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Scars Like Wings

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  365 ratings  ·  198 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, 352 pages
Published October 3rd 2019 by Delacorte
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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.
This is such a realistic story that I had no problem picturing everything happening and understanding what the characters were feeling. As someone who enjoyed the book Wonder but wished it had been about a more mature protagonist, this was pretty perfect for me and a wonderful reading experience. The poems included had a huge impact on me because I strongly connected with the heroine whose heart was shattered into a million pieces when her parents and best friend died in a fire that she was the ...more
“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
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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 purpose
Elvina Zafril
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
*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
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
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
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
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
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 a
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Karen Barber
It’s not often I thank people for reducing me to tears. In this case, it’s thoroughly deserved. So, thank you to Erin Stewart via NetGalley for making me sniffle in public in a way I wasn’t expecting to.
I went into this story expecting it to be a very earnest read about how we treat survivors, expecting to find it all too much. What I got was a brutally honest exploration coming-of-age story that just happened to have a burns survivor as its main character.
Ava has not had it easy. Caught in a ho
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My rating: 5/5Review:This book gives us awareness towards burn survivors. In society, burn survivors often experience challenges. They have to go through all the stares, questions and preconceptions. Sadly, there are also some people with very low reasoning that bullies burn survivors. Example, by mockery. No one deserves to be bullied."Words have power because we give them meaning. Hate. Love. Hope. Anger" -In Scars Like Wings, by Erin Stewart.Scars Like Wings is written with the point of view ...more
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ava has endured soul-crushing tragedy- her parents and cousin perished in a house fire, leaving Ava the sole survivor but with terrible burns all over her body. One year late she is released from the hospital after enduring skin grafts and surgeries. Moving in with her aunt and uncle who are grieving the loss of their daughter, Ava is encouraged to go back to high school, but she resists knowing her considerable scars will make it hard to make friends. In a support group, she meets Piper, anothe ...more
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
Zoë ☆
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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*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!
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Amazing story... I devoured this story and was sad when it was over.

Victoria Robinson
Realistic, and heartfelt to the absolute core, Scars Like Wings provides an intimate look into the day to day life of a teenage burn survivor.
Bradeigh Godfrey
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One year ago, teenager Ava Lee lost her parents and best friend in a fire, and was burned over the majority of her body, including her face. After a grueling recovery, and at the insistence of her medical team and family, she reluctantly agrees to return to high school even though she’s terrified of how the other kids will react to her. Initially, she struggles...until she meets Asad, a fellow drama geek, and Piper, who was injured in her own life-changing accident. As the story progresses, Ava ...more
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“She conquered her demons and wore her scars like wings”
Firstly, I just need to say how blown away I was by this book. For a debut offering, Erin Stewart has left me speechless with her raw and inspiring portrayal of a teenage burn survivor.
Ava Lee is 60% covered in burns, a daily reminder of the horrific fire that claimed the lives of both her parents and her best friend/cousin. She is healing, physically at least, but her doctors think it is time to start reintegrating by returning to high s
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received this book from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

I found this really compelling. It’s hard not to feel for Ava, but the author also does a great job of pushing back against the inspiring survivor line. Ava is both of those things, but she is more than that as well.

I struggled in places with Piper - but I think that’s where we get to see glimpses of her mental health. And I loved Asad. His outlook on life should be shared by more people!

Ava’s relationship
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I won this as a Goodreads Giveaway.

4.5 stars

A more detailed review to follow.
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Full review [TK] if I ever stop crying. OMG. THIS. BOOK.
Celia McMahon
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a chance to review this book ahead of its release date.

So, sometimes there are books that you may think, well, I just can't relate to that. But books are not just for you to relate to personally. They are for you to open your eyes to others and what they might be going through. They teach you empathy and how to switch your perception of what you only see on the outside. This book is one of those that I digested in such a way.

Finn Longman
WHOOPS, I messed up by reading this one so early. I could have sworn it was coming out this summer. I was like, "Yeah, I'm gonna prioritise the ARCs that are coming out soon! I'm gonna get reviews up in a timely manner! This is a great plan!" Anyway this comes out in October, so I screwed up there.

I feel like I should wait until later to write a proper review, although I will inevitably have forgotten all the pertinent info by that point. In the meantime I'll say that I really enjoyed the style
Jennifer Shanahan
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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This book was so amazingly good. Ava was the best character: strong, smart funny brave and so real. She survived a fire in which her parents and cousin died in. She had burns over 60% of her body. Now a year later, she is attempting to try and get back to a normal life (somewhat) and go back to high school because her aunt and uncle (her dead cousin's parents who she now live with) and her therapists/doctors) want her to try). She does not look the same--she has tons of scars and scar tissue all ...more
Eve beinguniquebooks
Ava survives a fire which claimed her parents and her cousin, Sara. After going through dramatic changes physically in hospital through endless skin grafts she is finally released home. Or rather to her new home where Sara used to live. Now with her aunt and uncle, th y get her to start high school and we see how the kids react to her

At her support group she meets Piper, a loud mouth car crash survivor who's in a wheelchair seemingly only temporarily she also likes music like Ava and likes a ban
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Let's go home."

"We can't. It's gone."

"What's gone?"


Let's be real, it took me 3 weeks to finish this book because damn ma where did my reading mojo go? Remember back when I used to finish a book within a day? That was only January, but it felt like years ago. But I pushed myself to read it anyway because this book is worth it.

I'm not gonna lie. It was quite draggy at some point. Maybe I've outgrown the high school drama. But all is well. It was quite a ride reading Ava's journey as the Bu
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My heart just about broke in half reading this book

Scars Like Wings follows 16 yr old Ava Lee a year after she was horrifically burned in a house fire, that took the life of her parents, and her best friend.

She lost everything that day, her home, her family and even her identity, because now she doesn’t even look like herself, as although Ava was pulled out of the fire, she sustained 60% of burns across her whole body.

After many, many operations (19) her
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