This is one of those wonderfully simple reads, best to be read in the gap between reading more full-on books/series.
The whole book is set over a short time (a week, I think) so you can imagine that there isn't much room for ultra complex relationships or character developments but I think this is where the writer shines.
I closed the book wishing I'd be able to follow the characters some more...and that's always a good thing.
The characters all complement each other and help bring each other to life.
Riley, a troubled teen is forced to attend a summer camp to help her come to terms with the death of her Mother. Riley is an atheist and so naturally, the camp is Christian.
(Don't worry though, the religion aspect isn't a dominant force in the book, and I didn't feel that there were any 'join us' subliminal messaging!)
The mix of characters that are at the camp is great, reminding us to look a little closer at people we meet before judging them.
It's a feel good story of romance, self-discovery and learning to be content with who you are.
It made me chuckle too.
****Everything Beautiful - Simmone Howell****
This is another book that i was lucky enough to get a proof copy off.
**About the author**
The author has a previous novel out called notes from the teenage underground and has a ba in literature.
The book is about a troubled young girl called Riley Rose who has been made to spend a week at a Christian holiday camp called Spirit Ranch, and the book itself is split into days and then into chapters.(well the proof version is anyway)
An atheist.Her mother died when she was younger and she hasn't dealt with it properly.She seems very angry at the world and has an i don't care attitude.She sticks out at the camp because of this and also because everyone else there have been going for years and all know each other.
Recently has become paraplegic.We find out in the book that he used to be a complete and utter d**k so people don't feel that sorry for him now that he is in a wheelchair.
This book is very easy to read-it took me less than a week.The characters are not that deep but what do you expect in a book that is set over a week.I still think it is good though and i like how the main character changes in that time.
This is due out in the Usa at the end of October or in the UK at the begining of January rrp=6.99.