Review: Positively Beautiful by Wendy Mills

5 out of 5 stars

“You cannot truly love, live, or exist without courage. Without it you are simply biding your time until you die.”

This is right up my alley. Erin is my kind of gal-dorky, instrospective, and self- deprecating and although the story is sad, it is still very entertaining and relatable. It started out light and even funny but by the end of the book, I was wiping away unwanted snot and tears. Damn this book!

I couldn’t imagine what it must be to have a mom who has cancer and then inherit that gene, the BRCA mutation that gives her 80 percent chance of having cancer as well and on top of that are her personal struggles as a teenager. So I couldn’t blame Erin for her irrational actions, for trying to escape, for wanting someone to notice her without her having to scream for help.

I love the spirit of courage in this book and how brave and strong Erin is. Yes, she cried a lot, and yet she braved it out. She chose to learn from her mistakes and chose to be there for her mom even if it was killing her to watch her mom breathe her last while knowing the same could be her fate someday.

I love the element of flying, both its literal and symbolic use in the story. It’s an escape for Erin but at the same time it also means embracing life and courage. It’s also her way of remembering her dad and his bravery and I love how all of these things perfectly blend and led to the theme of the story. 

Published by AJ

Hi! I'm Aj from the Philippines. Obviously I love to read and write and from years of experience I have learned that when you love something so much, you would do it absolutely for free so here I am writing stuff for all people to see in the hopes that at least one or maybe two souls could benefit or get little inspiration from what they will read from this blog. Enjoy and spread the love! ;)

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