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Sara's Face

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Fame, beauty, and face transplants

Sara wants to be famous, and when legendary rock star Jonathon Heat offers to take her under his wing and pay for her cosmetic surgery, it's like a dream come true. But beauty comes with a hidden price tag. Is Sara willing to pay?

Paperback, 272 pages
Published June 17th 2008 by Simon Pulse (first published June 1st 2006)
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Strange book. Written partly as a faux-true crime book, Sara's Face is about Jonathan Heat (a Michael Jackson expy if ever there was one, with a dash of Bowie for good measure) and a teenager named Sara, who has a tenuous grip on reality, a manipulative streak, destructive tendencies, and a deep dislike of her own appearance. Bad combination. From the start of the book, the reader knows that something terrible will happen, but not the specifics. I think that's supposed to add tension and mystery ...more
Burçak Kılıç
Aug 28, 2016 Burçak Kılıç rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Şöhret olmak için herşeyi göze alan 17 yaşında bir kız.. Ve ondan farklı bir amaçta yararlanmak için onu himayesine almış, geçirdiği ameliyatlarla yüzünü kaybetmiş bir pop yıldızı.. Olaylar tahmin edilebilirdi.. Ama buna rağmen etkileyiciydi..
Tek sevmediğim nokta.. Olaylar sırasıyla yazılmamıştı.. Bazı yerler röportaj havasındaydı bunlar hikayeyi biraz kopuk yapıyordu o kadar.
Gerilim sevenlere önerebileceğim güzel bir kitap :)
Sep 21, 2011 Erika rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, solo-books-read
Sara's face is a story that gets you to see the life of a girl who has identity problems. She's pretty, but she doesn't feel like the way she sees herself in the mirror is her true self, so she always wears a mask to hide behind it.

Sara wants to become immortal, she wants to be famous, unforgettable, just like all the important and famous people that become legends. She says that they become so famous that they almost don't seem real, and that's what she wants.

She also has some serious issues ab
Βεατρίκη Π.
Προσωπικά,η σύλληψη της ιδέας από τον συγγραφέα μου φάνηκε αρκετά ενδιαφέρουσα και πρωτότυπη. Τι τραγικές επιπτώσεις μπορεί να επιφέρει η ματαιοδοξία ενός ανθρώπου στη ζωή του; Ο εθισμός στις πλαστικές επεμβάσεις,με φανταστικό τόνο,αναφέρεται εντονότατα,όπως επίσης και η τραγική καθημερινότητα των εθισμένων σε αυτές.Όπως πολύ χαρακτηριστικά αναφέρεται στο βιβλίο: "...το πρόσωπο σου είναι ο εαυτός σου.Αν αλλάξεις πρόσωπο,αλλάζεις και εαυτό."
Ενώ λοιπόν αρχικά είχα ενθουσιαστεί με το βιβλίο,απ
Sarah Marie
Sara's Face was an amazing book. I thought it was disturbing and twisted and beautiful all at the same time. I felt like I was actually reading about something that happened in real life and that was what made it so scary. I really enjoyed this book.
Ioanna Books
Oct 10, 2015 Ioanna Books rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's so creepy I love it !!
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Dianna Geers for

Jonathon Heat was a famous rock star who had his own compound, surgeons, and assistants. All of the things a rich and famous celebrity would have--and then some. In fact, due to so much cosmetic surgery and experimental procedures, somehow Jonathon's face was destroyed to the point that he wore a mask at all times. With his high celebrity status, wearing a mask became a widespread thing to do. There were all sorts of masks--some with snouts, some with
May 04, 2012 Snow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Sara's Face

If you struggle with your identity... you aint seen nothing yet until you have read this book!

This was a very gripping tale. It was a thriller mixed with comedy and it was just a very refreshing read!

Sara is a girl who struggles with her face. She doesn't think she's pretty and she thinks she is fat. When everybody else is in love with her or jealous of how gorgeous she is. So when there is a "accident" with an iron and her face is scarred is her career of becoming the biggest thing t
Feb 15, 2012 Phoebe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: thrill seekers
Sara's Face is a literary masterpiece. It had me turning pages faster than I could read. Melvin Burgess has created a world that is so believable, you can feel yourself slipping away as the story progresses.

The novel starts out with a preface about the author's reason to document this fictional event that has happened. Through the course of this book, Burgess attempts to define what self image is. The whole novel reads in an eerie manner, and Sara's unique character keeps you guessing at what is
Jun 01, 2012 Sassafrass rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people with morbid curiosity
This was disturbing, confusing and twisted, but it was oh so good! It's not the usual type of book I read (ahem--romance!) but it was fascinating--morbidly so! I just don't understand how the crazies always seem to find each other! It's like a special radar or something.

Anyway, I was only supposed to read a couple of chapters to get started, but I just couldn't put it down. I had to know how it ended but then to tell you the truth, I ended up being almost as in the dark as I was in the beginning
May 09, 2012 Geli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen, brit-lit, own-it, england
I am a big fan of Melvin Burgess. I think I would read anything by him. His novels always, no matter how strange and bizzare they might be, capture my imagination and take me on the ride of my life. For Sara's Face I had no idea of what really to expect because I did no research on it before buying it. I only knew it would be something different to what Ive read before. And I was right. I really enjoyed reading it. I really dont know where to begin in describing this story. All I can think of is ...more
Before reading this I had read 'Junk' by Melvin Burgess, which I enjoyed a lot more. Sara's face was alright, but certain parts really really freaked me out - it just wasn't what I was expecting. I think I will read it again as it was so long ago that I did read it, but the whole secretive and eerie elements in it really did put me off; if there is ever a film made of it I would probably give it a miss. But still, expertly written and very gripping.
Aly's Bookish Wonderland
Read date: 2007 or '08.

I remember thinking this was the most fucked up book I'd ever read in my life. Melvin Burgess has a way with words, that's for sure. He can turn a simple story into mystery and murder and he will hook you in from the very first page.
Fotis Kypraios
Jun 22, 2011 Lena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Thrill seekers who don't mind that queasy feeling along with the thrill.
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Charlotte Phillips
Im not sure I really liked thos book. The whole suggestive idea of it just seemed a little out of place a little obscure. I know that there is very few women out there that like the way that they look, that want to change something, if not everything about who we are, but having a complete face transplant, merely because you want to look pretty? Is that even a possibility. I doubt it very much. The whole concept of the book just seemed very out of this world and I think that a book that seems to ...more
Mar 23, 2012 Becki rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Melvin Burgess is well-known for his young adult, social realist fiction since the publication of his novel Junk in 1996. Sara’s Face carries on this trend, with Burgess looking at the culture of celebrity and of beauty.

I found Sara’s Face a very difficult book, not because I disliked it, not because it disturbed me, but precisely for the opposite reason: when I finished the book, I felt nothing. It’s not really the sort of book you want to walk away from feeling completely unaffected, but I did
Nov 15, 2011 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
All I can say is that I enjoyed this book. It is very hard for me to explain. I did a video review on YT and that was all over the place. I can say that it reminds of me of Bram Stokers Drakula in how it was written and the setting (sort of)....Sara goes to stay with a rock star named Johnathan, who has had numerous surgeries done on his face, just because, and because of all of them he has had done, his face literally collapses! He ends up wearing masks all the time to cover the gruesomeness of ...more
Alysha Speer
May 24, 2009 Alysha Speer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sci-fi lovers
Wow. I loved this book! It was amazingly written, and had such a neat plot that it was so hard to put down I nearly cried every time I had to.
Sara Carter wants to be a beautiful rockstar, just like Johnathan Heat. (The thing is, she's already beautiful. Sara has a mental problem where she looks in the mirror and says that it's not herself.)
Johnathan Heat is the King of getting cosmetic surgery. He gets it all the time, until finally, the nerve endings in his face just won't attach anymore, and
Emily DeLoach
As a huge fan of Burgess' Smack aka Junk I have to say I was disappointed in this book. It has an interesting topic, and I was sufficiently intrigued and curious about what was going to happen to keep reading, but I found the characters to be unlikeable and difficult to relate to. I never could "get" Sara, and I found her to be annoying more than anything else. I also thought that the way the book was written to be a sort of true crime story puts the reader at a greater distance, and it was used ...more
Apr 22, 2015 Jean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sarah Carter es una chica hermosa, talentosa ,dueña de una personalidad extraña, su única aspiración en esta vida es ser famosa, pero no por alguna cosa en la que se destaque sino por simplemente ser ella misma.
Es narrado por diferentes personajes que cuentan desde su punto de vista los extraños comportamientos de Sarah, la historia comienza cuando conoce a Jonathon Heat una estrella de rock que se a hecho famoso por alterar su rostro, pero ya lo a alterado tantas veces que ya se a vuelto todo u
An author (alluded to being Burgess himself) is trying to reconstruct the tragic events involving Sara--a young wannabe--and Jonathan Heat--a disturbing and popular A-list musician (a sinister combination of all the Michael Jackson's creepiness with Madonna's business savvy).

Sara is a disturbed girl who is constantly pretending that she is different people; she also loves hiding her beautiful face behind hideous masks. She often thinks of herself as ugly and feels like when she looks in the mirr
Andrea Orozco
May 27, 2013 Andrea Orozco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book had lots great moments as well has very graphic moments that were too detailed at times. The author Melvin Burgess, did an awesome job on showing the true side of Sarah. All her insecurities and deep thoughts that she thought about herself. She had convince herself that she wasn't ever good enough and had a dark side on how she wanted to become more "beautiful." The steps and support that she was getting for theses ideas were ridiculous and extremely harmful. Sarah best friend that she ...more
Sara's Face is one of those books that I come back to every few years to read again because it was so very memorable the first time I read it. It's one of those stories that I think about when I have nothing else to do, something that I'll pull out of my hat when someone asks me what my favorite books are.

Sara should be, by the stereotypical standards, completely happy with her life. She's beautiful, she has a great boyfriend who loves her, and she has the social skills to rise to the top of the
Le Cirque Du Livre -Kya
El rostro de Sara me llamo la atención desde que lo vi [en el blog de Itzel Library] y una ves que leí la trama dije que definitivamente tenía que leerlo.
La historia es tétrica y un tanto confusa, pero es lo que hace a este libro tan interesante.
Sara es una chica poco común; es hermosa y talentosa a pesar de tener una personalidad un tanto extraña. Su sueño es ser famosa, pero no por lo que puede hacer si no por ser ella. Todo el libro es narrado por varios personajes que estuvieron “implicados”
Feb 09, 2009 Marian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: readit, 2009
I imagine the idea of the book either appeals to your morbid curiosity or not. Obviously it suckered me in.

Why would someone repeatedly go under the knife to the point of losing their face? Why would they recruit someone else to make the exact same mistakes they did? How far would they go to fix what they'd done to themselves, particularly at the expense of someone else? And how much money would it take to buy your loyalty enough to look the other way while someone destroys another human being
Stephanie A.
Jul 21, 2012 Stephanie A. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I almost stopped reading in the first few pages, what with the F-words and scene of, and I quote, "boob adoration." I forced myself to continue because language was a problem in Smack/Junk too, and I persevered through that one to find one of the most definitive drug novels ever.

I was similarly rewarded here, though on a whole different plane. Intense characters and a gripping plotline full of terror thanks to unparalleled, just-barely-plausible-sounding medical horrors. I actually felt cold wh
Sep 03, 2008 Cynthia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Johnathan Eat is a rockstar obsessed with beauryt. So obsessed that he lost hhis face due to too many experimental surgeries. When he meets Sara, who'se face bears a striking resemblance to his lost one, he gets her to move into his mansion telling her he will pay for all her needs and surgeries. But Sara sonn learns that he has another thing in mind than just helping her!

Once again, Melvin Burgess surprises us with a very weird novel! The telling is very surprising, Burgess speaking directly to
Jul 08, 2011 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Flowers in the Attic, anyone who wants a really twisted, disturbing book
I had a hard time reading this book. At first, it confused me. It's written as if it were a documentary, and I wasn't sure at first if it really was, and I just didn't know of the ominous 'event' to which the author often refers. As the story progressed and I read more, I couldn't put it down. Certain parts gave me a queasy, sick, oh-my-god-I-don't-want-that-to-have-happened and I LOVED EVERY MINUTE. It's been a long time since I read it, but the characters still stand out in my mind. I remember ...more
Aug 04, 2007 Trevor rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hmmm....
Shelves: teen-lit-read
Written to read like a documentary, Sara’s Face sometimes reads with sometimes eerie similarity to the reality bending World War Z (bloody brilliant book as well!). Burgess goes well beneath the surface of beauty obsession and fleshes out a more accurate psychological sketch of Sara, giving some insight to what may be going on inside the heads of some plastic surgery addicts. Suspense and horror readers will enjoy the main plot and the subplot ghost story of the girl whose facial flesh is missin ...more
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Melvin Burgess is a British author of children's fiction. His first book, The Cry of the Wolf, was published in 1990. He gained a certain amount of notoriety in 1996 with the publication of Junk, which was published in the shadow of the film of Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting, and dealt with the trendy and controversial idea of heroin-addicted teenagers. Junk soon became, at least in Britain, one of ...more
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