Scars Like Wings by Erin Stewart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: Penguin Random House Canada
Published: October 1st 2019
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Mental Health, Romance, Death, Friendship, High School
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 only one to survive. Everyone has scares but some scars, like Ava’s, are impossible to miss. This, of course, affects the way she sees herself and other people see her.
I was excited when Ava met Piper, her new loud and unapologetic friend, because she really needed someone to make her feel comfortable about who she is—make her realize that even if the new Ava looks very different, her looks do not mirror who she is on the inside. She should care less about what people think of her and more about letting herself be happy even if she believes she doesn’t deserve it. Ava and Piper’s interactions are incredible. I felt their connection deeply and was happy to see how much Piper emboldened Ava and encouraged her to step out of her comfort zone. Piper is also one of the most intriguing protagonists of this story because her sense of self is worth analyzing.
I cannot wait for this book to hit shelves.
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