My full review of What Beauty There Is by Cory Anderson is here! My second post for the WriteReads Ultimate Tour, it’s a little late unfortunately but it took me a bit longer to finish the book than I wanted. It was difficult to put this down but sometimes life gets in the way of reading. Let’s get into the review!
What Beauty There Is by Cory Anderson
Genre: YA Thriller
Publisher: Penguin Imprint
Winter. The sky is dark. It is cold enough to crack bones.
Jack Morton has nothing left. Except his younger brother, Matty, who he’d do anything for. Even die for. Now with their mother gone, and their funds quickly dwindling, Jack needs to make a choice: lose his brother to foster care, or find the drug money that sent his father to prison. He chooses the money.
Ava Bardem lives in isolation, a life of silence. For seventeen years her father has controlled her fate. He has taught her to love no one. Trust no one. Now Victor Bardem is stalking the same money as Jack. When he picks up Jack’s trail, Ava must make her own wrenching choice: remain silent or help the brothers survive.
Choices. They come at a price.
Pain. It’s an ongoing theme in What Beauty There Is and for good reason. We see the world through various eyes but mainly the story follows Jack and his brother Matty. The emotions hit you right from the start and don’t let you go all the way to the end. Jack has such heart and love for his brother. It’s something that you can feel in every action, every choice he takes. His determination to protect him. The pain he wants to hide him from. It hurts.
What I enjoyed about this book the most was Jack, Matty and Ava’s interactions. I felt the hurt, the wounds, the love, the tears. It’s hard to fully describe how I felt about this book and I don’t want to spoil anything. I will say that the end of this book is bittersweet and it brought me to tears. I loved the story and the journey that I was taken on.
So what didn’t I like? I didn’t like the ‘bad guys’ not only because they were terrible people but because I felt that they were too good. It is like those movies where the bad guy kicks ass and is just perfect at it. It’s unrealistic. Despite that, a fact that I think doesn’t take too much away from the story, it works. Jack, Ava, Matty, Doyle. Hell even Maggie were all the better parts that pulled it all together.
I loved the formatting of this book, there were parts that were poetic and full of emotion, and the chapter set up was actually really intriguing. It wasn’t something that I had seen before and I think that always works really well for me.
Buy this book. Especially if you want to read a book with so much heart that yours may break just a little bit.
You can check out my first chapter review where you can find more details about the author.
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