Everything Beautiful is Not Ruined by Danielle Younge-Ullman

Everything Beautiful Is Not RuinedEverything Beautiful Is Not Ruined by Danielle Younge-Ullman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Of all of the books nominated by the Ontario Library Association for the White Pine program this year in the Forest of Reading, I really liked this one and I would put it in my top 3 of the season. Firstly I feel in love with Ingrid’s childhood tagging around behind her opera-singer mom through Europe. Then you can’t help but get excited as Ingrid enters a school dedicated to the arts, where she excels. Yet intermingled in these trips through the past is Ingrid’s present, where she is in some sort of wilderness-adventure-intervention trip. The twist of these three timelines keeps the reader guessing at how they will align until the very end.

Without giving too much away, Ingrid is carrying a lot more than her backpack through the forest, and she’s even finding time for a love interest or two. I can’t wait to see what Danielle Younge-Ullman writes next. It turns out that I’m not the only one who thinks she’s great….the students at my school and across the province chose Everything Beautiful is Not Ruined as the White Pine winner this year.

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