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New Beginnings

(Everyday Angel #1)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  1,420 ratings  ·  189 reviews
Meet a guardian angel like no other, from a writer like no other. Bold rising star, Victoria Schwab, makes her whimsical, inspiring, and clever middle-grade debut.

At a first glance, Aria seems like your average twelve-year-old girl. She has coppery hair, colored shoelaces, and a passion for cupcakes. But there's more to Aria than meets the eye. She can dream things into ex
ebook, 208 pages
Published May 27th 2014 by Scholastic
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☆ Mira ✷
Aug 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: you're in the schwabdom? yes? don't be a coward
3.5 stars. I’m just trying to live my life all the way up by reading every book my one true god Victoria Schwab has written.

And, well, aww. Heart eye emoji. This was nice. Not particularly outstanding or memorable, but I probably would've adored it in elementary school. I STILL can't believe Victoria wrote the Everyday Angel series (that fluffy lil pink cover in comparison to the nightmare that was everything else she's written, wow) but I'm weirdly proud of her for what a journey she's made.

I told you I loved Victoria Schwab and now after reading New Beginnings, which will be my third book from her, I can say that I am in love with her writing.

I loved both Gabby and Aria. Gabby just wants to be notice for being herself - not because of her super sick brother. Then there's Aria, who is Gabby's guardian angel who actually ENJOYS helping people. I loved everything about these two girls just because they were so likable.

Again, I'm so freaking beyond happy that I found this book/series
3.5 stars

Um, I'm sorry, what? Who gave this book permission to be so good?! I mean, it's Schwab, I know it wouldn't be awful, but... It just looks like light fun fluff. I should have known better. It WAS happy (mostly), but I was literally crying at parts. RTC.
you’re joking? i read this when i was in elementary school. this book is literally sitting under my desk. i can’t believe i read a victoria schwab book when i was just a kid. this shouldnt be as funny as it is

nothing to see here... just editing reviews from two years ago to correct my horrid grammar
Feb 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is about a girl named Gabby who doesn't exactly know who she is. She doesn't really know where her place is in life. Her brother has been in the hospital for a very long time, and Gabby is so worried about him. She doesn't want to be noticed for her brother being sick. She wants to be noticed for herself.

Aria is a guardian angel sent to help Gabby with the problem she's been having. She is cheerful, outgoing and helpful. She tries to help Gabby with her problems and tries to make her f
Kate (Reading Through Infinity)
I read this during the PositiviTea and Books readathon and it was exactly the kind of gently uplifting book I was after.

Aria, a young new angel, comes to earth to find and protect her charge, Gabbie. Gabbie is just starting a new school and feels lost until Aria arrives and befriends her. Aria shows her the importance of friendship and honesty but also learns a lot about herself in the process. Gabbie realises she wants to make new school friends and find her passion in life and Aria helps her
Stanislav Lozanov
Aug 10, 2020 rated it liked it
This was an amazing read, really impactful at times. I would have definitely given it 5 stars if I were younger.
Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
A book I will surely be recommending to my middle-grade students this year. Super sweet characters, supportive friends and a lovely happy ending.
Ashley Ferguson
Apr 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*I received this book from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review*

Victoria Schwab continues to stun me with her gorgeous writing, incredible characters, and surprising plots. This is a middle grade book, but the only thing that makes it feel that way is the age of the characters. Other than that, I think this book could and should be enjoyed by people of all ages. It was so good!

I really loved that Aria is a guardian angel, but she isn't centuries old. She doesn't understand some things in
Nov 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paper, 5-stars, trad-pub, arcs, 2014, ala
Plot: 5 stars
Characters: 5 stars
Style: 5 stars
Pace: 5 stars

I am so, incredibly lucky. ALA midwinter just happened to be less than a mile from my home this year, so I went. There were lots of lovely, wonderful people, and amazing books. I didn't figure they'd have this one (Given as her next book, The Unbound, comes out tomorrow, I figured if any, they'd have that!), but I was looking at Scholastic's books anyway.

I may have squealed when I saw this. Then gaped at the lovely person behind the
Lula McCuela
Feb 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. I liked how it wasn't focused towards Gabby's brother, but towards Gabby herself. I liked that this book addressed that even if you have someone close to you, who is seriously sick, you shouldn't become less. Your problems might not seem as dire as that person's, and maybe they aren't, but you're still important, and your problems are real to YOU! Aria is a wonderful character. I look forward to reading more Everyday Angel books.
Marisol Miranda
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If you like angels, I bet you would love this book. This book tells you to help others with their feelings. Help others the way people help you. As I was reading, I made a connection with Aria because she helps people and I help people too. As I read the book I was sad and happy. I recommend this book to 6th graders who believes angels. I recommended the book because angels mean happiness, and that's what the book's about.
Mar 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, read-in-2014
I had no idea that Victoria Schwab could write a heartwarming Middle Grade book, but that's what she did! I really enjoyed Gabby finding her voice, Aria's quirks and Gabby's relationship with her brother. I would have loved a book like this back in my MG days (so incredibly long ago).
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Erin Mendoza
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series was one of Victoria Schwab's first. I always meant to read it, but never got around to it. I got this at a library book sale and thought I'd give it a whirl.
This is a sweet middle grade novel about what it's like when someone close to you is sick and it encompasses everything. Gabby loses herself as everyone worries about her brother. This is the story of how she finds her voice again.
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm genuinely surprised at how much I enjoyed it.
Apr 01, 2020 added it
i used to read these when I was younger
you're telling me


oh my god that makes me so happy
Gail Fazio
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: friendship, emotional
This book made me sad and happy at the same time.
3.5 stars

Short and a quick read, definitely 100% made for middle grade readers. But that's not a bad thing. That just means that Victoria Schwab can write for any audience.

Considering how young the book slants, it actually manages to tackle rather tough subjects with tact, realism, and thoughtfulness. Not that I would have expected anything less from Schwab. But whoa. Girl with cancer-ridden brother feels invisible and needs a guardian angel to help her find her own place in the world. I definit
Kennedi Baker
I thought for the most part this book was a entertaining book. The main characters had bright personalities. The main characters names are Gabriel and Aria. Aria is sent on a mission to make Gabby lose her "smoke". Aria figures if she makes Gabby happy she'll get her wings and officially be a guardian angel. Most of the reason why Gabby has smoke is because her brother named Marco is very ill and basically lives in the hospital. Gabby never wants people to know that but she only told Aria becaus ...more
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am on a quest to read every single Victoria Schwab book. These are her (first?) middle grade/kids series. I got really nostalgic reading this first book, maybe just because of the stylization of the book itself - large font and that rough mass-market paper that's sort of yellowish. I was a little nervous because I haven't read something like this in a long time. but shame on me, because Victoria Schwab can do literally anything. It's surprisingly deep and has a lot of really great moments. Tho ...more
Kathy Sandlin
Dec 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was one of Emma's books I read on the way home from vacation. I had to find out why she was reading this book so many times. It was a good tween read. It had happy parts and very sad parts and it is a good age appropriate book. She had a lot of questions about Marcos illness.
BookChic Club
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A really cute start to a fun and interesting new middle-grade series!
Maddy Martin
Jun 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Twas very cute. I'm looking forward to continuing on with this trilogy. Also, I don't think that we've seen the last of Gabby. I hope not. I liked her.
Shelby H.
Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I thought it was amazing. It's one of my favorite books. I recommend this book to people who love fiction books but also loves reading about angels.
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was short and sweet. It was inspirational and a good reminder that sometimes all we need is a new beginning, and that sometimes they are a good thing, not a bad thing.
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I think it was really good because Gabby needs her help because of her brother and Aria relizes she has a really cool braclett
Haley H
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I liked how the story gave you emotions and you actually felt for the characters and what was happening to them.
Aug 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I too am in a mission to read everything Victoria Schwab has ever written. So here I am with one of the (apparently) least Schwab-esque books she’s written. I understand she wrote this as a commission, and you can tell it stands out from the rest of the books she’s written because it’s so different. Despite that, it’s still her book and it shows. From the writing, to specific ideas, to the way the world works, it’s her story and no one else’s. Even the theme of finding your own voice and your se ...more
Calie Love
The book Everyday Angel New Beginnings by Victoria Schwab with 208 pages is about Aria and how she helps Gabby. It was a lovely day. Gabby and Marco were racing up the hill again. This time should would beat him. The only problem was, he never arrived at the top. Gabby woke up to Marco coughing. She remembered that those were the old days. Now, she was stuck in the hospital for Marco. Marco had gotten the Bad, and they moved from home for it. Gabby's mom wasn't around for her much. Every time Ma ...more
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Victoria is the product of a British mother, a Beverly Hills father, and a southern upbringing. Because of this, she has been known to say "tom-ah-toes," "like," and "y'all."

She also tells stories.

She loves fairy tales, and folklore, and stories that make her wonder if the world is really as it seems.

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Everyday Angel (3 books)
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