Scars like Wings by Erin Stewart


Title: Scars like Wings
Author: Erin Stewart
 Publication Date: 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.


"Scars are so hard to forget, when everyday of your life you will see yourself in the mirror and see how much everything changed."

Heartbreaking. Emotional. And realistic. This are the things that best describe this book. The story is a bout Ava who was a fire survivor. The fire took her family's life, left her severely disfigured and scarred for life.

At first, I was really having a hard time going through this book because it was so devastatingly sad, depressing and tragic for my taste. But then again, it very realistic which I think is the best point of this book. What makes this book a good choice for Young Adult reader's is it has an educational value and Positive messages about life. 

Overall, this is really a great book. The author did a great job of describing how a a fire survivor deals with physical, emotional and mental trauma after the incident. The Physical trauma can heal dramatically fast. But the Psychological trauma is what makes the healing process hard for Ava. It might be too depressing at first but I felt uplifted after reading the book. 

Thank You @times.reads for sending me a complimentary copy of this book. 

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