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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Rgz Street Team: Sarah reviews Beautiful by Amy Reed

The rgz Street Team is a group of teens who bring YA reviews to our blog, led by Postergirl Miss Erin. Find out more.

Today, Sarah reviews Beautiful by Amy Reed:

"Cassie moves from Bainbridge Island to Seattle. She decides that she need to leave her good girl persona behind. She chooses some dangerous friends and is immersed into the world of drugs, sex, and secrets. Cassie loves the thrill of her new life, but she's also terrified of what could happen. She loses her virginity to an older boy. Cassie also embraces the numbness of drugs. Now she is being called beautiful. Cassie doesn't notice the down spiral that her life is going on and how much danger she is really in.

"Cassie is an interesting character. She wants to fit in like most teens do, but she chooses the wrong crowd and has to live with consequences. I am going to admit that I didn't like the ending of what happens to Cassie, because it shows teens that they have the ability to give up, instead of working yourself out of the mess of your own creation. Beautiful was a fast-paced book that had a lot of emotion. Also, the plot was well done and interesting. The only flaw that I saw was how she just stopped talking to her friends that lived in Bainbridge Island--it is a 45 minute ferry ride. I have had friends move to Seattle and they still come back and hang out. I also have visited them. I live farther away than that. I found that to not be realistic. It was a fairly original book, about what can happen when you get into drugs so young. It was as sad as the true stories are.

"Reed is an amazing writer and I am excited for more books from her. She created great characters and the setting to let the story unfold. I recommend that you check out this book if you liked Crank or the movie Thirteen." --Sarah


Melissa Walker said...

So interesting, Sarah! Such a cool cover. Thanks for the review!

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Lorie Ann Grover said...

Thanks, Sarah!

singkittyle000 said...

oh sweet
i think i'll definitely try to find that book...thanks sarah. i really like the cover too. original.

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