It’s Fri-YAY!!! We made it! Let’s all give ourselves a gigantic pat on the back and celebrate surviving another week. And, thanks to Rockstar Book Tours, I have the perfect book to share with you!
“She conquered her demons and wore her scars like wings.”
Scars Like Wings is the book about surviving that everyone needs. I didn’t even know I needed it, until I was sobbing my way to the end. It’s such a perfect, beautiful, poignant story that will resonate on so many levels with so many readers.
First, let’s talk about Ava. She survived the fire that took her parents and her cousin. When she looks in the mirror, she doesn’t recognize the face that stares back. Burns cover 60% of her body and that’s only the scars that are visible. But Ava doesn’t want to be the burned girl, another thing she lost in the fire.
Her aunt Cora is her one-woman pep squad, ensuring that Ava has all the love and support she needs to recover. Even though her daughter died as well, Cora is determined to always be there for Ava. No matter what. Unfortunately for Ava, that means reintegrating back into public high school.
The second she walks down the halls, seeing the stares and hearing the whispers, Ava knows even trying to go back to school was a massive mistake. Until she meets Piper.
“And for the first time in a long time, I’m not facing the nightmare alone.”
Both girls have their scars, both internal and external, But while Ava tries to hide, to blend into the background of the walls and disappear, Piper refuses to be invisible. She wears hot pink everything and doesn’t let anyone make her feel small. Her attitude feels overwhelming to Ava, but slowly, surely, Piper begins to help Ava find her new normal.
Are you tearing up yet? Because, hello, gut-wrenching girls finding themselves delicious plot line. Also, can I rave for a moment on the amazing friendship between Piper and Ava?! Gah! I LOVE THESE TWO!!!
Actually, I have to say, all the friendships in this book are so awesome I want to hug them all. Even the mean girls plot line is unexpectedly realistic and satisfying. The depth of emotion on every page is dynamic and gripping and so, so, so real.
Scars Like Wings is the perfect book for any teen struggling with any inner demons. There are varying levels in every character, offering the opportunity for conversations and deeper examination for readers. It will hit you right in the feels, regardless of what brought you to open the cover. A gorgeous story that I will not forget.
Thank you Rockstar Book Tours and Delacorte Press for sending me a copy and including me on this tour.
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Relatable, heartbreaking, and real, this is a story of resilience–the perfect novel for readers of powerful contemporary fiction like Girl in Pieces and Every Last Word.
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.
“A heartfelt and unflinching look at the reality of being a burn survivor and at the scars we all carry. This book is for everyone, burned or not, who has ever searched for a light in the darkness.” –Stephanie Nielson, New York Times bestselling author of Heaven Is Here and a burn survivor
Title: SCARS LIKE WINGS
Author: Erin Stewart
Pub. Date: October 1, 2019
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
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.
Don’t forget to check out the rest of the tour!!!
10/1/2019- Feed Your Fiction Addiction– Review
10/2/2019- BookHounds YA– Review
10/3/2019- Lifestyle of Me– Review
10/4/2019- Fictitious Fox– Review
10/7/2019- Fire and Ice – Review
10/8/2019- Moonlight Rendezvous– Review
10/9/2019- Fictitiouswonderland– Review
10/10/2019- Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers– Review
10/11/2019- Here’s to Happy Endings- Review
10/14/2019- Treestand Book Reviews– Review
10/15/2019- Smada’s Book Smack- Review
10/16/2019- Riddle’s Reviews- Review
10/17/2019- Jena Brown Writes– Review
10/18/2019- Book-Keeping– Review
10/21/2019- A Bookish Dream– Review
10/22/2019- Life Within The Pages– Review
10/23/2019- Portrait of a Book- Review
10/24/2019- The Pages In-Between– Review
10/25/2019- Paper Reader– Review
10/28/2019- Southern Girl Bookaholic– Review
10/29/2019- Do You Dog-ear?– Review
10/30/2019- Novel Novice– Excerpt
10/31/2019- Two points of interest– Review