Title: Scars Like Wings
Author: Erin Stewart
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pub. Date: October 1, 2019
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 she looks like–she can see her reflection in the eyes of everyone around her.
A year after the fire that destroyed her world, her aunt and uncle have decided she should go back to high school. Be “normal” again. Whatever that is. Ava knows better. There is no normal for someone like her. And forget making friends–no one wants to be seen with the Burned Girl, now or ever.
But when Ava meets a fellow survivor named Piper, she begins to feel like maybe she doesn’t have to face the nightmare alone. Sarcastic and blunt, Piper isn’t afraid to push Ava out of her comfort zone. Piper introduces Ava to Asad, a boy who loves theater just as much as she does, and slowly, Ava tries to create a life again. Yet Piper is fighting her own battle, and soon Ava must decide if she’s going to fade back into her scars . . . or let the people by her side help her fly.
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Continue reading to see my review of Scars Like Wings.
It’s been one year since the fire that killed Ava’s family. Her mother, father, and cousin all perished in the blaze. Ava was the lucky one. At least, that’s what people are always telling her, but having burns on over 60% of her body doesn’t make Ava feel very lucky.
Ava faces so many obstacles throughout the course of this book, and while she often feels hopeless and unwanted, she never flinches from taking the next step forward. I wouldn’t describe Ava as a typical burn survivor; she doesn’t want anyone’s pity, and she absolutely does not want to be called an inspiration. She is so strong, and such a fighter, and I absolutely loved reading her story.
Stewart’s novel features a cast of characters that are so eclectic and lovable. Piper, a fellow burn survivor, is a loose cannon that says anything and everything on her mind. Asad, one of Ava’s newfound school friends, is quirky and treats Ava as though he is genuinely unaware of her scars. They all have their own struggles that they are working to overcome, in addition to the normal struggles of making it through high school.
I give Scars Like Wings 5/5 stars. It was such a beautiful, enlightening novel that made me consider things in a new light.
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*
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About the Author
Erin Stewart is the author of SCARS LIKE WINGS, her debut novel. Erin is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern and a BYU undergraduate who works as a freelance writer and editor, as well as a weekly columnist in Salt Lake City.
Erin lives in Utah with her husband and three children. She is represented by the amazing Brianne Johnson of Writers House.
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