by Nyrae Dawn (Goodreads Author)Before, Brynn had a group of best friends, a loving boyfriend, a growing talent for pottery. She had a life. And after…she had none.
When Brynn lost the boyfriend who never loved her, the friends who feel she betrayed their trust, and the new life just beginning to grow inside her, she believes her future is as empty as her body. But then Christian, the boy next door, starts coming around. Playing his guitar and pushing her to create art once more. She meets some new friends at the local community center, plus even gets her dad to look her in the eye again…sort of.
But can Brynn open up her heart to truly find her life’s own beauty, when living for the after means letting go of the before?
This is a Young Adult title.
Source: eARC for Honest Review from Entangled Publishing & NetGalley
Genre: YA Contemporary
Sometimes I forget what its like being a teenager. Where we are so emotional with no logic. For Brynn she just lost her mom and wants no needs to feel loved and beautiful. She wants what her parents have so the minute someone calls her his beautiful she melts and falls 'in love'. This need is so strong she doesn't see how things actually are and hides this new part of her life.
Then the unthinkable happens and she gets pregnant to only have the truth slap her in the face. With this truth comes the ugliness of what she thought was the love of her life as well as with her friends and dad.
Brynn doesn't know how to handle all of this as most YA 's don't so she pushes people away and runs and hides until her junior high crush resurfaces back in her life as her new neighbor.
Christian has dealt with his own issues and just moves forward and expects the same from everyone (typical boy). He has always liked Brynn and sees the potential in her but his approach is not what she needs.
As Christian and Brynn figure out their own lives they become friends and a little more but this journey wasn't about Brynn truly finding the love of her life but finding the beauty and love in herself.
You truly can't love anyone else until you can love yourself. Once Brynn is able to see her own beautiful she is able to move forward and live each day in the present and see what happens.
Nyrae Dawn is truly one of my favorites and this book is different than her other books but it had a beautiful message and was well done. I think all YA should read this story for the importance of loving themselves and finding true beauty. With this everyone is more capable of living life know matter what is thrown your way.
4 Beautiful Thumbs up!