- Publisher: Walker & Company
- Format: Hardback | 356 pages
- Dimensions: 147mm x 211mm x 36mm | 431g
- Publication date: 24 April 2012
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 0802723527
- ISBN 13: 9780802723529
- Sales rank: 291,597
Allie lost everything the night her boyfriend, Trip, died in a horrible car accident--including her memory of the event. As their small town mourns his death, Allie is afraid to remember because doing so means delving into what she's kept hidden for so long: the horrible reality of their abusive relationship. When the police reopen the investigation, it casts suspicion on Allie and her best friend, Blake, especially as their budding romance raises eyebrows around town. Allie knows she must tell the truth. Can she reach deep enough to remember that night so she can finally break free? Debut writer Jennifer Shaw Wolf takes readers on an emotional ride through the murky waters of love, shame, and, ultimately, forgiveness.
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Jennifer Shaw Wolf 's hobbies include reading, video production, skiing, and running. She grew up in the tiny town of Wilford, Idaho where she milked cows, rode horses, went bridge jumping, and dragged main street. In college she was a DJ for a small campus radio station and graduated with a degree in Broadcast Communications. She lives amid the peaceful forests of Lacey, Washington. "Breaking Beautiful "is her first book. www.jennifershawwolf.com
By Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books) 20 Apr 2012
This is a very emotional story that didn't let me go, with a main character that held my attention and a plot that uncovered piece by piece.
Allie lost her boyfriend and is in mourning, but that is not all there is to the story. She's forgotten all the events leading up to his death, she doesn't know if she's responsible, her best friend is responsible, or a dark mysterious James is to blame. She isn't sure if she wants the memories to come back or not. Allie definitely got my sympathy, though I really wished she would have had the courage to come forward with the abuse sooner, but I've been in those shoes and I know the mindset, and I can only imagine if the person was dead and it might just seem like you're trying to tarnish his name.
Blake is such a sweety and I was rooting for him right away. But again, with their blossoming romance that I wish would have started sooner in her life to save her lots of pain, with Trip just dying, I can see how she would be hesitant, and why she pushes him away like she does.
I also love the character of her brother Andrew. He is so strong in all the right ways, he may have a disability, but he uses his brain and his huge heart for those he cares about. I think that their relationship is so touching and it makes me want to have a sibling. And Caitlyn is such a great addition, I love her quirkiness and how she is so at home with who she is. I love a character who can look past the surface and see the hearts of others, and really hold on to that.
I really think the title is so appropriate, it is a sad book but in a beautiful kind of way... at least how everything turns into.
By Joanne Levy 23 Mar 2012
It seems as though Allie has lost everything since the accident that killed her boyfriend, Trip: her will to go on at school and her best friend, Blake, her one constant through her many years of moves and different schools (she's an army brat). But throughout BREAKING BEAUTIFUL, secrets and lies begin to unfold as the truth about Allie and Trip's relationship are revealed and the investigation into the accident begin to heat up in the small town of Pacific Cliffs. Allie doesn't escape the suspicious eyes of Trip's family and the new detective hired to the town's police force.
This book was a total page-turner right to the end and I just loved the way I was dragged along, staying up well past my bedtime, just trying to read a few more pages to find out what really happened. I particularly loved Allie's brother Andrew and thought their relationship (as twins) was a beautiful one, where each is trying so hard to protect the other, despite both of them having their own unique limitations.
This was a beautiful book about complex relationships, finding inner strength through tragedy, and how things often aren't what they seem.