Beautiful Scars


Beautiful Scars by Kilee Brookbank and Lori Highlander with Jessica Noll.

Summary from Goodreads: Kilee Brookbank was a typical sixteen-year-old, thinking about school, soccer, her friends, and her boyfriend. But her last ordinary day erupted in an explosion that consumed her house, burning over 45 percent of her body and sending her to the very brink of death. After thirty-eight days of surgeries, skin grafts, perpetual physical therapy, and excruciating pain, she had to discover how to live again.

When Kilee returned home, she had to find a new “normal,” relearning how to tie her shoes, put on her makeup, and even turn a doorknob. In each moment of her long journey back to everyday life, she had to make choices that would define who she was and who she would become.

With unwavering support from her mom, Lori, and the rest of her family, Kilee faced her journey with determination, strength, and a positive attitude that inspired not only her community, but people around the world.

Told together by Kilee and Lori, Beautiful Scars is a story of recovery, healing, and hope, reminding us all that we’re never powerless, never alone, and that each challenge we face helps make us the people we are meant to be.

My Opinion: This was such an inspiring story and I loved it. At times though the book read too much like a research paper instead of a story that just happens to be true. I also liked the two point of views think (Kilee and Lori) but sometimes they would end up saying the same thing multiple times and it got to be really repetitive. This was such a cool story though, cause it really helped me to appreciate everything that I have. I could not imagine even going through what Kilee did, and I really admire her for how she handled it all. I really enjoyed reading her story, and I think everyone should read it and be inspired by it.

4 out of 5 stars


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