Review: White Trash Beautiful by Teresa Mummert
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 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 heartbreaking and beautiful. The story charts the painful life of a girl who has been mistreated all her life. Nothing good ever happens to her and she truly believes that she is trash. One day, a man walks into her life and nothing is ever the same. Some parts of the story would make you cry and other parts would make you smile. The story balances the fine line between sadness and sweetness. There is barely anything happy in this dark story, but the despair in it is what makes it mesmerizing.
Cass is a naive girl who isn’t naive at all. She has seen so much and experienced so much, yet hopes and dreams for a better life. She firmly believes in the good of people even after she has been mistreated by them. She is the epitome of a believer in second chances. She works hard to create a better life for the people who hurt her. She could be seen as stupid, but I think she’s far from stupid. Her hope is what gets her through tough days. She could also be seen as weak, but I think that she is allowed moments of weakness because she is human after all. Even heroines have feelings!
After reading White Trash Beautiful, I looked it up in Amazon because I was curious about what others are talking about this novel. I was surprised to see much criticism, but I did understand why some readers couldn’t accept the “unrealistic romance”. I didn’t have a single problem with the storyline because it is obviously a modern fairytale. Cass is like Cinderella in many ways, and of course, Tucker is her Prince Charming. Their relationship wasn’t shallow. They shared a deep connection. Tucker was drawn to her because she is different. She understands what it’s liked to be unwanted, among many other things. Cass is drawn to Tucker because he truly loves and cares for her. She has not been loved for a long, long time and Tucker saved her from her dreary existence.
My only complain is that the last couple of pages were too rushed. It was somewhat anticlimactic, especially after all the ups and downs in the story. I get that the author might have wanted to give a proper conclusion that everyone would like, but the whole thing just made the ending a little unrealistic. Other than this problem, everything else was more than fine. I was glad to read that there is a sequel, White Trash Damaged, to be released later this year by Gallery Books. I can’t wait to read it and the third book in the series, White Trash Love Song!
Conclusion: White Trash Beautiful is an I-can’t-put-down book. Tucker’s character was frequently a welcomed relief from the heavy despair and anguish in the story. His “sweetheart” nickname for Cass was adorable. The story shows the darker side of drug abuse and how the lifestyle of a drug addict can so easily destroy and hurt others. It also shows that there are consequences to every action and life isn’t just black and white. There are grey areas as well, as evidenced by the choice Cass had to make between Tucker and Jackson (it isn’t a no brainer choice!).
Teresa Mummert is an army wife and mother whose passion in life is writing. She is the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling novels White Trash Beautiful and Suicide Note. Born in Pennsylvania, she lived a small town life before following her husband’s military career to Louisiana and Georgia. White Trash Beautiful is the first book in her White Trash trilogy. The second book, Damaged, will be released in October and the final book, Love Song, will be released next year. Visit her website at www.teresamummert.com.
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