Everything Beautiful is Not Ruined is a gorgeous book that was an absolute pleasure to read. The story opens with 17 year old Ingrid onboard a plane making a rough landing in the wilds of Canada. The reader doesn’t quite know why she has been included in this group of troubled teens and delinquents, but as chapters alternate between the past and the present we slowly begin to draw some conclusions. Often I have a definite preference when a novel is split between two time frames but in this book I was equally engrossed in both. Ingrid’s life as an “opera orphan” as she traveled Europe with her talented mother was incredible and so relevant to our students’ third culture kid experiences. Likewise her adventures on her wilderness experience were by turns hilarious and terrifying. This is a terrific addition to young adult lit; don’t miss it! (Recommended for grades 8 and up.)