Review From User :
There are moments of beauty for everyone when one clears away the fog; the clutter. In nature, in joy. We all experience it- Young and old; heathy; sick. The optimist and sometimes even the pessimist. And for those who suffer from mental illness- The highs; the lows. The instability of the disease and the stability of relationships.
But there is a whole lot going on in this story that is not beautiful, but instead very sad and heartbreaking.
This is a story of 2 sisters. The younger one who suffers from mental illness; the older one who suffers from the burden of worrying about her younger sister. The guilt of living her own life not knowing at times where her sister was especially when not getting treatment.
It's about living with the illness and the reactions from people not familiar with the disease- another battle on its own.
But, there are moments of beauty here too. As heavy of a read this is, it's about a relationship between sisters; between partners; between family.
My heart is heavy for Lucia, Miranda and my favourite, Yonah. This is life- in its moments of darkness, heart achingly sad and gloomy; in its light, exquisitely blindingly bright and beautiful.
5 for an emotional written, although heart hurting, debut.
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.
Expand text… 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.