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Peek Inside Searching for Beautiful

Before it happened…Brynn had friends, a boyfriend who loved her, a talent for pottery. A life. After it happened…Everything was lost. Can Brynn open up her heart to find her life’s own beauty, when living for the after means letting go of the before?

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Before it happened…

Brynn had a group of best friends, a boyfriend who loved her, a growing talent for pottery. She had a life. And then…she had none.

After it happened…

Everything was lost. The boy she now knew never loved her. The friends who felt she betrayed their trust. The new life just beginning to grow inside her.

Brynn believes her future is as empty as her body until Christian, the boy next door, starts coming around. Playing his guitar and pushing her to create art once more. She meets some new friends at the local community center, plus even gets her dad to look her in the eye again…sort of. But letting someone in isn’t as easy as it seems.


Can Brynn open up her heart to truly find her life’s own beauty, when living for the after means letting go of the before?


"Her writing, her characters, her messages, all beautiful. All wonderful and all ones you don't want to miss out on." --Mlpmom, Goodreads

"Let me just say I am a huge fan of Dawn's writing and she has always done such a marvelous job writing broken characters. Well she does it yet again." --P, Goodreads

"This book is fantastic! It deals with some powerful issues in a sensitive but not overdone way? I highly recommend this to YA readers everywhere!" --Cheryl, Goodreads

"Searching for Beautiful was a meaningful read with depth, tragedy, and life lessons." --Lindy, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622661497
Release Date: Mar 4, 2014
Page Count: 304
Imprint: teen
Genre: contemporary, young adult
Tropes: coming of age/family/social issues

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By AJ February 22, 2015

Nyrae Dawn always has tackled some really tough issues in bringing us the story of a very broken teenager struggling to find herself again.

Brynn was your average 16 year old girl. With a happy home life, she had a great relationship with her parents, fantastic friends, a boyfriend, a passion for ma ...more

By Mlpmom (Book Reviewer) February 13, 2014

4.5 Stars!
I love Nyrae's writing, she is just such a great author with heartfelt stories that are so filled with hope and promise. I couldn't resist her books even if I tried, which I would never do because the girl is on my auto buy list but still, you get the idea.

Her writing, her characters, her ...more

By Deniz March 09, 2014

This is one of the most beautiful books I've read. I mean I think my love for Dawn's writing is kinda a well known fact. I would read anything she writes. But while I like her spunky hot male Characters, she managed to surprise me with Searching for Beautiful with her beautiful and thoughtful prose, ...more

By *P February 14, 2014

Another 5 star review for Nyrae Dawn

Let me just say I am a huge fan of Dawn's writing and she has always done such a marvelous job writing broken characters. Well she does it yet again. Most of her books that I have read are in the NA genre and this one is more YA/teen so the steamy is not their but ...more

By — Massiel May 14, 2015

Ame este libro.

Fue solamente increíble, tengo que decir que al leer la sinopsis pensaba en el típico instalove, puro drama, además de situaciones estúpidas pero me ha sorprendido demasiado.

Lo que más me gusto de todo fue el inicio: rápido, motivador, y más que nada sorprendente. Estaba leyendo todo ...more

By Heather February 07, 2014

I love Nyrae's writing she's just one of those authors whose books I always read no matter what the content in the book is. I can tell you right now Jason, I didn't like him he was a complete scum bag, "I was right, Red. Wouldn't it have been easier just to listen to me? We still could have been tog ...more

By Cheryl February 12, 2014

This book is fantastic! It deals with some powerful issues in a sensitive but not overdone way? I highly recommend this to YA readers everywhere! The characters are believeable and love able and you cry one minute and laughter he next as you read. The readers leaves the story feeling affirmed about ...more

By Nancy November 30, 2015

Rating: 3.75/5

Review coming soon! ...more

By Paola May 03, 2015

No puedo expresar lo mucho que me encanto el libro es hermoso! ...more

By Lindy March 03, 2014

My Thoughts:

Nyrae Dawn is a very talented author. I have read and treasured every book in her Charade Series, and was excited to read Searching for Beautiful. However, it should be said that the Charade Series and Searching for Beautiful are vastly different reads. Searching for Beautiful by Nyrae D ...more

By Fiza January 16, 2015

3.5* out of 5*

*Arc courtesy of Cameron from Entangled Publishing*


“Why did I lose it all,”

The one who she thought loved her unconditionally, lied, betrayed and alienated her from her friends, caused the rift with her father (left by the death of his wife a ...more

By Shelley February 14, 2014

ARC generously provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Brynn was a happy girl who had it all. Yes she had been adopted, but that never bothered her because her parents always made sure she knew how much she was wanted. She could not have picked better parents. She had great friends a ...more

eARC for Honest Review from Entangled Publishing & NetGalley

Sometimes I forget what its like being a teenager. Where we are so emotional with no logic. For Brynn she just lost her mom and wants no needs to feel loved and beautiful. She wants what her parents have so the minute someone calls her his ...more

By Kat March 18, 2014


Oh, Nyrae volvió a hacerlo. Todos los libros de Nyrae me han hecho llorar o de felicidad o de tristeza.

Este libro fue realmente precioso.

Nos encontramos con Brynn, que por un gran error perdió a sus amigos, a su padre y todo lo que era su vida. Pero entonces, Christian, un viejo amigo se muda a la c

By Kathy May 16, 2014

Review: Searching for Beautiful by Nyrae Dawn Warning: This book contains all sorts of feels. I am not even lying when I say that either, this book is a roller coaster of grief and loss, love and heartbreak, rekindling and  snuffing out of flame. It is just all over the place with what it tackles re ...more

By Fanny May 27, 2014

Cuidado la reseña puede tener spoilers!!
A penas me habia leido el primer capitulo y ya sentia que se me destrozaba el corazon, Jason es un maldito imbecil y espero que arda en el infierno.
Nyrae con sus libros siempre hace que se me estruje el corazon, aunque para mi esta claro que Jason se aprovecho ...more

By Lex March 03, 2014

Received an ARC from the publisher in exchange of an honest review. Thanks, Cameron of Entangled Publishing!

I honestly didn't thought that I would like this book. I know that my friend, Deniz, love this book. So I was kinda expecting a LOT from Searching For Beautiful. On the impression that thi ...more

By Dunja *a chain reader* February 12, 2015

When things go wrong it is hard to find a way out. When you are full of blame and anger it is hard to open your heart and soul to anyone, especially if you think that no one will understand you. That is exactly what happened to Brynn. One day she was happy girl surrounded by the people who love her, ...more

By Teresa March 02, 2014

I love Nyrae's writing, she is just such a great author with heartfelt stories that are so filled with hope and promise. Her Characters are so real and it makes it feel like people we already know and love. They remind us of the goodness that still exists in the world and when those characters final ...more

By Michael March 14, 2014

Nyrae Dawn does it again with a powerful and realistic portrayal of a 16 year old girl whose suffers an extreme emotional loss, then compounds that with a few bad decisions until her life begins to completely unravel. Can she find the strength to put things back together and reclaim control of her ...more

By Mandy March 12, 2014

I love this book! Nyrae Dawn is one of my favorite authors and I was so excited when I read the description of this book. It is so good! If I had a teenage daughter, I would make her read this book. Highly recommend! ...more

By Lesley February 07, 2014

received an ARC for review...

An amazingly tender heartbreaking book. So sweet and realistic. My heart ached for Brynn and I spotted Christian. He was such a sweetie. Loved this book. ...more

By Gienelle March 13, 2016


Out now!!! Grab it and fall in love!! ...more

By Sarah March 19, 2019

This book deserves every star of my 5 star rating.

Some people may not think so, but obviously they have never been in a relatable position where Brynn's feelings remind them of their own. They obviously haven't been crushed by something so heavy emotionally that they become weak. Brynn's mother died ...more

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Nyrae Dawn

About the author

Nyrae Dawn

Nyrae Dawn is also the author of the bestselling The Games series, including Charade. She is also the co-author of Out of Play with Jolene Perry. She lives in California with her husband and children.

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