by Amy Reed
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.
This is one of those books that you remember for a long time after you read it. It sticks with you like that weird dream you had where you're stilling trying to remember all the fuzzy details.
After I finished the book I kept thinking about how girls around Cassie's age (13-14) are so vulnerable to the people around them. It kind of makes you want to lock up your daughters and home school them!
Amy Reed does an excellent job of detailing the lengths that some kids will go to, to feel accepted. Cassie obviously has issues in her home-life that are manifesting themselves in her "social life" but the seriousness and the possible repercussions of what she is doing should be obvious to any reader.
Vibrant, raw and heartbreaking, Beautiful is a well written story that should be read by parents and teens alike!
Issues of drug abuse and sexual situations make this book appropriate for ages 14 and up.
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