The most recent book that I have just finished reading is Faceless by Alyssa Sheinmel which a young adult/teen fiction novel. I’ve been on and off reading it for a long while now but I’m kind of sad that it has come to an end to be honest!
Faceless is about a teenage girl who enjoys running competitively, however her life is turned around all of a sudden. One early morning whilst she is out on her morning run she gets struck by lightning which in turn leads her to having second degree burns. Despite the fact that she is lucky enough to have a face transplant, Maisie doesn’t feel lucky, no matter how many times she is told this. She can’t even recognise herself anymore and questions how she is supposed to live her life with a new face. Throughout the book she is forced to redefine herself from the ‘old Maisie’ and the Maisie after her face transplant, ‘Maisie 2.0’ as she calls it.
The storyline of this book is very interesting and intriguing and I’m kind of surprised that I liked it as much as I did. It isn’t the sort of book that I would normally pick up in a shop anyway, but I’m glad that I did pick it up. It’s interesting because it shows the ways in which a face transplant, although the majority of people would never go through this, could after your entire life, especially at a young age. For example, without giving too much away, Maisie used to be a competitive runner but after her accident she isn’t supposed to do rigorous exercise which affects her identity as a runner. And, as a result of the pills she has to take, she’s always sleepy which affects her grades and her participation in class. She’s a totally different person from who she was before the accident took place.
This book is great in the sense that I love how it portrays the characters and how the accident affects the relationships that Maisie has with the people around her. People seem to treat her differently now that she has had a face transplant. Not only does she look different but her identity isn’t the same as it was before the accident. The people around her that once knew who she was now barely know or recognise her. It’s interesting to see how her relationship with her boyfriend works out, how her relationship with her friends at school work out, and how her relationship with her parents works out (alongside the relationship with her mother and father who seemed to have changed after her accident).
The way in which Maisie perceives herself throughout the novel is also intriguing to see. I can’t even imagine how difficult it must be to come to terms with having a face transplant and not even being able to recognise yourself in the mirror; something which Maisie finds difficult to do throughout the story. Without giving too much away, I really enjoyed seeing Maisie’s development from the beginning of the story to the end, it was really lovely.
I think that the main thing that I took away from this book was that coming to terms with difficult (and sometimes life changing situations) can take time, and taking time is ok. Throughout that process you are growing as a person to accept yourself and to accept your situation.
All in all, I would highly recommend this book to anyone. It’s genuinely a great book and it’s an easy read, it’s not difficult to follow in the slightest. You can check out the book on Amazon if you think you might like it!
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