We Were Beautiful
I did find the book to be... slow and a bit boring in some places? It was basically a diary of Mia's healing process from the traumatic accident--which I do think th ...more
Mia doesn't remember much about the accident, ...more
This was a phenomenal read!! I thought it was going to be a 4🌟 read, but I've honestly enjoyed this story in its entirety. I'm debating between a full 5🌟 or a 4.75🌟 rating.
After some time deliberating and going through my thoughts I've decided to just go with a 4.75🌟 rating because that ending left me hurt and wanting to know more.
This was a beautifully written contemporary that grips the heart. The writing ...more
We meet Mia almost a year after her family falls apart when her sister died in a car accident that everyone says is her fault. And I don't want to give away any spoilers, but when Mia remembers what happens, it's clear that it was an impossible situation with mistakes th ...more
I didn't expect to tear through this novel in a matter of hours, but here we are. It was THAT good.
First, I was utterly charmed with the characters here - the dramatic Brunelli family, the eclectic group of friends, the complicated family of the main character, all of them! It was impossible not to get attached to each of them and not laugh along with the witty banter between them. Watching the way these characters took a holl ...more
It had been almost a year since an accident claimed Mia's sister's life, and fractured her family. Her mother left physically, while her father left emotionally. Initially, Mia was resistant to spending the summer with her estranged grandmother, but it turned out to be one of the best things to happen to her since the accident.
I have a penchant for grief books, and this one was dripping with it. Mia's family had been dealing with the loss of her older sister by ignoring it and d ...more
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The friendship between Mia & Fig’s friends, aswell as the Relationship between the Brunelli family is really well made! Every one within the circle of friends are all broken in their own way, while always supporting each other! Wether it’s through a bad news, or just sharing their love of art. As for the Brunelli’s, they strongly believe that family is ...more
It's been a year since fifteen-year-old Mia Hopkins was in the car crash that killed her older sister and left her 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 could consume he...more
After her parents essentially aba ...more
Mia didn't only lose her sister that day, but her face was scarred pretty bad after ...more
FULL REVIEW (also on starisallbookedup.wordpress.com)
Thanks to Netgalley for providing me with this e-ARC for an honest review.
I didn't really know what to expect when I started reading this book but I was pleasantly surprised! In the beginning, I was a bit confused because it felt like I was just thrown into th...more
This is such a beautiful novel! While it does contain romance (and a cute one ...more
This book, like many other books, has a common sypnosis: healing after loss. I can't count how many books I've read about this topic.
The first part of this story was pretty boring, nothing really happened and it was all about the main character is basically shunned by her dad and then shipped off to her grandmother whom she has never met. Then she gets a job and the story really starts picking up.
People deal with loss differently – they run and hide, they back off, they try to be invisibl ...more
Mia goes to ...more
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This is such a moving and heartfelt book. Mia is a character I reall ...more
The gaps of the story are slowly filled in as Mia’s memory comes back. This book is really interesting, because the story is told through Mia’ ...more
Language: PG (1 swear, 0 “f”); Mature Content: PG13 (alcohol consumption); Violence: PG13 (child abuse)
BUYING ADVISORY: HS – ADVISABLE
AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE
Mia’s family has fallen apart, and she doesn’t know what can be done to fix it. Living with a grandmother she has never met for a few weeks isn’t ideal, but Mia’s father insists that it’s for the best. With the irreversible past following her, can Mia find a future?
Tragedy i ...more
It’s been a year since Mia was in the car crash that killed her sister and left her scarred, struggling hard with guilt and grief. Mia’s sent to New York to spend the summer with her grandmother she’s never met. Soon she’s making new friends and is slowly letting herself heal. But healing hurts and Mia’s scared of opening up, especially when her memories o ...more
Hepler created such vivid charac ...more
Loss is a defining moment. “Death created a black hole that sucked everything into it. Love was one of those things that got lost.” People deal with loss differently – they run and hide, they back off, they try to be invisible. “I hope someday, you let someone in.” All these ...more
Dealing with the grief of her older sister’s death and her family’s subsequent struggles, Mia Hopkins heads for New York City for the summer. She may not want to spend the time with a grandmother she does not know, but it all may be exactly what she needs.
We Were Beautiful is a poignant YA story, delving into grief, pain, loss, guilt, scars, and several other heavy topics, as well as family, friendship, romance, acceptance, and hope. Mia has great coming-of-age moments within the new communit ...more