Release date Oct 6, 2009
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 become the kind of girl who’s worth noticing.
Stepping into her new identity turns out to be easier than Cassie could have ever imagined…one moment, one choice, changes everything.
Cassie’s new existence both thrills and terrifies her. Swept into a world of illicit parties and social landmines, she sheds her virginity, embraces the numbness she feels from the drugs, and floats through it all, knowing that she is now called beautiful. 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 tinged with violence and abuse, and no one—not even the one person she thought she could trust—can help her now.
Praise for Beautiful
** 2011 YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
BEAUTIFUL is stark, disquieting and, quite simply, riveting. Amy Reed is an author to keep on your radar.”
Ellen Hopkins, best-selling author of Crank, Burned, Glass, and Impulse
A latter-day Go Ask Alice, BEAUTIFUL is raw, gritty, and powerful, an intense ice-pick jab to the heart. I was terrified for Cassie and captivated at the same time by Amy Reed’s luminous prose. A stunning debut and a must-read. A writer to be watched!”
R.A. Nelson, author of Teach Me
In crisp, clean prose Amy Reed places the reader right into the heart and mind and life of a girl who makes the choice to be one of the beautiful ones. Reed gives a disturbing and concise snapshot of what it can be like today for teens struggling with self-identity and peer acceptance when in a heartbeat they follow the ‘wrong road.”
M. Sindy Felin, National Book Award nominee for Touching Snow
[A] roadmap to a dark but realistic underworld of young unsupervised teens drifting from one unsavory experience to another.”
The gift in this book 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.”