Ikke Alle Drømme Dør
Title: Everything Beautiful is not Ruined
Author: Danielle Younge Ullman
Published in English: 2016
Dansk titel: Ikke alle drømme dør
Dansk Udgivelsesår: 2016
Finished Reading: Maj 2020
Genre: Young Adult & Contemporary
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
Wild meets The Breakfast Club in this story of a girl who must survive an extreme wilderness experience to prove to her mother that she has the strength to pursue her dreams.
Ingrid traveled all over Europe with her opera star mother, Margot-Sophia. Life was beautiful and bright, and every day soared with music.
Ingrid is on a summertime wilderness survival trek for at-risk teens: addicts, runaways, and her. She’s fighting to survive crushing humiliations, physical challenges that push her to her limits, and mind games that threaten to break her.
When the curtain fell on Margot-Sophia’s singing career, they buried the past and settled into a small, painfully normal life. But Ingrid longed to let the music soar again. She wanted it so much that, for a while, nothing else mattered.
Ingrid is never going to make it through this summer if she can’t figure out why she’s here . . . and why the music really stopped.
Never heard about this book from anyone or anywhere, it came up in a list of underrated contemporaries and it truly is.
The story flips between two time periods, one in the past to get to know our main character on a deeper level and one in the present – during a camping trip which is the whole basic plot of the story. The book has a nice growth to it. As the characters developed the book developed too in an odd way. It was near perfect.
Each of the characters had a voice. Both the people in the past chapters but also the ones in the present – we get a sense of whom they all are before the trip and how much they all go through to get to the other side stronger. Ingrid our main character is one of my favorite characters from this genre. The development is tremendous! She’s such a badass and honest to God, you want her to succeed in all her efforts. The mother was a different story. I didn’t not care for her one bit! She was immature, selfish, and dreadful. It didn’t make the story bad in any way but was a good display of how different we are as humans and how differently we act in scenarios.
The most beautiful about this book was the writing and the narrative. Sometimes, one of the worst things about books is the feeling of suddenly being thrown into a story that’s already been told. You didn’t get the sense that their lives started the second you picked up the book, they got a past and you weren’t confused by it.
This is the kind of book that could result in a review that is longer than the actual book, since there’s so much stuff to say about it, lots of reasons why this book should be on the top of your to be read list. The author chose some themes that aren’t commonly used in the genre and made it work. Mental health or more accurate depression is something that we as readers had to deal with to fully comprehend the characters. It was executed to perfection! Never have I read a book that made me more confused about my feelings toward the story. It was a confusing twist of happiness, sadness, lost for words, mess that made this story what it is. Undoubtedly one of the best stories that deserves much more attention that it has gotten.