Author: Alyssa Sheinmel
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: September 29, 2015
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When Maisie gets into a terrible accident, her face is partially destroyed. She's lucky enough to get a face transplant--but how do you live your life when you can't even recognize yourself anymore? She was a runner, a girlfriend, a good student...a normal girl. Now all that has changed. As Maisie discovers how much her looks did--and didn't--shape her relationship to the world, she has to redefine her own identity, and figure out what "lucky" really means. From Alyssa Sheinmel, the acclaimed author of Second Star, this is a lyrical and gripping novel that will challenge readers to think about how we create and define ourselves.
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Where did your inspiration for Faceless come from?
A while before my first book, The Beautiful Between, was published, I began writing some notes for another book idea, the story of a girl who’d been in an accident that changed her face forever, a girl who would try to figure out how much of who she was was tied to what she looked like. But eventually I set the idea aside, because I was never quite sure how to tell her story.
Luckily, my wonderful editor Emily Seife shared an article from a 2012 edition of The New Yorker about a man who’d received a full face transplant. I know it sounds corny, but I honestly felt like it was meant to be, like this was the story I’d been waiting to write.
Was it difficult to write Maisie's story?
At times, it was. I wanted to get this right, and I had a lot to learn about the science behind face transplants. I was fortunate enough to find doctors who would answer all my questions, along with amazing articles about the procedure.
But writing Maisie’s story was also hard because I loved my main character from the very first page – and from the very first page, I knew that she had a tough journey ahead of her.
If you could put yourself in any of your character's shoes, who would it be and why?
I have to admit I have a soft-spot for Maisie’s best friend, Serena. She doesn’t have the highest word-count of all the book’s characters, but she is a wonderful friend to Maisie, despite their differences – Serena is much gigglier and more playful than Maisie, even before her accident. She seems like the kind of person who can find the fun in just about everything, a trait I really admire.
The cover is stunning! Was it what you were expecting it to look like? Or did you have something else in mind?
Thank you – I love the cover, too! One of the things that I love most about the cover-process is that it’s a part of the book that’s in someone else’s hands, and it shows someone else’s interpretation of the story.
Lastly, are you currently working on anything that you can tell us about?
About Alyssa B. Sheinmel:
I was born in Stanford, California, and even though I moved across the country to New York when I was six years old, I still think of myself as a California girl.
Like so many writers, I grew up loving books. I loved stories so much that when there was nothing to read, I wrote my own stories just to give myself something to read. And when there was no pen and paper to be had, I made up stories and acted them out by myself. I played all the parts, and I was never bored.
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