Author: Alex Tully
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance
Rating: 4 Stars
While most seventeen year-olds work part-time delivering pizzas or whipping up frappuccinos, Brady O’Connell’s job is a little less conventional. Helping his dad with the family ‘business’ is a responsibility he doesn’t take lightly, especially when thousands of dollars are being exchanged. There are rules to be followed, timetables to be kept. But when his best friend Jay gets backstage concert tickets, and business interferes with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet their favorite band, Brady decides to break the rules, just one time.
And one time is all it takes to send his life spinning out of control. When an envelope full of cash ends up in the wrong hands—specifically in the hands of a pretty red-head named Vivienne—things get messy in a hurry. Where Vivienne goes, a whole lot of chaos seems to follow.
But sometimes…chaos is a beautiful thing.
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Beautiful Chaos by Alex Tully was such a sweet read about the first love between two teens leading completely different lives. The characters were interesting and realistic and lacked the usual melodrama and over-the-top flair of many YA characters. Their choices were logical and realistic—even when it lead to heart-breaking consequences. It felt like a real story with real people.
As for the technical aspects of the story, the book was well written. I ran into one typo in the entirety of the narrative, and it was easily passed over. The writing was simple, easy to follow, and flowed at a pretty steady (if at times slow) pace.My only complaint really, is that I almost wish there had been a little more melodrama, because as much as I liked the story and the characters, I didn’t feel gripped by the book—just pleased.
Overall, I liked the book. Was it thrilling or fraught with drama? No… but it was a nice story about a boy and a girl, their messy attempt at figuring out their first true romance, and their adventures in figuring out life amidst that chaos. Recommended for teens looking for a sweet, heart-warming romance.