Book Review: the Story of Beautiful Girl

The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon

This is the story of Lynnie, Homan, and Martha. Martha meets Lynnie and Homan when they come across her house in the middle of a storm after escaping from an institute for the mentally handicapped. Before they are captured and taken back, Lynnie hands Martha her baby daughter and tells her to hide her. The rest of the story follows the three of them throughout their life, struggling with living in a world that doesn’t really accept them.

3.5/5 stars

 I really enjoyed this book. I wouldn’t call it my favourite book, but it was a really good read nonetheless. I don’t think I would re-read it, but I would tell other people to read it. It was recommended to me by my boyfriend’s mom because it’s her favourite book. My boyfriend’s sister is mentally handicapped, so I think his mom really related to a lot in this book. I think it would definitely appeal to those who are close to people with handicaps.

 It was well written and the language used for each character was definitely appropriate. I thought the story was good and didn’t drag out too much. It wasn’t surprising in any spots but I don’t think it was really meant to be. I really enjoyed Lynnie as a character and had to stop myself from reading only her chapters. Honestly, I didn’t think it was anything really special, but it was still a good read and I wasn’t disappointed. You know what I mean?

 I would recommend this book to an older audience as it’s not really action-packed. I would also recommend it (like I mentioned) to people who are close to someone who is handicapped. I would also recommend it to people who are into social justice and advocacy.

 Thanks for reading!


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