25 April 2012

{Book Review} Breaking Beautiful by Jennifer Shaw Wolf

By: Me My Shelf And I | 25 April 2012 at 2:12 PM | | | | | | | | |


Breaking Beautiful
Author: Jennifer Shaw Wolf
Release Date: April 24th 2012
Publisher: Walker’s Childrens
Pages: 354
Rating 5 Birds

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.


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Gut wrenching, intense and un-putdownable, this mystery will take you on a roller coaster ride of emotions.

BREAKING BEAUTIFUL is not a fluffy, happy contemporary read that will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. It is, instead what I don’t think there is a whole lot of out there right now. Deep, dark, mysterious and painfully realistic at times. It is what I think there needs to be more of out there. Flat out 100% honesty in fiction about what life is, and can really be like. It’s not all rainbows and butterflies and Jennifer Shaw Wolf takes are hard, and maybe even taboo topic and sticks it in your face in a way that makes it impossible to ignore.

For anyone who has suffered at the hands of an abusive relationship, being it physical or emotional – Allie’s life will ring all too true for you at times. It’s not gruesome or on the level of a bad episode of Law and Order SVU, but the emotion will be there for you. Having been in an abusive relationship at one point in my life, I wondered if taking on this book for review was a good idea, but as I read I found that being able to connect with Allie on more than just then reader/protagonist level was helpful and made the experience of BREAKING BEAUTIFUL all the more deep for me.

Am I saying if you’ve never had a crappy relationship you won’t be able to relate to this novel. Hell no! In fact I think that this book can and will reach so many people that not only will it’s fiction filled pages will bring entertainment to it’s readers, but it will also raise awareness of just how easy it is to fall into the trap of an abusive relationship.

If I could tell you to read anything this year, I would tell you to read this. I loved it, I think you will too – and if you have read it, please drop me a note and let me know how you felt about it.

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  1. This book looks like a really intense read. Added.

  2. Loved it. Gave it 5/5.

  3. I'd recommend to anyone interested in a more reflective read - one that will make you think and wonder. Definitely not a beach-y, curl up with a cup of hot cocoa kind of read. Be ready to be emotionally invested and totally along for the ride.
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