Leslie Rhoads may have grown up in a small town, but is on the verge of becoming a supermodel in the Big Apple, when the 24-year-old is chosen to grace the cover of Style magazine and star in the controversial Passion Nights’ perfume ads. But before she can step into the spotlight, Leslie is assaulted by a drug gang and disfigured with a broken scotch bottle. Without her perfect face, she is lost and no amount of surgery can ever make her what she once was. Now trying to hide her face from the world, Leslie encounters more trouble as she seeks to rebuild her life: unrequited love, thoughts of suicide, and her assailant out to finish the job. Little does she know that a young girl named Angel will turn it all around, showing Leslie the joy and potential in life and the fact that love truly is blind.
Leslie is on the brink of becoming a household name, her face will be on the cover of an upscale fashion magazine. All her hopes and dreams come to a grinding halt the night she arrives home in the small town where she grew up.
Suffering from severe damage to her face, Leslie retreats into a world of denial and fear. She doesn't want to live, and she wants everyone to leave her alone. When she is introduced to a sweet little girl with problems of her own, Leslie is forced to take a close look at her own attitude about beauty and self-image. She can retreat even further into her depression or become a role model for others searching for their own place in the world.
The Cutting Edge would be a great book for group discussion.
Disclosure: Ebook received through Net Galley courtesy of Abingdon Press in exchange for my honest review.