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Scars like Wings by Erin , #55 review

Publication date : 3 October 2019

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

Thank you to @definitelybooks for sending me an ARC to review. Scars Like Wings comes out in September 2019, mark your calendars for this one.

SLW is the voice of burned survivers. Not victims, victims are those who died in the flames. I believe that there is a book for everyone in the world, they just need to go out and discover them between the shelves.

This book will be the anthem for survivors of the flames. It brings readers through very realistically written pain as this book was inspired by the author’s friends and her love for her friends. This book deals with serious mental health issues. Some scenes might be triggering for readers. It is always okay to step away from the story and continue it later.

“When a wound’s that deep, it’s the healing that hurts.”

Erin Stewart, Scars Like Wings

After reading this book, I want to give Ava and Piper a long, long hug. These girls have been through so much. They braved the storm of high school, flew through a tornado hand in hand, and most of all, they were each other’s anchor since the day Piper said “Hello” to Ava in group therapy. Any reader who knows pain will sob for this book, mentally or physically. It is a sob worthy book.

By elysianbooksish

The Bookish Faerie who loves to read and write, and bake too

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