You’re sixteen, with your whole life in front of you. You are a straight A student and star of the track team. Ok your Mum and Dad are fighting like cats and dogs but hey! All families need a little drama right?! Well, that’s ok because you have an amazing boyfriend who helps taking the edge off from this stressful situation. So far so good…
And then the unthinkable happens. Maisie has an accident which will not only rip away her face making her unrecognisable but will also take away a life she has always known.
Thinking back on this read, it is very difficult to not feel emotional and I would be lying if I did not admit this story did not pull on my heartstrings.
I felt imprisoned going through the post-accident parts of the tale where Maisie could not move because of her burns and could not see herself. I also felt a little hope when Maisie decided to go through with the face transplant that maybe everything was going to be ok. But truly, the real work began after the transplant.
The Maisie before the accident and the Maisie after were two different people and somehow were also one and the same.
There is an honesty to this story that the author conveyed beautifully. I absolutely loved how she enabled Maisie to remain true to herself, getting to know herself again. When she needed to lash out, she lashed out! When she needed to be defiant she was and then when it was time to choose between life and death she chose.
This book will without a doubt bring comfort and hope to those faced with difficult challenges and life altering events.
How do you carry on living in the face of adversity? “Faceless” is one answer to a tragic event, with one message:
Underneath it all, we remain human.