Sixteen-year-old Sarah Meadows longs for "normal." Born with a port wine stain covering half her face, all her life she's been plagued by stares, giggles, bullying, and disgust. But when sh ...more
Sarah is a brave, sweet girl who is forced to face a cruel and unwelcoming world, day in and day out. She wants nothing more than to be normal; to be one of the Beautiful People, but the devastating turn her life takes will show her that behind the beauty can lie a monster.
My heart was in my throat for most of this story. I can only imagine how terrifying it must be, not knowing if you will live to see another da ...more
Cheryl Rainfield is one of the bravest people I know. She has faced some of the most harrowing events anyone could...as a defenseless child. She creates characters who find themselves in similar kinds of peril, and she uses her own horrors to bring reality to her books.
Stained...that's how Sarah feels. The port-wine stain that covers part of her face deeply affects the way she is seen by others and how she se ...more
I met Ch ...more
July 5th I tweeted, “Best welcome home greeting. ARC copy of Stained by @CherylRainfield I’m jumping up & down with joy. Putting all others away #summerreading”, and I read with barely a pause. As I finished the book I did so holding my breath. There was no way I was going to be able to write a review.
The protagonist, Sarah Meadows, felt too personal. She felt too real, and honestly that scared me a little. So I sat on my copy of Stained and waited for ...more
received via Edelweiss and HMH Books For Young Readers in exchange for an honest review
"Behind me, I hear another burst of giggles. I know it's about me and Nick. Purple stain and doughboy. They don't care that he's kind, smart, and good natured, and sort of cute in a soft, chubby way, with messy, sandy hair that's always falling into his eyes and a quick smile. All they see is his weight and his social awkwardness, just like they only see my face and how alone I am."
Wow. I've ...more
Reading Level: Young Adult
Recommended for: Those who need to learn to be their own hero
Book Available: October 1, 2013 in Hardcover, Kindle, and Audiobook formats
Trigger Warnings: bullying, kidnapping, sexual assault, rape, attempted murder, reported murder
My Thoughts: “Sometimes you have to be your own hero.” That is the lesson Cheryl Rainfield has said she tries to show in all her books. I'll admit to being a Cheryl Rainfield fan—I have liked all of her books I've read to dat ...more
I liked the dual perspective and getting to know Nick. He is nerdy and he is kind so I automatically was cheering for him even though he knew that she didn't see him like that. He saw past her face, and found her beautiful anyways. He thinks she ...more
Source: I received an e-arc of this book through Edelweiss in return for an honest review. Thank you to HMH Books for Young Readers for letting me read it!
(For this review, I decided to divide the things that stood out to me and put them under headlines describing the topic.)
This book was . . . incredible. Scary. Inspiring. It wasn't light, fluffy, or easy to read. It was packed with powerful messages of strength and inner beauty. It's a story worth every second of your ...more
In this latest work from Rainfield, who has op ...more
"Stained" is an excellent book, telling the painful story of Sarah Meadows. Sarah is 17 years old and has grown up with a large port wine birthmark on her face. She's had to call on her inner strength to put up with the rude comments, stares, and bullies all her life. But now she's been kidnapped and really must call on that strength to make it through this horrendous experience alive and sane.
The story is told in the alternating first person vo ...more
She really came down deep and you could tell that it was all from the heart, personal in a way.
I didn't like the beginning so much and the end felt somewhat rushed but that's NOT changing my view.
And the suspense! My heart was beating the last 30-50 pages. I just kept turning page after page, guessing what would happen next.
The point is, I felt like I was there, just watching, and that made me feel... scared, I guess.
THE GUY IS CRAZY! I'd be terrified out of my mind if I was with him! ...more
A girl name Sarah is an outcast and she gets bullied. She plans to get surgery to make her prefect. Her parents have to tell her to not to got after something happened at his work. She goes to school and a new boy came to school. Sarah rates him out of a 10 an 8. He wares all black, Sarah talks to him then he invites her to his house. That is where all the craziness happens.
I did like a lot of the descriptive writing. I really could see the scenery, but not much else.
I enjoyed listening to Stained, if enjoyed is a word that can be used in this situation. The subject matter made it incredibly difficult to listen to at times. The author puts so much detail ...more
Why I Wanted To Read STAINED:
Having read and loved Cheryl Rainfield's novel Scars, I was extremely excited when I was contacted to take part in the tour for Stained. With Scars, which I stumbled upon in a rather roundabout way, I was drawn in immediately, and I was eager to find out whether Stained would have the same type of effect.
Despite knowing I liked Cheryl's writing style, however, Stained also represe ...more
I’ve been putting this review off for a few days now, trying to digest my feelings about this book. I guess the best thing for me to do is just say it, so ….
I did like the book. But...
Always a "but", right? I felt the writing style was aimed at a younger YA crowd, however, the content is NOT. This book contains an abduction and multiple/repeated rape. Its not graphic or anything, but it is what it is. I am in no way trying to say...more
Sixteen-year-old Sarah Meadows has always focused on the port-wine stain that covers the right-side of her face, determined to get the surgical treatments so that she might become "normal". The debilitating impact she has experienced because of it has compelled her to live vicariously through her comic character, Diamond, to hide behind a curtain of hair, and to only hang out with other social outcasts. Bu ...more
In Stained, the main character, Sarah Meadows, endures bullying from her fello ...more
Stained is by far not an easy read, what with [trigger warning from here on in] bullying, kidnapping and rape being what drives the storyline. It’s a relatively quick read, as it is fast paced once Sarah has been kidnapped and the tension and fear is ramped up. But it is one that will also make your stomach turn.
Sarah, for most of her life, has been subjected to the cruel stares and words of her classmates for a very obvious port wine stain that covers her cheek. As a result, s ...more
well that was a read !
i liked this book but at the same time i hated it !
only because it touch me on so much levels because i understand Sarah and i could feel her pain and the loneliness she felt.
i liked this book because its a book that needs to be out there for people to read !! we have all seen those missing kids poster all over every store you go to you see them and am sure no one ever stop and think about them.I i know i didn't i would just pass by them and never think about it.L ...more
First of all, let's talk characters. Sarah is everything you could want in a female protagonist. She has flaws. And she isn't one of those characters who're shown as quirky in a bad representation of actual people ...more
Sarah has been bullied her entire life because she was born with a wine colored stain on her face. This birthmark has haunted her entire existence. Even though her parents have supported her through everything then can, she can be difficult to get along with because of what she sees as her deformity. Her best friend Nick and her get into a fight and she runs away only to get abducted by a psychotic killer. While abducted, her tormentor attempts to make her feel like death will be a relea ...more
One day, when Sarah is on her way home from school, she's abducted - and the key to her survival may just be her birthmark. Because it's given Sarah strength to fight her entire life, and strength is exactly what she's going to need to escape her psychotic captor.
My Thoughts: This novel pulled me in and ...more