Saturday, 8 March 2014

eARC Review: Searching for Beautiful by Nyrae Dawn

18050008Title: Searching for Beautiful
Author: Nyrae Dawn
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Pages: 287
Release Date: March 4th 2014
Series: -
Where I Got It: A Tour

Synopsis: Before, Brynn had a group of best friends, a loving boyfriend, a growing talent for pottery. She had a life. And after… she had none.

When Brynn lost the boyfriend who never loved her, the friends who feel she betrayed their trust, and the new life just beginning to grow inside her, she believes her future is as empty as her body. But then Christian, the boy next door, starts coming around. Playing his guitar and pushing her to create art once more. She meets some new friends at the local community center, plus even gets her dad to look her in the eye again…sort of.

But can Brynn open up her heart to truly find her life’s own beauty, when living for the after means letting go of the before?

Nyrae Dawn
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I am a compulsive reader and writer who loves YA fiction. 

I love nothing more than writing about young adults. There is something so fresh and fun about it. You can pretty much always find me with a book in my hand or open document in front of me. I live in Southern California with my husband and two children.


I read this book on March 6th 2014.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

A true to life story about friendship, family, and love.

I've heard wonderful things about Nyrae Dawn's writing and even own a few books by her. Now, I know you think I'm going to say I was disappointed, but I was actually very pleased with this book. Despite the 2 star rating, I actually loved this book. I gave it two stars because I felt the story line was good, but the issues weren't solved until the very end, making the book feel rushed.

However, the story was well written, good character development, and had good description. It could sometimes get a little to much, but I didn't mind it usually.

Brynn is a strong main character but could be incredibly stubborn at times. I totally understand how she thought Jason loved her. But I also thought it was stupid when she would never tell anyone that she talked to Jason or saw him, but I still understand. I just disliked the fact that she thought her father hated her so much when it was obvious all he wanted was her to be okay and safe.

Christian was my definite favourite character, but he to felt unfinished. I understand that he can bounce back and all, but then you discover he has anger management problems. I'm pretty sure that makes him contradict himself cause he can be so calm but has anger problems too. Aside from that, he was a good character and Nyrae did a great job developing him from grade 7, to grade 10.

Overall, I enjoyed the story and found it very touching and sweet. It was definitely not a light fluff book, and for some people it can hit home, but that person wasn't me. I know some people that would fall in love with this book from top to bottom, but that's not me. However, I still did enjoy the book and feel that lots of people are going to love it.

Grade: 9 and up
Ages: 14+

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