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Monday 26 January 2015

Review: Everything Beautiful

Riley Rose has big plans and they don’t include Spirit Ranch Holiday Camp, but what can she do when it’s her punishment for being sprung, big time? There is no choice, unless her getaway plans work.

The first time I read Everything Beautiful, it took my breath away, but I wanted to hide it from my daughter so she wouldn’t get any ideas. The second time I read Everything Beautiful, it took my breath away again. I suspect it will every time I read it over the years.

Riley wants to be a badass but she can’t help caring in spite of herself. She might want to be partying, but she is the party, if only she could see how she inspires life and energy in those she meets.

This gentle tale of grieving, self-discovery and transformation kept me turning the pages, whether I liked it or not. With so many three dimensional characters, it was hard to choose my favourite, but Dylan and Riley are close rivals.

This hard-to-put-down tale of hope where there shouldn’t be any and romance in the most unexpected places is irresistible.

Title: Everything Beautiful
Author: Simmone Howell
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia, $16.99 RRP
Publication Date: 2008
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780330424639
For ages: 13+
Type: Young Adult Fiction