Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Beautiful by Christina Lauren | Book Review

Beautiful by Christina Lauren 

Reading Group: M for Mature

Personal Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars


After walking in on her boyfriend shagging another girl in their place, Pippa Bay Cox ditches London for the States to go on a drunken road trip with Ruby Miller and some of her Beautiful friends.

Scaling the career ladder is the default way to deal with heartbreak—and to just deal—for Jensen Bergstrom. Absolutely buried by his drive and workload, he rarely takes time for himself. But when his sister Hanna convinces him to join the gang on a two-week wine tour, he has a rare moment of cutting loose. Of course, it’s only once he’s committed that he realizes the strange girl he met briefly on the plane is coming along, too. She might be too much for him…or he might realize his life has become too small and needs her to make it bigger, crazier.

With this circle of friends there’s always something going on: from Chloe and Sara’s unexpected personality swaps to Will’s new domestic side to Bennett’s text message barrage and George’s own happily-ever-after. In short, their adventures in love, friendship, and hilarity are nothing short of Beautiful.

Cover: The cover of this book is your typical Beautiful Series cover with the man who's image gets cut off at the face.  However, the binding of this book is orange, not black which always reminds me of the Wild Seasons books. 

My Review: You guys all know how much I love Christina Lauren books and this one was no exception.  Jensen and Pippa seem to be polar opposites, but somehow they're able to make it work.  In essence, this is your typical Christen Lauren book: hook up, admit real feelings, break up over something stupid, get back together, live happily ever after.  However, this book does that while incorporating all of the other Beautiful Series cast more than any of the previous books.  Jensen and Pippa are on vacation with some of them, Bennett is at home freaking out because Chloe's being too nice, and Max and Sara are aren't in it too much, but they're talked about and make a few appearances.  This story also takes place in new England and Jensen lives in Boston, which is where I'm from and I always love when books take place in Boston.  The one thing that made me a little sad was that Jensen didn't have a nickname for Pippa.  In all of the other books the boys came up with nicknames for the girls: Chloe was Mills, Sara was Petal, Hannah was Plum, Ruby was Darling/Dove (which I know isn't a specific nickname but it's something), and then in the Wild Seasons Mia was Cherise, Harlow was (Ginger)Snap, Lola was Lola Love/Pet, and London was Logan.  It came to be something I looked forward too, so I was a little disappointed there was no nickname for Pippa, but it doesn't change my opinion of the book.  This story was great with its meddling family, exes, and vacation vs. real life elements that I think a lot of people can relate to.  I loved the epilogues!  I think it was such a nice way to end everyone's stories and I loved that a lot of them were in the point of view of the boys because for some reason that I can't describe I always like reading the male POV better.  I'm sad to see that both the Wild Season and Beautiful Series are over now, but I am very excited to see what Christina Lauren comes up with next!

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