Monday, June 25, 2012

Breaking Beautiful by Jennifer Shaw Wolf

Breaking Beautiful by Jennifer Shaw Wolf
Release Date: April 24, 2012
Publisher: Walker Children's

Allie lost everything the night her boyfriend, Trip, died in a horrible car accident—including her memory of the event. As their small town mourns his death, Allie is afraid to remember because doing so means delving into what she’s kept hidden for so long: the horrible reality of their abusive relationship.  When the police reopen the investigation, it casts suspicion on Allie and her best friend, Blake, especially as their budding romance raises eyebrows around town. Allie knows she must tell the truth. Can she reach deep enough to remember that night so she can finally break free? Debut writer Jennifer Shaw Wolf takes readers on an emotional ride through the murky waters of love, shame, and, ultimately, forgiveness.  -

Am I ever on an awesome book kick...  Breaking Beautiful is, yet again, another fantastic read that I am so lucky to have picked up.  Having been on a contemporary kick lately, I wasn't really expecting this book to surpass some of the other great ones I've read recently, but it certainly was right up there.  This is one of those books that alternately makes you cry, cringe, drop your jaw in shock, and shake your head.

You just couldn't help but be brokenhearted for Allie.  What a sweet girl and to have been treated so badly by Trip and still be so sweet and gentle was amazing.  But what really broke my heart for her over and over in the story was how his old friends treated her.  One of them even knew what had been going on and still treated her like she had somehow wronged Trip, instead of the other way around.  Every time someone went on and on in front of her about how great Trip had been, you just wanted to slug them in the nose.  She could have saved herself some agony and mistreatment by telling everyone what he had really been like, but she chose not to.  I think this shows her strength and courage so well, and you just couldn't help but love her. 

Her relationship with Blake seemed so natural, and his caring for her was so sweet.  I loved watching this develop and seeing how she will now be able to find some love and comfort from what has been done to her.  I think he restores her faith in love and relationships.

This book was definitely one that sticks with you and touches you so much.  I had to read it with some tissues nearby though.  Awesome book.

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  1. This book was so fabulous! I definitely agree that Allie's relationship with Blake was one of my favorite things. He seemed like such a beacon of hope when things felt so hopeless for her and he grounded her. :)

  2. I agree with you completely re: Allie and Blake. I loved it.


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