Reader Reviewed She, Myself and I by Emma Young

She, Myself and I

Written by Emma Young

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A story about identity, courage and searching for the truth of who you are.

This book made me cry, it made me feel, it made me think and it made me want to read on. Emma Young brings us a whole new take on the issue of identity and body image. The idea of waking up with a completely different body was incredibly thought provoking, from looking at a different face in the mirror to discovering new freckles, the shape of your knuckles and the fall of your hair. After years of being trapped in a body slowly dying of a nerve disease, Rosa is offered an experimental brain transplant and given the chance to live. Yet as she struggles to come to terms with her new body she begins to question who she is and if she even deserves this healthy, able body when the girl who it belonged to is dead. She is told very little about her donor Sylvia, yet she knows she was young, pretty and a girl who seemingly had everything to live for and yet whose body has given her, Rosa, the chance to live. Soon Rosa becomes obsessed with finding out more about Sylvia and who she was. As Rosa embarks on a journey to discover who Sylvia was, can she find a way to rediscover and accept herself? ~ Shelley Fallows - You can also find Shelley here.

Perfect for fans of Extraordinary Means, Faceless and The Art of Being Normal.

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Teen/YA Reader Review Panel members were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Rebekah Marsh, age 15 - 'Wow!!! The book entailed a fabulous and unique concept that had me hooked from the start - mystery, romance, science, it’s got it all! Honestly, I could not put it down!'
  • Chloe Shortall, age 21 - 'I loved this novel. A compelling and page turning read, I found myself unable to put this novel down.'
  • Amy Laws, age 16 - 'A really gripping read which brought up and discussed some important ethical issues.'
  • Felicity Kerswell, age 15 - 'I would recommend this heart-warming book but be warned as Rosa tries to find herself in another's body you will have to read how she overcomes and accepts her situation...'
  • H, age 15  - Rodborough School - 'She, Myself and I is a really interesting, enjoyable book. It explores ideas such as identity through the story of Rosa, who is given the chance of life through a brain transplant.'
  • Humaira Kauser, age 19 - 'I did like the blossoming relationship of Joe and Rosa and I feel that it would translate well into a film should it ever be adapted.'
  • Neha Saji, age 14 - 'It is a book about self-discovery, what makes a person themselves - the body or what's inside...Overall, it is an engrossing read.'


She, Myself and I by Emma Young

Her body is intact, but her brain is dead. I have essentially the opposite problem. Eighteen-year-old Rosa is on the verge of the greatest change of her life. Her nerve disease is slowly killing her, so when a doctor from Boston chooses her as a candidate for an experimental brain transplant, she and her family move from London in search of a miracle. Sylvia - a girl from Massachusetts - is brain dead after having fallen into a frozen lake and her parents have agreed to donate her body to give Rosa a new life. It's Rosa's only chance of life but as the operation draws near she obsesses over the idea of what it will feel like to be a real life Frankenstein. The operation is followed by months of rehabilitation. Longing to escape the confines of the hospital, Rosa escapes to the hospital park, where she meets Joe. As they start to fall in love Rosa is haunted by the idea that he doesn't see her for who she is. When Joe offers to drive her anywhere she needs, they head towards the frozen lake. Can Rosa find closure, and figure out who she really is?

About the Author

Emma Young

Emma Young is a writer on science and technology for children and is Australian editor for the New Scientist magazine. Her first two children’s books, The Astronaut's Survival Guide and The Spy's Survival Guide were published by Penguin. She is also the author of the Storm. series. Emma lives in Sheffield.

Photo taken from the author's website.

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Book Info


352 pages
Interest Age: From 12 to 15 years


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Stripes Publishing an imprint of Little Tiger Press Group

Publication date

8th March 2018




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