I 100% bought this book because of the all the hype (and the pretty cover – yes, I judge books by their covers).
The book had the perfect setting, a little island on the sun-soaked Italian coastline. It was topping all the charts for the best “beach read” (even in the dead of winter, I love a good beach-read). It was a New York Times Bestseller. It was a story about love (hearts!)…
So why do I feel it was only kind of worth the hype?
Pro: It wasn’t your typical story line of two people falling in love, something happening and they break it off. Then they realize they can’t live without each other so they get married and live happily ever after. It was so much more complex with multiple stories all in one. The moment you felt you knew what was going to happen, a curve ball would be thrown in.
Con: It changed back and forth between locations and decades so it always took a moment to know exactly what was happening when you started a new chapter.
Pro: The characters were pretty well developed so I actually felt a connection to them (nothing’s worse than when you don’t care about the main characters, perfect example here).
Con: For some reason it was a hard book to read. It wasn’t because the vocabulary or writing was too advanced, it just wasn’t a quick read you could skim on a weekend at the beach (which was what I was looking for).
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
As you can see, I’m kind of stuck on whether I would recommend Beautiful Ruins or not… so here’s my advice: If it’s already on your reading list, then read it! If it’s not, pick this book up instead :)
Any great beach reads you’ve come across lately? I’m in the need of a new recommendation (and in need of the beach)!