Breaking Beautiful by Jennifer Shaw Wolf

Breaking Beautiful

                Breaking Beautiful

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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.

Hardcover, 354 pages
Expected publication: April 24th 2012 by Walker Childrens




(MY THOUGHTS)        5  Hearts!!!!!
  Breaking Beautiful is definitely a title that's true to this story. Jennifer Shaw Wolf took my heart for an emotional roller coaster ride with three different kinds of love: love of an abuser, love of a protector, and a love of hope. Wolf has written an intense story of how the effects of abuse still controls the abused person even after the abuser is dead. Wolf had me glued to the pages of this heart-ripping mystery of what happened the night that Trip Phillips dies. Wolf's is truly a talented author, and her writing will capture your heart, while also tearing it to pieces.

It's been three weeks since Allie came home from the hospital. An accident left Allie with a head injury and no memory of the night she went to the Pacific Cliffs Cotillion dance with her boyfriend, Trip Phillips. The night that Trip died. Everyone wants Allie to remember that night, but Allie doesn't want to remember, and what she does remember, she must keep hidden like she’s done for past three years. But someone knows about Allie’s secret, and that someone has a secret of their own to hide.

I fell in love with Allie's twin brother Andrew. Andrew has cerebral palsy, brought on by a lack of oxygen when Andrew and Allie were born. Jennifer Shaw Wolf wrote a beautiful character with Andrew that reminds us that cerebral palsy affects the body, not the mind and spirit of a person.

Blake is another character I love. Blake is your bad boy/good boy, who's just gotten the short-stick in life because of what his mother did. Pacific Cliffs is one of those small towns where people live for gossip, and whatever sins your parents commit will be a life sentence for the children. Allie is Blake's hope, a hope that has been with them both since they first met each other when Allie was five and Blake was four. Blake never lost his hope in Allie, and Allie will have to find her hope in Blake.

Breaking Beautiful is an emotional, heart breaking story about spouse/girlfriend abuse, child abuse, and abuse of a town that lives to destroy others with gossip. It's about having the strength to protect the one you love when you’re weak. It's also about love that can't be broken, a love that keeps hoping, no matter how long you have to wait for that person. I recommend Breaking Beautiful as a must read.


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1 comment:

  1. The description gave me chills. I'll definitely have to check this one out!

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