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I was lucky enough to be able to join the Fantastic Flying Book Club blog tour for WE WERE BEAUTIFUL by Heather Hepler!
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 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 cafe 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 is always on Mia’s mind–she realizes that she’s not the only one with a painful past.
Over the summer, Mia begins 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 night Rachel died.
what i liked:
- Mia’s friendship with Fig was by far my favorite part of this book. Fig was a great character who took someone who needed help under her wing. Everyone needs a friend like her.
- THE BAKING. I immediately wanted everything they were making and I actually did make whoopie pies because of this. They were delicious.
- Mia is a strong character. She may have some typical YA traits to her that some may find annoying but her character development was pretty great.
what i didn’t like:
- The pacing. Alot of the storylines went from zero to 100. We go from Veronica being very uptight to letting loose and being a lovable grandma with no context, Mia making instant best friends who do crazy things around the city, her mom becoming a nun???, a boy “saving the day” after one kiss. Typical YA tropes.
- I felt like with how heavy subject was, it could have been a little deeper and gone more into the mental health sides of things.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Heather Hepler is the author of several books for teens and tweens, including Frosted Kisses (Scholastic, 2015), Love? Maybe (Dial, 2012) and The Cupcake Queen (Dutton, 2009). She loves tomato soup, fat cats, and hiking. (Not necessarily in that order.) She’s lived in East Texas, Alaska, and Death Valley. Currently she, her son, their two spoiled cats, and their ridiculouslysmart dog live in Downeast Maine.
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