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Summary: A social outcast in junior high due to his excessive weight, Eric Calhoune found a friend in Sarah Byrnes, whose face and hands were hideously disfigured in a childhood accident. Now a senior and considerably slimmed down through competitive swimming, Eric remains fiercely devoted to his friend, whose caustic tongue is her only protection from life’s inequities. When Sarah abruptly stops talking and is sent to a mental ward, Eric is compelled to take action to help her, but quickly finds that he is in over his head. He risks their friendship by enlisting help from some unlikely people. Eric must now uncover the terrible secret she’s hiding, before its dark currents pull them both under.
This story is very compelling and touching with a hardcore abuse case boiling under the surface of a tormented girl who shows us that beauty isn’t only skin deep. I really loved this book because the immense compassion that the main character Eric displays towards Sarah Byrnes. He becomes her friend because they shared a common difference, being social outcasts, and they stayed friends because Eric never forgot what it was like to be different even though he changed and Sarah Byrnes didn’t. This is a great story of acceptance and true friendship. Read it now!