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3.95  ·  Rating details ·  973 ratings  ·  178 reviews
An intensely powerful account of a teen, bullied for her port-wine stain, who must summon her personal strength to survive abduction and horrific abuse at the hands of a deranged killer.

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
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2013)
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Roxanne Kade
Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a very dark and harrowing story of one girl's strength and will to survive.

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
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Tez
May 14, 2012 rated it liked it
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Claudia
I read this in July as an advance reading copy and couldn't review...NOW I can! Woohoo.

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
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G. MA
Feb 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Cheryl Rainfield is an amazing human being. I love her to pieces. I have read SCARS, HUNTED, PARALLEL VISIONS, and now STAINED. All four books are incredibly well written, true-to-life and realistic teen fiction. But there's an air of realism that cuts through the pages, reaches out from the book as you hold it, and grips you like no other YA books I've read. Hands down, I am in awe of Cheryl's remarkable writing, and accessibility. And with STAINED, Cheryl has raised the bar once again.

I met Ch
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Debbie Narh
I feel bad about review this book because of my mixed feelings towards it. The message it's trying to get across gets there, loud and clear. Yet, there are so many things that I just couldn't overlook since this is a novel telling a story that might be fictional, happens to people all over the world. Before getting to the things that disappointed me, I want to say that Cheryl Rainfield did make me uncomfortable and she did make me remember that my life could be worse no matter the situation that ...more
M J
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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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
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Reeda Booke
Oct 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, young-adult
An emotional YA novel dealing with the abduction of a 13 year old girl, Sarah, who gets bullied at school because of a port wine stain on her face and how her ordeal makes her accept herself for who she is. The author deals well with the pain the girl feels because of her birth defect and the strength she finds within herself despite her confinement. I also fell in love with Nick, the "nerd" who secretly loves Sarah, and his tenacity for not wanting to give up on her. Recommended.
Brianna C
Sep 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013, edelweiss
4.5 out of 5 stars
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
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Katy
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who need to learn to be their own hero
Recommended to Katy by: Amazon Vine
Book Info: Genre:
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
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Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
It had a very powerful start, putting us in Sarah's shoes, showing how it feels to have such a prominent stain on her face. She is tormented and she feels like no one gives her the chance to see who she is besides someone that is not physically perfect.
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
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Kat
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars

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
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Suzanne
Nov 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
The bullied are often chosen by their tormentors for something that marks them as different from the herd. Something screams prey to those who make themselves predators of their own species, and in Sarah’s case it is a facial port-wine stain. Everyone, save three others who see their own share of mistreatment—two of them fat, one boy and one girl, and the other a lesbian—treats Sarah horribly. The very day that she was scheduled to do treatments to lighten her stain and a financial disaster befa ...more
Lorca Damon
Sep 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Cheryl Rainfield has done it again. As one of the powerhouse young adult authors who championed the #YASaves hashtag on Twitter, a cause that was taken up by authors and readers alike who felt that powerful teen literature had helped them survive high school and shaped them into the adults they are today, Rainfield often writes about the characters and topics that teen readers hunger for but that the adults in their lives want to pretend aren't real.

In this latest work from Rainfield, who has op
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Cheryl
Oct 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Perhaps I am stronger than I think. - Thomas Merton

"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
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Laura
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Where do I even begin with Stained? First, I’d like to say how I hands down loved this book. I read it in less than a day. The story was completely gripping and it plays on the emotions the way Fault in Our Stars by John Green. If you loved that book, you’ll most likely love this one. I do have a few warnings for anyone thinking about picking up this book. While I applaud Rainfield’s use of showing Sarah overcoming her victim mentality to save herself and the ones she loves, I caution readers be ...more
❤♥♔Nia♔♥❤
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who read scars and stereotypical teens, as well as teens
I loved it.
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!
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Ryan
Oct 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love this book, its amazing the way Sarah talks it seems like she is just lie me!!
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.
Brittany Kane
Jun 20, 2014 rated it did not like it
I felt that this book was incredibly hard to get through. The characters seemed flat and didn't feel like real people. I found myself rolling my eyes more than anything. I was detached most of the time. I caught myself on several occassions saying "That's not how a person would talk."

I did like a lot of the descriptive writing. I really could see the scenery, but not much else.
Llyr Heller-Humphreys
May 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This novel was heartbreaking, thrilling and I could not tear myself away. I think everyone should read this book no matter what your background.
Kayla Eklund
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Close to ten years ago, I read Scars by Cheryl Rainfield. At the time, I really enjoyed it. It had a huge emotional impact on me. I've had the audiobook for another one of her books, Stained, for a while. I recently decided to start listening to it. I'm glad I did. It also had a huge emotional impact on me.

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
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Kathy Coleman
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
*I received a copy of STAINED in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley. Thank you!

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
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Bunny
Aug 26, 2013 added it
Recommends it for: people who enjoy: Psychological Suspense, Thrillers
Recommended to Bunny by: ARC
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My Thoughts:


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

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Helen
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Review originally posted at http://canlitforlittlecanadians.blogs... on September 28, 2013.

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
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Raven DeLajour
Do you want to read a story that is extremely realistic, puts you on the edge of your seat, and makes you care deeply for the characters? Then I would suggest Stained by the amazing Cheryl Rainfield, who has also written Scars, Hunted, and Parallel Visions. Like in her previous books, Cheryl writes with deep passion and realism, giving an unflinching and honest view of a world that very few people dare to speak about.

In Stained, the main character, Sarah Meadows, endures bullying from her fello
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Rachelia (Bookish Comforts)
Actual rating: 2.5

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
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Rondy
May 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
"Stained"


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
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Kayla
I really don't even know where to start with this review because I read this book so quickly and loved it so much that when that happens I usually only spend my review fangirling over what I just read. That usually doesn't make for the most coherent review so I'll try to contain myself!

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
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Jennifer
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Summary:
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
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Jo
Jul 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
This took awhile to get going, but once it did I could not put it down. There were some chapters that could have been eliminated in the middle or condensed, but overall it was a fantastic book. This book had so many angles to it. I can really see it being used in a book club for older teens or for victims of abuse. There is a lot of mature content that is disturbing - needed for the story, but disturbing. But this books tackles abuse, psychological trauma, and bullying in a real and honest way. ...more
Stephanie
My Summary: Sarah has grown up knowing she wasn't anyone's idea of beautiful. With a large port-wine stain covering half her face, she knows that whenever someone looks at her, it's all they see.

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
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