Yeah, nope. I have no interest whatsoever in reading We Were Beautiful by Heather Hepler. Literally nothing about this book appeals to me, which shouldn’t really be all that surprising considering how picky I can be about contemporaries. I imagine this will be a great story for some, especially those who want to read about healing after a loss, but I just can’t bring myself to feel interested in it at all. Especially when drunk driving deaths aren’t something I want to read about.
So, this one I’ll be avoiding.
It’s been a year since fifteen-year-old Mia Hopkins was in the car crash that killed her older sister and left her terribly scarred. The doctors tell her she was lucky to survive. Her therapist says it will take time to heal. The police reports claim there were trace amounts of alcohol in her bloodstream. But no matter how much she tries to reconstruct the events of that fateful night, Mia’s memory is spotty at best. She’s left with accusations, rumors, and guilt so powerful it could consume her.
As the rest of Mia’s family struggles with their own grief, Mia is sent to New York City to spend the summer with a grandmother she’s never met. All Mia wants to do is hide from the world, but instead she’s stuck with a summer job in the bustling kitchens of the cafe down the street. There she meets Fig–blue-haired, friendly, and vivacious–who takes Mia under her wing. As Mia gets to know Fig and her friends–including Cooper, the artistic boy who is always on Mia’s mind–she realizes that she’s not the only one with a painful past.
Over the summer, Mia begins to learn that redemption isn’t as impossible as she once thought, but her scars inside run deep and aren’t nearly so simple to heal … especially when Mia finally pieces together her memories of the night Rachel died.
How do you feel about We Were Beautiful? Is it a book you’ll be adding to your TBR? Do you feel somewhat reluctant to read it? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments! And happy reading!