When things go wrong it is hard to find a way out. When you are full of blame and anger it is hard to open your heart and soul to anyone, especially if you think that no one will understand you. That is exactly what happened to Brynn. One day she was happy girl surrounded by the people who love her, another day her mother is dead, she is friendless, her relationship with her boyfriend turns out to be a lie and on top of that she is pregnant. Although it seems that Brynn wants to drown in her sorrow, some things will happened and slowly she will find a way out of her dark hole.
Searching for Beautiful is an amazing story, told from Brynn’s POV. It is a story about loss, betrayal, love, family and friendship. It tackle serious issues like teen pregnancies, adoption, gay partnerships, and violence in a relationship. Regardless of the serious issues the author succeed in not falling into the trap of moralizing or giving judgments. On the contrary, the author left the reader to draw his/her conclusions. The author is just telling a story about people who have found themselves in difficult situations. She shows them getting stronger.
This is a fast paced story. In the first part of it, before and now events are shown in sequencing chapters. I had an emotionally hard time reading some past parts, and I think that the story would be even better if the past parts were omitted or incorporated in the story in some other way. But beside this everything else was just great.
I enjoyed this story; it elevated my heart rate a few times. My conclusion is that this is definitely worth reading.
Before it happened…
Brynn had a group of best friends, a boyfriend who loved her, a growing talent for pottery. She had a life. And then…she had none.
After it happened…
Everything was lost. The boy she now knew never loved her. The friends who felt she betrayed their trust. The new life just beginning to grow inside her.
Brynn believes her future is as empty as her body until 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 letting someone in isn’t as easy as it seems.
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?