Faceless by Alyssa Sheinmel (paperback)
When Maisie is struck by lightning, her face is partially destroyed. She's lucky enough to get a face transplant, but how do you live your life when you can't even recognize yourself any more? She was a runner, a girlfriend, a good student ... a normal girl. Now, after a single freak accident, all that has changed. As Maisie discovers how much her looks did and didn't shape her relationship to the world, she has to redefine her own identity, and figure out what 'lucky' really means.
Such interesting subject matter and so thought provoking - Faceless always fights its way onto our Young Adult table in the bookshop, where its been very popular since publication.
"For a long time, I knew I wanted to write a story about a girl who’d been in an accident that changed her face forever, who would struggle to discover how much of who she is is tied to what she looks like. A girl who doesn’t look the way she thinks she should? That was a concept I could wrap my head around. How many of us look in the mirror and are occasionally disappointed, surprised – if not flat out shocked once in a while – by the sight of our reflections? Maybe it’s just a haircut a few inches too short or an outfit that looked different inside the store than it does at home – but the result is the same in the end. Sometimes some of us see our reflections and think: That’s not what I thought I looked like. While Maisie’s experience in Faceless may be singular, unfortunately being a girl who doesn’t look the way she thinks she should isn’t." - Alyssa Sheinmel
Paperback, 345 pages.