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Everything Beautiful by Simmone Howell - Review

Monday, August 31, 2015

Where did I get it? I saw on Goodreads that Kath had liked it because the protagonist is fat, so I scoured eBay for it. 

What's it about? Riley Rose is a rebel. Finding things hard after the death of her mum and her dad's new
girlfriend moves in, she rebels by staying out all night, drinking, going to parties, all of that stuff. Norma, her dad's girlfriend, thinks that Jesus Camp is the best place for her, so she's packed off. There she meets bullies, people who are far too much into Jesus for her liking, and Dylan, who is hot, and who is disabled. She's dead set on rebelling at camp, too, but maybe she's not as much of a badass as she'd like to think. She's unapologetically plus size, which I liked.

What age range is it for? A mature 14.  

Are any main characters LGBTQ+? It's not said 

Are any main characters non-white? Yes, although it's a bit clumsily done. 

Are any main characters disabled either mentally or physically? Yes, Dylan, and it's handled sensitively.

Is there any sex stuff? Yes, two incidences, and I think they're both extremely well written. One is really beautiful, too!

Are drugs mentioned or used? Yes. 

Is there any talk of death? Yes, but it's not explicit or gory. 

Are there swear words? A few, not many.

Would I recommend the book? Yes, I liked it. Riley is a likeable character mostly because she is so flawed, and I liked reading a YA novel set in Australia. 

How many stars? 8 out of 10 

Where is the book going now? I'm not sure - I'll probably keep it

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