Transformation, empowerment, love and music come together in the book, Beautiful One.
Elizabeth Ryan is a beautiful, shy, naïve high school senior. Having never dated she meets the boy of her dreams, Aidan Mitchell. Despite his history of womanizing Liz is drawn to him. Soon Liz becomes the envy of all the girls on campus, when they become a couple and her dream boyfriend sweeps her off her feet and into the dating world that is all too new and strange for her. When other guys start to take notice of Liz, Aidan is troubled with fits of jealousy. Elizabeth then meets the ruggedly handsome, Spencer Hayes and they quickly bond over their passion for music. Liz begins to struggle with the feelings that spark between them. In the end Elizabeth finds herself torn between helping Aidan overcome his jealousy and anger and giving into what her heart truly wants.
This is a sweet YA love story of a young woman struggling to find herself. When Liz meets the guy she thinks is perfect, she takes steps to change her appearance. I appreciate she does it in a healthy way, like exercising to lose weight. It obviously would have been better if she did it only for herself and not to try to attract a guy, but that’s not how many teenagers think. Many young women struggle with self-image and self-esteem and Liz is a very realistic character. Of course, the boy of her dreams, turns out to be a toxic relationship and she struggles to realize what true love really is. She has a choice between Aidan and Spencer. High school is an awkward time for everyone and the author does a wonderful job developing the characters and taking you back to those high school moments of self-discovery.
Mary Cope is a freelance writer of romance. Her book, Beautiful One, is the first in a planned trilogy. She is currently writing, Beautiful Mess and Beautiful Life will follow. Mary enjoys spending time with her family, baking gourmet cookies, listening to music and taking long walks with her yellow Labrador, Maggie.
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