Hello everyone! I am very excited to be part of the Darkroom Tours blog tour for Scars Like Wings by Erin Stewart. Thank you so much @Darkroomtours for allowing me to be part of this amazing blog tour. Make sure you also go over to my Instagram page: @ladybugbooks today because I will be featuring this book on my feed! I am happy to be one of the first bookstagram tours for this alongside my new friend @bookish_spoonie. Thank you as well to Simon and Schuster Kids UK for sending me a lovely finished hardback copy of the book.
Everyone has scars. Some are just easier to see …
16-year-old Ava Lee is heading back to school one year after a house fire left her severely disfigured. She’s used to the names, the stares, the discomfort, but there’s one name she hates most of all: Survivor. What do you call someone who didn’t mean to survive? Who sometimes wishes she hadn’t?
When she meets a fellow survivor named Piper at therapy, Ava begins to feel like she’s not facing the nightmare alone. Piper helps Ava reclaim the pieces of Ava Before the Fire, a normal girl who kissed boys and sang on stage. But Piper is fighting her own battle, and when Ava almost loses her best friend, she must decide if the new normal she’s chasing has more to do with the girl in the mirror — or the people by her side.
The beautiful, life-affirming debut from Erin Stewart that’s being called the YA answer to Wonder. Perfect for fans of Jandy Nelson, Nicola Yoon and John Green.
Firstly, from a purely materialistic point of view, I adore the cover. The pink hair and blank face inspires intrigue into the plot already. I would definitely pick this up from the cover alone.
This book changed me! This sounds like a dramatic statement but it is true. This book will stay with you for a long while. I also have heard that this book is inspired by true events, and this makes the book so much more impactful. I would say that the target audience is for the young adult / high school reader, but adults would certainly benefit from reading this book. There are many themes such as loss, grief, judgement, bullying, anger and more. There is real pain and suffering in this book, but also acceptance and moving on. This story is an inspiring read that I was not expecting to get. I do not want to delve directly into some of the story as I firmly believe the less you know about this book going into reading it, the better.
Pacing wise this was a very easy and quick read, I read it over the weekend with no trouble. I flew through it and felt like I could not put it down. This book will make a difference in the world, which is a refreshing thought as I have not felt that way towards a book in a long time.
What also surprised me is that humour can be found in the darkest of moments in this book. This reminds me of the quote from Harry Potter / JK Rowling. “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” This was a lovely and unexpected part of the story. There is hope to anyone going through a hard time, read this book.
I would love to know your thoughts below if you have read this book.
Thank you for reading.
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