Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on Oct 1, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, YA
Format: eARC from Netgalley
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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.