We Were Beautiful

by Heather Hepler

 

We Were Beautiful was really good and a fast book to read. I finished this one in about 24 hours, reading off and on every time I had a few minutes. I even downloaded the ebook from Hoopla so I could read before bed. This book made me wish I was part of a big Italian family living in Brooklyn and working in the family bakery/diner. I loved all of Mia’s NYC friends, Fig was such a great character I really would read a whole book about her. Sarah, Sebastian and Cooper were really likable as well and overall the dynamics were spot on and really has the reader wishing they were their friends as well. I well developed story about forgiveness, family, tragedy and moving on, allowing people in and sometimes we have to forgive ourselves before we can let that wall down.

About the book: It’s been a year since fifteen-year-old Mia Hopkins was in a car crash that killed her older sister, Rachel, and left her own face terribly scarred. The doctors tell her she was lucky to survive. Her therapist says it will take time to heal. The police reports claim there were trace amounts of alcohol in her bloodstream. But no matter how much she tries to reconstruct the events of that fateful night, Mia’s memory is spotty at best. She’s left with accusations, rumors, and guilt so powerful it is quickly consuming her.

As the rest of Mia’s family struggles with their own grief, Mia is sent to New York City to spend the summer with a grandmother she’s never met. All Mia wants to do is hide from the world, but instead she’s stuck with a summer job in the bustling kitchens of the café down the street. There she meets Fig—blue-haired, friendly, and vivacious—who takes Mia under her wing. As Mia gets to know Fig and her friends—including Cooper, the artistic boy who’s always on Mia’s mind—she realizes that she’s not the only one with a painful past.

Over the summer, Mia starts to learn that redemption isn’t as impossible as she once thought, but her scars inside run deep and aren’t nearly so simple to heal … especially when Mia finally pieces together her memories of the awful night Rachel died.

Thank you Blink Publishing for sending me a copy of We Were Beautiful. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book.

 

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Remember to Forget { Revised and Expanded Edition }

by Ashley Royer

 

I was not familiar with nor did I read the original version of this story, however I can say I did enjoy this book a lot more than I thought I would. I will say first off at first I couldn’t stand the main character Levi. I know he was very deeply depressed and had a lot of anger in him but he was so mean to everyone who loved him I was really put off by him at first. I almost stopped reading the book. However I continued and I’m glad I did. Ashley Royer did an amazing job at really delving deep within the psyche of a teen suffering from depression and maybe survivors guilt. He has an amazing support system that eventually breaks through and helps him heal and see that is OK to go on living even when you think the world as you know it has ended. While it was an intense little book I think it is one that needs to be read. She is a gifted writer and I hope to read more from her in the future.

summary: In Remember to Forget from Watty Award-winning author Ashley Royer, Levi has refused to speak since the tragic death of his girlfriend, Delia, and can’t seem to come out of his depression and hindering self-doubt. Desperate to make some positive change in Levi’s life, his mother sends him to live with his father in Maine. Though the idea of moving from Australia to America seems completely daunting, Levi passively accepts his fate, but once he lands faces personal struggles and self-doubt at the same time he and his dad battle through resentment and misunderstanding. And then, while at therapy, Levi meets Delilah, a girl who eerily reminds him of someone he lost.

thank you Blink, and Zondervan for allowing me to read and review Remember to Forget. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the free book.