Everything Beautiful [NOOK Book]

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Riley Rose, atheist and bad girl, has been tricked into attending Spirit Ranch, a Christian camp. There she meets Dylan Kier, alumni camper and recent paraplegic, who arrives with a chip on his shoulder and a determination to perfect some bad habits. Together they'll turn the camp inside out, and test their faith--in each other.
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Everything Beautiful

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Overview

Riley Rose, atheist and bad girl, has been tricked into attending Spirit Ranch, a Christian camp. There she meets Dylan Kier, alumni camper and recent paraplegic, who arrives with a chip on his shoulder and a determination to perfect some bad habits. Together they'll turn the camp inside out, and test their faith--in each other.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Amanda MacGregor
Sixteen-year-old Riley, a smart-mouthed bad girl, cannot imagine how she will survive a week at Spirit Ranch Holiday Camp. Her newly religious father is sick of her antics and afraid to leave her on her own for a week while he goes on vacation with his girlfriend. He hopes the church camp will set her back on the right course, but Riley is determined to take her outrageous and rebellious act with her to camp. She takes an immediate dislike to everyone in attendance, except for the mysterious and wheelchair-bound Dylan. Her negative outlook and outspoken demeanor alienates her from her peers, which is just what she wanted. Riley makes it clear that she does not believe in God and finds most everyone else at the camp boring and pathetic. But despite her best attempts to remain completely unlikable, a few brave campers begin to chip away at Riley's cool facade. It is only after a pilgrimage with Dylan in search of a healing salt lake that Riley starts to understand she is changing. It is not necessarily her beliefs about God that change, but rather her understanding of herself and who she has been pretending to be. Riley, Dylan, and some of the secondary characters are wonderfully complex. They are smart, thoughtful, eccentric, and flawed. Though the setting is church camp, there are topics beyond religion that are grappled with, such as painful pasts, family dynamics, and sexuality. The unique setting (of a church camp in rural Australia) will entice readers, but it is the charismatic, offbeat characters that carry the sometimes slow plot. Reviewer: Amanda MacGregor
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Gr 9 Up

In this thoughtful Australian novel, a troubled 16-year-old girl finds love and meaning in unexpected places. Riley Rose-rebellious, promiscuous, and deeply unhappy after the death of her mother-is dumped at an isolated Christian camp for a week so that her father and stepmother can go on vacation. Overweight, wisecracking Riley expects to hate everyone at Spirit Ranch. Instead, she bonds with some of her bunkmates and falls for Dylan, a paraplegic fellow camper. What could be a clich├ęd situation-the bond between two outcasts-is instead touching and believable. There are some camp bullies, of course, but even the villains prove to have redeeming qualities. Riley is an appealingly flawed main character, tough-talking and funny at the same time. She hangs on to her skepticism but allows some tenderness to penetrate her armor. That she could change so profoundly in a single week sometimes stretches credibility, and the slow pace might deter less determined readers. Overall, however, this novel will appeal to sensitive teens who will root for Riley and the other camp underdogs.-Miranda Doyle, San Francisco Public Library

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599908083
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 4/10/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Age range: 12 years
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Simmone Howell is an award-winning short story writer whose first novel, Notes from the Teenage Underground, garnered impressive reviews. She is also a screenwriter and small press publisher and lives in Melbourne, Australia. Simmone's short film Pity24 was awarded the 2004 AWGIE for short film screenplay by the Australian Writers' Guild.
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