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Everything Beautiful Is Not Ruined Hardcover – February 21, 2017
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"Ingrid is an authentic, fully developed character, and her adventures and insights will keep readers riveted to the page."—VOYA
"An honest examination of the messy pain inherent in breaking away from a parent."—The Globe and Mail
"Younge-Ullman's subtle approach to narrative pacing allows readers to accompany Ingrid on her journey to fully confront and accept her past as she discovers her own true voice."—Kirkus Reviews
"This compelling story about love, loss, and self-discovery took every one of my emotions on a beautiful journey. I loved it."—Kasie West, author of The Fill-In Boyfriend
"Absolutely compelling! A heart-pounding wilderness adventure set against a deeply moving personal journey. You’ll cheer Ingrid on every single step of the way."—Teresa Toten, author of The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B
"A gorgeous novel about mothers and daughters, the wilderness that rages both inside and outside of us—and how the past composes the future. Brave, beautiful and so, so compelling."—Caroline Leavitt, author of the New York Times bestsellers Is This Tomorrow and Pictures of You
About the Author
Danielle Younge-Ullman (danielleyoungeullman.com) studied English and Theater at McGill University in Montreal, then worked as professional actor for ten years. This was character-building time during which she held a wild variety of acting and non-acting jobs—everything from working on the stage and in independent films, to dubbing English voices for Japanese TV, to temping, to teaching Pilates. She now lives with her husband and two daughters in an old house in Toronto that's constantly being renovated. Follow her on Twitter @DanielleYUllman.
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The book is about Ingrid, the daughter of a famous opera dial who loses her voice in the middle of a performance and never gets it back. Having lost the thing she loves most, Ingrid's mother sinks into a deep depression that Ingrid can't drag her out of. When she finally does pull out of it, Ingrid is so afraid of losing her mother again, she walks on eggshells, never wanting to break the fragile balance that there is in the house.
She's so afraid, she doesn't allow herself to do war she loves most - sing.
When Ingrid is accepted into a prestigious music school in London, her mother refuses to even consider it, but finally comes around and agrees she can go, but only if Ingrid first completes a wilderness camp that's known for being notoriously tough.
The book begins with Ingrid arriving at camp and her horror in discovering there is no actual camp. The campers are expected to hike, carry all their food and gear, camp, canoe and survive. And to make matters worse, the other campers are at-risk teens - criminals, social misfits, addicts and worse. Ingrid doesn't believe she belongs there.
Interweaving the indignities of camp life with the story of how she came to be there, Everything Beautiful Is Not Ruined is a powerful read and constantly surprised me, right up to the very last pages.
I highly, highly recommend checking this novel out. The story is important, relatable, and empowering. It is also a story that will remain with me for quite some time.
*Special thanks to XpressoReads/Book Tours for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.
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