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Most Helpful Favorable Review

20 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

So Beautiful

My mother was a librarian, and sometime in the summer of 1973, she handed me a novel that upset, intrigued, and convinced me so fully, I almost refused to go to middle school. She didn't really give the novel to me. She shoved it into my hands, insisting that I read i...
My mother was a librarian, and sometime in the summer of 1973, she handed me a novel that upset, intrigued, and convinced me so fully, I almost refused to go to middle school. She didn't really give the novel to me. She shoved it into my hands, insisting that I read it. That book was the novel Go Ask Alice, purportedly based on a teenager's diary. The story is, as we all know now, a vivid cautionary tale about drugs and their rabbit hole allure.
But really, the most frightening aspect of that novel was that I understood completely why "Alice" wanted to be other, different, new. Her need made sense. It could be me. It would be me if I didn't watch out.
It took me a few years to get over the reading of that novel, but when I opened to the first page of the novel Beautiful by Amy Reed, I was right back in my young self, reading Go Ask Alice for the first time. From the first pages of Beautiful, I was shouting to myself, "No! Stop. Turn around. You don't need Alex. Don't go with Alex. Stop."
But the main character Cassie has to follow that white rabbit down the hole. This is her journey. This is the hole she has to fall into, taking us with her. And we want to go. Not really. Okay, yes, we do. We have no choice. Her loneliness and despair are ours or could be ours. Reed writes with clarity and a sure knowing of how damn bad that adolescent life can be.
Cassie is the smart, formerly ugly "loser" who wants to change but then changes in a way she never imagined possible. We can only hope that as with the Lewis Carroll Alice, Cassie wakes up, wiser but no worse for wear.
Reed writes with an immediate, first person present tense tsunami of adolescent pain and confusion. Cassie's story is one we understand but wish we didn't have to. But because we do understand, we want to follow Cassie all the way through to the truly climactic end.
How easy it is for us to simply move onto a path that is wrong. At age 13, it is even easier, especially if the family system is broken, the child unmoored. Reading Reed's story might shake up a reader, much as Go Ask Alice did me. But that book and Beautiful are so worth the ride.

posted by JessicaInclan on August 18, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

6 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

not good

i could hardly get through this book. it really had no point and the ending was very bleak. dont let kids read this

posted by 6603729 on March 13, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2011

    This could be a very good book but for adults not children. But i believe it was a good story overall.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2013

    Deep

    Overall the book was ok. It was alot going on at once. You shiuld be mature if you read this. Not as good as everyone made it to be and thats just my opinion. To the events the character made were correct but her age nor did her parents fit the theme. Why doesnt her mom question her having boys in her room while she is sleep and has never met him? How does she not smell the pot in her room when she smokes it? Why is a thirteen year old coming home at three in the morning with ni questions asked. I just feel that if the parents were more realistic the book would have been sooooo much better! Still an ok book no offense to the others that have read it and loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2012

    Sheesh

    Good read i guess. Took two days to finish. Hated the way it enede with her friend dying. Hated alex she is such a b. Author shoul make more books like this

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2011

    It was alright.

    First off, I thought this book was just not realistic. As a freshman in high school, I don't know anybody that acts like Alex & Ethan. Cassie's character is just not realistic to me. The fact she's 13 and in 7th grade makes it hard for me to believe she's getting so involved with drugs and sex.
    -The author should have made Cassie a freshman and all of the freshman seniors.
    Also, the book shouldn't have gone into so much detail when it came to the sexual scenes.
    *Spolier* The death scene with Sarah didn't seem real either. It feels like it was just thrown in there to have a surprise twist.

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  • Posted July 4, 2011

    Okay

    Whatt to say about Beautiful. I can say that this book is not the most real book I have ever read,most 13 year olds I knoe dont do acid. But I alo think they made Alex way to mean, I have never met and dont think there will be a 13 year old that mean. The ending really bugged me because she did nothing to try amd fix things. I also think that they should of made her a year or two older because 13 is too young for the content of what se does in this book. Also note that this book is raw. Okay book not sure if I like her work. Stick to Ellen Hopkins.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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