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Scars Like Wings

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  4,555 ratings  ·  907 reviews
Relatable, heartbreaking, and real, this is a story of resilience--the perfect novel for readers of powerful contemporary fiction like Girl in Pieces and Every Last Word.

Before, I was a million things. Now I'm only one. The Burned Girl.

Ava Lee has lost everything there is to lose: Her parents. Her best friend. Her home. Even her face. She doesn't need a mirror to know what
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published October 3rd 2019 by Delacorte (first published October 1st 2019)
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"A heartfelt and unflinching look at the reality of being a burn survivor and at the scars we all carry. This book is for everyone, burned or not, who has ever searched for a light in the darkness."

This affirmation just made me want to sell my soul for this book.
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

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SCARS LIKE WINGS packs an emotional wallop and was probably one of the most difficult YA books for me to get through this year because it could be so devastatingly tragic and heart-breaking at times, even though it had its lighter points. In X meets Y formula, I'd say that this book is like WONDER meets THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, in that it is about disfigurement and disability, and also about the power of support groups and having a purpos
Schizanthus Nerd
“Everyone has scars. Some are just easier to see.”
All the stars!!! That was gorgeous! It’s been almost three weeks since I finished reading this book and I’m still struggling to form meaningful sentences about it. There isn’t anything I can say that would do justice to the ways Ava and Piper made me feel so please just trust me when I say I want everyone to read this book.

Also, you may want to make sure you have plenty of tissues on hand before you begin. I was close to tears when I read the
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
If you enjoyed Wonder you will enjoy this debut YA Novel from Erin Stewart.

Our protagonist Ava has burn scars across 60% of her body from a house fire where her mother, father and best friend (Cousin) lost their lives. Ava now lives with her Aunt and uncle, one year on from the tragedy, countless surgeries and rehabilitation it is time for Ava to go back to school, to get back to "normal"

So much has changed for Ava, her mental state, her depression, her scars, kids can be cruel and as a teenage
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-2
Wow, what a wonderful book about recovery from a major accident and learning to live with disability/disfigurement. We meet Ava a year after the fire that killed her parents and cousin. She survived but was left covered in burns. Her aunt wants her to return to school. Ava is hesitant.

This book was amazing in so many ways, showing the reality of recovery, the changes, both physical and psychological that someone goes through after a major illness or injury, and the stigmas they encounter. A won
*thank you to Netgalley, Simon & Schuster (Australia) and Erin Stewart for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

4 stars.

"It's a good reminder: Everyone has scars. Some are just easier to see."

Such a well told story from a burn victim. Sorry I mean burn SURVIVOR. This story is raw and full of emotion.

Ava is seriously burned in a fire that completely destoroyed her home and claimed her parents lives. She ends up living with other family members, Cora and Glenn who's Daughter,
Stephanie Fitzgerald
Review to come later; I’m in a “book hangover” after reading this beautiful story.
Ok, here it is!
This book was a wonderful read on several levels. First, it’s the story of a teenage girl who loses everything she holds dear in a fire, and has to deal with horrific burns to her body as well. At times she literally wants to let herself curl into a ball and hide from everyone, including her own mirror image, but her doctors and therapists refuse to let that happen. Made me think about how very diffi
Elvina Zafril
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pansing
Scars Like Wings is a story about Ava that lost her parents in a horrific house fire. That incident left her burned on 60% of her body. She had 19 surgeries. She is feeling lost and hideous. Her life is no longer normal.

She met another burned survivor, Piper. She didn’t expect to meet her. She met her at her support group and school, The characters were so likeable. I enjoyed my journey throughout the book. It was so heartbreaking.

There are so many lessons that I learnt in this book. The plot
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-stars, read-in-2019
Going into this book, I was expecting an interesting story about a fire survivor, but all I got was a book about a girl who complains way too much and a lot of theater references which were inaccurate.

The 'friendships' in this book were extremely toxic and made me uncomfortable to read about.

Okay, I'm a theater kid and there were so many 'references' about musicals, that were later referred to as plays, when they are obviously musicals not plays! Shows that have songs in them are musicals, no so
Jul 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review can also be found at Snow White Hates Apples.

Thank you so much Pansing for sending me the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review! Scars like Wings by Erin Stewart will be available at all good bookstores.

Scars like Wings is the story of Ava who has been left severely disfigured after a house fire and who lives with her aunt and uncle, both whom lost their own daughter in the same fire that took the lives of Ava’s family. When placed in this way, you can’t help but to expect
Stay Fetters
Jun 26, 2022 rated it liked it
"The world casts us into roles based on snap judgements. We look at people, but we don’t see them."

I was a little hesitant to read this because I didn't have the best experience with Erin's second novel. It definitely wasn't my favorite and one I would like to forget. But I really seem to be in the minority with that one. This one was highly recommended to me by some friends because I love a book that can make me have a good cry. So off we went on this emotional adventure.

From the start, I knew
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“She conquered her demons and wore her scars like wings,”

I have never really Admired a protagonist as much as I admire Ava.
She is written so realistically that I couldn't help but feel her emotions with every turn of a page.

And believe me, she could have easily been turned into the stereotypical angsty teen who finally finds the ray of light at the end.

But instead her journey to finding a new normal, was so meaningful and relatable.

A must read.
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars
'Everyone has scars. Some are just easier to see.'

Sixteen year old Ava received burns to sixty percent of her body in the house fire that killed her parents and her cousin Sara. A year on from the devastation, her doctor and her aunt think it would be a good idea for Ava to make a return to school. But Ava can no longer stand to look at herself in the mirror, so how is she going to walk the halls at school where it will be impossible for her to remain invisible?

Staring, whispers, name calling,
Booktastically Amazing
Oh! What's that? A tear? Here is another one! Ooooo here's one more! And what's that over there? My heart? Hanging from a tree? Hmm, how InTEresTinG! ...more
Mridu  aka Storypals
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
It is for all the young adult readers. Also, people who enjoyed #Wonder will also probably enjoy reading this.

Why do I talk so highly off of this novel (even though hI haven’t actually thrown in the best of the adjectives in yet but it deserves them all) you ask?

Because I was able to relate to the main protagonist. I was able to feel, understand all the feeling she was going through. How an event, an accident can change your whole entire life and then you start seeing yourself in different lig
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
“Life is not a musical.”

I’m still processing this highly emotionally charged book. I’ll write a review once I’ve had time to digest everything.
Adele Shea
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have no words to describe this book apart from simply fantastic.
Thank you Erin Stewart for writing this unforgettable book.
Melanie  Brinkman
"Everyone has scars. Some are just easier to see."

There is nothing left to lose. Gone are her parents. Her best friend. Her home. Her face.

One year ago a house fire left Ava badly disfigured. Since then, she's stayed away from friends, people, their judgment, and life in general. She'd love for it to stay that way, but her aunt insists that she begin attending school once more.

It just awful as she expects, yet there she befriends Piper, a girl from her support group who's everything she wishes
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
Ava Gardener is the sole survivor of a house fire that took the lives of her parents and cousin Sara. Ava lives with the scars that serve as a reminder of her sorrow, for the lives lost that fateful day and the life that she's been so cruelly denied. Once an outgoing and popular girl, Ava has become a recluse, completing her education through correspondence and reluctantly attending group counselling appointments for adolescents who have survived tragedy and trauma.

Enduring invasive reconstructi
Zoë ☆
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*4.5 stars!

This was such an incredible but heavy read. I laughed, I cried.. I actually don’t know what to say right now, except for: go read this!! It’s a story that I’ll surely won’t forget anytime soon. It gripped me so much, I just couldn’t stop reading!
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This review contains spoilers.

I seen some other reviews so I think this may be an unpopular opinion, but I really didn’t love this book.

I loved the idea of this book, and I was really excited to read it. However, I found that it followed a really predictable plot, with characters that lacked depth, and a conclusion that I didn’t find particularly satisfying.

A horrific fire leaves Ava with significant burn injuries across her body and face. After being isolated in recovery for a year, it is time
Debbie Schrack
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Based on a real friend of hers, Erin Stewart's Scars Like Wings helps readers understand what it's like to wake up with a different face and life. Ava's voice is engaging from the first line. We feel her pain as she tries to fit in and learn how to deal with the loss of her family. Her friend Piper's cheerful persona is a great counter balance to Ava's bitterness. Yet each girl has her own struggle to fit into the world. This is a well-written and poignant novel. I recommend that everyone read t ...more
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ava has a lot of burn scars over her body and face after she survived a house fire which claimed the lives of her parents and her cousin. She spent a long time in the burns unit and is now living with her aunt and uncle (whose daughter lost her life in the fire). Cora and Glenn are keen for her to try to live a normal life and are encouraging her to go back to school, something she's been avoiding. Ava finally agrees to give it a try for two weeks, thinking that she'll do it and then be able to ...more
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Vid review available on October, 28th, 2019, here: https://youtu.be/W63qOnQhrrQ ...more
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wow, I really loved this book. When I first saw it -- a YA novel about a burn patient -- I knew I had to read it. But I wasn't expecting to love it this much.

I've spent too time with this book procrastinating my actual work, but I will write a full review later!
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a beautiful book. The subject matter is hard hitting, young burn survivors, trying to cope with loss, trauma, and how they slot into a world post fire. That being said, the story itself is uplifting, and it made me laugh and smile, as much as it made me want to sob.

Ava's story was harrowing, and you can't help feel for her, attempting to navigate high school after the most horrific experiences imaginable. Her relationship with her aunt and uncle was amazing, and one of the highlights of th
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

This book is about Ava, the lone survivor of a house fire that killed her parents and cousin. She was left with 60% deep burns and lost an ear and had lots of damage to her face.
The book shows us Ava going back to school and navigating all the struggles and bullying that come with being disabled in a sea of abled young people. She meets the very forceful and seemingly confident Piper who had been a passenger in a car crash and has spinal damage along with burns. Piper is in her own word
Apr 14, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: stand-alone
I thought on it... The book is worth it more like 3 stars or 3.5 stars.
4.5 stars simply because at one point, towards the end, it felt like the author got bored of the story and just wanted to finish it faster.
But I did like the book. It's a good, heartbreaking story about trauma, depression and PTSD.
Samantha (WLABB)
It had been a year since the fire. She lost so much - her parents, her cousin, herself. Now, her aunt and doctors, believed it is time for Ava's "reintegration", but how could they expect her to find her place in a new school, when she could not even recognize herself.

I. Loved. This. Book. I started it, and blazed through it, because I was so absorbed and invested in Ava's story.

One thing I especially loved about this book was that it was not a story about a victim. This was the story of a survi
Trigger warnings: death of a parent (in the past), death of a family member (in the past), fire, burns, medical procedures, grief, mentions of a car accident, bullying, (view spoiler).

This book reminded me a lot of Eric Lindstrom's Not If I See You First. Both focus on a teenage girl with some form of disability dealing with grief over the loss of a parent, dealing with living with an aunt and uncle, with a return to school, and with developing friendships.

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