Monday, March 14, 2011

Crazy Beautiful by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Crazy Beautiful by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
Release Date: September 29, 2009
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

In an explosion of his own making, Lucius blew his arms off. Now he has hooks. He chose hooks because they were cheaper. He chose hooks because he wouldn’t outgrow them so quickly. He chose hooks so that everyone would know he was different, so he would scare even himself. Then he meets Aurora. The hooks don’t scare her. They don’t keep her away. In fact, they don’t make any difference at all to her. But to Lucius, they mean everything. They remind him of the beast he is inside. Perhaps Aurora is his Beauty, destined to set his soul free from its suffering. Or maybe she’s just a girl who needs love just like he does.

This is an older book, but I was so intrigued by the idea of a guy who has hooks for hands that I had to pick it up and read it.  I wasn't disappointed.  This was a slightly darker story, emotionally, and I was really drawn in by it and by Lucius.  This is a character who chose to have hooks instead of prosthetics because he wants to remind himself of something bad he did, and remind himself how bad it could have been, all because of him. 

It would have been very easy, if the author had been less talented, for this character to come off as being self-pitying, wallowing in his misery.  But this author handled the situation perfectly.  Add Aurora to the mix and things got very interesting.  I loved Aurora!  She was so sweet, and she didn't let Lucius' reputation or his hooks, which can be rather scary, to put her off or scare her.  It was a beautiful thing to watch her love him out of his darkness.

This was a very good book that I thoroughly enjoyed.  It was very touching.

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