Everything Beautiful Is Not Ruined by Danielle Younge-ullmanEverything Beautiful Is Not Ruined by Danielle Younge-ullman

Everything Beautiful Is Not Ruined

byDanielle Younge-ullman

Hardcover | February 21, 2017

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Ingrid traveled all over Europe with her opera star mother, Margot-Sophia. Life was beautiful and bright, and every day soared with music.
Ingrid is on a summertime wilderness survival trek for at-risk teens: addicts, runaways, and her. She’s fighting to survive crushing humiliations, physical challenges that push her to her limits, and mind games that threaten to break her.
When the curtain fell on Margot-Sophia’s singing career, they buried the past and settled into a small, painfully normal life. But Ingrid longed to let the music soar again. She wanted it so much that, for a while, nothing else mattered.
Ingrid is never going to make it through this summer if she can’t figure out why she’s here, what happened to Margot-Sophia, and why the music really stopped.
Danielle Younge-Ullman (danielleyoungeullman.com) studied English and theater at McGill University in Montreal, then worked as professional actor for ten years. This was character-building time during which she held a wild variety of acting and non-acting jobs—everything from working on the stage and in independent films, to dubbing En...
Title:Everything Beautiful Is Not RuinedFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.5 × 5.8 × 1.1 inPublished:February 21, 2017Publisher:PRH Canada Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0670070130

ISBN - 13:9780670070138


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mental illness I read Everything Beautiful is Not Ruined for the Ottawa Public Library's 2018 reading challenge in the category of a book nominated for an award in 2018. The book was nominated and won the White Pine Award. I appreciated how the book described how difficult it can be to have a parent who struggles with their mental health. My one critique would be the lack of platonic relationships between the male and female characters.
Date published: 2018-08-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I really liked this. The ending was really good! It slightly dragged throughout, but it's a good summer read.
Date published: 2018-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book is a pomegranate. It is difficult to open and get into but once, you have you won't be able to stop. You'll enjoy the little bursts of vibrance and it will require patience but you will love it. The author has created a book that allows it's readers to grow with the protagonist and that takes skill. Definitely reccomend this.
Date published: 2018-08-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow Normally I don't like coming of age stories, but there was something about this book that just got me. I really enjoyed how the events that landed Ingrid in the camp are slowly revealed; it didn't feel like it was being dragged out for suspense, rather enough was revealed at a time to be satisfying while still leaving you wanting more. While I did feel like the ending was going for a surprise ending a little, it was still set up throughout the novel to be completely in line with the characters. I also liked that the main characters weren't always good people; they could be selfish or mean, and the relationship between Ingrid and her mom was extremely realistic and well-written.
Date published: 2018-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book Ever I bought this and received it before the actual release date! I also finished it before the official release date! This book has everything- drama, romance, a little bit of anxiety, and makes you feel for Ingrid. Lots of twists and turns but its all part of the experience. Would definitely recommend
Date published: 2018-04-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good novel The beginning will slow you down. Ingrid is just so whiney at the start and the past-perspective (the novel changes perspective every chapter from present-Ingrid to past-Ingrid) will be a chore to read for a while, but she definitely develops into a better character. Not all angst. Definitely some fun and cute moments. Kind of forgettable, though.
Date published: 2018-03-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice book A nice unusually written story and a very quick read. Very interesting plot and I really liked the main character.
Date published: 2018-02-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read Interesting book about a teenager basically dropped off in the wilderness with others that she has to learn why she's there with this group of kids...can't tell you more, just read the book!
Date published: 2018-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very cute read I found this an interesting trip into the mind of a young girl. I enjoyed reading this book and the ending oh wow was not expecting that
Date published: 2018-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wow Teen Fiction but definitely worth reading. With twists and turns and life
Date published: 2017-12-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Everything Beautiful Is Not Ruined by Danielle Younge-Ullman Everything Beautiful Is Not Ruined is truly a beautiful book- I have to say that Iadored it. From the characters to the plot to the writing, this book had an amazing structure, and I know it is one I will remember for years to come.What got me to request this book was first cover love, and upon clicking on it, the synopsis got me hooked- I love drama, and I as well love reading about avid actresses, and when one is forced to go into the wilderness for three weeks... talk about pure awesomeness!
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully written, wonderfully plotted and perfectly bittersweet. I had heard an awful lot of good things about this book before I read it, and they were all correct. It had me crying on the subway. Ingrid, her mother and the other kids at the camp are perfectly drawn, expressing the contradictions of messy lives, and all the pain they cause. Told in alternating chapters contrasting Ingrid's struggles to survive at wilderness camp with her history with her mother, we watch Ingrid slowly make sense of how she has reached this point in her life, and what to do now. READ IT.
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Everything Beautiful Is Not Ruined by Danielle Younge-Ullman Everything Beautiful is Not Ruined is a million times better than I was hoping it would be. This book is about a camping trip and has some backstory woven in throughout the story. The supporting characters are all so developed and have such complex stories. The main character is also smart, strong, and musically talented. This book does not disappoint.
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Keeps your interest I bought this book as the author is a friend of a friend and it has good online reviews. The book is fantastic and keeps your attention. It flips back and forth between Ingrid's life at wilderness camp and her life previously at home. It is a great story about developing strength within yourself and dealing with mental illness. I did not see the plot twist coming either. I am going to have my daughter read it as well.
Date published: 2017-05-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read This is an amazing book written so well. I couldn't put it down until it was finished.
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful and interesting Really loved this book! The characters, the plotline, the dialogue. The writing was amazing and intriguing and complex. I loved the unique premise. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Awesome #ReadTheNorth YA Read I received an ARC on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. (Thank you so much!) This book is very Canadian! The author is Canadian and the main character spends the majority of the book in Ontario. The part of the book that is spent in the woods is set in Northern Ontario and the main character lives in Toronto for a lot of the book. I absolutely love supporting Canadian authors and reading about books set in Canada so this factor sort of made this book an instant favourite of mine. Everything Beautiful is not Ruined is an absolutely gorgeous book. It made me laugh, cry and feel happy. The main character Ingrid is the daughter of an opera singer so she spent her children traveling around the world with her mother. But when her mother can't sing anymore, they settle down in Toronto, where Ingrid has to learn how to be a normal girl. This book is told in flashbacks of Ingrid's childhood to present day, where she is doing a survival camp to prove to her mother that she can handle the real world of plays. I think that the portrayal of mental illness (specifically depression) is so accurate that it's heartbreaking. Reading about Ingrid's time at Peak Wilderness was pretty cool. I've never read anything like that experience so I was absolutely glued to this book to find out what would happen next. The flashbacks were fun because Ingrid plays Dorothy in a Wizard of Oz production so reading about her passion for acting was really inspiring. I also really loved that this book was about family. Ingrid never knew her father but gains one when her mother starts to date this guy, Andreas. I thought Ingrid's relationship with him was really sweet. The romance part of the book was kind of unconventional which was great to see. And the plot twist at the end? I should have seen that coming, but I didn't! If you love books about family, mental illness, Canadian settings and show business, you will probably love this book as much as I do! I feel like if you loved Exit, Pursued by a Bear, you might like this book as well.
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO good!!!! This was literally unputdownable. I know you hear this a lot, but this is literal. I normally take like a month to finish a 300 page book, but this took me 2 days. It's. So. GOOD!!! You won't regret it. Trust me.
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Find The story works its way from Ingrid's life as a child all the way to where she is now. The alternating scenes between her life growing up and her situation at Peak Wilderness are well set and make you understand her better as a character. The secondary characters are well described and have their own stories to tell, adding depth in a way that makes the story not 100% all about Ingrid, in the best way imaginable. And that ending!! It makes you want to reread the book!
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Was Drawn In ~Disclaimer~ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review. This book is about a girl named Ingrid. She has been sent on a wilderness retreat to the middle of nowhere in Northern Ontario by her mother. When she gets there she realizes that it is nothing like the brochures that she was shown. There are no cabins, no bathrooms, and mosquitos everywhere. It is way beyond out of her comfort zone. On the first day she discovers that the program she is in is for at risk youth. Will she be able to make it the 21 days? And why was she sent there to begin with? As her gruelling journey progresses we learn the answers to these questions. With every chapter that I read I learned more and more about Ingrid. Her unique childhood, the things she has had to deal with, as well as the things that she hasn't dealt with. With the descriptions that Danielle Younge-Ullman gave I could actually picture being in the settings that Ingrid was. I could feel her pain and discomfort. Danielle gave her characters complexity. You start off with not knowing or caring about the other campers. She made you care about them and their motivations. And hope for their success. I found myself drawn into the story and wanting to find out all that there is to know about Ingrid. Why won't she open up? What happened to put her there? What happened with her and her mom? I enjoyed reading this book. I liked how as it progressed you were shown bits and pieces from her past. It was just enough to make you want to know more. I will be keeping my eye out for more books written by Danielle Younge-Ullman. 5/5 ⭐
Date published: 2017-02-17

Editorial Reviews

A CBC Books Best Canadian Young Adult and Children's Books (2017)One of Bank Street’s Best Children's Books of The Year (2017)PRAISE FOR Everything Beautiful Is Not Ruined:"[An] emotionally resonant, fabulously crafted novel . . . You don't have to be 17 to empathize with Ingrid; her struggles are universal, even if her specific circumstances are not." --Starred Review, Quill & Quire"Younge-Ullman’s subtle approach to narrative pacing allows readers to accompany Ingrid on her journey to fully confront and accept her past as she discovers her own true voice." --Kirkus Reviews"[A] compelling tale of loss and self-discovery." --School Library Journal"Part outdoor adventure tale, part school story, part family drama, this is a story that will engage teens on multiple levels." --VOYA"[An] honest examination of the messy pain inherent in breaking away from a parent." --The Globe and Mail