Beautiful by Amy Reed

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When thirteen-year-old Cassie moves to a suburb of Seattle, she is determined to leave her boring, good-girl existence behind. She chooses some dangerous new friends and is quickly caught up in their fast-paced world of drugs, sex, secrets, and cruelty.
Cassie's new existence both thrills and terrifies her. She embraces the numbness she feels from the drugs, starts sleeping with an older boy, and gets pulled into a twisted friendship triangle that is tinged with violence and abuse. Cassie is trapped in a swift downward spiral, and there's no turning back.

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Amy Reed is the author of Beautiful, Clean, and Crazy. Born and raised in and around Seattle, she now lives in Oakland, California, with her husband, a dog, and two cats. Find out more at and follow her on Twitter at @AmyReedFiction.
Published September 23, 2009 by Simon Pulse. 258 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Fiction

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Thirteen-year-old Cassie makes a snap decision to reinvent her nerdy, unpopular self when she moves to a new school district in Seattle.

Sep 01 2009 | Read Full Review of Beautiful

Common Sense Media

if your looking for a more insipering book than you may want to try my favorite book Teen Idol - Meg Cabot or The earth,My butt,& other big roundthings - carolyn mackler..

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Common Sense Media

I read this book at age sixteen, a time when I had already gone through a lot of the same situations as Cassie, and found that this book was an accurate description of what teenage life had become for my friends and I.

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Common Sense Media

Cassie herself has no problem hiding her drug use and drinking from her alcoholic mother and often absent father.

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Red Room

Constant moving taught her to be restless and being an only child made her imagination do funny things.

Aug 16 2009 | Read Full Review of Beautiful

Critical Mob

In the end, Beautiful Ruins is a compelling panorama that seeks to remind us that in the dawn or twilight of any decaying era, all we have to hold on to are the beautiful ruins that we leave behind, or that have been left for us to gasp at and wonder.

Jun 12 2012 | Read Full Review of Beautiful

YA Highway

It’s hard to not feel the anxiety, the fear, the frustration that Cassie feels as she navigates her new world of beauty.

Oct 30 2009 | Read Full Review of Beautiful

Reader Girlz

I am going to admit that I didn't like the ending of what happens to Cassie, because it shows teens that they have the ability to give up, instead of working yourself out of the mess of your own creation.

Feb 09 2010 | Read Full Review of Beautiful

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