Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Beautiful By: Amy Reed

Title: Beautiful
Author: Amy Reed
Amount of Pages: 240
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: October 6, 2009
Geared Towards: Older Teens

"She is someone new, a blank slate they have named beautiful. That is what I am now: beautiful, with this new body and face and hair and clothes. Beautiful, with this erasing of history."

Summary: Cassie was one of those chubby invisible girls with bad hair when she was at Bainbridge. All the girls there were the ambitious types, the kind who thought about Harvard and Yale before they passed puberty. Cassie never fit in with them, so when she moves from Brainbridge to the suburb of Seattle she is determined to make her mark and change herself up to become one of the "beautiful" girls.

Cassie is instantly swept into the group into a world she had never/could never imagine. Filled with drugs, alcohol and sex. Cassie is frightened yet excited, not sure what her future will bring. Her excitment draws her into numbness, numbness from her "friend" her "boyfriend" her "life." Until she starts spiraling down and down and down...until she fades away...one "beautiful" person gone from the world.

Wdebo's Review: Ok, I've had the generic portion of this review up since Friday, and I am only now getting to it...how horrible huh? Haha...anyways here is the review...

I remember seeing the summary for this book and just thinking of it as one of those good girl goes bad, drinks, does a little drugs, not her thing then goes back to being a goody-goody two shoes. But it wasn't, it was nothing like that...this book was raw and real. Amazingly written...I enjoyed it immensly.

Though, it still don't understand how Cassie could have change so much...one second she feels weird about saying the s word and practically the next page later, she's cussing like a sailor who just got stabbed by his own sword. Also, I don't understand why she wants to be like them so much...that doesn't sound like a lot of fun...puking out your guts, not being able to eat, and being with a bunch of creeping guys...not my idea of a day in the park. But apart from that, she's a really great character and does grow (in the wrong direction but slowly comes back).

Cover Chit Chat: I like the cover a lot...except her face is really blotchy...you would think that a person who wears a lot of foundation would cover up her blotchyness. And the lipstick writing contrasts beautifully with the white background. (A-)

All in all, a wonderfully written novel for older teens to enjoy (Defidently not reccomeneded for younger readers) very interesting plot that will keep you on the edge of your seat until you finish it.

Grade: A-


Songs Listened to While Writing Review:

1 to 10 = Me and You [Click HERE to listen]
Self Hypnosis [Click HERE to listen]
Lonely [Click HERE to listen]
High School Never Ends [Click HERE to listen]

Thanks to S&S for sending me an ARC copy~


  1. Great review. I like the cover of the book and it sounds very interesting to read. :)

  2. Great review! This is on my must-read list, absolutely. Glad you enjoyed it!

  3. what kind of book is this? is it romantic? idontknow what it it and i wanna find more books like this because it was sooooo good, i give it five stars A++++<3

  4. Nina- Thank you, it is a very interesting read.

    Kay-Thanks! Hope you can get around to reading it.

    Anonymous-I am not sure really haha...coming of age (?) Not sure...glad you enjoyed it so much!


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