Sunday, 24 January 2016

Faceless by Alyssa Sheinmel

Title: Faceless
Author: Alyssa Sheinmel
Published by: Chicken House
Publication date: 7th January 2016
Pages: 343
Genres: Young Adult/Contemporary/Disability
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the publisher.

When Maisie is burnt in a terrible accident, 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 recognise yourself any more? As Maisie discovers how much her looks shaped her relationship to the world, she has to redefine her own identity, and figure out what 'lucky' really means.

When I read this in December, I was in a terrible reading slump. Unfortunately, I think Faceless might have been the only YA fiction I read all month, and even more unfortunate is that this did affect my enjoyment of the book. That's my problem, though. I just wasn't in the mood to read, but I was intrigued by the plot and once I'd started I wanted to know what happened next even if it did take me a week to pick it back up again. Reading slumps suck. But, as I said, that was my own problem and had nothing to do with Faceless.

As long as it took me to read this book (SERIOUSLY) it was so fascinating! It's hard to be unique in a genre as broad as YA and in fiction in general, but Faceless truly stands out. Have you ever read a book about a 16-year-old girl who gets struck by lightening and ends up losing most of her own face? Didn't think so.

Along with that, I loved the voice of protagonist Maisie. Again, like the plot, it felt fresh, different and exciting, and confirmed for me that Alyssa Sheinmel is an author whose books I'll have to look out for.

Moreover, I actually found myself relating to a lot of this. I don't know what exactly I related to, though - it's not like I've ever had a face transplant (or any surgery ever, for that matter); maybe having something rubbish happen to you and then having to... reboot your life afterwards? I don't know. Obviously I haven't been struck by lightening (yay) but I think that's it. Maisie's story was so full of hope and she really inspired me. Faceless is an absolute gem.


  1. When I saw ths on your book haul I was intrigued. I think I will look for it at the library. Thanks for the review, Amber. :)

  2. This sounds like a really intriguing and original read - will definitely check it out! Great review, Amber! :)

  3. I have seen this around a few times but wasn't sure if I wanted to try it out or not. You have me intrigued! I'll be picking this up soon. Thanks!