Beautiful by Amy Reed has been my read for this week! It is a dark story about a girls struggle with the world of drugs. It has even been compared to Go Ask Alice. The main character, Cassie, moves to a new town and decided that she doesn’t want to be the same shy, straight edge person that she has been all her life. Cassie is only in 7th grade, but she ends up with a group of Freshman that will use and abuse any substance that they can get their hands on. As Cassie gets caught up in the world of drugs, sex, and rock and roll, as a reader, you keep wanting her to make the right decision and figure out that she is being dumb and naive. As a reader, you know that the people that Cassie is hanging out with are going to be her downfall and something really bad is going to happen and it really makes you connect with the book. There are characters in the book that we can all relate to someone that we know or have known in our time in high school and college.
What I loved most about this book is how realistic it is. It shows just how easily young, impressionable kids can get into a bad crowd and lose sight of their morals and sense of wrong and right. If you liked Ellen Hopkin’s books, then this one is definitely for you. It has the same dark tone that Hopkins has throughout her books with similar subject matter.
Great read even though it is a little dark!