Series: White Trash #1
Published by Gallery Books on July 9th, 2013
Genres: New Adult, Romance
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A word-of-mouth bestseller that’s captivating readers with its honesty, grit, and headstrong heroine, White Trash Beautiful is a story for anyone who has ever felt trapped in life, cheated by love—and longed for something more . . .
Cass Daniels isn’t waiting for her knight in shining armor. She knows that girls like her don’t get a happily ever after. Not if you live in a trailer with your mom, work at a greasy spoon diner, and get leered at by old men. Maybe that’s why she puts up with Jackson—her poor excuse for a boyfriend, who treats her like dirt. Cass has learned to accept her lot in life. That is, until he walks into her diner. . . .
His name is Tucker White, and he’s different from any man Cass has ever known. Tall, tattooed, and bad-ass gorgeous, he’s the lead singer of the rock band Damaged. From the moment they meet, Tucker sees something in Cass he just can’t shake. Something beautiful. Something haunted. Something special. And he’s determined to find out what it is—if only he can get her to open up and let him in. . .
White Trash Beautiful is the first book in the White Trash Trilogy and was a beautifully depressing book, which seems a bit like an oxymoron, but believe me it isn’t. In a lot of books the girl is in a bad situation and waits for someone to save her. That isn’t the case here, instead Cass is working hard to save herself from the bad situation she’s in. Her boyfriend is abusive, her mom is an addict (and the boyfriend supplies her), and Cass is stuck somewhere in the middle, working a dead end job at the local diner.
One day a rather attractive young man (of the bad boy type of stock) shows up and steps in when Jackson is getting handsy. Tucker, it turns out, is actually a semi-famous musician from the band Damaged even if Cass doesn’t recognize him. And Tucker rescuing Cass gives her the extra push to start doing something for herself–in this case, chasing after Tucker and following his band around. After all, Cass has spent the past few years abused and told that she was worthless, so having the cute new guy paying her special attention and telling her the opposite can only help, right?
Readers need to be warned, though, that there are some non-sexualised rape scenes, and some pretty heavy abuse. If that is a trigger for you, you may want to steer clear of this book! Now, the rape scenes in this book were casual, the reaction from Cass wasn’t over the top. In fact, it was almost the opposite but it makes sense (and this is key) because Cass has been so heavily abused by her boyfriend the rape is only the next step. What I didn’t like is how the rape and abuse doesn’t impact Cass’s relationship with Tucker. She shouldn’t be so quickly able to move on with a new man.
However, I really did enjoy reading this book and the ending was one that made me smile. I doubt I will read the next one in the series, but not because I didn’t like this book, instead I don’t think I will read the next book because I feel that the story has come to a good end where it is at.