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Losing Face

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  22 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Losing Face takes the form of Word documents, interspersed with emails. It covers the accident and recovery of Cass, who sustains terrible facial injuries in a car crash, including the loss of an eye. Her friend Em supports her throughout and the two very different girls struggle in their own ways to cope as Cass undergoes surgery, eventually returning to a mixed reception ...more
Paperback, 239 pages
Published May 25th 2012 by Roundfire Books
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K.A. Hitchins
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this YA book. It’s the story of two teenage girls, Cass and Em, who are trying to overcome the trauma of a road traffic accident. Caught up with a group of wayward teens, they bundle into two cars. Cass is delighted when Spider, the older boy she fancies, asks her to ride with him. Em travels with the more sensible Jock, but still the two cars race each other along the A14 until the inevitable happens and Spider crashes his car with devastating consequences.

The book is told from t
Mel Menzies
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Unfamiliar as I am with the YA genre, I confess to having been unsure about how I would react to Annie Try's style when I started to read Losing Face. I quickly discovered that my fears were unfounded. Written in the form of text messages and emailed ‘chapters’, it was quite unlike any book I had come across before. Far from detracting from the narrative, however, I found these first-person reactions to the terrible accident that shattered Cass’s life lent the story an intimacy and immediacy whi ...more
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. Losing Face is not the kind of book I'd normally read, neither romance or historical romance but I was engrossed from the very first page. Entirely 'unputable downable' It follows the tragic car accident of a very young teenager, Cass and her attempts to come to terms with the complete severity of her injuries with the help of her family and her best friend, Em or Emma. The book is written following a series of emails and short chapters. I thought that I would fi ...more
David Brown
Oct 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
We live in a cruel world where individuals that are a little different are often targeted by bullies or groups that are unwilling to accommodate them. In Annie Try’s Losing Face we follow the story of an ordinary teenager whose life appears to be ruined forever by a terrible accident.

Cassandra Briggs and Emma Jennings are best friends with different backgrounds. Cass is a talented student with a love of singing but she is from a marriage that fell apart though she still sees both parents. Em is
Sandra "Jeanz"
Jun 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
First of all where I got the book? I received this book to red and review from John Hunt Publishing, so thankyou for this beautiful book.
I like the cover which obviously represents the undamaged side of Cass's face, the side she is still happy to show the world after the accident.
I have to say I kept looking at the cover and wondering who it reminded me of and its, the actress from Home & Away that played "Sally". The cover also focuses on Cass's only eye as she has to have her righ
Victoria Watson
Jun 05, 2012 rated it liked it
This is a story of friendship, family and overcoming adversity. Written in the form of MSN Messenger exchanges and emails, Annie Try’s novel tells the story of Cass who, following a horrific car accident, has to come to terms with the loss of an eye and severe facial scarring.

Cass is helped by her friend Em who is also having difficulties with her foster family and biological mother. Throw into the mix the usual issues like bullying, coursework, exams and boys and you have a realistic portrayal
This book is a hidden gem. Set out as short emails and word documents written by two girls, they tell of story of 15-year-old Cass, her car accident, and her recovery with a "facial disfigurement".

It is a remarkable story, although it is fictional, it is written so realisiticly in the girls' own words.

The only problem with this book is that I wanted more. More of the story on the end, more on Spider and his feelings, and, just more. It becomes clear to me now that if I got what I wanted, and Ann
Dominic James
Mar 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
An original and touching first novel by Annie Try, I enjoyed this a lot. The story is told in a series of emails between teenagers Cass and Em, in the aftermath of a life-changing crash that has left Cass disfigured. The exchanges are convincing, compelling and heartfelt, and the characters three-dimensional. I was drawn in from the start. An assured debut.
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