Synopses & Reviews
When Cassie moves from the tiny town where she has always lived to a suburb of Seattle, she is determined to leave her boring, good-girl existence behind. This is Cassie's chance to stop being invisible and start being the kind of girl who's worth noticing. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Stepping into her new identity turns out to be easier than Cassie could have ever imagined...one moment, one choice, changes everything. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Cassie's new existence both thrills and terrifies her. Swept into a world of illicit parties and social land mines, she sheds her virginity, embraces the numbness she feels from the drugs, and floats through it all, knowing that she is now called andlt;Iandgt;beautifulandlt;/Iandgt;. She ignores the dangers of her fast-paced life...but she can't sidestep the secrets and the cruelty. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Cassie is trapped in a swift downward spiral tinged with violence and abuse, and no one--not even the one person she thought she could trust--can help her now. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;"andlt;Iandgt;Beautifulandlt;/Iandgt; is stark, disquieting, and, quite simply, riveting."andnbsp; --Ellen Hopkins, bestselling author of andlt;Iandgt;Crankandlt;/Iandgt;
"[andlt;iandgt;Beautifulandlt;/iandgt;] is essentially a new-millenium andlt;iandgt;Go Ask Aliceandlt;/iandgt; with a similar blend of cautionary horror story and weirdly fascinated detail . . . . Chilling narration . . . . There's boldness in the book's willingness to make Cassie unsympathetic at times . . . . Train-wreck fascination galore . . . . It'll probably be passed around enthusiastically."andlt;BRandgt; --andlt;iandgt;The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Booksandlt;/iandgt;, November 2009.
"The gift in this book [andlt;Iandgt;Beautifulandlt;/Iandgt;] is Reed's ability to find the perfect words and use them in ways for which the reader is not ready. The writing is lonely, haunting, sensuous, and oddly beautiful."andlt;BRandgt; andlt;Bandgt;andlt;Iandgt;--VOYA,andlt;/Iandgt; August 2010andlt;/Bandgt;
When Cassie, age thirteen, moves from the tiny town where she has always lived to a suburb of Seattle, she is determined to leave her boring, good-girl existence behind. Stepping into her new identity turns out to be easier than Cassie could have ever imagined….One moment, one choice, changes everything. She picks some dangerous new friends and is quickly wrapped up in their world of sex, drugs, and violence. She ignores the dangers of her fast-paced life…but she can’t sidestep the secrets and the cruelty. Cassie is trapped in a swift downward spiral and no one—not even the one person she thought she could trust—can help her now.
About the Author
Amy Reed was born and raised in and around Seattle, where she attended a total of eight schools by the time she was eighteen. Constant moving taught her to be restless and being an only child made her imagination do funny things. After a brief stint at Reed College (no relation), she moved to San Francisco and spent the next several years serving coffee and getting into trouble. She eventually graduated from film school, promptly decided she wanted nothing to do with filmmaking, returned to her original and impractical love of writing, and earned her MFA from New College of California. Amy currently lives in Oakland with her husband and two cats, and has accepted that Northern California has replaced the Pacific Northwest as her home. She is no longer restless. Find out more at amyreedfiction.com or follow her on Twitter at @amyreedfiction.