I received this book at no cost from the publisherScars Like Wings by Erin Stewart
Published by Delacorte Press on October 1, 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Emotions & Feelings, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult
About the Book
Title: SCARS LIKE WINGS
Author: Erin Stewart
Pub. Date: October 1, 2019
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Kindle, Audible, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD
Relatable, heartbreaking, and real, this is a story of resilience–the perfect novel for readers of powerful contemporary fiction like Girl in Pieces and Every Last Word.
Before, I was a million things. Now I’m only one. The Burned Girl.
Ava Lee has lost everything there is to lose: Her parents. Her best friend. Her home. Even her face. She doesn’t need a mirror to know what she looks like–she can see her reflection in the eyes of everyone around her.
A year after the fire that destroyed her world, her aunt and uncle have decided she should go back to high school. Be “normal” again. Whatever that is. Ava knows better. There is no normal for someone like her. And forget making friends–no one wants to be seen with the Burned Girl, now or ever.
But when Ava meets a fellow survivor named Piper, she begins to feel like maybe she doesn’t have to face the nightmare alone. Sarcastic and blunt, Piper isn’t afraid to push Ava out of her comfort zone. Piper introduces Ava to Asad, a boy who loves theater just as much as she does, and slowly, Ava tries to create a life again. Yet Piper is fighting her own battle, and soon Ava must decide if she’s going to fade back into her scars . . . or let the people by her side help her fly.
“A heartfelt and unflinching look at the reality of being a burn survivor and at the scars we all carry. This book is for everyone, burned or not, who has ever searched for a light in the darkness.” –Stephanie Nielson, New York Times bestselling author of Heaven Is Here and a burn survivor
Erin Stewart nails this story in both truth, beauty and the struggle to survive a grueling recovery. Ava’s parents and her cousin, Sara all die in a fire that she escapes, barely. She is now covered with burn scars and has been through nineteen surgeries. This story gets everything right, the emotional scars that Ava incurs are deeper than the external ones. Her aunt Cora is Sara’s mother and also a doctor, so when Cora tells Ava it is time to rejoin the world, Ava is hesitant and doesn’t want to be known as just what is on the outside. So she enrolls in a new school and is prepared to be the “burned girl. When she meets Piper and Asad, who both have survived burns, her outlook gets better. What really helps move this plot forward is the inclusion of Ava’s journals and poetry which even make it more relatable.
I can’t even begin to tell you how realistic all of this story is since my cousin was burned by reaching across a stove and her robe caught on fire. There were years of surgeries and a horrible recovery. I am so glad that Ava found people that had a similar experience and could help Ava face the rest of the school and build her confidence enough to even chance to share her dreams of being in the theater and not just behind the scenes. Beware this book is very realistic right down to the aftercare and treatments. Everything is handled with dignity and honesty.
Erin Stewart is the author of SCARS LIKE WINGS, her debut novel. Erin is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern and a BYU undergraduate who works as a freelance writer and editor, as well as a weekly columnist in Salt Lake City.
Erin lives in Utah with her husband and three children. She is represented by the amazing Brianne Johnson of Writers House.
3 winners will receive a finished copy of SCARS LIKE WINGS, US Only.
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