Publisher: HMH for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 304 Pages
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For Review
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An intensely powerful account of a teen, bullied for her port-wine stain, who must summon her personal strength to survive abduction and horrific abuse at the hands of a deranged killer.
Sixteen-year-old Sarah Meadows longs for "normal." Born with a port wine stain covering half her face, all her life she's been plagued by stares, giggles, bullying, and disgust. But when she's abducted on the way home from school, Sarah is forced to uncover the courage she never knew she had, become a hero rather than a victim, and learn to look beyond her face to find the beauty and strength she has inside. It's that-or succumb to a killer
“The lack of human voices really gets to me. I never realized that we need to talk with other people just to know that we exist. That we matter. Loneliness is a howling, empty cavern inside of me that just keeps growing.”
Emotional. Beautiful. Haunting. Powerful. 4 simple words to describe such a power house of a novel. This book definitely added itself to my top 5 books of 2013. What an emotionally raw story!
Sarah is immediately beautiful in my eyes; And probably in the eyes of every reader that has the pleasure of reading this novel. She immediately found a safe spot nestled into my heart. She was truly a one of a kind character! Her will for survival(before and during her captivity) was so strong and it radiated off the pages. Cheryl has this beautiful ability to craft some of the most vibrant characters. Each and every one of them have all earned a spot inside of my heart. I love them all!
Nick was another character that I absolutely adored. His innocent love for Sarah was a truly heart-warming thing to experience while reading this book.
Cheryl Rainfield penned another realistic, dramatic YA book. One that should be read by all! She delivers a character cast that you will never forget and hearty story to go along with it!
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