Friday, May 18, 2012

Book Review: Breaking Beautiful by Jennifer Shaw Wolf

Breaking Beautiful
by Jennifer Shaw Wolf
Received for Review from publisher via netgalley
Young Adult Realistic Contemporary
Release Date: April 24,2012
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.97
Pages: 354

Before I get into my review, here's the summary:

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.

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this book in exchange fore my honest opinion. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: One of my fellow reviewers, Sara, said "I think I have an unhealthy interest in characters that suffer from memory loss."  I'm first mate on the same ship. The idea of memory loss mixed in with an abusive relationship and I was hooked. That sounds morbid, but I love books where characters triumph over terrible things like abuse.

Allie managed to keep her abusive relationship a secret and those are the ones that break my heart. She didn't dare tell anybody the truth and that is terrible. And yet, Allie was a character that I really liked. She was one that I just wanted to hug and say don't you see how wonderful you are. 

Enter Blake. I loved Blake from the moment he entered the novel. He was the best friend anybody could ask for and he stood beside Allie patiently. I loved watching Blake and Allie's relationship progress.

Another interesting aspect to this novel was watching Allie's memory return. Wolf kept me in suspense the whole time. Every time I thought that I had figured out how Trip died, she threw another curve at me. 

Fans of dramatic realistic young adult novels will love this novel. I know I did. This novel was one that I couldn't read fast enough. Any time I had to stop reading, my mind remained centered on the novel and what would happen next. 

In my book, Wolf's debut novel was a home-run and I definitely will keep tabs on her. Her writing was compelling, the characters intriguing, and the plot was incredible. A great novel. One of my favorites of the year. 

In Summary: An intense, suspenseful realistic young adult novel that I ate up. I simply adored this novel.  Definitely recommend this one. 

The Wrap-up: A beautifully written novel that was poignantly written. A novel that I'm glad I got the chance to read. I would consider buying this one. Wolf definitely made an impression and like I mentioned I'll be looking forward to see what she writes next. 


Danica Page

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