Sunday, March 2, 2014

Review: Searching for Beautiful by Nyrae Dawn

Title: Searching for Beautiful
Author: Nyrae Dawn
Category: Romance/ Contemporary
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Publication Date: March 4, 2014 by Entangled Publishing 
*ARC received from publishing company in exchange for an honest review* 
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.

 My Thoughts  

I haven’t read many books my Nyrae Dawn, but the few I have, I have simple adored. Now, I was very excited about this one. I knew it wasn’t like my usual reads (the subject something I tend to stay away from), but I just really wanted to give it a try. 

Now I did enjoy the story, but, sadly, I didn’t love it. Nyrae did a wonderful job with the pace and buildup of her story and plot. But I just couldn’t really connect with the characters on certain levels. And I felt she did handle the darker situations well. The building of the story was decent. And I felt like the book was told very simply, as in detail. 
"I see her now." I stop and look at him. "Um, see who?" "You. The girl I used to know."
The characters were interesting. I just couldn’t really fall for them and some kind of ticked me off. Brynn, poor girl, is just having a tough year. A lot happens to her and in turn, her whole life shifts. I really felt for her, what she had to go through, I couldn't imagine. And I felt she did handle certain aspects of it all well. Her character growth was noticeable, though a bit slow though, but there nonetheless.

I was really happy when Christian entered the story. I really liked his character. Like Brynn, he has his faults. What I liked about him is that he just didn’t give a crap about certain things, especially when it came to the rumors of Brynn. I also liked that Brynn and Christian were once friends before he moved away. That, to me, brought in a nice dynamic to their growing relationship and also brought in a nice backstory with the two.

I’m gonna be honest, Brynn’s friends pissed me off. That whole situation just didn’t sit right with me and I felt that they didn’t process or handle things like friends should have. This is my opinion, of course.
"I wanted to see your smile again. Because you're beautiful when you smile and you've lost it, too."
What Brynn goes through was really heartbreaking. I also felt that she could of handle certain situations that came up better. But again, she is a young girl and she displayed a lot of naivety throughout the book. She did grow quite a bit by the end of the story, which I was happy to see. I also felt that Christian was a great balance to her. When Christian moves back and when Brynn reconnects with him and his mother that seemed to give Brynn the pieces she needed to move on with her life. 

Searching for Beautiful was a story about a girl learning to re-love and overcoming horrible events in her life. Though I didn’t love the story, I did enjoy it. It was nicely told and did present some nice characters. I would definitely recommend this one to readers who love heartbreaking situations where characters have to learn to overcome them. 


  1. I haven't read anything by this author but I have been curious about her books. Don't think ill start with this one though, maybe something else. Mu hate when I can't connect with the characters and don't even get me started in friends that don't act like friends. Glad you enjoyed even though you didn't love it. Great review.

  2. I just finished with this one. I think I'm feeling the same way as you. I liked it, but wasn't blown away. I really loved Christian and Brenda, but I just had a hard time with Brynn. I also had a hard time with her friends. I didn't like how they ignored her at school- it really felt wrong to me.

  3. Nice review Magen!! Shame you didn't love this one, but it sounds like an intense read. I have read a few of Nyrae's books myself and she seems to put in some strong subject matter.

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  4. I just read this one, and agree it was heartbreaking. I couldn't stand Brynn's friends, and think she was better off without them. I absolutely loved Christian, and Brenda was great! I'm glad you enjoyed this one, even if it didn't blow you away. Great Review Magen!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

  5. Glad you enjoyed it despite its flaws.


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