Article Title

The Art of Feeling


Taylor Nelson


Outstanding, Laura Tims, Young Adult, Pain, Disability, CIPA, Love, Family, Grief

Document Type

Book Review


Since the car accident which killed her mom and left her with a permanent and painful leg injury, Samantha Herring has been existing in a state of numbness and depression. That is, until she meets Eliot, a reckless misanthrope with a rare disorder that makes him unable to feel pain. When Sam rescues Eliot from a fight, they strike up a strange and wonderful friendship. Both are outcasts in a school full of bullies, so they seek comfort and protection from each other. Over time, the two begin to realize that healing takes time and empathy, and that meaningful relationships, though sometimes painful, can help you get there.