Book Review Of “We Were Beautiful” By Heather Hepler @BlinkYABooks @Heather_Hepler

It’s been a year since fifteen-year-old Mia Hopkins was in the car crash that killed her older sister and left her terribly scarred. The doctors tell her she was lucky to survive. Her therapist says it will take time to heal. The police reports claim there were trace amounts of alcohol in her bloodstream. But no matter how much she tries to reconstruct the events of that fateful night, Mia’s memory is spotty at best. She’s left with accusations, rumors, and guilt so powerful it could consume her.

As the rest of Mia’s family struggles with their own grief, Mia is sent to New York City to spend the summer with a grandmother she’s never met. All Mia wants to do is hide from the world, but instead she’s stuck with a summer job in the bustling kitchens of the cafe down the street. There she meets Fig–blue-haired, friendly, and vivacious–who takes Mia under her wing. As Mia gets to know Fig and her friends–including Cooper, the artistic boy who is always on Mia’s mind–she realizes that she’s not the only one with a painful past.

Over the summer, Mia begins to learn that redemption isn’t as impossible as she once thought, but her scars inside run deep and aren’t nearly so simple to heal … especially when Mia finally pieces together her memories of the night Rachel died.

Thank you Blink YA Books for gifting me a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I give this book a 3.5 out of 5 Stars.

It was adorable, and sweet, and pulled on the heartstrings. This was book weighed pretty heavy on my heart, and if I could walk a mile in Mia’s shoes, I don’t think that I would want to. The poor little girl went through way too much for a girl her age.

It ran a little slow in some spots, but I think other aspects of the book make up for that. I think this is going to be a good read for young girls/young adults. This was a complicated family, and I think a lot of the population of readers can relate to that. Mia’s friends were a good mix of all types of personalities, very eclectic.

I love books that are dramatic, and deal with dysfunctional families. This book was heavy in the grief department, so if you are looking for something light, and fluffy, this is not it.

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