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Breaking Beautiful [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer Shaw Wolf
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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?

Editorial Reviews


"Part romance, part mystery, this solid outing offers a persuasive portrait of guilt and recovery."
- Publishers Weekly

"Teens will be consumed by the mystery, and romantics will hope that Allie and Blake can make it even though it seems the town is against them." -School Library Journal

"Teenage girls, especially, will find this novel an illuminating story, but it is more than 'chick lit.'  Any young person can identify with Allie's struggle." - VOYA

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Allie can't remember the night her boyfriend, Trip, died.
She knows they were driving on the cliff road.
That Trip lost control.   
That she woke up later broken and bruised.
That somehow, she survived.
All Allie has left are the scars, a constant reminder of Trip. Not ready to face the truth, she tries to ignore a nagging feeling that the crash wasn't an accident. Her best friend, Blake, and her brother, Andrew, will do anything to help Allie move on but when the police reopen the investigation into the crash, suspicions in their small town intensify. Soon Allie's memories collide with a dark secret about Trip she's kept for too long. Caught somewhere between her past and her future, can Allie find the truth so she can finally break free?

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Introspective August 2, 2012
This book really blew me away. It was a really moving premise. Is it okay to be relieved when your boyfriend dies? In any normal case you'd say, "No, of course not! That's horrifying!" But then what if he was abusive? What if it was the only way that she was ultimately able to escape him? Does that change things?

From the first page, I was totally invested in Allie's story - and just as confused as she was as to what could have happened the night that her abusive boyfriend Trip died. It drove me crazy as I read it, trying to piece together little clues and such - but I loved it!

At the start, Allie can't remember a single thing about the night that her boyfriend Trip's truck went off a cliff resulting in his death, and her mysteriously being discovered on the side of the road, instead of in the water with Trip and his truck. The fact that she remembers nothing scares her, in a way that I found totally believable. She worries that maybe she did something to him - how had she gotten out of the truck? Why had they been there in the first place?

The characters were written very well. I appreciated the way that Allie remembers her relationship with Trip in pieces. Nothing can throw a wrench into a great flowing story like a sudden and long flashback scene stuck right in the middle of the action. Ms. Wolf has an amazing way of revealing the past through small lines of flashback - the way flashbacks actually do feel in real life. The flashbacks gradually grow longer and slowly begin to offer more background information into how their relationship really functioned and how trapped she truly felt. It made me feel like I was truly living through the memories once again with Allie.

I can't remember there being a single dull moment in this book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Debut Author With Some Serious Talent April 24, 2012
So far this year I've read two books about girls, car crashes, memory loss, and a night they would rather forget. This is definitely the better of the two. Not that the other was bad. It wasn't. It was great. I gave it four stars.

But Breaking Beautiful falls into the category of books that remind me what literature could be and should be. It made me remember why I love to read and busted me out of a slump that was threatening my ever-growing TBR pile. I didn't want to read before I picked up Breaking Beautiful. I was tired of being disappointed or just feeling meh about a book. Now, I'm excited. I know that somewhere in that large stack of books is another story that I don't want to miss out on. I'll continue to read the blah of the book world if it means I might find another gem like Breaking Beautiful.

We're told early on that Allie's boyfriend Trip was an abuser. Through pieces of her scattered memory we see the kind of pain he inflicted upon her and we see how each incident breaks her spirit--her sense of self-worth--a little bit more. To say that I was glad Trip was dead at the onset would be an understatement. I was thrilled. But just because the abuser is out of the picture does not mean that the affects of his abuse disappear. Allie still flinches when someone touches her and wears sweaters to cover the bruises.

She still has trouble trusting, well, anyone. Even her parents. Even her childhood best friend Blake, who, it's clear, would do just about anything for her. I absolutely adored Blake. I wanted so much for he and Allie to be together. Allie wants it too. At first, she's afraid of what people will think. That perhaps they'll think she moved on from Trip too quickly.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart-Breaking Beautiful Novel!!! April 24, 2012
Breaking Beautiful is definitely a title that's true to this story. Jennifer Shaw Wolf took my heart for an emotional roller coaster ride with three different kinds of love: love of an abuser, love of a protector, and a love of hope. Wolf has written an intense story of how the effects of abuse still controls the abused person even after the abuser is dead. Wolf had me glued to the pages of this heart-ripping mystery of what happened the night that Trip Phillips dies. Wolf's is truly a talented author, and her writing will capture your heart, while also tearing it to pieces.

It's been three weeks since Allie came home from the hospital. An accident left Allie with a head injury and no memory of the night she went to the Pacific Cliffs Cotillion dance with her boyfriend, Trip Phillips. The night that Trip died. Everyone wants Allie to remember that night, but Allie doesn't want to remember, and what she does remember, she must keep hidden like she's done for past three years. But someone knows about Allie's secret, and that someone has a secret of their own to hide.

I fell in love with Allie's twin brother Andrew. Andrew has cerebral palsy, brought on by a lack of oxygen when Andrew and Allie were born. Jennifer Shaw Wolf wrote a beautiful character with Andrew that reminds us that cerebral palsy affects the body, not the mind and spirit of a person.

Blake is another character I love. Blake is your bad boy/good boy, who's just gotten the short-stick in life because of what his mother did. Pacific Cliffs is one of those small towns where people live for gossip, and whatever sins your parents commit will be a life sentence for the children. Allie is Blake's hope, a hope that has been with them both since they first met each other when Allie was five and Blake was four.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking , verge of a cliff
It had me wondering who did it but also had me aggravated at the main character because she was acting stupid and worrisome . Read more
Published 29 days ago by lacora b
5.0 out of 5 stars ... was a gift for my Grand Daughter and she loved it.
This was a gift for my Grand Daughter and she loved it.
Published 1 month ago by D. Glass
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthy read
This was a 3.5 star read for me. Allie stares at the scars on her body trying to piece together the night her boyfriend Trip died and she was left with little memories. Read more
Published 1 month ago by T. Geo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is a great story. The ending surprisedr!
Published 2 months ago by Cynthia Turrubiate
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reading
I will give this book a 5 star rating. It was easy to read, it held my attention until the end. Once I started reading I
did not want to put it down. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Juanita Green
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, easy read!
This was easy to read, not complicated, but with enough twists to keep it interesting. Not sure if it was aimed at younger readers, but it was quite teenage-angsty! Read more
Published 3 months ago by averil hudson
3.0 out of 5 stars A teenage read
From the 3rd chapter, I wanted to finish this as quickly as possible and not in a good way. If I had read this when I was a teenager, it might have been more interesting. Read more
Published 3 months ago by me
4.0 out of 5 stars It was okay
I loved the book but what bothered me the most was how in the beginning she kept telling her self that she
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5.0 out of 5 stars A definite must read.
This was a different read from what I am used to but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I could not put it down as it held me at the edge of my seat. A definite must read, really.
Published 4 months ago by Booklover1
5.0 out of 5 stars Breaking Beautiful
I could not stop reading Breaking Beautiful because I wanted to see what would happen next. The story and characters were well written. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Rene
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Jennifer Shaw Wolf's hobbies include video production, skiing, and running. She grew up on a farm in the tiny town of Wilford, Idaho where she milked cows, rode horses, and went bridge jumping. 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 near Olympia, Washington.

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