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[ Pdf Something Beautiful É fiction PDF ] by Amanda Gernentz Hanson ô I was given this book to read as a formatting check for the e arc and I just have to say, WOW Not only is the cover beautiful, but the book itself is just wonderful I will preface by saying I have never read a LGBTQ specific book, so I went in unsure what to expect However, as I was reading I was just drawn into the love story of Declan and Cordelia Although it may not be traditional, it has to be one of the most powerful loves I have ever read about The writing itself it beautiful, lending a seamless view into the story being told I felt myself there with the characters andthan once found myself laughing, sighing, or crying with them All in all this was just a wonderful book and a fantastic debut for an extremely talented writer Well done, Ms Hanson This book was fantastic It was nice to see a sexually fluid character, and that the confusion over this wasn t glossed over I don t usually get emotional over books, but I did with this one It was great A copy was provided by the Publisher in exchange for an honest reviewDNF 34%This book is marketed as an LGBTQAIP book but it s all about the allocishet ally I had to stop reading because the MC tried to out Declan against his will and that is not just a shit thing to do, it s also dangerous and homophobic.
It s so rare to find a book that s willing to delve this deeply into the experiences of sexually fluid or bisexual characters The author handles Declan s sexuality and the role it plays in his life and the lives of others in a way that is both honest and sensitive She delivers a story that dives deep into questions of how love changes and is changed by our lives while giving the personal journeys of the characters a Shakespearean significance And it s full of hilarious little lines like Hey inside voices my dad shouts Highly recommend I was given this book to read as a formatting check for the e arc and I just have to say, WOW Not only is the cover beautiful, but the book itself is just wonderful I will preface by saying I have never read a LGBTQ specific book, so I went in unsure what to expect However, as I was reading I was just drawn into the love story of Declan and Cordelia Although it may not be traditional, it has to be one of the most powerful loves I have ever read about The writing itself it beautiful, lending a seamless view into the story being told I felt myself there with the characters andthan once found myself laughing, sighing, or crying with them All in all this was just a wonderful book and a fantastic debut for an extremely talented writer Well done, Ms Hanson This book was fantastic It was nice to see a sexually fluid character, and that the confusion over this wasn t glossed over I don t usually get emotional over books, but I did with this one It was great A copy was provided by the Publisher in exchange for an honest reviewDNF 34%This book is marketed as an LGBTQAIP book but it s all about the allocishet ally I had to stop reading because the MC tried to out Declan against his will and that is not just a shit thing to do, it s also dangerous and homophobic.
It s so rare to find a book that s willing to delve this deeply into the experiences of sexually fluid or bisexual characters The author handles Declan s sexuality and the role it plays in his life and the lives of others in a way that is both honest and sensitive She delivers a story that dives deep into questions of how love changes and is changed by our lives while giving the personal journeys of the characters a Shakespearean significance And it s full of hilarious little lines like Hey inside voices my dad shouts Highly recommend TRIGGER WARNINGS self harm, depression, anxiety, suicide attempt, shooting, death, use of queer, homophobiaSomething Beautiful is about two best friends, Cordelia Quinn and Declan MacLeod, who have known each other since they were three and how they navigate friendship, growing up, and identity with and without the other person And as they grow older, Cordelia struggles with mental illness and Declan fights to come to grips with his sexuality It is a novel meant for a bigger purpose, driven by social issues and personal struggles But the delivery is lacking, and it fails to really leave a mark on the reader, imo.
The earlier chapters detail Cordelia and Declan s childhood, and understandably their voices come of as immature But I was thoroughly confused albeit somewhat curious by their dynamic as children Here, the characters are written such that their diction and syntax are child like, but the characters and their words don t mix It s almost like sifting through oil and water, reading and realizing how detached the words and their characters are I always felt like Cord and Dec were adults trapped in little kids bodiesAnd that was only part of my problem with the voice I felt that the writing was weak overall, it read like a familiar, disappointing fanfiction, and that disappointed me further.
Characterization was also an issue for me, because all the characters read flat The mental health issues Cord was battling, the rocky road Dec had to navigate as he came to terms with his sexuality, the grief and loss of life, friendship, and love could have all given these charactersdimensions Instead, the lost voice and inconsistent writing leave the characters flat While the author does switch between Cordelia and Declan s POVs, her writing and voice do not change, leaving all the characters feeling like the same person The secondary and tertiary characters, like Adam or Peter, are no different Which begs to question why there are two alternating points of view at all All their actions are the same, all their words recycled until there is no substance left to those actions words The characters have conflict with each other, but it never lasts too long everything seems resolved with a quick I love you, and that was frustrating.
Also, where did everyone go view spoiler Adam dies, yes Peter goes from one night stand to best friend to life partner after Cornelia gives him a stern talking to to Declan, Cornelia dies, Declan will always love her, blah blah blah hide spoiler My hastiness to often judge a book by its cover tends to lead to great difficulty in getting invested in a story at times, but honestly I couldn t put this one down This was a quick and compelling read I felt haunted by the darkness at times, and the ending will have you redefining cathartic Beautifully written, the unexpected turns throughout this powerful love story will keep you swiftly turning the pages for .
Cordelia And Declan Have Been Best Friends Since They Were Three Years Old By The Time They Hit Middle School, Cordelia Cord, To Declan Is Already Feeling The Blackness In Her Life As Depression Takes Hold Their Mutual Attraction To Each Other Leads To A Serious High School Relationship, One With Their Foundation Of Friendship At The Forefront Cordelia Seems To Have Her Mental Health Under Control All Appears To Be Well However, When Declan Starts To Accept His Own Fluid Sexuality, It Sets Something In Motion In Their Lives That Is Both Beautiful And Tragic As They Learn To Love Each Other For Who They Are Note I received a free eBook copy of Something Beautiful by Pen Name Publish, in exchange for a review However, the content of the review is 100% my own personal opinion.
I ve done a lot of reading this year I read the entire Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy I read the Red Queen series But this book This was, hands down, one of the best books I ve read this year.
Now, before I start, I just want to say this book received a lot of negative reviews, and I just don t understand it I actually decided to talk further in depth about these negative reviews at the bottom of this review, so if you re interested in comparing my opinion with theirs, feel free to go read that But my personal, spoiler free review will remain in this top part Also, a quick warning, this book does contain some difficult themes such as self harm and suicide The Premise Declan and Cordelia have been friends since they were three years old They grew up together, and understood each other in a way no one else could In their high school years, they dated, planned to get married, but then Declan starts to realize he might be gay, which leaves him wondering why he s clearly attracted to men over women, but still feels such strong love for Cordelia.
What I Liked 1 I loved the perspective switch While in some books this can be really disjointing for a reader, I found this transition smooth and,importantly, perfectly placed It was such an interesting dynamic to see what both characters thought of each other, and view them through outsider eyes.
2 The rawness of this book just as real life is not sugarcoated, this book will take you on highs higher than drugs, and then throw you to rock bottom where you ll cry for a good half hour.
3 The relationships in this book this is not a romance This is an exploration to two souls connecting despite all variables and odds And I love how other relationships came and went through the book, but time and time again, these two souls found each other.
4 The transition through life I loved reading about Cordelia and Declan as kids, and seeing them grow and mature before my eyes The characterization was wonderful, and it was really clear to me what ages they were at every stage of the book without having to be told.
What I Disliked 1 I think that in some places the pacing was slightly off, ordescription could have been added just to make the words flow a little better But for the most part, this was done well.
2 I also would have loved to seeof Lucas and Stella.
The Characters Cordelia I loved being in Cordelia s head She s an amazing character and she overcame so much in her life.
Declan Declan was so sweet, so fleshed out, and such a lovely character to get to know The way he handles everything with Cordelia, as well as Lucas and everything else, is so admirable Adam Man, Adam is such a conflicting topic My first impression of him was not a good one, because of how he s portrayed in such a small space of the book, but I could still feel the impact he left behind.
Peter I really didn t like Peter at first, but towards the end I came to appreciate his presence and understand his importance.
Lucas Stella SO CUTE I wish we hadof them crying Final Thoughts I feel like I just can t reiterate enough how much I love this book and how IMPORTANT this book is I hope many, manypeople read it and find the same love for it that I did I recognize that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but I would like to just touch on a few points bought up in negative reviews for this book, and why I disagree with those points I hope it helps anyone trying to decide whether to read this book or not, and influences them to give it a chance.
SPOILERS AHEAD Problem 1 Cordelia s Perspective as Opposed to Declan s Some readers felt that Declan s perspective should have been maintained throughout the entire book, because he is an LBGT character in a story exploring LBGT issues.
I am not a member of the LBGT community by which, I mean I am a straight female I do support the LGBT community wholeheartedly However, when it comes to literature, film, video games basically anything in which people from these communities have a chance to make their voice heard, it s either well received or completely criticized What people seem to misunderstand is that storytelling is made up of multiple themes and elements One element alone does not become the centre focus of the story without all these various elements, there would not be a story.
The same thing occurs in life.
We are all human We all have feelings, emotions, appearances, personalities, traits, and we all exist together on this Earth The universe does not exist for white people alone, or people of colour alone It does not exist for straight couples, or gay couples, or transgender people alone It does not exist for one race alone We are all here to co exist together, and form a much larger story Stories are written in the perspective of the person who can best convey the story, from the perspective most effective for the story And this still rings true with Cordelia and Declan in Something Beautiful Cordelia s perspective is crucial for the reader to understand how Declan affects her life, and the people around her This is not a story centring on Declan alone it s the story of their life and how it entwines from start to finish.
A good example of this being done before is Harper Lee s To Kill a Mocking Bird, which is a literature classic, studied in schools, and it explores many controversial issues of the time including slavery, people of colour, and equal rights That book is told through the eyes of a young, white girl But you don t see people criticizing that book because it wasn t told in the perspective of Tom Robinson So to criticize Something Beautiful for being told through the eyes of an external, straight character, who observes the conflict of a particular, queer character, is kind of stupid.
Problem 2 Failure to Effectively Explore Mental Health Issues Some readers felt that Cordelia s mental health was portrayed without tact and that many scenes in the book were too uncomfortable to read They also felt that Cordelia and Declan s relationship was unhealthy because they were too co dependant.
Okay well, I m not going to be nice about this one News flash it s not meant to be comfortable to read Never, at any stage, is mental illness going to be easy to endure, or talk about It s not And the book captures that Not many authors can capture the realness of something so dark.
As for the aftermath, which many people seemed to portray as an unhealthy, co dependant relationship everyone deals with mental health differently, and those who do have it sometimes need someone to rely on Besides, I do not see how Declan and Cordelia s relationship was too co dependant when they spent a good chunk of the book living in separate cities while raising kids I mean come on, that s pretty independent And parenthood is a partnership, so realistically, they should be depending on each other.
Problem 3 Misrepresentation of Queer Characters in Fiction Some readers felt like Declan was not properly represented to be queer due to his feelings for Cordelia.
I completely disagree with this Declan s character made perfect sense to me Love is one of the hardest things in the world to make sense of, and our society is obsessed with labelling people a certain way They have to be clear about who they re attracted to, right down to whether it s men or women And if it s both, the correct term is supposed to be bisexual.
But when our bodies were formed, and the existence of genders and sexuality came into being, there was no external force dictating that love is black and white that sexuality one thing or another Declan is something else entirely, but he still identifies as a queer character, and I still think the correct labelling is queer over bisexual.
Anyone who gets hung up over this tiny detail is missing the entire concept of the book it breaks past the labels of sexuality, and shows a relationship that is purely two souls connecting despite a ton of variables and odds Something Beautiful is a story that needs to be read and Declan is one the most impressive characters to be introduced into the LBGT fiction community In fact, dare I suggest, the literature world itself.
Now, the stem of this issue really comes from the fact that the LBGT community is generally misunderstood, and it s always been a battle to make people understand why people have different sexualities So, there is a predetermined expectation that all LGBT literature must explore the reasoning behind why a character feels a certain way, preferably through witnessing a detailed, romantic relationship that fits one of the above labels, and if it doesn t, it s a total flop I don t know why people are bagging this book out just because it failed to meet their expectations This is a fresh voice in diverse literature, and it s a step in the right direction.
People get upset It s what they do and it s what they ve been programmed to do the moment they decided to fight for equal rights It s what people have to do because the world is full of conflicting opinions And while I understand the need, and the right, to fight for equal rights and equal representation, I really don t think all LBGT literature needs to meet this restrictive expectation Again, we are all here to co exist together, and form a much larger story And the story of life is one big, fat mess Nothing is black or white there are always going to be variables to everything in life And that is why I think Declan s character was not misrepresented at all the inner conflict he has to sort through is a story that s evidently not seen a lot in the LBGT community, and that s why I think it s so important that it gets read bypeople.
And finally, just a thought on diversity in literature from the perspective of a writer Diversity in literature isn t always possible.
I constantly see people asking for diversity in fiction, forLBGT characters Just as I always see people wantingrepresentation in video games, and films So why would you attack authors who do go out of their way to deliver these kinds of stories for you A story always has certain characters for a reason We can t just chuck in a handful of people of queer characters, just to even out the cast If I d done that in my fantasy series Lanterns in the Sky, it would have made zero sense Because that s not the purpose of my story My story has nothing to do with people of differing sexualities, and trying to mix them in would take away from the plot I want to include these people in my stories, but only when they can contribute meaningfully and wholeheartedly to the story.
Unfortunately, this will be an ongoing issue with diverse literature I think we should be encouraging multiple voices to come forward in the literature world, and share their stories of diverse and queer characters, instead of attacking every attempt an author makes to do just that Because it s not possible for diverse characters to make an appearance in every single type of story We needindividual stories that include these characters And Something Beautiful does a tremendous job it s a wonderful book and it explores so many issues that readers can resonate withAnd, just as a side note, if you really feel singled out just because you re not seeing diverse or queer characters in the majority of your books, then maybe you re missing the whole point of reading Might I suggest you check the blurb before you go picking your books up originally posted fell in love with this story immediately and may of accidentally finished it within a day, sorry not sorry The story starts of in present day with Cordelia promoting her new book Within the first chapter we also meet Declan and some hints are given to where they are now in their lives, we are then transported back to there childhood and effectively where their story begins It was great watching the two friends develop together through childhood, preteen to adolescence, it was also great to see the author dive straight in and address the hard hitting topics of this book From the synopsis you can probably guess it explores issues of depression and discovering your sexuality, it also does take things one step further with issues of self harm, suicide and to be honest tragedy in general, so potentially if any of these are trigger warnings to you then this may not be the book for you.
Both characters had strong development and had distinct voices, my favourite out of the two was definitely Declan and it would of been nice to see somechapters in his POV Not that I didn t enjoy reading Cordelia s chapters The flow of the book works quite well, flipping between the POV as well past and present and the internal dilemmas of both characters are not shied away from, they are presented in a real, raw and very emotional way The ending I didn t see coming, perhaps it was hinted out but I must of missed it all, I don t want to give away any spoilers but man the emotions were real The only problem I had with the book was that I felt it could of been longer, not just cause I was enjoying the book but because it covered a lot of significant life events for both characters and at times felt like it was squished together Definitely a book I would recommend though Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
When I picked up this book I wasn t initially going to read it right away, I just started reading a few chapters and before I knew, I was well into the book and I couldn t stop This book follows the two characters Cordelia and Declan from when they were very young to the age of 25 30 Initially, the two are just really good friends but throughout the story, their relationship changes into something new It is not just about their friendship, but also about Cordelia s mental health She suffers from depression and suicidal thoughts and I thought it was very well incorporated in the story The story is at the same time sad and uplifting Declan struggles with his sexuality and it covers a topic of sexuality that I haven t really read about before.
I am giving this book 4 stars because it was addicting and fun to read, while still covering really important topics such as mental health and sexuality I was super happy to have received a copy of this book via this giveaway and I highly recommend it It reminded me a lot of Love, Rosie I ve only seen the movie and if you liked the way of storytelling in the movie I can t say much about the book , I would definitely recommend checking this book out also the cover is stunning heart eyes

My hastiness to often judge a book by its cover tends to lead to great difficulty in getting invested in a story at times, but honestly I couldn t put this one down This was a quick and compelling read I felt haunted by the darkness at times, and the ending will have you redefining cathartic Beautifully written, the unexpected turns throughout this powerful love story will keep you swiftly turning the pages for .
TRIGGER WARNINGS self harm, depression, anxiety, suicide attempt, shooting, death, use of queer, homophobiaSomething Beautiful is about two best friends, Cordelia Quinn and Declan MacLeod, who have known each other since they were three and how they navigate friendship, growing up, and identity with and without the other person And as they grow older, Cordelia struggles with mental illness and Declan fights to come to grips with his sexuality It is a novel meant for a bigger purpose, driven by social issues and personal struggles But the delivery is lacking, and it fails to really leave a mark on the reader, imo.
The earlier chapters detail Cordelia and Declan s childhood, and understandably their voices come of as immature But I was thoroughly confused albeit somewhat curious by their dynamic as children Here, the characters are written such that their diction and syntax are child like, but the characters and their words don t mix It s almost like sifting through oil and water, reading and realizing how detached the words and their characters are I always felt like Cord and Dec were adults trapped in little kids bodiesAnd that was only part of my problem with the voice I felt that the writing was weak overall, it read like a familiar, disappointing fanfiction, and that disappointed me further.
Characterization was also an issue for me, because all the characters read flat The mental health issues Cord was battling, the rocky road Dec had to navigate as he came to terms with his sexuality, the grief and loss of life, friendship, and love could have all given these charactersdimensions Instead, the lost voice and inconsistent writing leave the characters flat While the author does switch between Cordelia and Declan s POVs, her writing and voice do not change, leaving all the characters feeling like the same person The secondary and tertiary characters, like Adam or Peter, are no different Which begs to question why there are two alternating points of view at all All their actions are the same, all their words recycled until there is no substance left to those actions words The characters have conflict with each other, but it never lasts too long everything seems resolved with a quick I love you, and that was frustrating.
Also, where did everyone go view spoiler Adam dies, yes Peter goes from one night stand to best friend to life partner after Cornelia gives him a stern talking to to Declan, Cornelia dies, Declan will always love her, blah blah blah hide spoiler Note I received a free eBook copy of Something Beautiful by Pen Name Publish, in exchange for a review However, the content of the review is 100% my own personal opinion.
I ve done a lot of reading this year I read the entire Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy I read the Red Queen series But this book This was, hands down, one of the best books I ve read this year.
Now, before I start, I just want to say this book received a lot of negative reviews, and I just don t understand it I actually decided to talk further in depth about these negative reviews at the bottom of this review, so if you re interested in comparing my opinion with theirs, feel free to go read that But my personal, spoiler free review will remain in this top part Also, a quick warning, this book does contain some difficult themes such as self harm and suicide The Premise Declan and Cordelia have been friends since they were three years old They grew up together, and understood each other in a way no one else could In their high school years, they dated, planned to get married, but then Declan starts to realize he might be gay, which leaves him wondering why he s clearly attracted to men over women, but still feels such strong love for Cordelia.
What I Liked 1 I loved the perspective switch While in some books this can be really disjointing for a reader, I found this transition smooth and,importantly, perfectly placed It was such an interesting dynamic to see what both characters thought of each other, and view them through outsider eyes.
2 The rawness of this book just as real life is not sugarcoated, this book will take you on highs higher than drugs, and then throw you to rock bottom where you ll cry for a good half hour.
3 The relationships in this book this is not a romance This is an exploration to two souls connecting despite all variables and odds And I love how other relationships came and went through the book, but time and time again, these two souls found each other.
4 The transition through life I loved reading about Cordelia and Declan as kids, and seeing them grow and mature before my eyes The characterization was wonderful, and it was really clear to me what ages they were at every stage of the book without having to be told.
What I Disliked 1 I think that in some places the pacing was slightly off, ordescription could have been added just to make the words flow a little better But for the most part, this was done well.
2 I also would have loved to seeof Lucas and Stella.
The Characters Cordelia I loved being in Cordelia s head She s an amazing character and she overcame so much in her life.
Declan Declan was so sweet, so fleshed out, and such a lovely character to get to know The way he handles everything with Cordelia, as well as Lucas and everything else, is so admirable Adam Man, Adam is such a conflicting topic My first impression of him was not a good one, because of how he s portrayed in such a small space of the book, but I could still feel the impact he left behind.
Peter I really didn t like Peter at first, but towards the end I came to appreciate his presence and understand his importance.
Lucas Stella SO CUTE I wish we hadof them crying Final Thoughts I feel like I just can t reiterate enough how much I love this book and how IMPORTANT this book is I hope many, manypeople read it and find the same love for it that I did I recognize that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but I would like to just touch on a few points bought up in negative reviews for this book, and why I disagree with those points I hope it helps anyone trying to decide whether to read this book or not, and influences them to give it a chance.
SPOILERS AHEAD Problem 1 Cordelia s Perspective as Opposed to Declan s Some readers felt that Declan s perspective should have been maintained throughout the entire book, because he is an LBGT character in a story exploring LBGT issues.
I am not a member of the LBGT community by which, I mean I am a straight female I do support the LGBT community wholeheartedly However, when it comes to literature, film, video games basically anything in which people from these communities have a chance to make their voice heard, it s either well received or completely criticized What people seem to misunderstand is that storytelling is made up of multiple themes and elements One element alone does not become the centre focus of the story without all these various elements, there would not be a story.
The same thing occurs in life.
We are all human We all have feelings, emotions, appearances, personalities, traits, and we all exist together on this Earth The universe does not exist for white people alone, or people of colour alone It does not exist for straight couples, or gay couples, or transgender people alone It does not exist for one race alone We are all here to co exist together, and form a much larger story Stories are written in the perspective of the person who can best convey the story, from the perspective most effective for the story And this still rings true with Cordelia and Declan in Something Beautiful Cordelia s perspective is crucial for the reader to understand how Declan affects her life, and the people around her This is not a story centring on Declan alone it s the story of their life and how it entwines from start to finish.
A good example of this being done before is Harper Lee s To Kill a Mocking Bird, which is a literature classic, studied in schools, and it explores many controversial issues of the time including slavery, people of colour, and equal rights That book is told through the eyes of a young, white girl But you don t see people criticizing that book because it wasn t told in the perspective of Tom Robinson So to criticize Something Beautiful for being told through the eyes of an external, straight character, who observes the conflict of a particular, queer character, is kind of stupid.
Problem 2 Failure to Effectively Explore Mental Health Issues Some readers felt that Cordelia s mental health was portrayed without tact and that many scenes in the book were too uncomfortable to read They also felt that Cordelia and Declan s relationship was unhealthy because they were too co dependant.
Okay well, I m not going to be nice about this one News flash it s not meant to be comfortable to read Never, at any stage, is mental illness going to be easy to endure, or talk about It s not And the book captures that Not many authors can capture the realness of something so dark.
As for the aftermath, which many people seemed to portray as an unhealthy, co dependant relationship everyone deals with mental health differently, and those who do have it sometimes need someone to rely on Besides, I do not see how Declan and Cordelia s relationship was too co dependant when they spent a good chunk of the book living in separate cities while raising kids I mean come on, that s pretty independent And parenthood is a partnership, so realistically, they should be depending on each other.
Problem 3 Misrepresentation of Queer Characters in Fiction Some readers felt like Declan was not properly represented to be queer due to his feelings for Cordelia.
I completely disagree with this Declan s character made perfect sense to me Love is one of the hardest things in the world to make sense of, and our society is obsessed with labelling people a certain way They have to be clear about who they re attracted to, right down to whether it s men or women And if it s both, the correct term is supposed to be bisexual.
But when our bodies were formed, and the existence of genders and sexuality came into being, there was no external force dictating that love is black and white that sexuality one thing or another Declan is something else entirely, but he still identifies as a queer character, and I still think the correct labelling is queer over bisexual.
Anyone who gets hung up over this tiny detail is missing the entire concept of the book it breaks past the labels of sexuality, and shows a relationship that is purely two souls connecting despite a ton of variables and odds Something Beautiful is a story that needs to be read and Declan is one the most impressive characters to be introduced into the LBGT fiction community In fact, dare I suggest, the literature world itself.
Now, the stem of this issue really comes from the fact that the LBGT community is generally misunderstood, and it s always been a battle to make people understand why people have different sexualities So, there is a predetermined expectation that all LGBT literature must explore the reasoning behind why a character feels a certain way, preferably through witnessing a detailed, romantic relationship that fits one of the above labels, and if it doesn t, it s a total flop I don t know why people are bagging this book out just because it failed to meet their expectations This is a fresh voice in diverse literature, and it s a step in the right direction.
People get upset It s what they do and it s what they ve been programmed to do the moment they decided to fight for equal rights It s what people have to do because the world is full of conflicting opinions And while I understand the need, and the right, to fight for equal rights and equal representation, I really don t think all LBGT literature needs to meet this restrictive expectation Again, we are all here to co exist together, and form a much larger story And the story of life is one big, fat mess Nothing is black or white there are always going to be variables to everything in life And that is why I think Declan s character was not misrepresented at all the inner conflict he has to sort through is a story that s evidently not seen a lot in the LBGT community, and that s why I think it s so important that it gets read bypeople.
And finally, just a thought on diversity in literature from the perspective of a writer Diversity in literature isn t always possible.
I constantly see people asking for diversity in fiction, forLBGT characters Just as I always see people wantingrepresentation in video games, and films So why would you attack authors who do go out of their way to deliver these kinds of stories for you A story always has certain characters for a reason We can t just chuck in a handful of people of queer characters, just to even out the cast If I d done that in my fantasy series Lanterns in the Sky, it would have made zero sense Because that s not the purpose of my story My story has nothing to do with people of differing sexualities, and trying to mix them in would take away from the plot I want to include these people in my stories, but only when they can contribute meaningfully and wholeheartedly to the story.
Unfortunately, this will be an ongoing issue with diverse literature I think we should be encouraging multiple voices to come forward in the literature world, and share their stories of diverse and queer characters, instead of attacking every attempt an author makes to do just that Because it s not possible for diverse characters to make an appearance in every single type of story We needindividual stories that include these characters And Something Beautiful does a tremendous job it s a wonderful book and it explores so many issues that readers can resonate withAnd, just as a side note, if you really feel singled out just because you re not seeing diverse or queer characters in the majority of your books, then maybe you re missing the whole point of reading Might I suggest you check the blurb before you go picking your books up originally posted fell in love with this story immediately and may of accidentally finished it within a day, sorry not sorry The story starts of in present day with Cordelia promoting her new book Within the first chapter we also meet Declan and some hints are given to where they are now in their lives, we are then transported back to there childhood and effectively where their story begins It was great watching the two friends develop together through childhood, preteen to adolescence, it was also great to see the author dive straight in and address the hard hitting topics of this book From the synopsis you can probably guess it explores issues of depression and discovering your sexuality, it also does take things one step further with issues of self harm, suicide and to be honest tragedy in general, so potentially if any of these are trigger warnings to you then this may not be the book for you.
Both characters had strong development and had distinct voices, my favourite out of the two was definitely Declan and it would of been nice to see somechapters in his POV Not that I didn t enjoy reading Cordelia s chapters The flow of the book works quite well, flipping between the POV as well past and present and the internal dilemmas of both characters are not shied away from, they are presented in a real, raw and very emotional way The ending I didn t see coming, perhaps it was hinted out but I must of missed it all, I don t want to give away any spoilers but man the emotions were real The only problem I had with the book was that I felt it could of been longer, not just cause I was enjoying the book but because it covered a lot of significant life events for both characters and at times felt like it was squished together Definitely a book I would recommend though Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
When I picked up this book I wasn t initially going to read it right away, I just started reading a few chapters and before I knew, I was well into the book and I couldn t stop This book follows the two characters Cordelia and Declan from when they were very young to the age of 25 30 Initially, the two are just really good friends but throughout the story, their relationship changes into something new It is not just about their friendship, but also about Cordelia s mental health She suffers from depression and suicidal thoughts and I thought it was very well incorporated in the story The story is at the same time sad and uplifting Declan struggles with his sexuality and it covers a topic of sexuality that I haven t really read about before.
I am giving this book 4 stars because it was addicting and fun to read, while still covering really important topics such as mental health and sexuality I was super happy to have received a copy of this book via this giveaway and I highly recommend it It reminded me a lot of Love, Rosie I ve only seen the movie and if you liked the way of storytelling in the movie I can t say much about the book , I would definitely recommend checking this book out also the cover is stunning heart eyes