Friday, December 4

Beautiful by Amy Reed

Summary: When thirteen-year-old Cassie moves to a suburb of Seattle, she is determined to leave her boring, good-girl existence behind. She chooses some dangerous new friends and is quickly caught up in their fast-paced world of drugs, sex, secrets, and cruelty.

Cassie's new existence both thrills and terrifies her. She embraces the numbness she feels from the drugs, starts sleeping with an older boy, and gets pulled into a twisted friendship triangle that is tinged with violence and abuse. Cassie is trapped in a swift downward spiral, and there's no turning back.

My Thoughts: I started reading this one and had it finished within a few days. We meet Cassie who is just trying to find her place in the world. She was always the goody good girl and never did anything wrong. That all changes though when she meets a few new friends. She starts doing drugs and having sex and just overall not caring about anything or maybe she cares too much and just lets it all go. I especially liked her friends sister which ends up surprising me what Cassie goes through with her. This book was a very raw look into a teenagers life and what it can be like. Cassie reminded me a lot of a friend I had in high school and how things could go one way for a teen or the other. Things like this really do happen though and I feel sorry for the teens who have to be confused like this and have to worry about where their next meal will come from. A devastating heart-wrenching novel of friendship and what a person will do to be liked.

Overall: Liked this one! Amy Reed knows how to tell a realistic story of what its like to be a teen in today's world and what is possible to happen to girls everyday.

Cover: I really like the cover and I could definitely imagine this girl looking like Cassie. She looks the right age, and I love the way she is holding up the lipstick and her bracelets are cute!

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Sandy said...

Nice review! I actually won this book last night so I'm quite excited to read it now.

I love how the girl is holding the lipstick with her left hand. She's a leftie! :D *notices weird things like that*

Unknown said...

Great review...sounds like a very deep read!

Kelsey said...

Nice review! I also really liked this one.

in which a girl reads said...

Great review! I have a copy of this on the way so I can't wait to get started :)

TexyLivesForFashion said...

Great review! this book sounds super good!
can't wait to read it (:

Ladytink_534 said...

It does sound like a good story. My best friend from middle school could relate to this. We stopped being friends when she started acting a lot like Cassie and then she got pregnant. So yes, this does sound realistic. :(

brizmus said...

wow - cassie sounds like she develops some issues. sounds like a great read!


This looks a lot like the movie Thirteen (if you haven't seen it, you should!). Definitely excited to read this one.

prashant said...

I actually won this book last night so I'm quite excited to read it now.

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