Beautiful - Amy Reed

Have you read the classic 1970's Book "Go Ask Alice" , one of the few books that caused such a controversy when it was released that people still talk about it nowadays ? . If so, then today's book "Beautiful" by Amy Reed is right up your alley.


Synopsis of Beautiful- Amy Reed - October 2010

Thirteen-year-old Cassie has bloomed. Following her family's move from an island off the coast of Washington to a Seattle suburb, she has a new attractiveness that earns her the moniker "the beautiful seventh grader." Her good looks and willingness to conform are a passport to her school's powerful clique of druggies led by Alex, a frightening but charismatic fellow seventh grader who adopts Cassie as her best friend. Cassie's compliance with Alex's demands—to burn photographs of former friends, to take acid, to have sex—secures her a position as Alex's second in command but threatens her health and safety. When Alex's half sister Sarah moves in with Alex and her wasted mother, Cassie finds her allegiance shifting from her best friend to Sarah. Reed's first novel owes a tremendous debt to Catherine Hardwicke's 2002 film Thirteen; however, where the filmic treatment of its 13-year-old heroines' dangerous experimentation is complicated by the richness of their characters and their interactions with one another and the supporting cast, this novel is less complex and more sensational. It is difficult to discern motivation for many of the characters, whose actions—Alex's in particular—are explained in almost clich├ęd form, and the secondary characters are one-dimensional. This book has also been named the "New Go Ask Alice for the 21st Century".


  1. Hey Paula! I'm sorry but this month is only February reviews. So your two reviews won't count for this month! But any angel books you review this month will absolutely be fine! :) Thanks for joining the challenge!

    Happy reading!


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