Oct 102013
 
Review: StainedStained by Cheryl Rainfield
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on Oct 1, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, YA
Format: eARC from Netgalley
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

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.

This was a powerful and emotional story about the strength most people carry within them. Sarah sees herself as weak and deformed, yet must find the inner strength that others see when they look at her in order to survive a terrifying ordeal. Not just survive, but overcome.

I was blown away at the sheer amount of emotion the book generated. I haven’t read a Cheryl Rainfield book before, but you can bet I will be reading her other books now. This book was full of raw emotion. I couldn’t put the book down once I started. I had to know what would happen.

I loved the alternating viewpoints between Nick and Sarah. It let the reader see both sides of the action, and both sides of Sarah, how she felt, and how others saw it. This difference between internal and external views is a powerful one that most people need to seriously consider when they are feeling down on themselves. Sarah didn’t see herself nearly as positively as Nick saw her, and I think that’s true of most people.

Overall, I cannot even begin to express my love for and amazement of this book. It is so powerful and emotional that all I can do is stress that you need to read this. Everyone should read this. Especially the YA audience it is intended for, but I think most adult readers would appreciate it too. I know I did.

  5 Responses to “Review: Stained”

  1. I have felt that way about all of her books, and AFAIK I’ve read almost all of them. Enjoy!

  2. There are three authors whose works terrify the living daylights out of me: John Green, Tabitha Suzuma and Cheryl Rainfield. I just now that it’ll always be a mine of heartbreaks and pain. I just live vicariously through other readers such as yourself. Lol.

    Five stars says it all.

  3. If there’s one contemporary book I want to read, it’s this one! I absolutely love the idea behind this, and I think the author was awesome for writing about bullying and kidnapping from a different perspective. Those five stars have never looked so promising.

    I think STAINED is a book mostly everyone will be able to relate to — even if it’s just a little — because many of us go through phases in our lives where we’re shunned by society. Maybe not as serious as in Sarah’s case, but still. The feeling of being unworthy of certain things, of always be conscious of yourself wherever you go… those are some pretty normal feelings. So I love that this book conveyed such a powerful and inspiring message. Just another way of saying that outward appearances don’t count at all!

    This book was full of raw emotion. I couldn’t put the book down once I started. I had to know what would happen.” — Gosh, I love emotional books, because I’m the kind of reader who doesn’t show much while reading, unless it’s something really powerful and heartfelt. Like this! I’m glad that it wasn’t an angsty kind of book — honestly, we have way too many of those now.

    And aaaahhhh, Nick sounds so sweet! I’m guessing that he’s the love interest, and if a guy ever falls for a girl like Sarah, who’s deformed, then I’m pretty willing to bet that he’s a good guy. 🙂 I’m hoping this doesn’t fall into those cliche “I love you even though you’re different” kind of romance, though. I want something original and totally heartbreaking. But all the same, I definitely hope I’ll get to read this one day! Thanks for making me feel more excited for it. Great review, Sarah!

    • Thanks for the great response!
      You will not be disappointed in Nick at all. He’s such a good guy. There didn’t seem to be anything cliched about the relationship, it’s unlike any I’ve read before.

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