Searching for Beautiful by Nyrae Dawn
Published on 4 March 2014
Genre: Young Adult Romance
Page Count: 304
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?
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RATING: 5 out of 5 Stars
Disclosure: I receive a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
I adore reading books that made me feel. This book brought me to tears at certain parts of the story. Searching for Beautiful is a book about Brynn, what happened to her (lost her mother, betrayed by boyfriend, lost her friends etc) and how she slowly regain her life thanks to new friends and getting back old ones. However, everything wasn't easy for Brynn.
I love how Dawn shows us the present and the past in the book. It mainly focuses on the present with glimpses into Brynn's past about her mother and boyfriend and how everything ate at her. The present focuses on the struggles that Brynn faced in school and at home. Like I said, this book brought me to tears, especially about Brynn's breakdown. She's a tough character, strong but innocent, brave enough to make that first step. I can totally relate to what she was feeling and Dawn's words are filled with Brynn's feelings. They made Brynn felt real to me. Her neighbour, Christine, came back after disappearing for several years. He was with his own problems as well but it was really sweet to read how he urged Brynn. I also adore Christian's mother. Gosh, she's such a unique character on her own!
I enjoyed reading Searching for Beautiful and losing myself in Dawn's words. I'll definitely be reading other book by her! Highly recommended!