Sunday, March 9, 2014

Review: Searching for Beautiful by Nyrae Dawn

Title: Searching for Beautiful
Author: Nyrae Dawn
Source: Entangled Publishing
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Release Date: March 4, 2014
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

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?

This is a Young Adult title.

Searching for Beautiful is an amazing story - it's a story that could come straight from real life.  Brynn has found herself in a horrible spot.  Lied to by a much older boy, lieing to her friends, and losing something more precious than anything she has ever known.  She shuts down and pushes everyone everyone away.  She begins to doubt that anyone will ever believe her again and decides to swear off boys forever.

When a blast from the past shows up next door with problems of his own.  Now, this may have a boy meets girl storyline, but I don't know that I would call it a romance.  It's a story about Brynn finding herself and her life again - trying to remember who she was before everything happened and get it back. 

This book is full of very subtle life lessons and one or two not so subtle ones.  Brynn is a great character - amazingly flawed and she knows it.  Christian has a bit of arrogance in him, but it sort of makes him more charming (most of the time).  Each character has such a unique and different personality and life that they are easy to relate to and fall in love with.

The book has a mostly happy ending in a very surprising way.  This is one that will stay on my mind for awhile.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

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