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4.16  ·  Rating details ·  4,652 ratings  ·  679 reviews
This emotionally gripping novel about a girl who gets a face transplant is Wonder for a YA audience.

When Maisie gets into a terrible accident, her face is partially destroyed. She's lucky enough to get a face transplant--but how do you live your life when you can't even recognize yourself anymore?

She was a runner, a girlfriend, a good student...a normal girl. Now all that
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published September 29th 2015 by Scholastic Press
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Imagine waking up to realize an electrical fire has melted off half of your face and you've spent the past several weeks in an induced coma due to the severity of your injuries. Pretty heavy stuff for anyone to deal with, much less a teenage girl in high school.

Faceless is a fictional, young-adult novel written by Alyssa B. Sheinmel. One thing I liked about this book is it didn't spend a lot of time building up the got right to it. The story setup reminded me a bit of If I Stay in
E.V. Fairfall
Oct 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite, fulfilling, sad
A book about loving yourself again. I'm almost certain my eyes lived in pools of tears through this whole book. If it wasn't sad, it was the happy kind of sad. However, I also cry at commercial's that show compassion... so most likely you won't cry as much as I did. Normally as a reader I shy away from any book that is "sad" but I don't think you should shy away from this book. It was very touching and left a mark that I want to keep with me. I've only heard of a face transplant in passing befor ...more
I finished this book in almost one sitting!! This book is just.... so good! I cried a lot, sad tears, happy tears... I'm so emotionally attached to Maisie and her family! Maisie is a great character, full of sarcasm and quirky! I laughed out loud a lot of her jokes! and I sorta understand why Maisie is so angry at the first, and I also knew that her parents are concerned about her more than she can imagined. Chirag is a very nice guy too, I mean he actually sacrificed a lot to accept her even th ...more
Jun 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“You have to learn to love yourself before you can love someone else. Because it's only when we love ourselves that we feel worthy of someone else's love.”

Imagine waking up, getting told that half of your face has beeen destroyed and that you're never going to look the same again after getting a face transplant.

To me the topic of this book felt super heavy yet the author managed to make it a quick read.

It's a book about learning how to love yourself again, about figuring out who you are after y
Sep 07, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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*Thank you to Scholastic for sending me an ARC for reviewing purposes. This in no way has impacted my review.*

I was really intrigued by this story; I had yet to read a face transplant story. I've read a handful of prosthetic stories but not a face transplant. It seemed pretty extreme, which was probably the reason I wanted to read it in the first place.

First of all, Faceless was quite a quick read. Maisie, the main
I guess you could say this contains spoilers but literally nothing extremely exciting or shocking happens that could be spoiled and also YOU DON'T WANT TO READ THIS
Faceless is entertaining (it's about some girl that gets a face transplant), I'll give it that, it's downloaded to the Kindle app on my phone and I've read it a bunch of times because the main character is extremely poor in the Bank Of Brain Cells and I really enjoy making sarcastic comments in my head about literally everything Maisi
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was right, this is a new favorite of mine. I loved every single page, I cried multiple times, Maisie's best friend felt like my best friend, I fell in love with her boyfriend, I fell out of love with her boyfriend. And most of all; I felt her pain.

This was an incredible read, one that I'm happy I got to experience. It ended really really well, with so much hope for the future and I think that's what I loved most. The hope this book gave me in such a hard and sometimes painful world.
Hailey Pineda
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the best book that I've read. I got so engaged to it and is one of my favorite book.☺
Chelsey Ellice
I’ve never read a book like this one. I don’t usually like sad books, I’m more into romance. There was a bit of romance in this book. At first I was a little hesitant but actually really enjoyed it. It’s about this girl and how she deals and gets through her recovery. I would recommend this book
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So Faceless kind of placed top rung on the "body issues" YA sub genre. Woosh!

Normally these books are about anything ranging from a certain disability or disease (blind, deaf, wheelchair bound) to mental health issues (depression, schizophrenia) to body dismorphia. I always file those away in my brain, in case a customer desperately needs a recommendiation for their niece who suffers from anorexia and they need a book they can identify with. Well, I've found the perfect book in case someone need
Sep 14, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-books
What I loved most about this book was that it's main message was 'Love Yourself'. Maisie has a terrible accident and as a result, has to have a face transplant. She has to deal with having someone else's nose, chin, cheeks and her own massive scars. She literally isn't the same person on the outside. But I enjoyed Maisie figuring our her new face and new life, surrounded by people who supported her, or would learn to.

I was weary about any romance. Maisie had a boyfriend before her accident that
Jen La Duca
I would like to start this review off with a little dare. Yes I know that may be a little unconventional in a book review but seriously, I dare you all to read the synopsis for Faceless and then tell me that you don’t totally want to read it! When I was first sent the information for this book with the possibility to review it I quickly read the synopsis and then gasped. Then I read it again, a bit slower the second time, after that I couldn’t click the little button fast enough to sign up, sayi ...more
Dec 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maisie is in a terrible accident whilst running. Lightening struck a tree, and caused a branch to fall, pulling some electric wires down with it, which burnt Maisie. Her left side of her body taking damage, but her face took the most. Her left cheek, her nose, and most of her chin are gone, the tissue so badly damaged that it was killed in the fire, a fire so hot it burned blue.

When I first heard about Faceless, the synopsis had me wanting to know what this book was all about, how could you read
Katy Noyes
Aug 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The unthinkable happens - how do you cope? How do your family, friends, boyfriend cope?

This Young Adult story will hit a nerve with any adult as well as teenager who has seen someone who looks a little different and reacts in a way they later feel guilty about. After all - a burnt face is just a burnt face. The same person is still underneath.

School athlete Maisie has a fairly ordinary life - track practice, a caring boyfriend, college applications, fighting parents. Nothing will feel the same
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jenny Foster
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am currently reading this right now and I love it. I think middle schoolers would really enjoy this. It is a little gruesome in terms of medical talk, but it really shows kids that life is precious and in one instant your life can change and from there you need to decide how to make lemonade out of lemons.
Jessica Parsells
This book is sooooooo good. Read this and you won't be disappointed.
Found this one on our bookfair. Great read alike for Wonder. Heart wrenching & inspiring story of a girl who loses her face and fights her way back to normal. Made me cry.
J. E.  S.
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a very moving account of a young girl whose life is upended by an unforeseen and tragic event. Highly recommend.
Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was the BESTTTT!!! It will totally blow your mind 100% I loved it just dont get to excited about the book it could go back and fourth!
This is a story about a teenager whose life is changed forever when her face is partially burned off and she must decide whether to keep her face like that or risk a face transplant. It's a story about reshaping one's world and dealing with a new identity. It's about loss of oneself and the ones around. But it's also about hope.
I like that this book deals with an unusual topic and shows that everything can be conquered if there is a will to do it but I must say I wasn't really convinced by the s
Jenny Jo Weir
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ok-read, meh
I feel like I should have liked this book more than I actually did. Throughout the entire book I struggled with her thought process and actions. She handled things very poorly in my opinion and even though I tried to put myself in her shoes so to say, I couldn’t understand why how she acted the way she did and it was incredibly hard for me to relate to her no matter how hard I tried. Overall, kind of a bust for me but I can see how maybe there will be some out there who will really enjoy it. Don ...more
Ms. Yingling
Apr 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Maisie has it pretty good at the end of her junior year: she's a runner, she has a boyfriend, Chirag, who has just asked her to prom, and her parents are both still around, even if they fight with each other. She's hoping to get into Barnard. This all changes when she is out for a run one morning, gets caught in a storm, and is badly burned in an electrical fire. After a month in a medically induced coma, she wakes up to find everything has changed. She has
Feb 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2016
As soon as I heard about Faceless, I wanted to read it. I thought it sounded so intriguing, and I've never read a novel about facial disfigurement before, never mind one that includes a partial face transplant. It genuinely surprised me, did Faceless. The cover fits the book perfectly, and I liked that we dived straight into the action, with Maisie out on a run before being the storm causes a fire that means she ends up in hospital, with some of her face gone. It's one of those books that horrif ...more
Adele Broadbent
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maisie loves to run. She’s out running early one morning when it begins to rain. Thunder and lightning soon follow, and a lightning strike hits a tree close to where Maisie is standing. She sees sparks, like fireworks, and embers bright against the rain. A hissing sound as power lines hit the road is the last thing she hears….

When Maisie wakes, it is in a hospital. She is lying flat on her back and can’t move. She can only see her parents if they lean right over her as they talk to her. They tel
Virginie (chouettblog)
You’re sixteen, with your whole life ahead of you. You are a straight A student and star of the track team. Ok, your Mum and Dad are fighting like cats and dogs but hey! All families need a little drama right?! Well, that’s ok because you have an amazing boyfriend who helps taking the edge off from this stressful situation. So far so good…

And then the unthinkable happens. Maisie has an accident which will not only rip away her face making her unrecognisable but will also take away a life she has
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maisie (16) is an excellent high school runner with plans of college scholarships. Dedicated to running, she wakes up early one morning for a jog when the weather turns ugly. Lightning strikes a tree which brings down the power line. At first Maisie believes it is fireworks she is seeing but in reality the power line causes an electrical fire to burn Maisie, nearly destroying her face. While in the burn unit, Maisie is able to receive a very rare, partial face transplant surgery. Will Maisie's s ...more
Milly Paris
Jan 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this book has a really interesting concept and I'm really glad I decided to pick it up. I'm very lucky in the fact that I managed to get a proof copy, and I was immediately drawn in by the cover. I was hooked to the story as well. It was an interesting and enjoyable read with lots of character growth.

One point that I really loved is how she completely misremembered what her relationship with Chiraj had been like and had this rose tinted sheen over it. It made it so much more real, cause
Hannah Tedawes
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished this book in one sitting. This book has an amazing message put into a great story. It made me cry at some points.
Maisie was an average girl. She had a boyfriend, a best friend, a high school track star, and a good student. This changed one day when she went running during a lightning storm. A lightning blot stuck her causing to lose half of her face. When she was given the chance of a somewhat normal life she takes it, getting a face transplant. Everyone stares at her, she has to take
Michaela Madden
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-favorites
Wow! I know I say that almost about every book I read when I write reviews but this book was truly stunning. As I was in the middle of the book, I was thinking of how many stars I was going to give, I thought 4 stars seemed right. But as I turned the last few pages of the book, Faceless is a 5 star worthy book in my library. This book was very meaningful to me, taught me that there is more to life even when you face the obstacles that make you want to give up. I am truly happy the way this book ...more
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Alyssa Sheinmel is the New York Times bestselling author of several novels for young adults, including A Danger to Herself and Others and Faceless. She is the co-author of The Haunting of Sunshine Girl and its sequel, The Awakening of Sunshine Girl. Alyssa grew up in Northern California and New York, and currently lives and writes in New York City. Follow her on Instagram @alyssasheinmel and Twitt ...more
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