Breaking Beautiful by Jennifer Wolf

75%

33 Critic Reviews

A beautifully written novel that was poignantly written. A novel that I'm glad I got the chance to read.
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Synopsis

Allie lost everything the night her boyfriend, Trip, died in a horrible car accident. Although she managed to jump out before he lost control of the car, Allie can't remember anything from that night-but she has a sinking feeling that it was no accident. As their small seaside town, mourns the loss of one of its brightest, Allie feels guilty that she can't help solve the mystery of the crash. But more importantly, she is secretly relieved to be free from the relationship that caused her more pain than the one night of the crash ever did. The abuse she suffered at Trip's hands is a secret she kept for so long, even from her twin brother, Andrew, and her best friend, Blake.
Trip's family insists that foul play was behind their son's death, and the investigation turns on Allie and Blake, especially as their changing relationship raises eyebrows around town. Beginning to question everything about herself, her family, and Blake, Allie must reach deep down to remember what happened that night. But is it worth it, if finding out the truth could hurt the people who tried to save her?
 

About Jennifer Wolf

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JENNIFER SHAW WOLF grew up in the tiny town in Idaho, where she milked cows, rode horses, went bridge jumping, and drag-raceing down Main Street. Breaking Beautiful is her first book.www.jennifershawwolf.com  Author location: Olympia, WA
 
Published April 24, 2012 by Walker Childrens. 365 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Children's Books. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Breaking Beautiful
All: 33 | Positive: 28 | Negative: 5

Chick Loves Lit

Above average
Reviewed by Shanyn on Apr 17 2012

I do wish that it hadn’t dealt with memory loss because I’ve read and seen so many books with this plot thread, but I can’t really hold it against the author as trends change and are unpredictable. This was a fast read for me, and I very much enjoyed it

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Hippies, Beauty, and Books Oh My!

Below average

I wish the author would have given this character a backbone...

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The Book Scoop

Good
Reviewed by Rowena on Apr 18 2012

...a well written novel about coming to terms with things that happened in your life and moving on.

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Clear Eyes, Full Shelves

Good
Reviewed by Sarah on Mar 26 2012

Breaking Beautiful fills a niche that’s largely missing in YA—it’s a dark, mature, contemporary mystery.

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Confessions of a Bookaholic

Good
Reviewed by Jessica on May 04 2012

Breaking Beautiful is a deep mystery with a captivating story of a girl just trying to break through her memories and get beyond her past.

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Me, My Shelf and I

Good
Reviewed by Amber on Apr 25 2012

Gut wrenching, intense and un-putdownable, this mystery will take you on a roller coaster ride of emotions.

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Annette's Book Spot

Good
Apr 09 2012

Teens who like contemporary novels that tackle tough issues head on should be drawn to Breaking Beautiful, and I'm going to do my best to point them in that direction.

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Katie's Book Blog

Good
Jun 09 2012

There's a good mix of everything in Breaking Beautiful and it makes for one very gripping story.

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Literally Jen

Good
Mar 29 2012

Nothing quite turned out the way that I was expecting, and I love that this story was so unpredictable.

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Nina Reads

Good
May 03 2012

Breaking Beautiful is probably the best YA book I’ve read about an abusive relationship... I would definitely recommend this book.

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A Good Addiction

Good
Reviewed by Kari Olson on Apr 05 2012

Guaranteed to leave a lasting impression, Breaking Beautiful is unflinching, visceral, and, in the end, courageous.

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Once Upon a Prologue

Good
Reviewed by Molli on Jun 04 2012

...within about the first 50 pages or so of Breaking Beautiful, I knew I was reading something truly special.

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Portrait of a Book

Good
Reviewed by Christin on May 18 2012

Breaking Beautiful is certainly a worthwhile read, full of meaning and important messages.

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Galley Smith

Good
Reviewed by Michelle on May 14 2012

Overall, Breaking Beautiful is a decent mystery with depth of character; one you should put on your list of must reads.

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The Hiding Spot

Good
Reviewed by Sara on Apr 25 2012

I highly recommend Breaking Beautiful to fans of dramatic contemporary YA. Shaw's debut isn't cute and bubbly, though it does have definite light woven into the dark themes and issues.

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YA Litwit

Good
Reviewed by Karis Jacobstein on May 01 2012

The story was excellent, the characters were flawed and relatable, and the pacing was dead-on.

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The Write Path

Good
Reviewed by Dorine White on May 18 2012

I love books that pull me all the way to the last page, and this one did.

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Blook Girl

Good
Reviewed by Katie Tuccelli on May 09 2012

Ultimately, I feel that Breaking Beautiful excels at showing us the worst and the best in humankind...

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A Story Untold

Below average
Apr 30 2012

Also, the fact that the story dragged, was not to its books favor.

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Readergirl Reviews a Teen Book

Good
Jun 25 2012

This book was definitely one that sticks with you and touches you so much.

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Reading in the Corner

Good
Reviewed by Jessi on May 28 2012

The characters will capture your heart and imagination.

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Waiting for Wentworth

Good
Reviewed by Sandra on May 23 2012

Breaking Beautiful deals with some very serious issues. I thought it was very well written and I loved reading along as the mystery unfolded. I highly recommend Breaking Beautiful to fans of dramatic contemporary stories.

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A Soul Unsung

Good
May 02 2012

... rich in detail, and incredibly realistic which gives it even more of a powerfully emotional punch.

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Ms. Martin Teaches Media

Good
Apr 26 2012

This was a very engaging story... filled with tension.

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Coffee, Books and Laundry

Good
Reviewed by Melissa on Apr 23 2012

Jennifer Shaw Wolf's debut novel Breaking Beautiful hits all the marks.

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Mel's Books and Info

Excellent
Reviewed by Melissa on Apr 03 2012

I have said many times that I am not a realistic fiction fan, yet I am often surprised by the stories I find in the genre. This novel is fantastic, and one that I would highly recommend. A book you won’t want to put down.

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Between the Pages

Good
Reviewed by Loretta on Mar 27 2012

Beautifully Broken, was one of those books, you will remember days after you have read it.. you will be left in awe.

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Moonlight Gleam's Bookshelf

Good
Reviewed by Crimson on Jun 11 2012

BREAKING BEAUTIFUL is the perfect book for contemporary YA fans.

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Taking It One Page at a Time

Good
Reviewed by Danica Page on May 18 2012

A beautifully written novel that was poignantly written. A novel that I'm glad I got the chance to read.

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Down the Rabbit Hole

Good
Reviewed by Amber on May 08 2012

Deeply emotional with a satisfying slow relationship that burns hot like embers, Breaking Beautiful is damn near perfect.

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This Blong Reads

Above average
on May 03 2012

If you’d like to read about a broken girl who is putting herself back together, even if she doesn’t want to, then you’ll enjoy reading Allie’s story.

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The Readiacs

Below average
Reviewed by Amanda on Apr 20 2012

His dialogue and the prose surrounding his actions do come off as a bit textbook throughout the story.

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Turning the Pages

Good
Reviewed by Angela Fristoe on Apr 15 2012

Breaking Beautiful was an amazing debut novel and Jennifer Shaw Wolf is definitely an author I look forward to reading again.

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