Alyssa Sheinmel’s latest novel ‘Faceless’ is about Maisie, the girl with a stranger’s face. After a terrible accident, her one chance to live a normal life is a face transplant, but how can anything be normal again when she doesn’t even recognise herself in the mirror?
Thoughtful and poignant, this is one for everyone’s 2016 TBR. Here are our top 3 reasons why:
1. It’s moving and thought-provoking. If you’re looking for a book to get inside you, mess up your heart and make you feel all the things in the best possible way, then look no further than ‘Faceless’ by Alyssa Sheinmel.
It’s poignant, thoughtful, and the kind of book that you’ll think about long after you’ve finished the final page. Fans of Sarah Crossan’s ‘One’ will find themselves equally challenged by ‘Faceless’.
2. It’s important. Maisie’s sense of who she is falters when her face is destroyed – who is she, when she doesn’t even recognise the girl in the mirror? Sheinmel tackles themes of identity, the importance of appearances and, ultimately, self love – making this novel exceptionally important in 2016.
3. It features the strength of female friendships. Girl friendships can sometimes be overlooked in YA lit, in favour of the starry romance going on in the forefront. In ‘Faceless’, however, Maisie and her best friend Serena are the perfect example of girls supporting girls.
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