16-year-old Sarah Meadows longs for ‘normal’. Born with a port-wine stain covering half her face, all her life she’s been plagued by stares, giggles, bullying, and disgust.
But when she’s abducted on the way home from school, Sarah must summon her personal strength to survive abduction and the horrific abuse at the hands of a deranged killer.
This girl is definitely the strongest female character ever. She had to go through so much more than any other female character I’ve talked about on this blog. And that’s saying something (Check out past April Henry posts). She was blindfolded for months. Only given peanut butter, bananas, and crackers to eat. And she had to go to the bathroom in a bucket while blindfolded. And that’s not mentioning the physical and psychological abuse. I know for a fact I would not have been able to do what she did to keep from breaking.
The point of view switches between Sarah and her family; and on the top of the page showing how many days she’s been gone.
Now let’s talk about port-wine stains. According to kidhealth.org, a port-wine stain is a birthmark that literally looks like maroon wine was spilled or splashed on the skin. Though they often start out looking pink at birth, port-wine stains tend to become darker (usually reddish-purple or dark red) as kids grow.
Personally, I’m fascinated by discoloration on the skin. It makes me think, “On a genetic level, how does that happen?” and “Why do some people have it and not others?” After reading this book, I decided to have one of my characters have a port-wine stain on their face too.
You will be on the edge of your seat throughout this entire book. Trust me.
This weeks’ Weird but True Fact about Skin
You lose about 500 million skin cells every 24 hours.