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Everyone has scars. Some are just easier to see....

Sixteen-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 onstage. 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. 

©2019 Erin Stewart (P)2019 Simon & Schuster UK

Critic Reviews

“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 best-selling author of Heaven Is Here and a burn survivor) 

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Excruciatingly Fabulous!

Loved Scars Like Wings! It's not only for the YA crowd, I think there is something in this story for anyone. It broke my heart and put it back together again many times over with perfect pops of dark humour to perk it up. You will not regret picking up this book.

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Compelling story worth a listen

a drama about life events, the value of family and friendship and working together thr hard times. I laughed I cried but mostly I couldn't stop listening

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  • 15-09-2020

A difficult and wonderful read.

This book was so difficult at the beginning, because it's hard to imagine a happy ending--for a teenager who's had their life so completely shattered and destroyed. And yet, Erin Stewart weaves together a story of healing, of hope. It reminds me of one of my favorite quotes from George Carlin -- "What really ought to be said after one of these so-called tragedies is, "Let the scarring begin.” Still, it's a wonderful read. Pithy, sarcastic, heartbreaking, with the extra bonus of making my theatre geek heart squee. Well worth the reading.

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