Because of the other reviews I was very nervous to read this book but I have to say, I enjoyed every second of it. It would be a hard situation for any of us to be in if we were attacked by anyone with acid. We would have to heal mentally and physically. This book allows the main character to do just that. I didn’t want to put the book down because it was so good. There were some things in the book that surprised me but that’s the way a good book should be.
Laura has been horribly scarred in an acid attack, her life (and looks) are in pieces. We meet her as all of the mirrors are removed from her house and we learn that the 4 who attacked her have not been found.
Through the book, Laura (and her family) try to come to terms with their "new normal" as she finds herself unexpectedly drawn into the story behind those who attacked her. Were they really as evil as she first thought?
I really enjoyed this book and there were a few twists that had me guessing.
Girl Without a Face was a beautiful coming of age novel about overcoming adversity, and moving on from a place of darkness into the light. Laura is attacked by a gang one night, simply for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. She is left with life-changing injuries after having acid thrown in her face. The story begins with Laura and her Mum Sheila removing all the mirrors from their house as Laura can't bear to see her reflection. She is haunted by the attack and lives with panic attacks. But an unlikely friendship develops between her and Jake who was present at the night of the attack. Together they help one another find hope again:
'We might be two damaged souls but the power of that healing is limitless'.
Laura has the support of her best friend Sophie and her Mum Sheila, and she refuses to be defined by her ordeal. She makes a documentary film about the gang and the night of the attack, which not only helps secure their convictions, but also gives her a new focus when she forms a production company with Sophie. Girl Without a Face proves that love will always win over hate, and that even when life changes in the blink of an eye, it is how you deal with those changes that truly defines you. Laura was a hero in her own life, and the developing love between her and Jake was truly heart-warming, without ever becoming sickly sweet. A truly inspiring and heartfelt story.
This was a beautifully written book, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and felt bad for Laura. I look forward to more from the author.