Book Review: Everything Here Is Beautiful by Mira T Lee


Reviewed by: Savannah
Genre: Fiction
Page count: 368 pages
Rating: 5/5 stars
In stock: Yes

I read this book for three reasons and three reasons only, 1. The cover was beautiful 2. CELESTE NG RECOMENEDED IT 3. I had heard it portrayed mental health in a very real way. If those three selling points worked for you great I’m probably done this review! If not I guess I will keep typing. I usually find myself liking a book and devouring it in like a day but this book was different. I found myself only reading a little bit every day savoring it. Now that you’re probably curious as to what this book is actually about I’ll give you the Goodread’s synopsis.

Two sisters: Miranda, the older, responsible one, always her younger sister’s protector; Lucia, the vibrant, headstrong, unconventional one, whose impulses are huge and, often, life changing. When their mother dies and Lucia starts to hear voices, it’s Miranda who must fight for the help her sister needs — even as Lucia refuses to be defined by any doctor’s diagnosis.

Determined, impetuous, she plows ahead, marrying a big-hearted Israeli only to leave him, suddenly, to have a baby with a young Latino immigrant. She will move with her new family to Ecuador, but the bitter constant remains: she cannot escape her own mental illness. Lucia lives life on a grand scale, until inevitably, she crashes to earth. And then Miranda must decide, again, whether or not to step in — but this time, Lucia may not want to be saved. The bonds of sisterly devotion stretch across oceans, but what does it take to break them?

Told from alternating perspectives, Everything Here Is Beautiful is, at its core, a heart-wrenching family drama about relationships and tough choices — how much we’re willing to sacrifice for the ones we love, and when it’s time to let go and save ourselves.”

If you’ve been reading all my other reviews you will know how much I love changing character perspectives so obviously this book started off great for me. There’s just something so magnificent about being in all the different characters heads that makes me so enthralled. In this case especially the chapters told from Lucia’s perspective were so interesting, especially given her mental illness. I don’t fully know how to put into her words how her perspective was something to be noted but it was really great. I think the balance of all the others characters perspectives just helped push the story along and showcase mental illness in such a way. Lucia living in both America and Ecuador was also a really interesting point on how mental illness is dealt with (or not) in different parts of the world. It was all very eye opening and interesting.

I found that all of the characters, despite their flaws were all extremely lovable and I wanted the best for them all. The relationships between all of the characters were realistic and I enjoyed how they all react to mental illness in different ways, just as one would expect. You have characters who don’t believe mental illness is real, those who tried to know everything medically so they could help in that way, and someone who didn’t know how to help. This book covers so many interesting and thought provoking topics that it was a pretty emotional read but one of those reads that you’re glad you finished and you feel like a new person after reading, even though that sounds cheesy its true.

Even though this review really only focused on the mental health angle of the book there is so much more going on and you should check it out even if that component doesn’t appeal to you. It was a really great read and I thoroughly enjoyed it for so many different reasons. I hope that Mira T Lee comes out with more work because I can’t wait to scoop it up. This was an amazing novel. This is a book I won’t stop thinking about and wont stop praising or recommending for quite some time.

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