What if the last place you should fall in love is the first place that you do?You'd think getting sent to Turning Pines Wilderness Camp for a month-long rehabilitation "retreat" and being forced to re-live it in this journal would be the worst thing that's ever happened to me.You'd be wrong.There's the reason I was sent to Turning Pines in the first place: I got arrested. On prom night. With my two best friends, who I haven't talked to since and probably never will again. And then there's the real reason I was sent here. The thing I can't talk about with the guy I can't even think about.What if the moment you've closed yourself off is the moment you start to break open?But there's this guy here. Ben. And the more I swear he won't--he can't--the deeper under my skin he's getting. After the thing that happened, I promised I'd never fall for another boy's lies.And yet I can't help but wonder...what if?
- Paperback | 314 pages
- 139 x 205 x 22mm | 304g
- 21 Mar 2013
- Entangled Publishing, LLC
- Entangled Teen
- Fort Collins, United States
About Lisa Burstein
Lisa Burstein received her MFA in Fiction from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers at Eastern Washington University. She lives in Portland, OR, with her very patient husband, a neurotic dog and two cats. Dear Cassie is her second novel.
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(source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC and Netgalley.) This is book 2 in the 'Pretty Amy' series, although this could probably be read as a standalone novel. 17-year-old Cassie is being sent to camp to straighten up after being arrested for drug possession the night of her prom. Why is Cassie so angry though? What makes her constantly pick fights and swear? And can camp really help Cassie? This was an okay story, but I found it a bit boring in places. Cassie was obviously a very angry girl, and every other word out of her mouth was the f word. She spent a lot of time pushing people away, and telling people that she didn't need them, when really she was punishing herself for the mistakes that she had made. Strangely enough it seemed that she still wasn't over being stood up at her prom, even when she had more important things to worry about, and still blamed a lot of other people for the way things had turned out. The storyline in this book was mainly about Cassie and the things she learned about herself whilst at camp. There was a touch of mystery over exactly what it was the Cassie couldn't forgive herself for, although I personally guessed what that was very early on in the story. There was also a bit of romance, although not much, and also a little insight into the lives of the other campers. Although the story was alright, I did find it a bit boring in places and very little seemed to actually happen. Most of the story was taken up with Cassie moaning over one thing or another, or trying to get cigarettes from one of the other campers. I also thought that there was a lot less humour in this one compared to 'Pretty Amy' which was a shame. The ending of the story was okay, although I'm not really sure Cassie made that much progress. She certainly hadn't improved her language, and I don't think she'd really forgiven anyone, least of all herself for the events since the prom. I thought the whole idea of this book was for Cassie to move on, but I wonder if she will continue to repeat past mistakes. Overall; an okay story, if a little dull in places. 6 out of 10.show moreby Sarah Elizabeth
Where do I start with this? I fu**ing love it! And Cassie is probably one of my fav characters now. She's so real, so normal and at times, such a mess I can't help loving her. This is the first Lisa Burstein book I read, I had Pretty Amy on my TBR pile since before it came out, I just haven't got the chance... But trust me after this, I'm so reading it! Cassie got arrested on Prom night and instead of jail, she gets send to boot camp: no cell phones, no bathrooms, no internet and no earings. Absolute Hell. But for her, getting arrested isn't the real reason she's there. There's something else, something worse that lead to boot camp. What's even worse is that Lila run away and she was the one behind what got them arrested, and Amy ratted her out to avoid jail time. There are many things I love about Dear Cassie: The book is told in the form of diary entries, and through them we get to know Cassie in such a raw and basic level. The secondary characters add to the story in a particular way each. Troyer is everything Cassie isn't and through her silence and notes she helps Cassie trust in someone again. I also like to how in her up front way, Cassie was just what Troyer needed. Nez is Cassie's other roommate and probably the bane of her existence but she knew just how to push Cassie's buttons. And Ben... He slowly but surely makes you fall for him. He's everything Cassie doesn't want, what she's afraid of, but at the same time she can't stay away. The relationship between Ben and Cassie is one of the best things of the book. Is slow, sweet, innocent and heartwarming. It has a first love feel to it and Ben is probably one of the most loveable male characters ever. At first, I wasn't too happy with how easy to see what "the thing" was, but as I continued reading I saw this wasn't about "the thing" so much as it was about how Cassie was dealing with it. Denial is a powerful thing, and putting into word something painful can be one of the hardestthings to do, reading Cassie's entries as she tries to get through that and somehow live afterwards you learn to love her, all of her: the tough girl thiat curses non stop and the scare one who hides behind her. The ending was a bit abrut maybe? I mean I knew that was the end, I just thought there would be a bit more to it. In a way it fitted Cassie's personally perfectly. She just ended that chapter of her life. I Just want more of her... I need more of her. Dear Cassie is a raw, emotional journey about lost friendship and heartbreak. Is about how sometimes we make desitions that later become too painful. Is story about forgiving yourself and lear to love yourself again. Is about finding love again.show moreby xCynyx
Dear Cassie is a companion novel to Lisa Burstein's debut, Pretty Amy however you don't need to have read Amy's story in order to enjoy Dear Cassie. Cassie Wick is struggling to deal with the fallout from the Prom Night disaster. Faced with jail time or a month-long stint at a rehabilitation camp for rebellious and troublesome teens - Cassie chooses thirty days at Turning Pines Wilderness Camp. Her criminal record is not the only problem Cassie's facing. An unplanned pregnancy and a boy who may have just been using her to cover his own behind. And now there's Ben. Ben Claire - the type of boy you can tell is a drummer in a band and considering how they met - Cassie just knows that he has got to have as many issues as she does. I loved Cassie in Pretty Amy. But after reading her own story I fell even harder. She's not pretty. She's angry and frustrated, scared and confused. But she's real. And at Turning Pines with only fellow "inmates", the wilderness and her journal for company - there's nowhere to hide from her thoughts. Her regrets. Stubborn and hurt, Cassie's story was one that I loved reading. I couldn't put it down and read it in one sitting. She's such an engaging narrator. The hurt, confusing and feeling that there's no way out that Cassie experiences is something that I think every teen can related to in some way or another. The relationships in this novel were such a pleasure to read. From the bizarre room-mates Nez and Troyer to the counsellors - they all added that element of realism to Cassie's story. Even the often mentioned but never seen Tim. I loved wanting to know what happened next and how Cassie would react next. And then there's Ben. He may not be a conventional romantic lead but there was something very engaging about him. He's sweet in the oddest way. There's one romantic gesture (you know the one if you've read the book!) that on one hand is the most crazy and ridiculous thing ever but on the other - it's the kind that makes my heart happy. My favourite books are the ones where the characters grow. They learn from their past and they try. Try to be better even when thing seem their most dire. And this book satisfied me in the best way. Cassie grew. By the end of the novel she's not the same person who first entered Turning Pines. And I loved that about her. Dear Cassie is a beautiful novel about regret and trying to move on. Realistic characters with heart and engaging stories, this is a novel that is both relate able and powerful.show moreby Kate @ Fictional Thoughts
Lisa Burstein has done it again - DEAR CASSIE is full of raw emotion and unique characters. Cassie's story picks up after the 'prom arrest' in PRETTY AMY... Cassie is tough, snarky and seems completely sure of herself. It seemed like nothing could shake this girl. Nothing. And then her and her friends, Amy and Lila, where arrested on prom night. And now she is working at a pizzeria, trying to keep out of trouble until she is shipped off to do her 30 days in rehab at a wilderness camp instead of jail. She's ready for it. Nervous, but anxious to get it done and over with... but before she goes, she meets Adam... secretly starts seeing him... and falls in love. There are some serious consequences to falling in love; especially with the wrong person. Cassie arrives at rehab broken but ready to keep the attitude going and to tough things out. She's got her armor on and no one will be able to penetrate it. No one will ever know her dark secret or what she feels and goes through on a daily basis. But under all that toughness, there is a very scared and lonely girl; her bad-girl-I-don't-give-a-**** attitude isn't fooling anyone. And Cassie soon realizes that she is starting to unravel and doesn't know how much she can hold it together until everyone finds out the truth that she's been so desperate to hide. When Cassie first arrives at camp, she meets Ben, who instantly takes a liking to her and reaches out to her. Ben's story is rare, and he is a good guy. He doesn't care what Cassie's past is about. Ben is willing to accept her, all of her, including her flaws and past. But Cassie has sworn off boys. They're not trustworthy, no one is. She can barely look herself in the eye; and if Ben ever found out the truth about her, he would never want to have anything to do with her. So why waste her time with the emotional roller-coaster of trying to have any type of relationship with him. And then there are Cassie's roommates: Nez, the pathological liar. Troyer, the mute. Nez was who Cassie used to be - the person who would take charge of the situation, who would answer back with smart-ass witty remarks. They obviously didn't get along, they were too much alike. It was hard to understand Troyer at first. She didn't speak and although she did sometimes write things down, it wasn't enough to get a good reading on her, at first. Little by little, Cassie grew patient with her and they did develop a sort of friendship. One that helps Cassie immensely. One that she will never forget. Lisa Burstein's writing is captivating - you can taste Cassie's angst and worries. You can also feel the grimness and smell the dirt of the camp. It is definitely one that I would never want to vacation at, let alone, send anyone in for rehab. Lisa tackles some tough issues that unfortunately some teens are faced with nowadays, self-harming and pregnancy. And Cassie's casual use of the f-word was to be expected and laughed at. It fit her personality so well, I couldn't imagine her any other way. Overall, DEAR CASSIE is about forgiveness to oneself. You don't have to forget what has happened, but to learn and grow from it. It's also about letting your walls down, taking chances and finding a way to do better, to liking yourself. Because if you don't don't, no one else will be able to either.show moreby Margie C