by Alyssa Sheinmel


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Faceless is an emotionally gripping novel about a girl who gets a face transplant — and has to rediscover her identity.

While on a run one day, Maisie gets into a terrible accident. A hot-burning electrical fire consumes her, destroying her face. Where her nose, cheeks, and chin used to be, now there is . . . nothing.

She is lucky enough to qualify for a face transplant. But with someone else's features staring back at her in the mirror, Maisie looks — and feels — like a stranger. The doctors promised that the transplant was her chance to live a normal life again, but nothing feels normal anymore. Before, she knew who she was — a regular girl who ran track and got good grades, who loved her boyfriend and her best friend. Now, she can't even recognize herself.

From New York Times bestselling author Alyssa Sheinmel, coauthor of The Haunting of Sunshine Girl, comes a gripping and gorgeously written tale of identity and love. This is a story of losing yourself, and the long, hard fight to find your way back.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545676014
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 09/29/2015
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 188,962
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 12.00(h) x 3.80(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Alyssa Sheinmel is the New York Times bestselling author of several novels for young adults including A Danger to Herself and Others, Faceless and Second Star. 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 in New York City. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @AlyssaSheinmel, or visit her online at alyssasheinmel.com.

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If Chirag were here, he'd probably make a meticulous list of pros and cons, as though there is a correct and incorrect answer, like this decision is as straightforward as a math problem.I bite my chapped lips and try to imagine the answer we'd find at the end of his list.Surely we'd conclude that spending the rest of my life with someone else's face is better than spending it with no face at all.So I tell them yes.

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Faceless 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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PrincessicaOfBooks More than 1 year ago
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 character, talks in a very simple language despite all the medical terms. For her, it’s just point A, point B, point C. She also speaks a little bit melodramatic at times. She is quite depressing throughout the book so if that’s not your taste, then I don’t suggest this read. However, it was nice hearing about a face transplant story. It was kind of disgusting but, like all books, at least I was able to gain some kind of experience and knowledge by the end of it. And not just about face transplants– this could be applied to any change in general; death in the family, prosthetics, just any major difference in one’s life. I also like the message of acceptance; both in society and on a self level. It questions: how do our physical features define as a whole person? If it’s a lot, maybe we should change that. I loved the majority of the characters, especially her best friend Serena. She is so bold and she knows what friendship is. There is definitely a balance among the characters! I do feel that this was kind of a cliché. Of course an athlete seriously injures herself. Now she doesn’t know who she is. Of course society is rejecting her. Of course she is incredibly depressed (I completely understand why she is depressed but it just feels like another athlete-turned-ordinary story). I’m not sure if I like the love interest… Well, the love in general. I just don’t think it was necessary. I was hoping this story was going to about someone growing independent; not needing a man, becoming stronger, and self-acceptance. I just feel that it would’ve been okay if there wasn’t a romance aspect and it just focused on her and her confidence. I also wish that her track was more involved. Like, how did the coach react? If she loved track so much then why didn’t her team and coach make her feel welcome when everyone else didn’t? The reader is also left a little wondering such as where she went to college? Were there any major accomplishments in PT? Did she become track coach? The reader has no idea. My feelings about Faceless is pretty neutral; I didn’t like it, but I didn’t hate it either. It was just okay. I don’t really see myself buying the actual copy but I’d like to thank the publishers for sending me this ARC. I’m rating Faceless 3.5/5 stars.
feather_lashes More than 1 year ago
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 pre-story...it got right to it. The story setup reminded me a bit of If I Stay in the sense that if there was anything you needed to know about the characters' lives and relationships, you would get a memory or a flashback. It was so refreshing to not have to wait until the middle of a book to finally get the meat of the story. And what is the meat of this story? The aftermath of a face transplant. Ms. Sheinmel incorporated a mild medical component about what the physical recovery from a face transplant might look like, but the emotional recovery is the focal point in this book. As you can imagine, there's some loss of identity, grief, and self-acceptance issues, not to mention social adjustment. A statement Ms. Sheinmel made in a blog interview really sums up the overall theme of Faceless: "Most of us –– will never find ourselves in situations as extreme as Maisie’s, but plenty of us still struggle to discover how much of who we are is tied to what we look like. While Maisie’s experience may be singular, being a girl who doesn’t look the way she thinks she should unfortunately isn’t." Overall, I liked this book and would recommend it to the targeted YA audience. As an adult reader, it didn't quite satisfy me as I kept thinking that this story could have been so much more. If you google "face transplants", you'll see and read some real-life nonfiction accounts of what people have gone through. In comparison, Maisie's story is pretty superficial but I'm sure Ms. Sheinmel had to draw the line somewhere as to how deep she wanted to go. If you enjoy young-adult realistic fiction, check it out! My favorite quote: "I'll wear black tomorrow. No one at school will think anything of it. People wear black all the time. It will be my secret that the color is symbolic, a sign that I'm mourning the part of myself that died. Mourning all the things in my old life that are different now. No one will know that I'm waiting to get to the fifth stage, the one where I can accept what's left of me."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You wont be sorry if u buy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down - and only did because I had to go to work - finished it in two days anyway. This is the "behind the news story" story that you want to hear - a chance to get to know the victim intimately, so go on her journey. Alyssa Sheinmel captures perfectly the essence of a regular teenage girl with a regular boyfriend and regular life going through something heart-wrenching, but also extraordinary. It ends up being a powerful book about coming of age and becoming one's self in a way that is completely relatable for anyone. I just loved it, and the talent with writing shone through on every page. I can't wait to read the rest of her work!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it. I usually don't read this kind of books. My son really wanted me to read it so I gave it a tried and I must say love it.
NYwriter More than 1 year ago
Alyssa Sheinmel has done it again! Read FACELESS -- it's spectacular!