved. Like, how did the coach react? If she loved track so much then why didn't her team and coach make her feel welcome when everyone else didn't? The reader is also left a little wondering such as where she went to college? Were there any major accomplishments in PT? Did she become track coach? The reader has no idea. My feelings about Faceless is pretty neutral; I didn't like it, but I didn't hate it either. It was just okay. I don't really see myself buying the actual copy but I'd like to thank the publishers for sending me this ARC. I'm rating Faceless 3.5/5 stars.

  6. 4 out of 5

    ♚sari♚

    I guess you could say this contains spoilers but literally nothing extremely exciting or shocking happens that could be spoiled and also YOU DON'T WANT TO READ THIS Faceless is entertaining (it's about some girl that gets a face transplant), I'll give it that, it's downloaded to the Kindle app on my phone and I've read it a bunch of times because the main character is extremely poor in the Bank Of Brain Cells and I really enjoy making sarcastic comments in my head about literally everything Maisi I guess you could say this contains spoilers but literally nothing extremely exciting or shocking happens that could be spoiled and also YOU DON'T WANT TO READ THIS Faceless is entertaining (it's about some girl that gets a face transplant), I'll give it that, it's downloaded to the Kindle app on my phone and I've read it a bunch of times because the main character is extremely poor in the Bank Of Brain Cells and I really enjoy making sarcastic comments in my head about literally everything Maisie (main character, as bland as iceberg lettuce, no joke) says. Basically, when I want to read, but I'm not in a situation where i need to pay a ton of attention, this is perfect because it's narrated by a moron That's about the only positive so I guess the real fun can begin now Okay so character-wise: Maisie is a complete moron and also a huge hypocrite, Chirag is a (offensively) stereotypical Indian character, I'm not even joking, he wants to be a doctor, he's really logical and smart and SMELLS LIKE CURRY, DO YOU UNDERSTAND HOW OFFENSIVE THAT IS, DO I DESCRIBE ALL WHITE PEOPLE AS SMELLING LIKE HAMBURGERS AND STARBUCKS? NO, YOU CAN'T SAY THAT HE SMELLS LIKE CURRY JUST BECAUSE HE'S INDIAN (these three things were literally his only characteristics I'm not kidding) Serena, in my opinion is a crappy best friend and she has no personality at all. Okay so they weren't all the characters in the book but I cba to write about anyone else, they're all bland and lack personality. So now I'm going to show you (hi btw, thanks for reading) some of the quotes from this book and I'll give you my irrelevant ass opinions on them. Okay? Okay. -From the second Maisie wakes up in hospital, she criticises her doctors, she's convinced that everything they do is wrong and that her boyfriend, who I quote, 'isn't even a doctor' would do a better job than them, she says that her doctor (who is trying to explain to her why she's in pain) 'doesn't know what he's talking about' are you sure hun? He's a doctor, he wouldn't be if he didn't know what he was talking about -Maisie is also CONSTANTLY pointing out that she's in worse condition than other people which I find really irritating, like, it isn't a competition? One of the dumbest examples of this is after a 14 y/o literally dies after getting third-degree burns, she says; 'third-degree burns aren't as bad as what I have' Sweetie, he's DEAD, I'm pretty sure he was in worse condition than you. In this section she is also completely disrespectful to the kid that died, and lists a bunch of petty reasons as to why the boy might of died in an attempt to downplay his tragedy, and she finishes off this section in (what a perceived to be) a really mocking tone by saying; 'or maybe, just maybe, it [his house] was hit by lightning' . Also, in another case, she compares her burns to a dude who was burned in an explosion and says that 'his fire just didn't burn as hot' AGAIN, IT'S NOT A COMPETITION -Maisie also believes that just because she's had a transplant and calls herself a freak, that it isn't offensive to call other people who have lost their limbs; 'broken-down freaks' -I'm just going to bring up the doctor thing again, Maisie always thinks she knows best, she basically stops taking the meds that are keeping her alive because she thinks that they're making her a bad girlfriend and justifies this by saying; 'he'll [her doctor] will take one look at me and realise that I'm the exception to the rule [of taking meds]' BONUS PETTY PROBLEMS I HAD WITH THIS BOOK -The fact that Maisie's house had terracotta stairs is bought up at least five times and I got sick of hearing it -Serena (Maisie's best friend) says that it's obvious that Chirag didn't go to prom after Maisie's accident, I just find it odd that Serena went to prom and was literally just goofing about while her friend was in the burn unit after most of her face was destroyed, surely you'd be upset and not really in the mood -Also, after Chirag and Maisie break up, he gets a new girlfriend (they do all the mature high-school relationship things; hold hands and eat lunch together) and Chirag goes to prom with her etc etc AND THEN HE LITERALLY PUSHES HER OFF HIM IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DANCE AND MAKES OUT WITH MAISIE I'm sorry but that's so rude, she's in the year/grade below and was clearly excited to be with Chirag and then he just dismisses her and kisses someone else? That's cruel. Okay, that's a wrap, sorry if this is all over the place but I don't have my life together, let alone my review. If you read this, thank you! And I've ran out of thing so say. But this book is crap. Don't read it

  7. 4 out of 5

    Hailey Pineda

    This was the best book that I've read. I got so engaged to it and is one of my favorite book.☺

  8. 4 out of 5

    Chey

    I was right, this is a new favorite of mine. I loved every single page, I cried multiple times, Maisie's best friend felt like my best friend, I fell in love with her boyfriend, I fell out of love with her boyfriend. And most of all; I felt her pain. This was an incredible read, one that I'm happy I got to experience. It ended really really well, with so much hope for the future and I think that's what I loved most. The hope this book gave me in such a hard and sometimes painful world.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Chelsey Ellice

    I’ve never read a book like this one. I don’t usually like sad books, I’m more into romance. There was a bit of romance in this book. At first I was a little hesitant but actually really enjoyed it. It’s about this girl and how she deals and gets through her recovery. I would recommend this book

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bee

    So Faceless kind of placed top rung on the "body issues" YA sub genre. Woosh! Normally these books are about anything ranging from a certain disability or disease (blind, deaf, wheelchair bound) to mental health issues (depression, schizophrenia) to body dismorphia. I always file those away in my brain, in case a customer desperately needs a recommendiation for their niece who suffers from anorexia and they need a book they can identify with. Well, I've found the perfect book in case someone need So Faceless kind of placed top rung on the "body issues" YA sub genre. Woosh! Normally these books are about anything ranging from a certain disability or disease (blind, deaf, wheelchair bound) to mental health issues (depression, schizophrenia) to body dismorphia. I always file those away in my brain, in case a customer desperately needs a recommendiation for their niece who suffers from anorexia and they need a book they can identify with. Well, I've found the perfect book in case someone needs a recommendation for their neighbour's daughter who just had their face melted off!! But honestly, this book is amazing. As in, imagine John Green writing about a face transplant amazing. It covers everything from the accident, to Maisie waking up in the hospital, and the side effects of her medical regime. Yet, I wouldn't say it was a "difficult" read. I would actually go as far as saying this was a light read. Of course, the subject matter is super depressing and dark. I can't even imagine having to wake up with someone else's face sewn onto my own. But Maisie's depression never went full dark. It always kind of stayed in the Hollywood-zone where depression is something that can be cured over night when the character gets an aha! moment and decides to live instead. Not that it was taking the surgery and side effects lightly. It covered all of the realities of this life-altering accident and its consequences. I also don't think the author underestimated the results. I actually think this book is well-researched and thorough (in my layman's eyes). I'm also not saying that this book would have been better if it had taken the more gritty and darker route. There's nothing wrong with a fun read that both entertains and informs at the same time. Because ultimately, this book is about accepting and loving yourself and your body. Whether or not you've had your face since birth or not.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Maddie

    What I loved most about this book was that it's main message was 'Love Yourself'. Maisie has a terrible accident and as a result, has to have a face transplant. She has to deal with having someone else's nose, chin, cheeks and her own massive scars. She literally isn't the same person on the outside. But I enjoyed Maisie figuring our her new face and new life, surrounded by people who supported her, or would learn to. I was weary about any romance. Maisie had a boyfriend before her accident that What I loved most about this book was that it's main message was 'Love Yourself'. Maisie has a terrible accident and as a result, has to have a face transplant. She has to deal with having someone else's nose, chin, cheeks and her own massive scars. She literally isn't the same person on the outside. But I enjoyed Maisie figuring our her new face and new life, surrounded by people who supported her, or would learn to. I was weary about any romance. Maisie had a boyfriend before her accident that seemed to stay with her out of sympathy afterwards, but she just wasn't in the right place to love someone. As someone in the book said, you have to learn to love yourself first.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Chloe

    I really hoped this would be more moving! Ir was good, there was nothing "wrong" with it, but it didn't bring out any intense emotions in me!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jen La Duca

    I would like to start this review off with a little dare. Yes I know that may be a little unconventional in a book review but seriously, I dare you all to read the synopsis for Faceless and then tell me that you don’t totally want to read it! When I was first sent the information for this book with the possibility to review it I quickly read the synopsis and then gasped. Then I read it again, a bit slower the second time, after that I couldn’t click the little button fast enough to sign up, sayi I would like to start this review off with a little dare. Yes I know that may be a little unconventional in a book review but seriously, I dare you all to read the synopsis for Faceless and then tell me that you don’t totally want to read it! When I was first sent the information for this book with the possibility to review it I quickly read the synopsis and then gasped. Then I read it again, a bit slower the second time, after that I couldn’t click the little button fast enough to sign up, saying YES I wanted to review this book and be a part of this blog tour! I was completely fascinated by the concept this book was presenting and the fact that it was written as a YA book, the possibilities this presented were beyond intriguing to me. I was even more thrilled to be granted a print copy (really obsessed with print books right now) and the day it arrived I did a little happy dance, threw the book I was currently reading aside (sorry other book but you had to go!) and greedily dug in to Faceless by Alyssa Sheinmel. I had a feeling this would be good, great even; but I still wasn’t prepared for how blown away I’d be after reading my first book by Sheinmel! Faceless starts off with a bang, within the first chapter we find Maisie Winters waking up in a hospital after suffering a terrible tragic accident in which she’s lost most of her face. Prior to this accident Maisie was a your typical all American teenager; a junior in high school, a track star, gets good grades and has a boyfriend and best friend that she loves dearly. This all changes once she discovers she’s been in a medically induced coma for a month but there is a silver lining of sorts. Maisie has become eligible for a face transplant but she and her parents must act fast if they would like the transplant to happen. They of course agree (what parent wouldn’t!), hoping that this will give Maisie a second chance at a “normal” life. But nothing could have prepared her for the after effects of her transplant! Not only does she now feel like an outsider in her own skin but she must deal daily with the pain and swelling as she heals from her surgery, the many types of medication with some truly negative side effects, and the constant rounds of physical therapy to regain the facial motion we all take for granted. And this is just the physical side effects, what happens when Maisie sees her boyfriend and best friend for the first time looking like someone they’ve never seen before. How will everyone at school adjust to the “new” Maisie when they can’t even stop staring at her? Oh this book broke my heart so many time, I felt deeply for Maisie through every step of her recovery process! I just wanted to reach into this book and give her a hug her, to tell her that everything would be ok with time; it’s not often that a book evokes this amount of emotion in me. Sheinmel writes Maisie’s journey with a breathtaking tenderness, her initial fear and anger, that feeling of lost hopelessness, and then the depression. Yes this is a somewhat tough and heavy story to read at times but underneath it all there’s a beautiful story about hope and discovering who we truly are, regardless of what is seen on the outside. Faceless is a story that teen and tween girls really must read, there are so many aspects that I think teenagers can relate to in a story like this and the message behind it all is so very important for our daughters to read! Mothers with teenage girls should also read this before giving it to their daughters but before you do, grab the tissue box cause you’re gonna need it! I had my 16 year old daughter read this the moment I finished it and she read it in one sitting on a Saturday, by Sunday she informed me that she’d already passed it on to her best friend! If it ever manages to make its way back to my house then I will be donating it to our high school library; yep, it’s that kind of book! A huge thank you to the publisher, Scholastic Press, for providing me with an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review and thank you to Rock Star Book Tours for inviting me to participate in this awesome book tour!!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    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 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.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Katy Noyes

    The unthinkable happens - how do you cope? How do your family, friends, boyfriend cope? This Young Adult story will hit a nerve with any adult as well as teenager who has seen someone who looks a little different and reacts in a way they later feel guilty about. After all - a burnt face is just a burnt face. The same person is still underneath. School athlete Maisie has a fairly ordinary life - track practice, a caring boyfriend, college applications, fighting parents. Nothing will feel the same The unthinkable happens - how do you cope? How do your family, friends, boyfriend cope? This Young Adult story will hit a nerve with any adult as well as teenager who has seen someone who looks a little different and reacts in a way they later feel guilty about. After all - a burnt face is just a burnt face. The same person is still underneath. School athlete Maisie has a fairly ordinary life - track practice, a caring boyfriend, college applications, fighting parents. Nothing will feel the same after the morning she's out early running through the rain when lightning hits a tree and she is severely burned. Faced with a quick decision, she and her parents choose to accept a face transplant - tissue from a donor. It's such a heart-breaking story, and very tenderly conveyed. Maisie's regrets, her anger, her feelings of helplessness, guilt and depression. All of it you can identify with. I know I was reading thinking: what would I choose to do? Would I still be me? Would my friends still treat me as the same person? It felt very true and very real. I did feel a little frustrated with Maisie's boyfriend Chirag - not only is he a stoic gentlemen, taking Maisie to therapy, refusing his friend's suggestions of dates with other girls - but we are constantly reminded by Maisie of his 'scientific' nature, that got a little wearing. This gives a very good idea what life might be like if you suddenly appeared in school wearing another person's skin. Of course things won't be the same. Maisie discovers her physical limitations too, and very realistically, can't do what she seems to think is expected and rise to the challenge, show everyone her bravery at overcoming adversity, being Malala. She's a regular teenager, and this is a life-changing situation. Which of us would be any different? Of course, this story is about her growth after the accident, and her relationships with friends and family. I found it hard to put down, I didn't want to leave Maisie until I knew she was going to be ready to move on in the world, if not happy then at least comfortable in her own skin, to coin a phrase. A very thought-provoking story, one that could be used in KS4 English/PSHE classes. And one for adults as well.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Warning I have SPOILERS in my review. I am yet again choosing another emotional book to read. I will admit that I have no regrets from choosing this book. You may have to grab tissues before you start reading this book, because there were quite a few spots where I was tearing up. Sheinmel knows how to tug at your heart strings. I love reading these types of stories, because like I have said before, they give you some knowledge of how you should act if put in these situations. How the person with Warning I have SPOILERS in my review. I am yet again choosing another emotional book to read. I will admit that I have no regrets from choosing this book. You may have to grab tissues before you start reading this book, because there were quite a few spots where I was tearing up. Sheinmel knows how to tug at your heart strings. I love reading these types of stories, because like I have said before, they give you some knowledge of how you should act if put in these situations. How the person with the illness/injury reacts and how others react around them. I hated how after she had her transplant and went back to school, all the students were very rude. It seemed they were constantly staring and laughing at her, everywhere she went. The sad thing is, that is how a lot of folks are with anything, they are rude. Luckily she had her best friend Serena. Out of everyone, even her boyfriend, it seemed Serena was there through everything. She never turned her back on her, ever. At one of the High school Halloween parties, I was so sad. She followed one of her used to be friends into a room the seniors would sneak off to during the party. She over heard them talking to her boyfriend and asking him why he was still with her. He states he will break up with her when she is better. This made me so mad because it just seemed heartless. Near the end I read about how she comes to terms with it. She states how it isn't fair to either of them really, and it made me realize, oh yeah, it really isn't fair. It slowly made me understand all points of view. Sheinmel is an awesome writer. She knows how to grab your attention and suck you into her book. Her writing style made it easy for me to feel what the main character was going through. If you think this is a type of book you can get into, read it! I really would love to see this become a movie, because of what it's about.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Adele Broadbent

    Maisie loves to run. She’s out running early one morning when it begins to rain. Thunder and lightning soon follow, and a lightning strike hits a tree close to where Maisie is standing. She sees sparks, like fireworks, and embers bright against the rain. A hissing sound as power lines hit the road is the last thing she hears…. When Maisie wakes, it is in a hospital. She is lying flat on her back and can’t move. She can only see her parents if they lean right over her as they talk to her. They tel Maisie loves to run. She’s out running early one morning when it begins to rain. Thunder and lightning soon follow, and a lightning strike hits a tree close to where Maisie is standing. She sees sparks, like fireworks, and embers bright against the rain. A hissing sound as power lines hit the road is the last thing she hears…. When Maisie wakes, it is in a hospital. She is lying flat on her back and can’t move. She can only see her parents if they lean right over her as they talk to her. They tell her she has been in a coma for a few weeks. She wants to know why. They slowly tell her about her injuries – her burnt left hand and side with 2nd degree burns, and her face. But her face didn’t just receive burns. When the electrical fire hit her, it consumed her nose, cheeks, and chin. They are no longer there. Maisie is shocked at the loss of half her face, and even more shocked when she is told about face transplants. When she is told there is an opportunity to have such a transplant because a donor face has come available, her mum and dad are at odds about it. But her mum and dad have been fighting a lot lately. It’s only been since Maisie has been in hospital they seem together at all. This is the first of many decisions and changes Maisie must make on her journey to find out who she is now and who she wants to be. It’s not just her face that has changed. Her relationships with her parents, her boyfriend and her friends all become tenuous. Maisie feels sorry for herself and only with help from a fellow burns sufferer, patience from her mother, and understanding from her boyfriend, does she finally accept what has happened and there is life after her accident. This story was beautifully and truthfully told, as a young, popular, sporty, pretty girl loses her identity in a terrible accident and has to find herself again.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Jo Weir

    I feel like I should have liked this book more than I actually did. Throughout the entire book I struggled with her thought process and actions. She handled things very poorly in my opinion and even though I tried to put myself in her shoes so to say, I couldn’t understand why how she acted the way she did and it was incredibly hard for me to relate to her no matter how hard I tried. Overall, kind of a bust for me but I can see how maybe there will be some out there who will really enjoy it. Don I feel like I should have liked this book more than I actually did. Throughout the entire book I struggled with her thought process and actions. She handled things very poorly in my opinion and even though I tried to put myself in her shoes so to say, I couldn’t understand why how she acted the way she did and it was incredibly hard for me to relate to her no matter how hard I tried. Overall, kind of a bust for me but I can see how maybe there will be some out there who will really enjoy it. Don’t steer clear from it on my account. Check it out for yourself if you are interested and see decide for yourselves.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Foster

    I am currently reading this right now and I love it. I think middle schoolers would really enjoy this. It is a little gruesome in terms of medical talk, but it really shows kids that life is precious and in one instant your life can change and from there you need to decide how to make lemonade out of lemons.

  20. 4 out of 5

    J. E. S.

    This was a very moving account of a young girl whose life is upended by an unforeseen and tragic event. Highly recommend.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Parsells

    This book is sooooooo good. Read this and you won't be disappointed.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia

    Found this one on our bookfair. Great read alike for Wonder. Heart wrenching & inspiring story of a girl who loses her face and fights her way back to normal. Made me cry. Found this one on our bookfair. Great read alike for Wonder. Heart wrenching & inspiring story of a girl who loses her face and fights her way back to normal. Made me cry.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ilise

    This book was the BESTTTT!!! It will totally blow your mind 100% I loved it just dont get to excited about the book it could go back and fourth!

  24. 5 out of 5

    TheVampireBookworm

    This is a story about a teenager whose life is changed forever when her face is partially burned off and she must decide whether to keep her face like that or risk a face transplant. It's a story about reshaping one's world and dealing with a new identity. It's about loss of oneself and the ones around. But it's also about hope. I like that this book deals with an unusual topic and shows that everything can be conquered if there is a will to do it but I must say I wasn't really convinced by the s This is a story about a teenager whose life is changed forever when her face is partially burned off and she must decide whether to keep her face like that or risk a face transplant. It's a story about reshaping one's world and dealing with a new identity. It's about loss of oneself and the ones around. But it's also about hope. I like that this book deals with an unusual topic and shows that everything can be conquered if there is a will to do it but I must say I wasn't really convinced by the story. I know the target group are teenagers but give them some credit, they can deal with difficult words and medical terms, you don't have to sugarcoat or oversimplify stuff for them!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nav (she/her) 🌧

    Positives: - The scene where Maisie was wondering if she can be pretty again might come across as selfish to some but actually it shows how human she is as it's probably something many people have thought or felt too. - I really liked Serena as a side character. At first she came across as just one of the 'popular girls' at school. But when she was in a group setting at school she really supported Maisie and realised what she was going through without having to be told. I guess it was good to see Positives: - The scene where Maisie was wondering if she can be pretty again might come across as selfish to some but actually it shows how human she is as it's probably something many people have thought or felt too. - I really liked Serena as a side character. At first she came across as just one of the 'popular girls' at school. But when she was in a group setting at school she really supported Maisie and realised what she was going through without having to be told. I guess it was good to see she could put aside her own 'wants' and focus on Maisie's needs. - It was nice to see the friendship that formed between Maisie and Adam. - The group that Maisie attended - these scenes reminded me of TFIOS and I really enjoyed seeing how Maisie grew as she attended more groups and got to see life from different people's POV. Negatives: - Maisie comes across as a little bit self obsessed at the beginning which makes it hard to sympathise with her. - Maisie's Mum seemed to take over quite a bit and even though those actions/behaviours came from a good place it was a shame to see that she wouldn't allow Maisie to make her own decisions or choices. - Even though it was quite understandable, it was sad to see Maisie treat Chirag the way she did. - I was really surprised to find out that the book has an important poc side character (Indian and born and raised in a Western country, like myself). But this only became apparent three quarters of the way into the book which made me feel quite gutted. Suddenly, there was some references to Indian culture in the last quarter of the book which I wish had been mentioned earlier, especially because this character is so important to Maisie and the story. - It would have been nice if the author had included more scenes between Maisie and her father. The only key scene I can remember is the one right at the end. - It's a shame the story doesn't have an epilogue so the reader is able to see what Maisie had decided and how she was getting on in the future. - Sadly, the story isn't too memorable for me and I don't think I will remember or think about it for a long time after reading this book.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline Maisie has it pretty good at the end of her junior year: she's a runner, she has a boyfriend, Chirag, who has just asked her to prom, and her parents are both still around, even if they fight with each other. She's hoping to get into Barnard. This all changes when she is out for a run one morning, gets caught in a storm, and is badly burned in an electrical fire. After a month in a medically induced coma, she wakes up to find everything has changed. She has E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline Maisie has it pretty good at the end of her junior year: she's a runner, she has a boyfriend, Chirag, who has just asked her to prom, and her parents are both still around, even if they fight with each other. She's hoping to get into Barnard. This all changes when she is out for a run one morning, gets caught in a storm, and is badly burned in an electrical fire. After a month in a medically induced coma, she wakes up to find everything has changed. She has lost most of her nose and left cheek in the fire, and is badly burned. She is lucky that she is eligible for a face transplant when one suddenly becomes available and seems to be the only choice. Even though it allows her a better chance at "normal", it's certainly not the old "normal". In addition to the pain, scarring and swelling of her wounds and her surgery, she has to take a variety of drugs to help her body accept the transplant, and the drugs have lots of side effects, many of them negative. She also has physical therapy to restore motion to her damaged left side. Chirag, as well as her friend Selena, are very supportive, but Maisie feels awkward going to school, where she feels that everyone is staring at her. She finally goes to a support group, where she meets Adam, a young adult whose face was injured in the war. He is able to help her because he has been through a similar experience, but Maisie misunderstands his attention. Slowly, Maisie learns to accept what she has been through and starts to chart her course for the rest of her life. Strengths: This had some similarities to Van Draanen's The Running Dream in that the process of anger and eventual acceptance was realistically laid out. This is a problem novel that older middle school and high school students will enjoy. The reactions of friends, family and acquaintances all felt very realistic. Definitely makes one feel lucky! Weaknesses: Selena seemed a little flat through most of the book, but even that made sense at the end. Really well done. What I really think: Not a cheery read, but a hopeful one. I enjoyed it tremendously.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    As soon as I heard about Faceless, I wanted to read it. I thought it sounded so intriguing, and I've never read a novel about facial disfigurement before, never mind one that includes a partial face transplant. It genuinely surprised me, did Faceless. The cover fits the book perfectly, and I liked that we dived straight into the action, with Maisie out on a run before being the storm causes a fire that means she ends up in hospital, with some of her face gone. It's one of those books that horrif As soon as I heard about Faceless, I wanted to read it. I thought it sounded so intriguing, and I've never read a novel about facial disfigurement before, never mind one that includes a partial face transplant. It genuinely surprised me, did Faceless. The cover fits the book perfectly, and I liked that we dived straight into the action, with Maisie out on a run before being the storm causes a fire that means she ends up in hospital, with some of her face gone. It's one of those books that horrifies you, thinking how you would cope should it happen to you? Sure, Maisie was lucky (lucky really was the watchword) but in a sense she wasn't. Yes, she was lucky to survive, but she was left with part of someone else's face. That's insane, because how do you deal with that at sixteen/seventeen? I actually loved Maisie, and her journey was an emotional one. This is not a fun book, this is a hard book but an important book. It's hard to read at times, because you just want Maisie to be happy, but it's so hard to be happy when you go through what she goes through and to see her struggle, and to see how the public react would make me want to hide away forever, because the public, and especially class-mates, are so unforgiving, even if they don't mean it to be and I winced with Maisie every time someone stared or made a comment. It's a shame we still don't live in a world where nobody cares what you look like. Where you don't stare at somebody because they look different. I really enjoyed the book, if enjoyed is the right word for a book like this. Maisie's story is an important one, and Alyssa Sheinmel handled it with sensitivity and care, and I enjoyed getting to know Maisie, she was way stronger than she probably even knew herself. This is a must read for all, and I found it so absorbing I managed to read it in just a couple of sittings!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Virginie (chouettblog)

    You’re sixteen, with your whole life ahead of you. You are a straight A student and star of the track team. Ok, your Mum and Dad are fighting like cats and dogs but hey! All families need a little drama right?! Well, that’s ok because you have an amazing boyfriend who helps taking the edge off from this stressful situation. So far so good… And then the unthinkable happens. Maisie has an accident which will not only rip away her face making her unrecognisable but will also take away a life she has You’re sixteen, with your whole life ahead of you. You are a straight A student and star of the track team. Ok, your Mum and Dad are fighting like cats and dogs but hey! All families need a little drama right?! Well, that’s ok because you have an amazing boyfriend who helps taking the edge off from this stressful situation. So far so good… And then the unthinkable happens. Maisie has an accident which will not only rip away her face making her unrecognisable but will also take away a life she has always known. Thinking back on this read, it is very difficult to not feel emotional and I would be lying if I did not admit this story did not pull on my heartstrings. I felt imprisoned going through the post-accident parts of the tale where Maisie could not move because of her burns and could not see herself in a mirror. I also felt a little hope when Maisie decided to go through with the face transplant that maybe everything was going to be ok. But truly, the real work began after the transplant. The Maisie before the accident and the Maisie after were two different people and somehow were also one and the same. There is an honesty to this story that the author conveyed beautifully. I absolutely loved how she enabled Maisie to remain true to herself, getting to know herself again. When she needed to lash out, she lashed out! When she needed to be defiant she was and then when it was time to choose between life and death she chose. This book will without a doubt bring comfort and hope to those faced with difficult challenges and life altering events. How do you carry on living in the face of adversity? “Faceless” is one answer to a tragic event, with one message: Underneath it all, we remain human. Thanking team @chickenhsebooks and @LauraSmythePR for providing me with a copy of this title.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Milly Paris

    I think this book has a really interesting concept and I'm really glad I decided to pick it up. I'm very lucky in the fact that I managed to get a proof copy, and I was immediately drawn in by the cover. I was hooked to the story as well. It was an interesting and enjoyable read with lots of character growth. One point that I really loved is how she completely misremembered what her relationship with Chiraj had been like and had this rose tinted sheen over it. It made it so much more real, cause I think this book has a really interesting concept and I'm really glad I decided to pick it up. I'm very lucky in the fact that I managed to get a proof copy, and I was immediately drawn in by the cover. I was hooked to the story as well. It was an interesting and enjoyable read with lots of character growth. One point that I really loved is how she completely misremembered what her relationship with Chiraj had been like and had this rose tinted sheen over it. It made it so much more real, cause that definitely happens. I also liked that she didn't end up with who you expected her to. Her romantic arc seemed like it would go the way of TFIOS and was all too perfect, so I'm glad that Alyssa Sheinmel decided not to go that way and, again, make the story more realistic.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    Maisie (16) is an excellent high school runner with plans of college scholarships. Dedicated to running, she wakes up early one morning for a jog when the weather turns ugly. Lightning strikes a tree which brings down the power line. At first Maisie believes it is fireworks she is seeing but in reality the power line causes an electrical fire to burn Maisie, nearly destroying her face. While in the burn unit, Maisie is able to receive a very rare, partial face transplant surgery. Will Maisie's s Maisie (16) is an excellent high school runner with plans of college scholarships. Dedicated to running, she wakes up early one morning for a jog when the weather turns ugly. Lightning strikes a tree which brings down the power line. At first Maisie believes it is fireworks she is seeing but in reality the power line causes an electrical fire to burn Maisie, nearly destroying her face. While in the burn unit, Maisie is able to receive a very rare, partial face transplant surgery. Will Maisie's surgery be a success and will she be able to accept her new self and learn to live again? Excellent realistic fiction book for fans of Running Dream, Artichoke's Heart, and Cold Hands, Warm Heart.

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