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.blurb and cover image from goodreads
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.
Praise for Breaking Beautiful (via author website):
"Emotional, wrenching, and hopeful, BREAKING BEAUTIFUL is a perfectly blended coming of age and murder mystery."--Kari Olson, A Good Addiction
“A mystery, a tragedy, a love story—Jennifer Shaw Wolf draws you in and keeps you guessing until the very last page.”—Holly Cupala, author of Tell Me a Secret and Don’t Breathe a Word
"A fast-paced, heart-pounding mystery. I can't wait to see what this debut novelist does next." —Kirby Larson, Newbery Award Winning author of Hattie Big Sky
Early reader reviews are buzzing!
"Breaking Beautiful was an amazing debut novel and Jennifer Shaw Wolf is definitely an author I look forward to reading again." ~ Turning the Pages
"It isn't often that I am brought to tears while reading, but the level of honest emotion that this book evokes was beautiful and breathtaking. A fantastic Young Adult Read." ~ E + K Family Book Reviews
"An emotional, heartbreaking story. I recommend Breaking Beautiful as a must read." ~ I Heart YA Books
"The air of mystery, the creepiness, the plot, the characters, they were all great. I just loved so much about this story that it really is hard to put my finger on any one thing." ~ My Guilty Obsession
"I wanted to jump inside the book and give this girl a hug! A fabulous debut novel. I loved everything about it!" ~ I Just Wanna Sit Here and Read
Also worth reading:
The Story Behind the Story ~ Jennifer Shaw Wolf's guest post at YA Book Reads
Breaking Beautiful releases today from Walker Books for Young Readers. Request it at your local library and/or purchase from your bookseller of choice. And please give Jennifer a big DEBUT CONGRATS on Twitter!