Everything Beautiful Is Not Ruined

Everything Beautiful Is Not Ruined

Book - 2018/05
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Ingrid traveled all over Europe with her opera star mother, Margot-Sophia. Life was beautiful and bright, and every day soared with music.

Ingrid is on a summertime wilderness survival trek for at-risk teens: addicts, runaways, and her. She's fighting to survive crushing humiliations, physical challenges that push her to her limits, and mind games that threaten to break her.

When the curtain fell on Margot-Sophia's singing career, they buried the past and settled into a small, painfully normal life. But Ingrid longed to let the music soar again. She wanted it so much that, for a while, nothing else mattered.

Ingrid is never going to make it through this summer if she can't figure out why she's here, what happened to Margot-Sophia, and why the music really stopped.

From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: Penguin Group 2018/05
ISBN: 9780143198215
Branch Call Number: ON ORDER


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May 10, 2017

Just... wow. I don't even know what I just read but it was definitely a beautiful work of art. The story is based off a young girl coming to light about herself, at a wilderness camp that is nothing what she expected, while recounting her past. Along the way, her hardships strip away the barriers she holds up, and readers will find themselves cheering her on as the journey treks by daily. I had suspicions about her mother, but I still didn't anticipate how that could have affected me as a reader when I finished the last few chapters. So many deep issues are covered in this book that left me wondering, what happened to everyone else after?
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

A spectacular adventure that a teenage girl, Ingrid, goes through in her life. This book is about a girl named Ingrid who made a deal with her mother to go to a camp during the summer in order for her to go to a special music school in London. Ingrid learns her mother may have signed her up for a different program than the one she was told she was going to because her mother wants her to learn how to survive without her in London and to be independent. Different points in the novel deal with different issues many teenagers are facing and by reading about a person who is facing them, we, as readers, have a better understanding for how Ingrid is feeling. This book is very fascinating with how Ingrid deals with these problems and so, you will find yourself standing next to Ingrid, supporting her every step of the way in order for her to succeed. With a shocking ending and many heartbreaking truths being revealed, you will find yourself not wanting the novel to end and begging for more. An extraordinary novel and one of the best novels I have ever read. 5/5
- @booklover327 of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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