Saturday 3 January 2015

Book Review: White Trash Beautiful by Teresa Mummert

Title: White Trash Beautiful
Author: Teresa Mummert
Publisher: Gallery Books

Summary: Cass Daniels isn’t waiting for her knight in shining armor. She knows that girls like her don’t get a happily ever after. Not if you live in a trailer with your mom, work at a greasy spoon diner, and get leered at by old men. Maybe that’s why she puts up with Jackson—her poor excuse for a boyfriend, who treats her like dirt. Cass has learned to accept her lot in life. That is, until he walks into her diner. . . .

His name is Tucker White, and he’s different from any man Cass has ever known. Tall, tattooed, and bad-ass gorgeous, he’s the lead singer of the rock band Damaged. From the moment they meet, Tucker sees something in Cass he just can’t shake. Something beautiful. Something haunted. Something special. And he’s determined to find out what it is—if only he can get her to open up and let him in. . .

Review: I'm really starting to enjoy the New Adult genre more and more and White Trash Beautiful is precisely why. This book was amazing! I haven't read a book that has captivated my attention like White Trash Beautiful did in months. It's the story of Cass Daniels who has had a shit chance at life. She basically has it set in her mind that she doesn't deserve any better than the life that she's currently living, and she isn't holding her breath that someone is going to come along and change anything. She lives in a dilapidated trailer with her drug-addicted Mother and her no-good boyfriend, Jackson. She works as a waitress at Aggie's Diner that is within walking distance of the trailer. Each and every day is the same routine of dealing with the drug use and abuse at home, she forces herself to go to work to try to make ends-meet. This is her routine until one day someone walks through the door and her world begins to change.

I will say this: at the beginning I really was not a fan of Cass, she annoyed me a bit to start with. But as I got further into the book you get to see why she is the way that she is. There are flashbacks here and there that give you a glimpse into how her relationship with Jackson slowly changed from a happy one to the heavy, toxic black hole that it became. There were moments that you could see that he used to be the good guy, the one that Cass could depend on. Until all of that changed. I struggled with seeing these redeeming moments and humanizing Jax in their teenage years. Because it was clear in the current that he was an asshole... and even more clear that he was a ticking time bomb.

Tucker walks into the diner on a day like any other. He's the tatted lead singer for a rock band, Damaged. There is something about Cass from the moment of their first interaction at the diner and it keeps Tuck going back. He knows that she is in a relationship, but he knows that she is too good for the life that she is living. But how do you reach out to someone when they are so shut down and they have no reason at all to trust you? That is Tucker's predicament.

This book is not a light read, so if you are looking for a light and fluffy pick me up kind of book this is not what I'd recommend. But I felt like this was real and gritty and although it was heavy and dark at times there were redeeming moments where I felt myself smiling. A great read for me for the first by Teresa Mummert, I'm currently reading the second book in the trilogy and can't wait to tell you all what I think.



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