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It sounds like the setup of a perfect New Adult novel, right? Well, if you know anything about high schoolers, their lives are FAR from perfect. In BEAUTIFUL ONE Mrs. Cope gives readers an opportunity to see how parents’ choices can have a lasting effect on their children’s actions and their relationships.
BEAUTIFUL ONE asks readers to look deeply into the characters, beyond the surface love triangle.
Elizabeth (a.k.a. Liz) is a fraternal twin that spent a lot of her overweight, high school years envying her brother, Mason’s perfect relationship with her friend Melissa. They’re the type of teens that have no problem kissing in front of their friends and when Mason’s band groupies get overzealous they laugh it off because their relationship is build on love and trust. From what can be gathered from this story, Liz, Mason and Melissa come from supportive, loving families and each teen as have a strong ideal of what a healthy relationship looks like.
On the other side of the spectrum is the background of Aidan Mitchell and Spencer Hayes. Both young men are dealing with their parents’ baggage and it colors the way they handle their responsibilities and their relationships. So when you place a beautiful, shy, compassionate girl (Liz) in between them it makes for an eventful academic year.
I really enjoyed the way Mrs. Cope layered her characters. There wasn’t a clear-cut hero or a villain. I could easily tell you the reasons you should be Team Aiden or Team Spencer because both of these young men are inherently good guys. The way this novel is written makes you feel like you’re right in high school with these students. Emotions are raw and complex as they learn more about themselves and the repercussions of their choices at the close of senior year.
This novel is clean fiction that focuses on how teenagers deal with reinventing themselves, pre-martial sex, the toxicity of controlling relationships, vehicular manslaughter, and the repercussions of parental drug abuse. It also showcases how healthy relationships will push you to be a stronger person to reach your goals (i.e. conquering shyness and tackling hard subjects to improve your GPA).
Mrs. Cope created beautifully flawed characters determined to live by their own rules. She makes readers feel like they’ve stepped into the lives of the teenagers surrounding a budding Indie-Alternative California band.
Everything about this first installment was perfect. I love the relationships, the second chance, the misunderstandings, and the tender kisses. The characters are so well developed that by the end of the novel you’ll feel like you know them personally.
I’m looking forward to the other books in this series and I highly recommend BEAUTIFUL ONE for all New Adult readers.
Angeline M. Bishop
Author of North Star and South Beach
This is author Mary Cope's debut novel and she has started off with a true winner! I loved this book from the very first page, well to be honest from just looking at the cover! I immediately became invested in the book shortly after starting it. My heart went out to Liz as soon as her brother brought Aiden over to meet her and her first thought was that she needed to change for him. This is a subject that every girl or woman can relate to on a personal level...some of us actually do change for a guy and some of us don't, but we can all relate!
I loved the characters and even though they were of high school age (and I am not) it brought me right back to those awkward days! The author did an amazing job with developing the characters. I love the twin bond between Liz and Mason that she created as well as the band's bond with each other and with Liz. The characters were just likable and complex enough that the reader could relate, empathize with and enjoy them. Throughout the book we are introduced to several more characters, Spencer most notably and it makes the reader wonder why they ever rooted for Aiden...
The plot is smooth, fast paced and fun. I enjoyed the banter between characters, as it was realistic and funny to read - it was true real life banter. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and the twists, turns, loops and curves that the author threw at us were surprising, intriguing and original as she kept the reader on the edge of their seats. This was a fast paced book that instantly jumped onto my top reads list and I know that it will yours as well. Do yourself a favor and get this book soon! You won't want to miss out on the story, characters or lessons that the author is trying to get across to us! Add it to your TBR list soon and Enjoy!
***Review has been done in conjunction with Nerd Girl Official. ***
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