Today marks Day 24 of 31 Days of #BookLove. Rather than review all 323 books I read year, I decided to share one of my favorites. I meant to wrap this up in December, but I got hit with the plague. So…the #BookLove continues into 2014.
BREAKING BEAUTIFUL by Jennifer Shaw Wolf
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
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.
What I Liked:
BREAKING BEAUTIFUL broke my ever-loving heart. This is one of the best books I’ve read about how a teen girl in an abusive relationship. It happens gradually, and Allie finds herself a co-conspirator with her abuser, hiding the damage he does to her from her family and friends. When the story begins, she’s already isolated, cut off from anyone who might help her. But there is a boy, someone who sees her and wants to help her. Above and beyond, the emotional exploration of what Allie goes through, there’s a big mystery. Allie’s abuser has died, and she’s forced to pretend grief when her feelings for him are far more complex. Added to that, she can’t remember how he died or what role she played in the accident. This is a seriously great read, and one that haunted me afterward. Highly recommend. See my full review here.
Like the sound of BREAKING BEAUTIFUL? Give the author a little #BookLove. Jennifer Shaw Wolf tweets @JenniferSWolf.
The 31 Days of #BookLove
Day 1: BULLY by Penelope Douglas
Day 2: THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY by Katja Millay
Day 3: TANGLED by Emma Chase
Day 4: UNSPOKEN by Jen Frederick
Day 5: PLAYING FOR KEEPS by R.L. Mathewson
Day 6: ONE WEEK GIRLFRIEND by Monica Murphy
Day 7: WAIT FOR YOU by J. Lynn
Day 8: SIGNIFICANCE by Shelly Crane
Day 9: FALLEN CREST HIGH by Tijan
Day 10: HER BEST WORST MISTAKE by Sarah Mayberry
Day 11: CHARADE by Nyrae Dawn
Day 12: THE COINCIDENCE OF CALLIE AND KAYDEN by Jessica Sorensen
Day 13: HOPELESS by Colleen Hoover
Day 14: SEDUCING MR. KNIGHTLY by Maya Rodale
Day 15: MY UNEXPECTED FOREVER by Heidi McLaughlin
Day 16: BREAKING NOVA by Jessica Sorensen
Day 17: RULE by Jay Crownover
Day 18: DEEPER WE FALL by Chelsea M. Cameron
Day 19: THE BOY WHO SNEAKS IN MY BEDROOM WINDOW by Kirsty Moseley
Day 20: WIFE FOR A WEEK by Kelly Hunter
Day 21: REAL by Katy Evans
Day 22: CARTER REED by Tijan
Day 23: ON DUBLIN STREET by Samantha Young