'I heard a horrible screaming sound, like an animal being slaughtered...then realised it was me.'
'Beautiful is the moving story of how one brave young woman had her mind, body and spirit cruelly snatched from her and how she inspired millions with her fight to get them back.'
I'm sure the majority of people in the UK will know who Katie Piper is, or at least of heard of her. She was an extremely beautiful aspiring model/TV presenter who had her life turned completely upside down when her ex-boyfriend (Daniel Lynch) arranged an acid attack on her. Beautiful is Katie's story.
I had already watched her first documentary 'Katie, My Beautiful Face', before purchasing the book so wasn't really sure what the book could offer that I hadn't already seen. Little did I realise how wrong I could be. The writing was brilliant, whether that's all down to Katie or not, I don't know: regardless it was definitely up to scratch.
The book starts off with a brief chapter on Katie's childhood and moves you through the transition from a limelight loving child into the focused TV presenter and model she had become since moving to London. For me, these parts of the book were fascinating, as the only opinion I had of her was the one I had built from watching her on TV. The Katie, before the attack was far from the Katie of today. She openly admits she had been completely sucked into the glitz and glamour or modelling and had become obsessed in some way with her looks. Personally, I didn't go much on that Katie, she was vain and had become somewhat self centered, although I was continually impressed by the sheer amount of determination she had. Something she didn't know she would have to fall back on later on.
She goes on to tell the story of Danny from the beginning, the chance encounter on Facebook, clearly not knowing that, that very man, would change her life forever. You are given not only details of what he physically did, but the effects it had on her mentally: something I think she played down very well in the documentary. It then becomes a very moving and frank account of her pain and frustration. Going from being practically a recluse to the amazing and inspiring young woman we see today.
When you think about the acid attack itself, you immediately think about the scarring and the physical damage which is visible for everyone to see, you don't even consider the internal and mental damage it caused. Katie tells us about the amount of operations she had to try and rebuild not just her face, but her life too. She shares her inner thoughts and feelings throughout the whole process making it very moving and you feel lucky to be allowed into such a traumatic time in her life.
This book truly is an emotional read, one where you feel every part of the journey with her. Sharing her tears and her laughs. She's a real inspiration and rightly so!
I found this a really addictive book and it really did leave me thinking about just how lucky I am.
I began by thinking she used to look so beautiful...I finished still thinking (to this very day too) she is still one of the most beautiful women I have ever seen!.