The last thing she remembers is running through the hills of her neighborhood one misty morning. Slowly, she puts the pieces together. Before she could make it home, a storm gathered. Lightning hit a power line and sparks rained down, the hot-burning electrical fire consuming her. Destroying her face. Where her nose, cheeks, and chin used to be, now there is…nothing.
Maisie’s lucky enough to qualify for a rare medical treatment: a face transplant. At least, everyone says she’s lucky. But with someone else’s features staring back at her in the mirror, Maisie looks—and feels—like a stranger. The doctors promised that the transplant was her chance to live a normal life again, but nothing feels normal anymore. Before, she knew who she was—a regular girl who ran track and got good grades, who loved her boyfriend and her best friend. Now, she can’t even recognise herself.
The plot of this book was extremely promising and it could’ve been amazing, it wasn’t, but it could’ve been. This is a suuuper easy read and it’s great if you want a quick read that doesn’t require too many brain cells (it doesn’t require brain cells because the girl narrating the story has none, and therefore it doesn’t take a lot of thought to read through her story).
If you haven’t already figured it out, my main problem with this book is Maisie, she is a whiny bitch, and I hate her. Lets get into why:
- Once Maisie wakes up in hospital, after doctors have fought to save her life for her, she decides they’re idiots who don’t know what they are talking about. She claims her boyfriend who ‘isn’t even a doctor’ would do a better job at taking care of her. She also says that her doctor (who is answering her question) ‘doesn’t know what he’s talking about’, of course he doesn’t, he’s only a doctor, what does he know about medical issues?
- Another thing that really irritated me about Maisie is that she constantly acted like her injuries were in competition with other people’s injuries. There is a scene in the book where a 14 year old dies after getting third-degree burns and she decides, that in that moment, the best thing to say is ‘third degree burns aren’t as bad as what I had’. What? Who says something like that, have some respect, that poor kid is dead and you think now is a time to get on your high horse and say that he wasn’t even in a bad condition compared to you? Please. In this scene, she is also completely disrespectful to the boy that died, and goes on to list a bunch of petty reasons as to why the boy could’ve been in a fire, and it reads like she’s just desperate to downplay his tragedy. And just to wrap the mess of a scene up, she says (in an unmistakably mocking tone) ‘or maybe, just maybe, it [his house] was hit by lightning’. And this wasn’t just a one time thing, in another scene , she compares her burns to Adam’s, whose face was BLOWN OFF IN AN EXPLOSION, she simply brushes off his injuries and says that ‘his fire just didn’t burn as hot’, and maybe it didn’t, I couldn’t care less, but my point is that tragedy isn’t a competition.
- Something else that kind of irked me was that after having her transplant, Maisie referred to everyone who had ever got a transplant ‘broken down freaks’, I’m sorry but I just think that’s disrespectful and comments like that show the type of girl she is.
- Maisie had an Indian boyfriend, and the amount of stereotypes drove me mad: His name is Chirag (I’m not being funny or anything because Chirag is a name but I feel like whenever there is a male Indian character he is called Chirag, damn, think of something original), he wants to be a doctor (lol all Asians can relate) and also-brace yourself this is the worst- Maisie never stops talking about how he SMELLS LIKE CURRY, how did Alyssa write this into a book and think it was totally chill, in a society of Social Justice Warriors, you’d think someone would point that out and say; ‘hey, that could be considered a stereotype that can offend people, maybe you shouldn’t put it in your book’
- The fact that Maisie’s house has terracotta stairs is bought up waaaay to many times, we get it, you have terracotta stars, now shut up
- Also, after Chirag and Maisie break up, he gets a new girlfriend (they do all the mature high-school relationship things; hold hands and eat lunch together) and Chirag goes to prom with her etc etc AND THEN HE LITERALLY PUSHES HER OFF HIM IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DANCE AND MAKES OUT WITH MAISIE I’m sorry but that’s so rude, she’s in the year/grade below and was clearly excited to be with Chirag and then he just dismisses her and kisses someone else? That’s cruel.
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