A Beautiful Terrible Thing: A Book Review

“A Beautiful Terrible Thing” is a book that has been getting a lot of buzz lately. I decided to check it out and see what all the fuss was about. Here is my review.

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A Beautiful Terrible Thing: A Book Review

Jennie Erin Smith’s A Beautiful Terrible Thing: A Memoir of Marriage and Betrayal is a gritty and brutal account of the aftermath of an affair. The story follows Smith as she tries to pick up the pieces of her life and marriage after her husband’s infidelity is revealed.

While A Beautiful Terrible Thing is, at times, difficult to read, it is also a incredibly powerful and moving story. Smith’s writing is raw and honest, and she doesn’t shy away from the darker aspects of her story. This book is ultimately a tale of hope and healing, and it will resonate with anyone who has ever been affected by betrayal.

Why I Read This Book

I read this book for two reasons. First, I’ve been a huge fan of Jennifer Weiner since I read her debut novel, Good in Bed, when I was in college. Second, the book is set in Philadelphia, one of my favorite cities, and it sounded like a perfect summer read.

A Beautiful Terrible Thing is the story of Emma Sheridan and her best friend, Payton Schwartz. The girls meet in first grade and are inseparable throughout their childhoods and teenage years. But when they go to college, they grow apart and their lives take different paths.

Ten years later, Emma is a successful magazine editor living in New York City while Payton is a stay-at-home mom in Philadelphia. When Payton dies suddenly, Emma returns to her hometown for the funeral and reconnects with the friends she left behind.

Through Emma’s memories of her friendship with Payton – both the good times and the bad – she begins to understand what really happened between them all those years ago. And she comes to realize that even though her friend is gone, their bond is still as strong as ever.

A Beautiful Terrible Thing is a moving story about female friendships, love, loss, and forgiveness. Jennifer Weiner has once again written a book that will resonate with readers long after they turn the last page.

What I Thought of the Book

I picked up A Beautiful Terrible Thing expecting a heart-wrenching read about love and loss. What I found instead was a book that was both beautiful and terrible.

The first half of the book is devoted to the author’s love affair with her husband, which is conveyed in beautiful, lyrical prose. The second half chronicles the aftermath of his infidelity and their subsequent divorce, and this is where the book took a turn for the worse.

The writing in the second half is just as beautiful as in the first, but the subject matter is incredibly difficult to read about. I found myself devastated by the author’s pain, feeling as though I had been through a breakup myself.

While I can’t say that I enjoyed reading A Beautiful Terrible Thing, I can appreciate its quality as a work of literature. It’s a beautifully written book about some very difficult topics, and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for an emotionally challenging read.

The Characters

One of the things I loved about this book was the characters. It’s told from multiple points of view, and we get to see things from different characters’ perspectives. I thought the author did a great job of making each character unique and three-dimensional. I also appreciated that there were characters of different ages, races, and genders.

The Plot

Jennifer Percy’s debut book, “Demon Camp: A Soldier’s Exorcism,” is a fascinating, creative and horrifying debut. Percy is a former Marine who was deployed to Iraq in 2005. While there, he was assigned to guard a burned out structure that was known as “the Demon House.”

The story of the book is Percy’s account of his experiences in Iraq and how he eventually came to be guarding the Demon House. The book is also a fascinating look at the history of exorcism and demonology. Percy interviews soldiers who have been affected by demonic activity, as well as experts on the topic.

The book is ultimately about Percy’s own battle with demons, both literal and metaphorical. It is a terrifying and beautiful book that is not easily forgotten.

The Setting

Mississippi in the 1950s was a place of great turmoil and transition. The state was struggling to recover from the devastation of the Civil War, and its economy was still heavily dependent on agriculture. Racial tensions were high, and the civil rights movement was just beginning to gain momentum. Into this environment came a new type of music, one that would change the course of history.

The book follows the rise of rock ‘n’ roll in the South, through the eyes of those who lived it. Some of the most famous names in music are featured, including Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins. But this is not just a book about famous musicians; it’s also a book about the people who made rock ‘n’ roll possible. We meet promoters, radio DJs, record label executives, and everyday fans who helped create an unlikely cultural revolution.

This is a fascinating and incredibly well-researched book that provides a unique perspective on an important moment in American history. If you’re a fan of rock ‘n’ roll, or if you’re interested in learning more about this significant period in our country’s past, I highly recommend it.

The Writing

Jennifer Kitchin’s writing is lyrical and descriptive. She has a way with words that brings the reader into her world and her experiences. The Book is at once a memoir, a love story, and a look at the terrifyinng potential of addiction.


When discussing the themes in Jennifer Wright’s A Beautiful Terrible Thing, it is important to consider the context in which the book was written. The book is a collection of personal essays about the author’s experience with anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and other mental health issues. The essays are organized chronologically, beginning with the author’s childhood and ending with her adulthood.

The first theme that Wright addresses is body image. She writes about how she was always self-conscious of her body, even as a child. She describes how she began to diet and exercise obsessively in order to lose weight. This led to her developing anorexia nervosa, which is characterized by an extreme fear of gaining weight. The second theme that Wright addresses is mental health. She writes about how her eating disorders affected her mental health and led to her developing depression and anxiety. She also discusses how she has sought treatment for her mental health issues and how they have affected her relationships with family and friends.

The third theme that Wright addresses is recovery. She writes about how she has been able to recover from her eating disorders and live a healthy life. She discusses the importance of seeking treatment for mental health issues and how recovery is possible for anyone who suffers from them.


Overall, I enjoyed reading “A Beautiful Terrible Thing”. It was a quick, easy read that was both informative and fascinating. I would recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about the history of the Armenian Genocide.


There are many beautiful terrible things in life. We often don’t know they are terrible until it’s too late. Jennifer Kavanagh’s book, A Beautiful Terrible Thing: A Memoir of Marriage and Betrayal, is a perfect example of this.

Kavanagh’s memoir centers around her marriage to Brian McRedmond, a man she met and fell in love with while working on a political campaign in Dublin. The two quickly married and had two children together. But, as Kavanagh reveals, Brian was secretly battling mental health issues and addiction problems.

A Beautiful Terrible Thing is a heartbreaking look at the effects of mental illness and addiction on a family. It’s also a story of hope, as Kavanagh ultimately decides to leave her marriage and start over. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has ever struggled with mental illness or addiction, or who knows someone who has.

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