There are few books that can truly take you away from this world and transport you someplace else. That’s what The End of All Things Beautiful did for me. It completely took me away to the world that Campbell lives in, starting with her memory of a specific day. A day that will haunt her and change her for the next nine years. I swear, I could feel her pain and my heart ached for her. Not just during the flashback to a younger time, but also in her day-to-day life. The story was written so well and you’ll find yourself 110% connected without even realizing it. The thing you have to know before you start is that this book isn’t sunshine and rainbows. It’s not, and the fact that it isn’t made me love the story and characters even more. They struggle, and some don’t win. It’s heartbreaking and will make you reevaluate a few things in your own life, but in the end, it’s all about forgiving and the future, knowing you’ll never forget. It’s a very deep, emotional, and intense tale, but I have no doubt, you’ll love every word.
The author writes in such a gorgeous way that can make the saddest story so beautiful. Every scene felt well thought out and planned perfectly. She’s very articulate and knows how to use the right emotions at just the right time to make certain scenes pop. She weaves everything together in such a way that you’ll find yourself smiling or even swooning during a time that you might not expect to. You’ll see the story go from very intense to romantic to seductive flawlessly. I’m a fan of nondescript sex scenes. I think you can feel as much from a fade to black or subtle scene as you can from erotica. Young does just that. A kiss or a small sex scene will tell you everything you need to know about how Benji and Campbell connect. Needless to say, I’m officially a Nikki Young fan.
Overall, this book is…heartbreaking. Emotional. So, SO very sad. But throughout it all, there’s so much hope. The hope for forgiveness, the hope for love, and the hope for a future that seemed unattainable. The End of All Things Beautiful will be a top read of the year for me. It will stop you in your tracks if you’ll give it a moment of your time, and I’m betting, you’ll love it just as much as I did. I sure hope so anyway.