Beautiful. By Sarah Dawson Powell.

Posted: December 10, 2015 by Joy Dawson in Our Families and Friends


Usually I open my reviews with words from the book itself, but this month I’m going to do something a little different.  You see something there in the author name.  We share a name, we also shared a childhood, and parents.  In fact Sarah Dawson Powell is my eldest sibling and my only sister.   That being said, have me and her always gotten along?  Hell no!  We are two very different people, she was a girly girl and a princess always cared about what she looked like, and what people thought of her.  I was a tomboy who got down in the dirt.  We fought, we yelled, we even got in knock you down, drag it out fights over some of the stupidest shit you could ever imagine.    But, even through all that, even when we didn’t agree on what our bedroom should look like, and even with five years in age between me and her.

We always had each other’s backs, she defended me against tormentors and I was there for her when she needed someone who wasn’t our mom to talk to.  Were we best friends no, and even now as adults I know we don’t always agree with things we each other do.  But, since day one 4 years ago, when she came to me and told me she was writing a book, I was excited for her, I wanted to know everything she was willing to tell me.  And then some.  I was one of her earliest test readers, and was introduced to Sadie all those years ago.  And here I am now, proud to say my sister is now a published writer, and now here I am writing a review for a book that’s been in the works for 4 years.  Congratulations Sarah, you got there before me, and I am so so very proud of you for doing so.  I love you, and I can’t wait to see what you bring us next.

Sadie was beautiful, Sadie had everything a girl could ever want, a loving family, a loving boyfriend, and friends who loved her.  But, Sadie has a secret, Sadie is addicted.  Follow Sadie through her story, as she fights to find herself and where she belongs in this world.

Now while Beautiful isn’t my usual fare, IE: It’s not a Apocalyptic fiction novel in the least, it is a great book that I could not put down,  I feel such attachment right from the get go for Sadie.  I truly felt as if I were living through Sadie’s struggles with her.  I felt her happiness, I felt her pain,  I felt her fear and sadness.   Her love and disgust for herself.

The description of Sadie, is that of the beautiful girl the girl everyone loves or wants to be, she was the kind of girl I hated when I myself was in high school.  But, Beautiful makes me see that maybe just maybe I didn’t know what they were going through.  Their struggle and their pain, truly you don’t know what the other side looks like until you see it through their eyes.

And that is exactly what Beautiful does, it lets you see the world through the eyes of the girl everyone wants to be, and it makes you realize it’s not as grand as you think it is.  You travel through her life, her mistakes, her pain, her suffering.  By the end of this book you will be asking what happens next, and I am happy to say the next book will be out super soon.

This book is an excellent read, it grabs on, holds on and keeps you wanting more from beginning to end.  It makes you want more and need more  This is a book I would definitely and highly recommend to my friends to read it is that good.  And I will definitely be picking up the sequel when it hits the shelves.
You can pick up Beautiful by Sarah Dawson Powell Here.

Sarah was born & raised in Illinois, and now lives at the foot of an Arkansas mountain with her husband and 5636738 kids, 2 cats, and 1 dog. Her hobbies include doing laundry & washing dishes. In her spare time, she enjoys going insane & drowning herself in wine. When she grows up she wants to change the world.

Sarah has a degree in sociology from the University of Illinois, and has worked in social services since graduating. Her life hasn’t always been peachy, but she’s made the best of every situation. No one likes to talk about the dark side of life- addiction, domestic violence, abortion, rape, teen pregnancy, suicide, mental illness, child abuse & neglect, etc.- so she decided to write books that would give people a glimpse inside of this world. She hopes her readers take something away from her stories, and loves to interact with them on social media.


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