Debut author Samuel Moore-Sobel introduces us to his memoir about a serious burn accident he endured as a teenager, “Can You See My Scars?”:
Can You See My Scars? is a story of trauma, adversity, healing, and recovery. Samuel, a young man about to begin his sophomore year of high school, accepts a job that culminates in a chemical explosion—leaving Samuel with severe burns on his face, neck, and arms. The tragic and sudden accident sets Samuel on an unpredictable journey of healing, recovery, and acceptance.
In the wake of the accident, Samuel endures grief, pain, and numerous surgical procedures for the scars on his body. He grapples with his appearance, faith, and the loss of friends. Through it all, he comes to view his scars as an unavoidable part of the human experience. Whether physical, emotional, or spiritual, we all carry scars—and it is simply what we choose to do with them that defines us. Samuel’s story allows us to see him for who he truly is, while also turning a mirror on ourselves.
Can You See My Scars? explores questions about identity, suffering, purpose, and ultimately, what it means to be uniquely human.
This is one of the best memoirs I have read in quite a while. It is shocking, but encouraging. Samuel remained very candid about his emotional and mental condition throughout the accident and the years-long recovery. His struggle with matters pertaining to his faith was very real and comprehensible.
The scene-setting was good, dialogue worked well throughout the story. The conclusion of the book was very satisfying.
I award 4.8 stars to “Can You See My Scars?”.
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Tags: burns, trauma, recovery, PTSD, triggers, inspirational
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