Book Review #27: Beautiful by Amy Reed

When Cassie moves from the tiny town where she has always lived to a suburb of Seattle, she is determined to leave her boring, good-girl existence behind. This is Cassie’s chance to stop being invisible and become the kind of girl who’s worth noticing.

Stepping into her new identity turns out to be easier than Cassie could have ever imagined… one moment, one choice, changes everything.

Cassie’s new existence both thrills and terrifies her. Swept into a world of illicit parties and social landmines, she sheds her virginity, embraces the numbness she feels from the drugs, and floats through it all, knowing that she is now called beautiful. She ignores the dangers of her fast-paced life… but she can’t sidestep the secrets and the cruelty.

Cassie is trapped in a swift downward spiral tinged with violence and abuse, and no one—not even the one person she thought she could trust—can help her now.”

 

First off, I have to say that I picked up this book only because it had praise from Ellen Hopkins, author of Crank,  a book about a girl addicted to Crystal Meth. I was really glad I did because I found this book to be amazing!

One thing I was really shocked at the fact that Cassie was only thirteen. I didn’t even have thoughts about sex when I was thirteen, let alone actually try it out.

Just a little forewarning, if you ever want to reinvent yourself, don’t turn to drugs or sex. There’s something called “pretending”.

I found this book to get better and better as it went on and if you saw it as a graph it would have a steady incline up and up as time went on.

Cassie was a good character to get behind and you really rooted for her during the novel, despite the bad things she did. Her relationship with Sarah was really awe-inspiring.  Her voice was really poignant and real, and I felt like I was experiencing things along with her.

Was I the only one really shocked by the ending? I kind of half expected it, but oh my god. It really confirmed what I think about this book. That you should definitely read it if you enjoyed Go Ask Alice or Crank.

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