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The Healer

3.29  ·  Rating details ·  65 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Marlena Oliveira has—mysteriously, miraculously—been given the power to heal all kinds of ailments. People around the world believe she is a saint. But her power comes at a price: she can’t go to school, she can’t have friends her own age, and she certainly can’t date.

Then she meets Finn, a boy who makes her want to fall in love. For the first time, she begins to doubt whe
ebook, 400 pages
Published October 9th 2018 by HarperTeen
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alice (arctic books)
I really really liked this one! Full RTC!
Samantha (WLABB)
At 18, Marlena had yet to attend school, go to a dance, or get her first kiss. She had been kept separate from the world and revered for her gift as a healer. Tired of living in her "saint" bubble, she rebelled, and began stretching her wings a little, as she attempted to discover who she was when not being The Healer.

• Pro: Freitas set this initial mood with her beautiful writing, which really captured the mystical quality of Marlena the Saint. I found myself fully absorbed in her world, and wa
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Healer is a compelling and unique book. It is a very different coming of age story, yet despite Marlena’s special abilities that set her apart in the world, her story of falling in love for the first time, discovering who she is and is meant to be and learning to stand up for herself is universal.

Marlena is a Healer. Some say she is touched by God, others say she is a saint. For years, her mother has decided how she will live and what she will do. But as Marlena begins to stretch her wings,
Tracy (The Pages In-Between)
Thank you Edelweiss and Harper Teen for gifting me an E-ARC in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I rate this book a 3.5 out of 5 Stars.

This was a great YA book. It is hard to pin point this genre, it's kind of several genres mashed into one book, and while that doesn't work for some books, it did work for this one, I felt. I think it had a very good message to it, and I appreciated the fact that it wasn't a happily ever after type of YA book. This one is sad, and it is emotio
Oct 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Marlena is a healer - a living saint. People come from far and wide to be healed by her, the small town she lives in makes their living off selling souvenirs with her image, and her mother has shaped Marlena's entire life around her identity as a child with a gift from God. Marlena has never been touched, been to the doctor, gone to school, had friends - any of the things that a normal eighteen year old girl would do. And she craves it.

As Marlena begins to open her world to the possibility of m
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
The Healer by Donna Freitas, 400 pages. HarperTeen, October 2018. $18.

Language: PG (11 swears, 0 ‘f’); Mature Content: R (on page sex); Violence: G.



For all of her 17 years, Marlena has been the healer girl – the untouchable Savior who dispenses healing every Saturday – for a price, but Marlena doesn’t know that, because her mother has always been in charge of everything. But something someone yelled at her and a boy she once saw won’t leave h
Anita Eti
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read some other works by this author that I liked, but I was still pleasantly surprised by her foray into a very unique genre.

This book deals with Marlena, a teenaged girl, who from birth has possessed this remarkable power of healing. At age 18 however, she is sick of it. Sick of what she can do, sick of the hype, the intrusion, sick of God, and longing for normalcy. She wants to go on a date, a party, or even a movie. She wants to go to regular school and wear clothes people her age wear, bu
Oct 12, 2018 rated it liked it
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Destiny Bridwell
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest reviews. I have read books like this before but not to this extent. I know that she feels like she has to live by a lot of rules and the one that seems to be the most challenging is the one to not fall in love. That is when she meets Finn and she knows that falling in love is against the rules, but who can deny the hear what it wants. There is so much going on in Marlena life and she does not even know about some it. She is healing people and ...more
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the E-arc copy of The Healer. I am not usually one for books in a religious subject matter, but I found this one really interesting. Donna Freitas is an excellent storyteller and The Healer is a showcase of her talent. Marlena, the main character, is a healer and can heal ailments, injuries, and etc. She is at an age where growing up means becoming her own person separate from her family. In meeting Finn, a romance pushes this forward. Her mother want ...more
Brooke Ford
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Dec 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The writing in the beginning made me sleepy, but it got better after a while. This was a very middle-of-the-road kind of book for me.
Aug 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Thought provoking.
Carro Herdegen
The exploration of self and of life was enthralling. I did skim over a couple scenes for sexual content, though.
Roni Derossett
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful storyline; I absolutely loved this story!
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
this book was about faith and science and love mixed in. I love that she tried living life and found love. I also that faith and healing were brought up too. Overall I enjoyed this book very much.
Stephanie Augustine
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Overall, The Healer by Donna Freitas is a great book. There is so much going on throughout the book but it all blends perfectly. This was a great story on growing up and learning about love, loss, and faith. I highly recommend this book for those that want a moving tale about a girl trying to discover who she really is.
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Marlena is an eighteen-year-old girl who has been healing people with her powers all her life. Her mother is more of a manager than a mother. She takes care of all business matters, but also makes sure Marlena strickly follows “the rules”. She has no social life, cannot be touched by anyone, and always wears white dresses. In their small town businessmen benefit from Marlena. She attracts tourists to the town and they sell Marlena merchandise, among other things. One day Marlena is approached by ...more
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ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

I can't. I just can't seem to finish this book. It's boring me so much it took this long for me to DNF this. So, yeah, I'm not rating this cause that seems unfair of me if I didn't even finish it.
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ever since she was young, Marlena has possessed a mysterious and miraculous gift- she can cure any illness, heal anyone. But her blessing is a curse and because of it, she’s told she can never live a normal life. But when she meets a scientist, and her cute assistant Finn, everything changes. Marlena begins to push the boundaries, carving out a life of her own.

Donna Freitas’s latest novel will stay with you long after the book is closed. The Healer is a poingaint yet melancholy story of faith an
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