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Meet a guardian angel like no other, from a writer like no other. Bold rising star, Victoria Schwab, makes her whimsical, inspiring, and clever middle-grade debut. At a first glance, Aria seems like your average twelve-year-old girl. She has coppery hair, colored shoelaces, and a passion for cupcakes. But there's more to Aria than meets the eye. She can dream things into ex Meet a guardian angel like no other, from a writer like no other. Bold rising star, Victoria Schwab, makes her whimsical, inspiring, and clever middle-grade debut. At a first glance, Aria seems like your average twelve-year-old girl. She has coppery hair, colored shoelaces, and a passion for cupcakes. But there's more to Aria than meets the eye. She can dream things into existence, use her own shadow like a door, and change the world in small, important ways. Aria is a guardian angel. She's been sent here to earn her wings. But to do that, she'll have to help three different girls. Aria's first mission is Gabby Torres. Gabby's always been quiet, but ever since her brother got sick, she's barely said a word.When a new school offers her a fresh start, Gabby wants badly to be someone new, but she quickly learns it's hard to make friends while keeping half her life a secret. And then Aria shows up. Aria, who knows exactly what to say and do to make Gabby feel better. Will she be able to help Gabby find her voice? And will Gabby still trust Aria when she finds out exactly what she is?


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Meet a guardian angel like no other, from a writer like no other. Bold rising star, Victoria Schwab, makes her whimsical, inspiring, and clever middle-grade debut. At a first glance, Aria seems like your average twelve-year-old girl. She has coppery hair, colored shoelaces, and a passion for cupcakes. But there's more to Aria than meets the eye. She can dream things into ex Meet a guardian angel like no other, from a writer like no other. Bold rising star, Victoria Schwab, makes her whimsical, inspiring, and clever middle-grade debut. At a first glance, Aria seems like your average twelve-year-old girl. She has coppery hair, colored shoelaces, and a passion for cupcakes. But there's more to Aria than meets the eye. She can dream things into existence, use her own shadow like a door, and change the world in small, important ways. Aria is a guardian angel. She's been sent here to earn her wings. But to do that, she'll have to help three different girls. Aria's first mission is Gabby Torres. Gabby's always been quiet, but ever since her brother got sick, she's barely said a word.When a new school offers her a fresh start, Gabby wants badly to be someone new, but she quickly learns it's hard to make friends while keeping half her life a secret. And then Aria shows up. Aria, who knows exactly what to say and do to make Gabby feel better. Will she be able to help Gabby find her voice? And will Gabby still trust Aria when she finds out exactly what she is?

30 review for New Beginnings

  1. 5 out of 5

    ☆ Mira ✷

    3.5 stars. I’m just trying to live my life all the way up by reading every book my one true god Victoria Schwab has written. And, well, aww. Heart eye emoji. This was nice. Not particularly outstanding or memorable, but I probably would've adored it in elementary school. I STILL can't believe Victoria wrote the Everyday Angel series (that fluffy lil pink cover in comparison to the nightmare that was everything else she's written, wow) but I'm weirdly proud of her for what a journey she's made. S 3.5 stars. I’m just trying to live my life all the way up by reading every book my one true god Victoria Schwab has written. And, well, aww. Heart eye emoji. This was nice. Not particularly outstanding or memorable, but I probably would've adored it in elementary school. I STILL can't believe Victoria wrote the Everyday Angel series (that fluffy lil pink cover in comparison to the nightmare that was everything else she's written, wow) but I'm weirdly proud of her for what a journey she's made. So anyway, New Beginnings is about a guardian angel named Aria who is earning her wings by helping out Gabby, a 12-year-old girl who has been going through a rough time due to her brother's illness. It's fairly predictable and doesn't have the twisty twists or wild creativity of her later works. It was fun and cute, though! I read it in a single hour. And the ending totally hit me in the feels in a warm fuzzy way. I'm pretty sure that Victoria is the one author who can consistently make me care about familial love subplots. I usually couldn't care less about family conflicts. However, there are multiple family relationship plotlines in Shades of Magic, The Archived, and New Beginnings, and I've been genuinely invested in all of them. *admires her writerly sorcery* Although it only has 1k ratings on this site, so you wouldn't think it was that successful, I remember seeing that Victoria wrote somewhere (I forget where) that she sold this to Scholastic for book fairs and it sold over 600k copies. Which... WOW??? I am just so proud of my fave author and everything she does.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Alaina

    I told you I loved Victoria Schwab and now after reading New Beginnings, which will be my third book from her, I can say that I am in love with her writing. I loved both Gabby and Aria. Gabby just wants to be notice for being herself - not because of her super sick brother. Then there's Aria, who is Gabby's guardian angel who actually ENJOYS helping people. I loved everything about these two girls just because they were so likable. Again, I'm so freaking beyond happy that I found this book/series I told you I loved Victoria Schwab and now after reading New Beginnings, which will be my third book from her, I can say that I am in love with her writing. I loved both Gabby and Aria. Gabby just wants to be notice for being herself - not because of her super sick brother. Then there's Aria, who is Gabby's guardian angel who actually ENJOYS helping people. I loved everything about these two girls just because they were so likable. Again, I'm so freaking beyond happy that I found this book/series because I really missed Victoria's writing. Both girls were such lovely characters and now I can't wait to dive into the second book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    tammy

    2018 you’re joking? i read this when i was in elementary school. this book is literally sitting under my desk. i can’t believe i read a victoria schwab book when i was just a kid. this shouldnt be as funny as it is 2020 nothing to see here... just editing reviews from two years ago to correct my horrid grammar

  4. 5 out of 5

    Iris

    3.5 stars Um, I'm sorry, what? Who gave this book permission to be so good?! I mean, it's Schwab, I know it wouldn't be awful, but... It just looks like light fun fluff. I should have known better. It WAS happy (mostly), but I was literally crying at parts. RTC. 3.5 stars Um, I'm sorry, what? Who gave this book permission to be so good?! I mean, it's Schwab, I know it wouldn't be awful, but... It just looks like light fun fluff. I should have known better. It WAS happy (mostly), but I was literally crying at parts. RTC.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    This book is about a girl named Gabby who doesn't exactly know who she is. She doesn't really know where her place is in life. Her brother has been in the hospital for a very long time, and Gabby is so worried about him. She doesn't want to be noticed for her brother being sick. She wants to be noticed for herself. Aria is a guardian angel sent to help Gabby with the problem she's been having. She is cheerful, outgoing and helpful. She tries to help Gabby with her problems and tries to make her f This book is about a girl named Gabby who doesn't exactly know who she is. She doesn't really know where her place is in life. Her brother has been in the hospital for a very long time, and Gabby is so worried about him. She doesn't want to be noticed for her brother being sick. She wants to be noticed for herself. Aria is a guardian angel sent to help Gabby with the problem she's been having. She is cheerful, outgoing and helpful. She tries to help Gabby with her problems and tries to make her feel better about herself. I really enjoyed this book because I totally understood how Gabby felt. There are days where I feel invisible, and there are days where Gabby feels invisible, too. I was able to really connect with Gabby throughout the book. I was also able to connect with Aria throughout he book as well. Aria really enjoys helping others, and I enjoy helping others as well. Four out of five stars.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kate (Reading Through Infinity)

    I read this during the PositiviTea and Books readathon and it was exactly the kind of gently uplifting book I was after. Aria, a young new angel, comes to earth to find and protect her charge, Gabbie. Gabbie is just starting a new school and feels lost until Aria arrives and befriends her. Aria shows her the importance of friendship and honesty but also learns a lot about herself in the process. Gabbie realises she wants to make new school friends and find her passion in life and Aria helps her I read this during the PositiviTea and Books readathon and it was exactly the kind of gently uplifting book I was after. Aria, a young new angel, comes to earth to find and protect her charge, Gabbie. Gabbie is just starting a new school and feels lost until Aria arrives and befriends her. Aria shows her the importance of friendship and honesty but also learns a lot about herself in the process. Gabbie realises she wants to make new school friends and find her passion in life and Aria helps her do both those things. The plot is simple and straight forward, but that's what I'd expect from a middle grade series aimed at younger readers and it didn't stop me from enjoying it. There were messages about love, hope, and trust woven into this story and it was lovely to read a pretty innocent book about two young girls growing closer as friends and stronger as people. This is a really positive story about helping others and being the best version of yourself you can be, and I'm glad I finally picked it up.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Stanislav Lozanov

    This was an amazing read, really impactful at times. I would have definitely given it 5 stars if I were younger.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Katy

    A book I will surely be recommending to my middle-grade students this year. Super sweet characters, supportive friends and a lovely happy ending.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Ferguson

    *I received this book from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review* Victoria Schwab continues to stun me with her gorgeous writing, incredible characters, and surprising plots. This is a middle grade book, but the only thing that makes it feel that way is the age of the characters. Other than that, I think this book could and should be enjoyed by people of all ages. It was so good! I really loved that Aria is a guardian angel, but she isn't centuries old. She doesn't understand some things in *I received this book from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review* Victoria Schwab continues to stun me with her gorgeous writing, incredible characters, and surprising plots. This is a middle grade book, but the only thing that makes it feel that way is the age of the characters. Other than that, I think this book could and should be enjoyed by people of all ages. It was so good! I really loved that Aria is a guardian angel, but she isn't centuries old. She doesn't understand some things in our world since she's only been alive for about a week and on Earth less than that. Sure, she's sent to help, but she can only help in small ways. She can't heal Gabby's brother. She can't magically make Gabby discover that she's her own person. But she can be a friend and encourage Gabby to step outside her comfort zone, make friends, and find her voice. There are rules for guardian angels, and I thought that it was interesting to see how Aria would find ways to accomplish her mission in spite of those rules. This book switches perspectives every chapter, and I think that that really helped developed both Gabby and Aria. It allows the reader to get inside each girl's head and find out how they're dealing with certain situations. Because, even though this is a middle grade book about angels, there's still hard subjects to deal with like sickness and death. We get to see Gabby struggle with her brother's sickness, and we get to see Aria's outsider perspective. I thought that the hard subjects were dealt with really well, and that this book could even help young girls who might be in a situation similar to Gabby's. Another thing I really appreciated about this book was that, although Aria is a guardian angel sent to help Gabby, there's no mention of who sent her or where she came from or how she got to be an angel. I think that will help this book hit home for a larger audience, since you can believe whatever you want about Aria's beginnings. It makes it easier to relate to this story, and it helps the reader not become hung up on things that don't matter to the story. I wish that there were books like this at my book fairs when I was in middle school, because I would have picked it up, devoured it, and then made all of my friends read it too. I'm really excited about this series, and I think that fans of any of Victoria's other books will really enjoy New Beginnings. It's a fresh new take on guardian angels, and I can't want to read the rest of the series! 5/5, for sure.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jami

    Plot: 5 stars Characters: 5 stars Style: 5 stars Pace: 5 stars I am so, incredibly lucky. ALA midwinter just happened to be less than a mile from my home this year, so I went. There were lots of lovely, wonderful people, and amazing books. I didn't figure they'd have this one (Given as her next book, The Unbound, comes out tomorrow, I figured if any, they'd have that!), but I was looking at Scholastic's books anyway. I may have squealed when I saw this. Then gaped at the lovely person behind the Plot: 5 stars Characters: 5 stars Style: 5 stars Pace: 5 stars I am so, incredibly lucky. ALA midwinter just happened to be less than a mile from my home this year, so I went. There were lots of lovely, wonderful people, and amazing books. I didn't figure they'd have this one (Given as her next book, The Unbound, comes out tomorrow, I figured if any, they'd have that!), but I was looking at Scholastic's books anyway. I may have squealed when I saw this. Then gaped at the lovely person behind the desk and grinned like a maniac as I glomped this. Luckily, this kind of behavior is pretty normal in a book-event, so it resulted in grins right back. I forced myself to wait until today to read it. I now have a bookhangover from this. Seriously. Middle grade books are not supposed to hit you in the warm, fuzzy, feels. The wet on my face is from onions, I swear. Funny, sweet, sad, and hopeful, all at once. I loved Aria, she's refreshing and spunky, and the magical elements are gorgeously done. And Gabby has a quiet courage that's perfect for her. Also, I have to point out: The Spanish in this book fits. It's not random words thrown in to emphasize "Oh hey, this character is Hispanic." but words with emotional context, which is (in general) the words bilingual people will slip back into Spanish with the most. That's a personal pet peeve of mine, and wonderfully done here. I know I gush at Victoria's books a lot. But she constantly surprises me with how everything a character does, says, and (for POV characters) thinks ends up blending into a coherent whole. More than anything else, her characters keep me coming back. The fact that they're built with such style and grace, that even when told in the clarity of middle grade prose, they can still make me have "all the feels"? That's so rare that you can expect more gushing and glomping of her books. Every. Single. Time.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lula McCuela

    I really liked this book. I liked how it wasn't focused towards Gabby's brother, but towards Gabby herself. I liked that this book addressed that even if you have someone close to you, who is seriously sick, you shouldn't become less. Your problems might not seem as dire as that person's, and maybe they aren't, but you're still important, and your problems are real to YOU! Aria is a wonderful character. I look forward to reading more Everyday Angel books. I really liked this book. I liked how it wasn't focused towards Gabby's brother, but towards Gabby herself. I liked that this book addressed that even if you have someone close to you, who is seriously sick, you shouldn't become less. Your problems might not seem as dire as that person's, and maybe they aren't, but you're still important, and your problems are real to YOU! Aria is a wonderful character. I look forward to reading more Everyday Angel books.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Marisol Miranda

    If you like angels, I bet you would love this book. This book tells you to help others with their feelings. Help others the way people help you. As I was reading, I made a connection with Aria because she helps people and I help people too. As I read the book I was sad and happy. I recommend this book to 6th graders who believes angels. I recommended the book because angels mean happiness, and that's what the book's about. If you like angels, I bet you would love this book. This book tells you to help others with their feelings. Help others the way people help you. As I was reading, I made a connection with Aria because she helps people and I help people too. As I read the book I was sad and happy. I recommend this book to 6th graders who believes angels. I recommended the book because angels mean happiness, and that's what the book's about.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    I had no idea that Victoria Schwab could write a heartwarming Middle Grade book, but that's what she did! I really enjoyed Gabby finding her voice, Aria's quirks and Gabby's relationship with her brother. I would have loved a book like this back in my MG days (so incredibly long ago). I had no idea that Victoria Schwab could write a heartwarming Middle Grade book, but that's what she did! I really enjoyed Gabby finding her voice, Aria's quirks and Gabby's relationship with her brother. I would have loved a book like this back in my MG days (so incredibly long ago).

  14. 5 out of 5

    Stina

    Book #12 for 2017; #5 for the Mt TBR Challenge The Legendary Book Club of Habitica's Ultimate Reading Challenge Task: The first book in a series that you haven't read before Better World Books Prompts: - A book under 200 pages - A fantasy novel - A book by a female writer Book Riot's Read Harder Challenge Prompts: - A fantasy novel - A YA or middle grade novel by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+ Possible Book Bingo Squares: - A book with a female heroine - A book with multiple perspectives PopSugar Ultima Book #12 for 2017; #5 for the Mt TBR Challenge The Legendary Book Club of Habitica's Ultimate Reading Challenge Task: The first book in a series that you haven't read before Better World Books Prompts: - A book under 200 pages - A fantasy novel - A book by a female writer Book Riot's Read Harder Challenge Prompts: - A fantasy novel - A YA or middle grade novel by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+ Possible Book Bingo Squares: - A book with a female heroine - A book with multiple perspectives PopSugar Ultimate Reading Challenge Prompts (max 3): - A book involving a mythical creature - A book written by someone you admire - The first book in a series you haven't read before I am clearly not in the target demographic for this book, and I've never been really into the whole angel thing, but I quite enjoyed this middle-grades fantasy novel. Probably because Schwab presented the angel narrative as pretty straightforward fantasy and didn't go in for a bunch of religious crap. (So if you're a huge fan of Touched by an Angel, you will likely be disappointed by the lack of condescension and proselytizing.) I thought it was interesting that Aria (our "everyday angel") seemed to be not just new to angeling but also new to existing in general, at least on any human plane. So it was fun to watch her adjust to her own humanity as she was learning how to be an angel and also how to help her assignment, Gabby, find her sense of self. Not to mention, just a little bit ironic. I'm glad Schwab didn't portray the adult characters as enemy combatants. Gabby's mother was just overwhelmed and in need of a break herself, and she and Henry's parents were simply doing what they felt was most supportive of their sick children. Even the teacher who caught Gabby in her lies was reasonable and compassionate. This is a sweet and very well written tale of self-discovery during a phase of childhood that is difficult under even the best circumstances. I intend to pass my copy along to a friend who has a 9-year-old daughter.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Erin Mendoza

    This series was one of Victoria Schwab's first. I always meant to read it, but never got around to it. I got this at a library book sale and thought I'd give it a whirl. This is a sweet middle grade novel about what it's like when someone close to you is sick and it encompasses everything. Gabby loses herself as everyone worries about her brother. This is the story of how she finds her voice again. This series was one of Victoria Schwab's first. I always meant to read it, but never got around to it. I got this at a library book sale and thought I'd give it a whirl. This is a sweet middle grade novel about what it's like when someone close to you is sick and it encompasses everything. Gabby loses herself as everyone worries about her brother. This is the story of how she finds her voice again.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    I'm genuinely surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I'm genuinely surprised at how much I enjoyed it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    sol

    BRO i used to read these when I was younger you're telling me VICTORIA FUCKING SCHWAB WROTE THESE I HAVE BEEN READING SCHWAB SINCE I WAS A FETUS oh my god that makes me so happy BRO i used to read these when I was younger you're telling me VICTORIA FUCKING SCHWAB WROTE THESE I HAVE BEEN READING SCHWAB SINCE I WAS A FETUS oh my god that makes me so happy

  18. 5 out of 5

    Gail Fazio

    This book made me sad and happy at the same time.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Debby

    3.5 stars Short and a quick read, definitely 100% made for middle grade readers. But that's not a bad thing. That just means that Victoria Schwab can write for any audience. Considering how young the book slants, it actually manages to tackle rather tough subjects with tact, realism, and thoughtfulness. Not that I would have expected anything less from Schwab. But whoa. Girl with cancer-ridden brother feels invisible and needs a guardian angel to help her find her own place in the world. I definit 3.5 stars Short and a quick read, definitely 100% made for middle grade readers. But that's not a bad thing. That just means that Victoria Schwab can write for any audience. Considering how young the book slants, it actually manages to tackle rather tough subjects with tact, realism, and thoughtfulness. Not that I would have expected anything less from Schwab. But whoa. Girl with cancer-ridden brother feels invisible and needs a guardian angel to help her find her own place in the world. I definitely felt this story in my heart. At the end of the day, I have questions about this whole angel type thing and the boundaries of magic and whatnot (also, dude with purple smoke, can I see you again?), but seeing as this is a middle grade book, I understand why it's not delving into the specifics too much. It's definitely an enjoyable and heartfelt story.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kennedi Baker

    I thought for the most part this book was a entertaining book. The main characters had bright personalities. The main characters names are Gabriel and Aria. Aria is sent on a mission to make Gabby lose her "smoke". Aria figures if she makes Gabby happy she'll get her wings and officially be a guardian angel. Most of the reason why Gabby has smoke is because her brother named Marco is very ill and basically lives in the hospital. Gabby never wants people to know that but she only told Aria becaus I thought for the most part this book was a entertaining book. The main characters had bright personalities. The main characters names are Gabriel and Aria. Aria is sent on a mission to make Gabby lose her "smoke". Aria figures if she makes Gabby happy she'll get her wings and officially be a guardian angel. Most of the reason why Gabby has smoke is because her brother named Marco is very ill and basically lives in the hospital. Gabby never wants people to know that but she only told Aria because they had a connection.Also, in this book there was exciting conflict. There was a time in this book where Gabby had to sing a solo for choir she was getting really nervous but in the end of it she did good. Other than that Everyday Angel is a good book i suggest people to read.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lauren.Bastian

    I am on a quest to read every single Victoria Schwab book. These are her (first?) middle grade/kids series. I got really nostalgic reading this first book, maybe just because of the stylization of the book itself - large font and that rough mass-market paper that's sort of yellowish. I was a little nervous because I haven't read something like this in a long time. but shame on me, because Victoria Schwab can do literally anything. It's surprisingly deep and has a lot of really great moments. Tho I am on a quest to read every single Victoria Schwab book. These are her (first?) middle grade/kids series. I got really nostalgic reading this first book, maybe just because of the stylization of the book itself - large font and that rough mass-market paper that's sort of yellowish. I was a little nervous because I haven't read something like this in a long time. but shame on me, because Victoria Schwab can do literally anything. It's surprisingly deep and has a lot of really great moments. Though I enjoyed it now, I would have loved this as a kid. It's got some really important messages about family, friendship, and, crazy enough, death. I only wish it were longer. I imagine the same premise, but in a YA format could be spectacular.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Sandlin

    This was one of Emma's books I read on the way home from vacation. I had to find out why she was reading this book so many times. It was a good tween read. It had happy parts and very sad parts and it is a good age appropriate book. She had a lot of questions about Marcos illness. This was one of Emma's books I read on the way home from vacation. I had to find out why she was reading this book so many times. It was a good tween read. It had happy parts and very sad parts and it is a good age appropriate book. She had a lot of questions about Marcos illness.

  23. 5 out of 5

    BookChic Club

    A really cute start to a fun and interesting new middle-grade series!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Maddy Martin

    Twas very cute. I'm looking forward to continuing on with this trilogy. Also, I don't think that we've seen the last of Gabby. I hope not. I liked her. Twas very cute. I'm looking forward to continuing on with this trilogy. Also, I don't think that we've seen the last of Gabby. I hope not. I liked her.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Shelby H.

    I thought it was amazing. It's one of my favorite books. I recommend this book to people who love fiction books but also loves reading about angels. I thought it was amazing. It's one of my favorite books. I recommend this book to people who love fiction books but also loves reading about angels.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Alana

    This book was short and sweet. It was inspirational and a good reminder that sometimes all we need is a new beginning, and that sometimes they are a good thing, not a bad thing.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Dance

    I think it was really good because Gabby needs her help because of her brother and Aria relizes she has a really cool braclett

  28. 5 out of 5

    Haley H

    I liked how the story gave you emotions and you actually felt for the characters and what was happening to them.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Regina

    I too am in a mission to read everything Victoria Schwab has ever written. So here I am with one of the (apparently) least Schwab-esque books she’s written. I understand she wrote this as a commission, and you can tell it stands out from the rest of the books she’s written because it’s so different. Despite that, it’s still her book and it shows. From the writing, to specific ideas, to the way the world works, it’s her story and no one else’s. Even the theme of finding your own voice and your se I too am in a mission to read everything Victoria Schwab has ever written. So here I am with one of the (apparently) least Schwab-esque books she’s written. I understand she wrote this as a commission, and you can tell it stands out from the rest of the books she’s written because it’s so different. Despite that, it’s still her book and it shows. From the writing, to specific ideas, to the way the world works, it’s her story and no one else’s. Even the theme of finding your own voice and your self goes with the rest of her books. This is what made me love this book, despite my age and the fact that I don’t gravitate towards this kind of stories. It isn’t my favorite book of hers, but it was like a warm hug. It made me laugh and it made me cry and it reminded me of being a child. It made me feel all the feels. So in the end I did enjoy this book, much more than I thought I would. The story was pretty simple, what you’d expect of it being children’s lit. But it was still sweet and heartwarming. What I did enjoy about the plot were some of the small details that formed part of it. Like Aria changing colors or the bracelet she uses. The big picture was fine, but that’s okay because the characters are the true stars of this book. The pacing was super quick (it’s a short book) and easy to follow. Things happened all the time, even if they seemed small at the moment. The writing was simple and beautiful. But it also conveyed the characters’ emotions in a childlike way, immersing me more into the story. I think that was my favorite aspect of the book. At one point it says something about all problems being real, only some of them are louder than others and that quote has stayed with me days after I read it. The characters were so sweet. I liked Gabby the most because I connected with her. She was struggling to find her voice and to be heard. Aria was the most fun, with her penchant for changing the colors of things. She’s loving and sweet and a supportive friend, which made her chapters a pleasure to read. Other than that the characters had minor roles, and all of them were nice, friendly kids. The mom wasn’t great at first, but she came around and it was such an emotional moment I even cried a bit (it’s not the only time I cried in the book). New Beginnings was a sweet, fun read that gave me the warm hug I needed. In retrospect I did enjoy it more than I thought I had and it made me nostalgic for my childhood. That, and the fact it made me feel many things, is the reason I liked it. I can’t wait to read the next one in the series.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Calie Love

    The book Everyday Angel New Beginnings by Victoria Schwab with 208 pages is about Aria and how she helps Gabby. It was a lovely day. Gabby and Marco were racing up the hill again. This time should would beat him. The only problem was, he never arrived at the top. Gabby woke up to Marco coughing. She remembered that those were the old days. Now, she was stuck in the hospital for Marco. Marco had gotten the Bad, and they moved from home for it. Gabby's mom wasn't around for her much. Every time Ma The book Everyday Angel New Beginnings by Victoria Schwab with 208 pages is about Aria and how she helps Gabby. It was a lovely day. Gabby and Marco were racing up the hill again. This time should would beat him. The only problem was, he never arrived at the top. Gabby woke up to Marco coughing. She remembered that those were the old days. Now, she was stuck in the hospital for Marco. Marco had gotten the Bad, and they moved from home for it. Gabby's mom wasn't around for her much. Every time Marco coughed, Gabby´s mom was by his side. If she got a phone call, Gabby becomes invisible. Her new school starts tomorrow, and her mom barley even remembered. Gabby was invisible, until Aria shows up. Aria was new to Earth. She has been sent down to earn her wings. Her shadow had brought her here and now she has to figure out what she needs to do. Her charm bracelet caught her eye, it was blue and had one charm. She had to find someone with blue smoke around them. That's who she needs to help. She had to help Gabby. Come to find out, she had to help Gabby become more visible to the world around her and have a voice. Since it being the new school year, the two girls get to choose an elective to do. Along with getting to try anything they want this week. As Aria and Gabby being new friends, they try multiple things, including track. Gabby could not stand running without Marco. She couldn't run while he was stuck in the hospital. After one last try, Aria convinces Gabby to try chorus. Gabby can sing, so she ends up staying. As Gabby hangs out with new friends and rebonds with her mother, Aria realizes that she must go. She stays until Marco's surgerys to see if the go well. When Aria leaves, Gabby is sad that nobody remembers her. It's not to bad though, her life is starting to turn right side up. My opinions on the book are that it has good characters and I can kinda relate to it so I can feel her. But, on the downside the plot is a little to easy to guess and it could have more imagery. My favorite character was Aria because I like how she can add little touches to the world. The good part of Schwab’s writing is that it has cool little details that I would have never thought of. My dislikes of her writing was just the plot and imagery. Yes, I would recommend this book because it has great writing, relatable problems, fun characters, and it has a decent plot.

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