Book Reviews of Autobiography of a Face

Autobiography of a Face
Autobiography of a Face
Author: Lucy Grealy
ISBN-13: 9780060976736
ISBN-10: 006097673X
Publication Date: 9/1995
Pages: 240
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 55 ratings
Publisher: Perennial (HarperCollins)
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 17
Dismal and bleak, this depicts the story of an introspective woman struggling through adolescence with only part of a face. The writing is strong, the observations keen and telling. I felt the last 1/3 could have used the same detail and storytelling as the first 2/3.
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Helpful Score: 7
A remarkable book. A remarkable life. Do yourself a favor and read this and then read Ann Patchett's book, Truth & Beauty, about her friendship with this author.
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Helpful Score: 4
read this during college...wonderful book to help understand how a child deals with being different. It conitues into adulthood...just excellent reading. If you can remember books some 10 years later..than its good :)
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Helpful Score: 3
Fiercely honest writing by a poet who died young. In this memoir she tells a story of great suffering and remarkable strenght without sentimentality and some humor. She is able to capture the pain of peer rejection and the feeling of wanting to be special
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Helpful Score: 2
"I spent five years of my life being treated for cancer, but since then I've spent fifteen years being treated for nothing other than looking different from everyone else. It was the pain from that, from feeling ugly, that I always viewed as the great tragedy of my life. The fact that I had cancer seemed minor in comparison."
**Named On of the Best Books of the Year by USA Today.
**A New York Times Notable Book
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Helpful Score: 2
This was very moving, as all those who reviewed have already stated.

One thing that was really clear, but has not been commented upon, is how parents attitudes affect a child's thinking throughout life. Much of her issues came from parental ignorance (some of which was due to the time), and how children remember what a parent says and internalizes it throughout their life.
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Helpful Score: 1
This book was a very powerful book for me. It was about Lucy Grealy's journey as a child through the discovery and treatment of cancer in her jaw. She also writes about the subsequent aftermath of the experience of having to go through life looking so different from everyone else, and her fervent wish to just fit it. Lucy does talk a lot about her treatments, reconstructive procedures and frequent hospitializations, but she does so with candor and uncommon insight for someone so young to have endured.

Lucy eventually died of a drug overdose, and reading this book helped me understand how seductive drugs would have been for her. I think Lucy's understanding of what it was like to be on the fringe of society, to being different; and her ability to express those feelings will stay with me for a long time.

I also read Ann Patchett's "Truth and Beauty" which is about her friendship with Lucy Grealy. It added more background to what what going on with Lucy from a different perspective. I think it's great to read both these books together.
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This book is well written as it is both suspenseful, meaningful and heartfelt. For anyone who has ever felt different and had to readjust one's own view of self to overcome the perceptions of others.
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A story of both pain and resilience experienced by the author - dealing with the pain of feeling ugly, peer rejection, wanting to be accepted and perfect - as a result of a disfiguring cancer.
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i read this book on a plane ride to and from Vegas last year. Very heartbreaking but once you discover the strength this woman had to overcome her insecurities you will appreciate her even more.
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This is a wonderful true story of a young girls struggle to make peace with her new face after cancer. I was sad to hear that she committed suicide as an adult.
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I had previously read a book about her by Ann Patchett. This book filled in details from Lucy's point of view. The other had more "dirt" on her. I liked being able to read about her from both perspectives.
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Very good read. Ending lacks something, though.
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Beautifully written memoir.
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Very good writing. Didn't really find it all that compelling, though.