Thursday, October 18

Breaking Beautiful: Book Review

Breaking Beautiful


Walker Childrens
April 24th 2012
Young Adult | Contemporary

Official Blurb -
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.

This book really got me thinking about ethics. About the type of vibe we throw out and how that vibe can, or if it can, be changed.

I like how bit by bit pieces of the puzzle take place for us and the character. How even in the end some of the gaps aren't quite there.

Mostly, it made me think of how we really shouldn't judge people. You never really know what goes on when you aren't looking. When we aren't judging, do we even bother to care enough to pay attention? Do we see the signs of trouble? While part of me felt justice over what happened with Trip, the other could only see the injustice. Should the blame really be placed squarely on his shoulders? He was very strongly trained down that path. Shouldn't the guilt and blame be shared to those equally responsible?

It was a really good book with some endearing characters. I am glad things worked out, but I wonder just where to draw the line on murder and protection.

Swearing: Mild
Violence: Heavy