Title: Everything Here is Beautiful
Author: Mira T. Lee
Genre: family life, contemporary fiction, mental health
Publish Date: January 16th, 2018
In the end what is owed family? How far is it, before loyalty becomes interference? Two very different sisters, Miranda and Lucia, make their way through life after the death of their mother. Responsible, over-protective Miranda knows she has to look after Lucia who has been diagnosed with a slew of maladies including schizophrenia. Lucia is free spirited, impulsive, and inquisitive; constantly searching for that beautiful life that will give her perfection and finally silence the “serpents” in her head.
Time and again the two butt heads as Lucia jumps head first into crazy situations, and Miranda tries to protect her from the aftermath. Each woman tries to find love and their way in life, while trying to protect their relationship. Love, anger, illness and loyalty. This is a book of emotions and beautiful descriptions.
I loved and hated this book in turn. I wanted to shake each sister, to yell and scream. The characters were so real to me, so beautifully flawed. The description from place to place drew me around the world following Lucia. I loved how the characters interacted to one another, and being allowed to truly see both sides. I felt deeply for Lucia, even though I rarely agreed with her decision making. More than anything, the nearly magical descriptions of people and places through Lucia’s eyes kept me turning pages far past my bed time. The way she saw things and people was unique and beautiful- when she was well everything was beautiful- truly. The highs and lows, roller coasters of the mentally ill, intrigued me. My favorite character was probably Yonah with his enormous heart and constant love of Lucia, whether she deserved it or not. I thought it was very well done, the way you had several different points of views, and the transition between each narrative. For me, this was a five star book.
On the adult content scale, there was sexual content, and language. It could, at times get a little explicit, so I have to give it a seven.
I received this book from First to Read in exchange for an honest review. My thanks.
The book comes out January 16th, 2018. Is it on your TBR list?
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