April 18, 2014

Title:  Searching for Beautiful

Author:  Nyrae Dawn

Published:  March 2014

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?

**Note:  This book was provided to the Book Hookup by the publisher via Net Galley but that did not in any way influence this review!!

Ana will put Searching for Beautiful on her second shelf!

Searching for Beautiful is a story about learning to deal with your past, finding a way to move forward even when you feel stuck, and letting others in to help.  This book looks at what happens when you experience tragedy, when you blame yourself and lock your emotions away, and what can happen if the right person cares.

Brynn is sixteen and has already been through a lot.  She’s been betrayed and hurt and feels like the people she loves most have abandoned her.  She has a tendency early on in the story to feel sorry for herself and wallow in her sorrow.  And, although that can get a bit irritating, it’s also easy to understand if we put ourselves in her shoes.  As a young girl, what she’s experiencing is overwhelming and, especially because she’s hurting, its hard to see past the heartache and blame to get to a solution.  The good news is that she is strong underneath it all and eventually pulls on that strength to move forward.  Christian has his own issues to deal with but he sees the world differently…almost beyond his years.  He understands that sometimes people just need someone to listen, sometimes they need a shoulder to cry on and ultimately then may also need a push in the right direction.  His wisdom and his sincere desire to help Brynn is what ultimately gives her hope and helps her see the future for what it can be.

This book is filled with life lessons…trust others but don’t fail to think for yourself, don’t push those who love you away, let hope into your heart and be strong enough to face your fears.  Although it’s a YA book, it’s certainly one that most people can relate to and, hopefully, one that many of us can learn from.

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