4 out of 4 stars
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The Face Beneath is the second book in The Broken Series by Amelia Legend. Classified as Young Adult fiction, it is by no means your typical teenage drama.
The story follows Dannie as she makes the decision to move back closer to home and start college after four years away. Moving back to Sacramento comes with some serious challenges as she must face those she left behind without any explanation all those years ago. One of these people is her old boyfriend Reed. Unexpectedly thrown together again, they both realize their feelings for each other never died, but can they put the past behind them and trust each other again?
To make matters worse, Dannie’s old stalker has resurfaced and is intent on tracking her down and confronting her. Will Dannie be able to cope with her past coming to light and will her friends desert her in her time of need?
This was a spectacularly written book which broached a series of very important topics such as abuse, rape, assault and self-harm. These are all issues which can face both teenagers and adults no matter where you come from. The part which I enjoyed about this book was not only did it touch on these matters, it showed ways of dealing with them through therapy, coping mechanisms, communication with friends, as well as eventual confrontation. There was emphasis on therapy without any sort of stigma and the importance of confronting your issues with someone who has hurt you, no matter how difficult. It was shown very realistically in that when confronting someone they will never say the magical words to fix everything, but the cure is in accepting it for what it is, finding closure and moving forward with your life. These are incredibly important aspects to show in a book to see that there are ways out of terrible situations.
The writing was in first person and the chapters were divided up between the characters. This meant that the reader was able to have an insight into each of the different viewpoints and ways the characters reacted. All the characters were well developed and three dimensional as their flaws were all too realistic. The author also illustrated the contrast that is found in college, with the bright bubbly people, the shallow superficial ones only out for a good time and those that were struggling day to day just to get through.
The secondary characters of Dannie and Reed’s friends provide a sense of history and stability to the story, while also illustrating that in some cases family can be who you chose it to be. The epilogue follows one of Dannie’s friends and introduces her own personal struggle, nicely setting up for the next instalment of the series.
Although this was the second book in the series, it is a stand-alone book in its own right. Even though there are references to what has happened previously this never leaves the reader confused as to what is happening. In fact there is very little to criticize about this book, the only thing I could mention is that I found one very small spelling mistake.
I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. Even though the target audience is for Young Adult, this is definitely a good read for adults as well with topics relevant to all ages. It was an absolute pleasure to read and I would recommend it for any high school or college student as well as any adult looking for a story about starting anew and coming to terms with your past. Congratulations to Amelia Legend for her outstanding debut series.
The Face Beneath
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