Thursday, May 5, 2016

BEAUTIFUL BOY by Leddy Harper - REVIEW


About BEAUTIFUL BOY

One introverted girl. One extroverted guy. One assignment. One afternoon. Then everything changed…
“You destroyed me.” Novah wanted nothing more than to walk away, never see him again. She was determined to pick up the pieces of her tarnished reputation and move on. Her torture became her muse, earning her well-deserved notoriety for capturing beauty with her lens. She had come full circle. She had it all…until he returned.
Nolan found himself surrounded by the grim facets of life, no longer the prominent boy from an affluent family who’d caught Novah’s eye. The years had been unkind and left him in the dark, painful trenches of life. He needed her help.
Fifteen years can equate to a lifetime of change, neither one the same person they once were. Despite the humiliation, the latent wounds, the missing years…they’re destined to heal one another in unexpected ways.
“You saved me.” 

REVIEW:

This is the story of the super, popular Senior and the shy, invisible Freshman as they connect one sunny afternoon during a photography assignment. This is the story of a bitter business man and a gun shy photographer as they come together again fifteen years after both of their worlds were shattered.

Novah never expected Nolan to get in touch with her fifteen years after he destroyed her life. In fact, she hoped she'd never see him again - EVER. When Nolan uses Novah's career against her and challenges her to find beauty in the most unlikely of places, she accepts (her best friend actually gets her into this by pretending to be her in a heated email exchanged).

Soon, Novah discovers the reasons for Nolan's anger. She never knew what happened to him after the incident in high school. She never believed his story that he didn't do the things that ruined her life. She never knew that he had true feelings for her then. Never knew that hurting her killed him inside. That he blamed her for everything he has gone through - all the pain, the loss, the anger.

Nolan never knew how the incident followed Novah through all four years of high school. How guys never asked her out on real dates. They only teased her for what happened with Nolan in her freshman year. Expected her to put out like the slut everyone thought she was. He never knew that she turned her heart to stone in order to prevent being shattered again.

With a lot of patience, Novah begins the process of showing beauty to Nolan again. Slowly he learns to let her inside his world. He confronts his demons and learns about other issues that prevent him from living a fulfilling life.

Together, the heal. Together, they have peace. Together, they have love.

To get an idea of the kind of issues you'll be dealing with in this book, take a look at Michael Stokes' photography. Particularly his work with wounded soldiers. The beauty in these photos is amazing. The bravery we can see is awesome. Nolan is just as brave. He is determined to fight to become the man that Novah deserves. Novah is just as brave in her perseverance. She never gives up on Nolan, but she also doesn't let him use her as a crutch. She gives him space when he needs it - even though he doesn't want it. She is strong for the both of them in order to give Nolan the time he needs to understand his troubles.

BEAUTIFUL BOY is a beautiful love story. You don't want to miss it.
























Check out Michael's work at:
http://michaelstokes.net/
http://michaelstokes.tumblr.com/
https://www.instagram.com/stokes_photo/
Great article about his wounded soldiers work.

Anne Geddes photographed children that suffered ill effects from meningitis. She wanted to show the beauty of survival.


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About Leddy Harper

Leddy Harper had to use her imagination often as a child. She grew up the only girl in a house full of boys. At the age of fourteen, she decided to use that imagination and wrote her first book, and never stopped. She often calls writing her therapy, using it as a way to deal with issues through the eyes of her characters. She is now a mother of three girls, leaving her husband as the only man in a house full of females. The decision to publish her first book was made as a way of showing her children to go after whatever it is they want to. Love what you do and do it well. Most importantly Leddy wanted to teach them what it means to overcome their fears.

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