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Special 11th Anniversary Edition As ever, Melvin Burgess makes readers think. Sara signs up for a face transplant but is it her who wants it or, is she being pushed into doing it against her will by the scarred pop-star who wants her face? Glamour and fame are not always what they seem. ~ Julia Eccleshare
Lovereading Comment: This is young adult fiction at its challenging and thrilling best - and Melvin Burgess has yet again struck a chord with a teenager’s world. The issue of cosmetic surgery is brought sharply into focus and in such a way that the reader will feel more informed and as a result the ever present peer pressures which are a part of teenage life more keenly borne.
Sara is not your typical teenage girl. She wants more than just an ordinary life. She wants fame and beauty. She wants to be extraordinary. After she is injured in a mysterious accident, Sara meets Jonathon Heat, rock star. Heat is the centre of bizarre rumours and intense public adoration. And as Sara becomes ever more drawn into his powerful orbit, it soon becomes clear that Jonathon Heat wants something impossibly precious from her. But what does Sara really want?
His most ingenious and chilling yet. Observer
It's thrilling ... gaining momentum and causing frantic page-turning -- Philip Ardagh Guardian
Burgess writes with a sharpness, and a sympathy for the characters. Independent on Sunday
For those who want their cautionary tales with a bit of grit this is worth reading. -- Amanda Craig The Times
A chilling, unputdownable, sinister thriller. The Bookseller
A chillingly clever satire Daily Telegraph
Gripping psychological thriller ... contains some of Melvin Burgess's best writing to date The Scotsman
This book was intriguing, thrilling and tackled complex issues with skill. Sunday Herald
A gripping account of the nightmare world of self-harming and self-hating (but loveable) teenager Sara ... may be Burgess's very best book to date. Irish Sunday Independent
Remarkable and challenging look at the modern-day obsession with beauty and celebrity. Publishing News
|Publication date:||5th January 2017|
|Publisher:||Andersen Press Ltd|
|Suitable for:||13+ readers, YA readers|
|Genres:||Horror & Ghost Stories, Thrillers|
Melvin Burgess was brought up in Sussex and Berkshire. As a child, his reading included The Wind in the Willows and Gerald Durrell's animal stories. He went on to enjoy The Hobbit and Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast books. A generally unconfident student, he became interested in writing when he was twelve and an English teacher praised one of his stories - "it was about the first time I'd ever done anything that got an A. I was so pleased I never stopped." After leaving school, Melvin moved to Bristol where he worked on occasional jobs, mainly in ...More About Melvin Burgess
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