The Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy is an autobiography of a girl who turns her misfortune into an encouraging story that is engaging and engrossing. At age nine, Lucy Grealy was diagnosed with a potentially terminal cancer. When she returned to school with a third of her jaw removed, she faced the cruel taunts of her classmates. She spent the next twenty years being treated differently for "looking different" from the rest of
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For Lucy, the transformation was a curiously mixed blessing, a death as well as a rebirth. For so much of her life, she had handed herself over to others, for definition, for judgment, in hopes of remedy and ratification, that her first feelings were those of emptiness and facelessness. Although she has suffered through hardships since age of nine, her striving for acceptance taught her to love the true beauty inside of her.