White Trash Beautiful (White Trash Trilogy Series #1)

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A word-of-mouth bestseller that’s captivating readers with its honesty, grit, and headstrong heroine, White Trash Beautiful is a story for anyone who has ever felt trapped in life, cheated by love—and longed for something more . . .

Cass Daniels isn’t waiting for her knight in shining armor. She knows that girls like her don’t get a happily ever after. Not if you live in a trailer with your mom, work at a greasy spoon diner, and get leered at by old men. Maybe that’s why she ...

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Overview

A word-of-mouth bestseller that’s captivating readers with its honesty, grit, and headstrong heroine, White Trash Beautiful is a story for anyone who has ever felt trapped in life, cheated by love—and longed for something more . . .

Cass Daniels isn’t waiting for her knight in shining armor. She knows that girls like her don’t get a happily ever after. Not if you live in a trailer with your mom, work at a greasy spoon diner, and get leered at by old men. Maybe that’s why she puts up with Jackson—her poor excuse for a boyfriend, who treats her like dirt. Cass has learned to accept her lot in life. That is, until he walks into her diner. . . .

His name is Tucker White, and he’s different from any man Cass has ever known. Tall, tattooed, and bad-ass gorgeous, he’s the lead singer of the rock band Damaged. From the moment they meet, Tucker sees something in Cass he just can’t shake. Something beautiful. Something haunted. Something special. And he’s determined to find out what it is—if only he can get her to open up and let him in. . . .

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"You feel all [Cass’s] emotions to the point where you're connecting with her so much, you feel like you are her."

"This story is filled with heartache and hope. Heartache for circumstance and life in general, but hope for a future."

"It was such a dark story filled with a ton of angst and brief glimpses of light through a romance of hope and love."

"I could not put it down. I had to know what was going to happen next."

Romantic Times
"Fans of the rock star genre will want to give this one a go, as this Prince Charming is a hot, tattooed musician… [I]n this story readers will meander through the dark and dangerous tunnel of Cass’ life and subsequently cheer her on when she comes out the other side."
Belle's Book Bag
"It was such a dark story filled with a ton of angst and brief glimpses of light through a romance of hope and love."
Flirty and Dirty Book Blog
"I could not put it down. I had to know what was going to happen next."
Romantic Reading Escapes
"This story is filled with heartache and hope. Heartache for circumstance and life in general, but hope for a future."
Bookish Temptations
"If you are looking for a story that will keep you on the edge and take you for an emotional ride, then White Trash Beautiful is for you. Hopeless romantics beware. Keep your tissues nearby."
Molly McAdams
"You feel all [Cass’s] emotions to the point where you're connecting with her so much, you feel like you are her."
A Bookish Escape
"I would put this in the same category as other great angst-filled and passionate New Adult Romances, such as The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay, Hopeless by Colleen Hoover, and The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorenson! Read this book! It is a deep, thought provoking, story of substance, that will stay with you long after the last page has been read!"
Goodreads - Robin Harper
I was blown away by this book. This is a bit different from Teresa's other books but just as fantastic.

We have the sweet and determined Cassidy who has been dealt a crap hand in life but does her best to persevere and make things better while being told and believing herself that she isn't worthy or deserving of any more.. but that doesn't stop her from desperately wanting better.
Then we have the sexy and strong Tucker who see's the beauty and strength in Cass as soon as he meets
flirtyanddirtybookblog.com - Nicola Farrell
I love that I felt like I was a part of the story, I could envision how miserable Cass’s life was; how wretched her home was. I could feel Cass’s lack of self-worth, thinking that she actually deserved the life that she was living.

If you are looking for your next great read and want something that just flows, White Trash Beautiful is for you. I couldn’t put it down; I had to know what was going to happen next. Thank you Teresa Mummert for another fabulous read!
Goodreads - Molly McAdams (author of Taking Chances)
What can I say other than this completely shocked me coming from Teresa? When she sent the ARC to me I was ready for some kink...and maybe another main character like William Honor that I could drool over for months. Did I get that?? Nope...I GOT SO MUCH MORE!

This was unlike anything I've ever read from her, and while I would be terrified to jump from writing erotica to this, she nailed it. White Trash Beautiful was an incredibly moving story and I felt like I was right there with Cas
Goodreads - Jamie Beulterman
I was blessed with an ARC copy of White Trash Beautiful and devoured it in one sitting. Mrs. Mummert has a gift for sharing the stories of those who live in the "fringe" and giving them the voice they deserve. This book is incredible because it is so real. The anguish Cass feels, and her dynamic with those around her is tangible. You will never look at a sharped tongue road side waitress again with out hoping she meets her very own Tucker. This is not just the old love against all odds plot. It
Goodreads - Angie (not given)
I had the priveledge of reading this book before release. It was fantastic.

I fell in love with the characters' of this book from the beginning.

Cass is amazing; and despite what she has been put through her entire life, she still manages to put others' else before herself.

Tucker White......What can I say, I fell in love with him from the moment he drove in on that motorcycle. So patient, and loving with Cass.

This story was very well written, and grabbed aho
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781476732022
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Publication date: 7/9/2013
  • Series: White Trash Trilogy Series , #1
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 263,010
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Teresa Mummert is the New York Times bestselling author of the White Trash series, the Honor series, Safe Word, and The Note. An army wife and mother, Teresa’s passion in life is writing. Born in Pennsylvania, she lived a small-town life before following her husband’s military career to Louisiana and Georgia. Visit her website at TeresaMummert.com.

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White Trash Beautiful


  • I’M NOT NAÏVE. I know I don’t get the happily-ever-after. My knight in shining armor took the highway detour around this godforsaken shit hole. I’ve made peace with that. That doesn’t mean I’m going to lie down like a doormat and let every cocky prick in the trailer park have his way with me.

“I’ll be right there,” I snarled at Larry. He is the cook here at Aggie’s Diner, and he is also Aggie’s husband. His hair is long and greasy, hanging in thick, gray clumps around his weathered face. He is almost always a mean and nasty old man.

I turned back to my heavyset, middle-aged customer with a quick smile as he continued to leer at my chest. I slid the milk for his coffee across the table, making sure it tipped into his lap “accidentally.”

“I’m a waitress, not a whore,” I warned through gritted teeth. I tucked a strand of my dirty-blond hair (which some would call dark wheat) that had fallen loose from its ponytail behind my ear and gave a loud sigh. Cass Daniels was a lot of things, but not that.

It was always the same. Some guy pulls off the main highway and decides to try out a little local joint, maybe try his chances at getting lucky with a waitress. Some even took him up on it. But I wasn’t that kind of girl. Besides, I had a man of my own. My blond hair and blue eyes were nothing but a curse sometimes.

I made a beeline to the back, my empty tray held tightly between my fingers as I talked myself out of hitting Larry upside his damn head.

“I hit the bell five minutes ago, Cass,” he scolded. I ignored him as he went on and on as I put the hot plates onto my tray, burning my fingers. I rolled my eyes and walked back out to the floor as he continued, getting louder as I walked away.

“Don’t act like you’re the only one in the trailer park who can carry a plate of food. You ain’t nothin’ special!”

I slapped my tray down on table four with a little more force than I intended, biting back my tears. I didn’t need some low-rent cook in a run-down diner telling me I wasn’t worth a damn. I forced a smile at the elderly lady in front of me.

Her hand moved on top of mine as I placed her dish in front of her. It startled me, and I had to force myself not to pull back.

“Don’t let anyone tell you that you’re not special,” she said in a hushed tone.

I smiled as a single tear escaped my eye and trailed down my cheek. I pulled my hand free and wiped it away quickly, looking at the dingy peach-colored walls to hide my crying. “Enjoy your meal.” My voice cracked with my words.

I turned quickly and made my way across the dining room and out the back entrance marked EMPLOYEES ONLY. I pulled my pack of cigarettes from my apron and stared at the box while I walked to the corner of the building. I hadn’t had one for four days, but I couldn’t force myself to throw the pack away.

I stared off at the trailers that were on the other side of the parking lot. A tattered fence lined the area with an array of signs that read KEEP OUT. I snorted.

No one went in there unless the person had no choice. The fence just kept us away from the people who mattered.

I held the lighter to the end of my cigarette and closed my eyes as I inhaled deeply, filling my lungs with the delicious smoke.

“That’ll kill ya, you know,” a deep voice called from in front of me. My eyes shot open. A man in worn-out dark-wash jeans and a formfitting, dark-gray T-shirt that read I’M WITH THE BAND stood in front of me, motorcycle helmet in hand. His head was cocked to the side, and a half grin played across his lips. His hair was dark brown and unruly, but something told me he took time to make it look so effortlessly disheveled. His arms had elaborate tattoos to the wrists, and his blue eyes were bright in the sun. This was the guy your mama would warn you about—if your mama wasn’t too high to function. He stood at least a foot taller than my own five foot three. I guessed he was near my age of twenty-three, or maybe a couple of years older.

“Not fast enough.” I rolled my eyes and took another drag. He laughed as he ran his fingers over his hair from back to front and nodded, then turned to walk to the front door of the diner. He stopped for a moment, his back to me as if he had something to say, but didn’t. He opened the door and disappeared inside instead without a backward glance.

At least my shitty life was entertainment for someone else. I held my cigarette sideways, glaring down at it before flicking it off into the dirt of the parking lot. I stood and straightened my apron, wiping the now-drying tears from my face, and went back to work.

Mr. Dark and Dangerous was sitting in a booth in my section and I cursed under my breath. I was a magnet for bad boys; only in my world, it meant beatings and heartbreak.

“Welcome to Aggie’s Diner. My name is Cass and I’ll be your waitress. Can I start you off with something to drink?” I slapped a menu down in front of him. I did my best to smile, but it didn’t reach my eyes. It never did. I raked my eyes over the tattoos that crawled out from under his T-shirt sleeves in intricate, swirling patterns.

“Tucker White.” He grinned. That smile must get him whatever he wanted.

My eyes snapped back to his. “Do you want something to drink, Tucker White?” I tried not to sound impatient. I didn’t want to exchange witty banter with some hot guy fresh off the highway. I wanted to go home and take a hot shower, if we even had hot water. This job barely paid the bills, and with my mom’s mouth to feed, we could hardly afford luxuries such as water, let alone solid meals or cable.

“I’ll have a beer, sweetheart. Whatever you recommend.” His smile didn’t waver.

I glanced around the diner and back to him. I was sure he could read the Are you fucking kidding me? look on my face. This wasn’t the place for exotic delicacies or fancy beers. “I’m not your sweetheart.”

“Challenge accepted.” He laughed.

These guys were all the same. I sighed. “I’ll grab you a Bud.” I turned on my heel and made my way into the back to grab him a beer out of the fridge.

“Cass, what are you doing with my beer?” Larry called from behind the cook line.

“It’s for a customer,” I called over my shoulder. “I’ll pay you back when he settles the check.” I pushed through the kitchen doors and got away from Larry before he could start screaming again.

I set the bottle down in front of Tucker and wiped the condensation on my hand onto my apron.

“Thanks.” He winked and twisted the top off the bottle. He tipped it up to his lips and began to drink, his eyes still locked on me.

I grabbed my pen and order pad from my apron pocket and waited for him to finish his drink. “Have you decided on what you want?” I shifted my weight from one foot to the other. I had been on them for seven hours now and they ached.

“Oh, yeah.” His eyes slowly trailed down my body as his tongue flicked out over his lips, wetting them. “Burger and fries.” He set his bottle down on the table and spun it in his fingers. His cell phone rang and he rolled his eyes, picking it up to answer the call. “Tucker speaking.”

“I’ll get that right out to ya.” I smiled politely and went to place the order. Larry was fuming. He was seconds from ripping into me when the bell above the door chimed. I turned around and caught sight of Jackson.

“Hey, Jax.” I smiled and walked toward him to meet halfway across the room. He ran his hands through his dirty long, brown hair. His skin was flushed and his emerald eyes were glazed over. Drugs had really done a number on him. He was slim but not muscular, tall but always hunched over.

“I need some money.” His jaw was clenched and his voice barely a whisper. He wiped his hands over his stained white T-shirt.

“Jax, I don’t have any money.”

Jackson grabbed my arm just above the elbow, pulling me closer. His breath reeked of liquor.

“It’s fucking important, Cass. I need it now.”

I knew he had no patience. He was impossible to reason with when he was using. I took a step back.

“Can I get a refill, sweetheart?” Tucker called from his table, holding up the bottle.

“Who the fuck is that?” Jackson’s eyes blazed with anger.

“Just a customer,” I whispered. “Just a minute!” I called back to Tucker, who was watching Jackson and me.

“I won’t have any money until the end of my shift, Jax. You know that.” I placed my fingertips on his chest and he knocked them away.

Tucker had moved next to me. His fingertips grazed my back, startling me. “I have to run, so won’t be able to eat, but here is what I owe you, and more than enough to make up for the trouble.” His eyes darted to Jackson, sizing him up.

I was speechless. I’ve never known anyone to give something without wanting something in return. The simple touch from his fingertips sent my body into a frenzy, and I struggled to slow my heart rate back to normal, worried Jax could feel it thudding in my arm.

“See you later, sweetheart.” Tucker shot me a wink before popping a toothpick in his mouth and smiling at Jax, sliding in between us to get to the front door.

Jackson didn’t care about this guy. All he saw was the stack of bills in my hand.

“Thanks. Have a good day,” I called after Tucker as he ran a hand through his hair and left through the front door. I didn’t know if he did it out of pity or kindness, but my faith in humanity was momentarily restored, even if the guy was a cocky asshole. The bell signaling the order was ready dinged, and my eyes drifted back to Jackson.

“Perfect timing.” Jax smiled and grabbed the twenty from the top of the small stack of bills in my hand.

“Jax, wait,” I called after him, but he had already turned to leave as quickly as possible.

I counted the money I had left. Just enough to cover the meal. Fucking perfect. A motorcycle revved angrily outside the door and took off, growing quieter as it drove away.

“Order up, Cass,” Larry hissed from the kitchen. Fuck. I grabbed the burger and fries and set it on the farthest table in my section. At least I would get to eat some real food today. I picked up a hot fry and popped it in my mouth, my eyes roaming over the dingy blue curtains that didn’t match anything else in the place. I wanted to be selfish and eat every last bite, but my mind wandered to my mother. I grabbed a to-go box and slipped the food inside. As soon as I could take another break, I would take her the food. She was hungry, I was sure, and didn’t do much of anything for herself, let alone cook.

Another hour slipped by. I was busy, but never enough to make this job worth it financially. Not that there were any other options.

“I’m takin’ a break!” I slipped off my apron and made eye contact with Marla, the other waitress at Aggie’s. She nodded and I grabbed the box of food I had saved and went out the back. I made my way across the dusty parking lot and through the fence to the trailer park.

“Mom,” I called as I opened the trailer door. “Mom?” I made my way down the narrow hall, avoiding the bucket that sat on the floor to catch water when it rained. I leaned against the wood paneling as I slipped by it. I pushed open the door to the master bedroom. I stopped short. Jax and my mother sat in a cloud of cigarette smoke, dazed and disoriented. A thin rubber tube was tied around her arm and a needle jutted out of her vein.

“I told you not to bring that shit around here again, Jax,” I screamed. Jax’s green eyes were bright and glazed against the bloodshot white surrounding the irises.

Disgusted, I threw the food on the floor in front of me, then rushed to my mother’s side, carefully pulling the needle from her arm.

“She fucking likes it. It shuts her the fuck up.” Jax motioned to my mother, who was practically catatonic.

I was the spitting image of her, only with a thinner body, fewer years on my face, and more self-respect.

Was this what my future looked like?

My mother used to be a good person before her mind went. When Daddy left us, he took her sanity with him. She soon lost the sparkle in her eyes, and next went any reason or logic. She didn’t bathe or feed herself. She sat in her own filth until I did something about it.

“You promised me you wouldn’t do that anymore. You promised.” Tears formed in my eyes, but I struggled to keep them from falling.

Jax ignored me and tightened the belt around his arm. I balled my hands into tight fists and stormed out of the trailer, slamming the flimsy door behind me. My mind flashed to all the other girls my age who were just graduating from college, stepping into a bright future full of possibility.

I wouldn’t allow myself to look over my shoulder at the trailer again. I didn’t need a reminder of what I was.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2012

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    Some reviews are helpful but these long over the top reviews that reveal plot points while bragging they got the book for free for honest review does not help. Stop revealing plot points. We do not get the book for free and would like to be surprised for our money. You are rude and inconsiderate ti others.

    48 out of 63 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2012

    Horrible....I stopped reading after 20 pages. Reads as if writt

    Horrible....I stopped reading after 20 pages. Reads as if written by a middle school child with a sailor mouth.... non intelligent and boring. It would really help if BN would classify their books correctly, this should be under the Teen Romances....or Books of No Substance. Glad I didn't waste but $2.99 on it, but wish I could give it the NEGATIVE STARS it deserves

    12 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 22, 2012

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    Disclaimer: The author provided an ARC of this book in exchange

    Disclaimer: The author provided an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. The complete review can be found on my blog.

    I don't even know where to start with this one, except to say I loved it! I mean, what's not to love? A tattooed, motorcycle-riding rock star with a bad-boy persona rides in to save a broken and abused woman...ahhhh, I'll bet you're thinking that's been done a million times over. Well, perhaps it has, but NOT in the way Teresa Mummert brought it to the pages! She brings so much more ... this is NOT a Cinderella story, if that's what you're thinking or what you've heard. There is so much heartbreak, tension, domestic abuse, drug abuse, and reality in this book.

    This story is filled with heartache and hope. Heartache for circumstance and life in general, but hope for a future. I have to say I would have liked more steamy between Tucker and Cass, and a slower progression into their relationship. But, believe me when I say that I felt angst and romance in this book. When I hit 95%, I was screaming OMG and falling out of my chair. At 96%, my heart was yanked out of my chest. At 97%, I was screaming at the author that I've suffered enough heartbreak, and now you're giving me more? Really?! Well, yes...yes, she did! BUT...that is what I love about this book. It takes me on the highest of highs, knocks me in the chest, and levels me into Euphoria with its ending. Cass is one tough chick who has everything and almost everyone (Dorris, Jax, Annie, life) against her, but she has perseverance on her side. I give this book 4.5 stars and recommend you gather the necessities prior to reading: tissues, Tylenol, bottled water, cushions (for falling over), punching bag, and telephone for dialing 911.

    7 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2012

    Over all good

    Ok seriously.... she stays with a crackhead drunk who beats her on whim.... and runs away from a sexy rich guy thats by her side grieving with her and protecting her... she acts 15 not 25.... her logic is crap but i still couldnt help but love this book.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2012

    Pleasantly surprised

    Short but very good. Glad the author is going to continue this story. Tucker is hot.

    5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2012

    Ehhhhh

    Could have been a decent book, but it lacked depth and was fairly predictable. Very annoying read as it was riddled with mistakes the whole way through - horrible editing job! I guess there is a reason some books are only $2.99.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    Good

    This book wasn't BAD, but it wasn't great. I felt like there was so much MORE that the writer could have done with the story. It became a bit melodramatic at times. There were multiple typos such as use of "bands" instead of "banks". Definitely need a better editor, or take more time to edit. I hope the next book is taken on with more care and precision.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2012

    Not worth it

    This book has no no depth, very predictable and boring. I finished it in 2 hours - don't waste your time.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2012

    I appreciate your reviews.

    Just wanted to say that i read the book reviews for extra plot info and opinions when i am unsure if i should buy a book. I appreciate all of you taking your time to share this information with me. I almost always enjoy the books i choose when i take time read the thoughtful and detailed reviews. Thank you.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2012

    Amazing

    Can't wait for book two.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2012

    New Favorite Book

    I felt like I was inside this story watching it unfold. Well done.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2012

    No substance, poor character development, poorly written!

    You know those horrible adult smut novels that sell for .99 at Walgreens? This is the teen version of one of those. REALLY POOR CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT. REALLY POOR WRITING.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2012

    This is the first book I have read by this author and I absolute

    This is the first book I have read by this author and I absolutely loved this book! I cannot wait to read more of her books and I hope there is a sequel to White Trash Beautiful!!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 24, 2012

    AMAZING!

    I could really relate to Cass's character. Not everyone is handed a perfect life. This was gritty and dark but the female lead was not a victim. She didn't blame others for her circumstances. She struggled to better her life and did not want any handouts. A powerful and strong read about life's struggles.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2012

    Heartbreaking Love Story

    This book was an emotional ride that I didn't want to end. I can not wait for the next book in the series.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2012

    Why

    I read the sample and want to buy the book but for some reason its unable to go through. This sucks!!!!! Get it together B&N

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 8, 2012

    Terribly Written

    I had really hoped this would be a good read, but I felt more like I was reading a story written by a teen with an over-active imagination. There are rampant grammatical and spelling errors throughout, but I'm not sure if that is only in the eBook version that I purchased here. The story line is just not believable at all. The boyfriend is painted as an abusive drug addict, but there is no real supporting story there to make me feel bad or good about him. It's completely unbelievable that she meets a rock star who turns out to be some kind of romantic prince charming who sweeps her rapidly off her feet. My twelve year old daughter rolled her eyes reading the first few pages. It just has a ridiculous story line and the author needs to elaborate more on the events that she claims brought the character's life so far down hill. Maybe, a redo of this story with a little more depth would turn it into a better read, but the fast turn around of the romance and the vague accusations of abuse are just too far fetched for me to believe.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2012

    Depressing

    Just too much negativity.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2012

    No

    Poor plot - poorer character development. Reviews from customers led me to believe this author was a Barbara Kingsolver or Jodi Picoult. Just a bad teen read. I love childrens, teen & adult literature. But give me a good author. Will not make another purchase without looking at Booklist, Kirkus Reviews or a mastered degreed librarians recommendation. I archived this book - how do i delete from my archive? This is a waste of gigabite space.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2012

    Well written

    Good and unexpected story of a strong young woman determined to make things better for her "family". This is a story of what you really can change.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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