The 2016 Benjamin Franklin Award winner for Best Inspirational Book
Kilee Brookbank was a typical sixteen-year-old, but her last ordinary day erupted in an explosion that consumed her house, burning forty-five percent of her body and sending her to the brink of death.
After thirty-eight days of surgeries, skin grafts, physical therapy, and excruciating pain, Kilee had to discover how to live again.
She faced her journey with determination, strength, and a positive attitude that inspired not only her community, but people around the world.
Now a thriving college student, Kilee has become an author, advocate, and philanthropist focused on helping other young burn survivors and their families. Her charity, the Kilee Gives Back Foundation, has raised more than $100,000 for Shriners Hospitals for Children, Cincinnati, in just two years, and Kilee has partnered with Shriners Hospitals to promote its national Be Burn Aware campaign.
Told together by Kilee and her mom, Lori, Beautiful Scars: A Life Redefined is a story of recovery, healing, and hope, reminding us all that we are never powerless, never alone, and that each challenge we face helps make us the people we are meant to be.
Since I live in Ohio, I had heard Kylie's tragic story of being severely burned when her family's house caught on fire. But until I listened to this book, I had never heard "the rest of the story", as they say. This book is told, not just from Kilee's viewpoint, but also that of her mother, father and brother. Kilee's successful struggle to heal, grow, and give back to others who are struggling with crippling and decorative injuries was made possible, not just be her faith and resolve, but by strength, support and care provided by her family and community. If you and your family are experiencing this type of struggle, you will find this book to be very encouraging and enlightening. All of the narrators did an excellent job in portraying their character's struggles, both emotional and physical. Nancy Peterson did an exceptional job in representing the mother, Lori, in her love, fears, and persistence in making sure that Kilee received not only the care she needed, but also the support to do what she had to do to get well, no matter how hard it was.