I am honoured and thrilled to be taking part today in the #UlimateBlogTour
organised by TheWriteReads for What Beauty There Is by Cory Anderson.
- Published: 08/04/2021
- ISBN: 9780241441718
- Length: 368 Pages
- Dimensions: 222mm x 34mm x 144mm
- Weight: 483g
- RRP: £12.99
- Imprint: Penguin
When everything you love is in danger, how long can you keep running to survive?
Life can be brutal
Winter in Idaho. The sky is dark. It is cold enough to crack bones.
Jack knew it
Jack Dahl has nothing left. Except his younger brother, Matty, who he’d die for. Their mother is gone, and their funds are quickly dwindling, Jack needs to make a choice: lose his brother to foster care, or find the drug money that sent his father to prison.
So did I
Ava lives in isolation, a life of silence. For seventeen years her father, a merciless man, has controlled her fate. He has taught her to love no one.
Did I feel the flutter of wings when Jack and I met? Did I sense the coming tornado?
But now Ava wants to break the rules – to let Jack in and open her heart. Then she discovers that Jack and her father are stalking the same money, and suddenly Ava is faced with a terrible choice: remain silent or speak out and help the brothers survive.
Looking back, I think I did . . .
Perfect for fans of Patrick Ness, Meg Rosoff and Daniel Woodrell, What Beauty There Is an unforgettable debut novel that is as compulsive as it is beautiful, and unflinchingly explores the power of determination, survival and love.
‘Beautifully written and superbly constructed, Anderson pulls you onto a chilling footpath of love and loss and keeps you there until you’ve read every last word’ Ruta Sepetys, bestselling author of Between Shades of Grey.
This book surprised me, it was not what I was expecting at all!
What Beauty There Is is something very different in the YA genre. It has a level of intelligence and sophistication normally held for adult novels.
I found the pace quite slow (this is not a criticism, it works well in this case), and I certainly can’t describe it as the usual ‘fast-paced thriller’ or a ‘page-turner’. Instead, this novel is profoundly chilling, absorbing, and full of suspense. For the desolate setting, desperate characters, and depressing circumstances, it is still beautiful. You are drawn in through the style of writing, as though you are there, in realtime with the characters. It is a slow read but in such a way that you can fully see, understand, and respect the thought that the author has put into every word of every line, it is poignant and impactful.
I had to frequently take a break, process, and then return to the book, it is not the sort of novel you can fly through, or skim-read, you really have to take in every aspect of it.
Due to the many trigger warnings involved, I would probably only recommend this book for the uppermost range of the YA audience.
Thank you to Penguin Random House for the proof copy and The Write Reads for inviting me on the tour.
Cory Anderson is a winner of the League of Utah Writers Young Adult Novel Award and Grand Prize in the Storymakers Conference First Chapter Contest. She lives in Utah with her family. What Beauty There Is is her debut novel.