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Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
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Mar 06, 2011

really liked it
Read in March, 2011

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a great, breath-taking, true story. It was a little hard for me to get into at first because I usually read books that I can relate to on a personal level. However, after hearing recommendations from my teacher and the story behind it, I decided to give it a shot. Grealy was extremely honest in the way she told her story. She talks about her experiences with being different and suffering from that. She had cancer at a young age which ate away a great part of her jaw and spent most of her time in hospitals, undergoing reconstructive surgeries and chemo therapy . Long story short, she encounters a lot of rejection from her peers at school and she blames herself for a lot of her family's problems. She blames the arguments that occur between her parents on herself, and she also blames the fact that they don't have much on herself. She worked with horses at a young age and dealt with being pointed at or looked at in a funny way by kids and parents who came to her job and tried to find out why she looked so different. This story can also relate to anyone who really feels unattractive, unwanted or unloved. One of Grealy's biggest obstacles was having to deal with the fact that she didn't think she was beautiful. I walked away from this book feeling powerful and a little more grateful for life because this young girl did not get to live her life like any child should for the simple fact that she looked different from everyone else. It's very motivational and also emotional. I heard about one of the books her friend, Ann Pratchett, made about their friendship, and I think it would be interesting to hear the story from another person's perspective. This might be the next book I decide to read.
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message 1: by Larissa (new)

Larissa I appreciated the details in this review about what Grealy did to cope with her existence... it's a sad footnote that the author eventually committed suicide.


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