I have just finished a rather remarkable novel which is going to be a great addition to the literature about the impact of a disfigurement in adolescence and especially because it provides a teenage girl’s angle – a nice complement to Benjamin Zephaniah’s Face.
Angie Try’s Losing Face hits the bookshops today and I think it should sell well – and should become a must-read on the GCSE reading list too.
The story follows a young woman who gets injured, badly, in a car crash and her friend who has been hurt in other ways. They go through testing times together, finding their own courage and reconciliations – and it’s all done through a very modern genre, speckled with sharp insight and sparkled with humour.
It hits many notes very cleverly (I liked the music theme especially) and, with the writer’s psychology background, she has managed ingeniously to wind in much intelligence – like comments about how clever psychologists are about getting you to talk!
And she’s dealt with some of the key issues in adjustment and recovery after disfigurement very subtly too: the role of close friends, handling internal dialogue and external reactions (especially from little children), family pain relief and much more… and I loved the “I hate visible difference… and facial disfigurement” – such ugly words, we all agree.
There is much here for all readers, not just teenagers… insights about facing adversity, dealing with medics and family strains, facing loss and losing face. I like!
Losing Face, Annie Try, Roundfire Books, ISBN 978-1-78099-119-1, £9.99