Beautiful Ruins was well written, but I did not enjoy it. I would have preferred a
story focusing solely on Pasquali, who is so endearing. Additionally, there are
too many meaningless side plots. I found the story to be a downer. It is a book about how
entertainment types are most often destructive and deceptive. What a nasty, heartless
industry. At least, Jess Walter’s skewers the industry.