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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Beautiful by Amy Reed

Beautiful by Amy Reed
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis: 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.

Review: Beautiful was beautiful in its raw and intensifying way. Cassie is only 13 which throws me off a bit because of how out of control she is described in the synopsis. Seventh grade isn't too far if I travel down the road because I'm really just about 2 years older, and I do know it is the time when girls try to rediscover themselves. The way Cassie did anything she could in order to be liked shocked me. This book sucked me in from page 1. It was dark and had a disturbing edge. The writing was clear which made the story easier to comprehend. Just beautiful.

What I thought of...

The Beginning: We get a nice introduction, but Alex...oh Alex...how I want to kill her right then. Just when I started a couple of pages.

The Middle: The change Cassie goes through from page 1 to now was very disturbing--and yet captivating. (Really bizarre O_O)

The End: Wow. Just wow. O_O


FTC: Received for Other Shelf Tours

10 comments:

aqtbenz said...

sounds great! can't wait to pick it up :)

Melissa said...

Sounds like a great, albeit disturbing, read. I can't imagine a 13 year old so desperately lost...though I know it's far too common...

Faye said...

Loved this book!ditto w/ the alex thing!*choke her* lol.

robby (once upon a book blog/fourteen years) said...

13? Really? This book sounds wonderful, intense. I love the cover.

~The Book Pixie said...

This is one I've really been wanting to read. It sounds so amazing. Loved the review! :D

~Briana

jessjordan said...

I'm super excited about this one. It's next up in my books to buy list ...

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Love the review! Thank you.

amyreed said...

Kim, Thanks so much for the review!
Smiles,
Amy

TheBookMogul said...

This book looks really good, I've been trying for ages to try and pick up a copy :)

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