Saturday, May 11, 2013

Book Review: White Trash Beautiful

Title White Trash Beautiful

Series White Trash Trilogy, book 1

Author Teresa Mummert

Release Date September 29, 2012 (First Edition), July 9, 2013 (Expanded Edition)

First in a stunning new trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Teresa Mummert.

“I’m not naive. I know I don’t get the happily ever after. My knight in shining armor took the highway detour around this god forsaken shit hole. I’ve made peace with that. That doesn’t mean I’m going to lay down like a doormat and let every cocky prick in the trailer park have his way with me.”

Cass lives a depressing life in a small trailer park in Eddington, Georgia, with her mother and abusive boyfriend Jackson. She works hard to barely make ends meet. But everything changes when Tucker White, the lead singer in the band Damaged, walks into her diner. He tries to show her that there is more to life than the hand she has been dealt, but Cass soon learns that being with Tucker will come at a high price.

This review is of the (currently) unpublished expanded edition.

I've found that the more I enjoy a book, the harder it is for me to review. I might have mentioned this once (or twice) before. White Trash Beautiful is no exception. I really liked this book.

Mummert's characters really come to life. Out of all of the characters I've read about recently, Cass has to be at the top of my favorites list. I liked that even though her life wasn't all rainbows and butterflies, she wasn't willing to lie down and accept it. She was working and fighting for a better life for her and her mother. While I didn't like Jax, his character was done wonderfully. Another character that I enjoyed, though I didn't at first, was Larry. One character that I didn't connect with very much, though, was Tucker. Even though he's a main character, I didn't feel much of anything for him. While I absolutely loved that he wanted to protect and care for Cass, I didn't see how he fell in love with her. There wasn't ever a defining moment. It felt weird for me.

The story was pretty good. The pacing was nice up until the last few chapters. The ending felt very rushed. Since it's the first book in the trilogy, I don't understand why the ending was so rushed. I believe it would have made more sense to keep up the initial smooth pacing and either make the book longer or just continue the story on in the second book. Other than the rushed ending, I liked the story and I cannot wait for the second book in the trilogy.


4 out of 5 stars

* This book was received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. *

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