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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 Al...more
Hardcover, 354 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Walker Childrens
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Merin
Breaking Beautiful was the first book dealing with abusive relationships that I've read. The subject matter always made me leery, because it could so easily be done incorrectly. But I liked the fact that this book involved a mystery: Allie's boyfriend, Trip, is dead, and Allie can't remember what happened that night. She is automatically looked at with suspicion because she survived and he did not. It doesn't help that Trip is seen as a perfect boyfriend, and was extremely popular in their small...more
~Tina~
I've always tended to stay away from abusive type books. They've never been an escape that I looked forward to, but there is something incredibly consuming about Breaking Beautiful that had me drawn to it's story.

Not only does this have a beautiful cover, but it has a heartbreaking story inside that had the power to pull at my heart strings.
I really don't know what I can say about this book. Jennifer Shaw Wolf is an amazing writing. The way she moved this story along was so perfectly paced. It w...more
Crystal
Every once in awhile I come across a story that just stays with me. The characters, plot, setting all of it. IT doesn’t happen very often so when it does I am just completely blown away and I just want to hold the book forever. That is what happened with Breaking Beautiful. I even dreamed about waves, cliffs, and caves the night I finished it that is how much this book affected me.
The story is about Allie, a girl having to come to terms with the death of her boyfriend Trip. She was in the car th...more
Patricia BookExhibitionism
Dear Patricia,

if you're reading this it means you're giving into your narcissistic urges and read your own reviews. That is okay, although I advice you to go to a therapist. Now.

Still here? Well then: You want to read this book. It's not just one you added, but one you want to read, because it's much suspense, and romance, and about a girl that can't remember how her boyfriend died. (Btw, you wanted to read Pregnasia!)

And she was actually in an abusive relationship with him, and now there is so...more
Beatrix
Breaking Beautiful is about a girl, Allie, whose boyfriend Trip died in a car crash. She was with him, she survived and she doesn’t remember anything. The problem is her boyfriend abused her, a secret she never told anyone. She only wants to forget, but people in her small town are not letting her. They’re blaming her for his death… Now she’s struggling with freeing herself from Trip, with healing, with growing feelings for her best friend Blake and with the stares and whispers of people around...more
Kristy
The magic genie predicts this book will get lots of hype before it's all said and done. I am suprised this is not insanely popular. If you are looking for something realistic amoungst all the dystopians, check this bad boy out.

Spoilers ahead:

This is a tragic tale of a young guy dying in a car accident. It's not tragic because he dies, he is a royal A-hole! It's tragic for his girlfriend that is left behind. Unknown to everyone around her, her boyfriend Trip was abusive. He had a terrible temper...more
Kelly
1.5.

Breaking Beautiful had potential, but it didn't fulfill it. The book takes on a number of big things while trying to also weave in a mystery, but it never successfully executes either.

Allie's been in a car accident, and it left her boyfriend Trip dead. Details of the event are sketchy, and the new detective in town (a good looking 28-year-old that Allie's girlenemy has a thing for) is out to solve the case. That's the mystery, and Allie, as the only person who was at the scene of the acciden...more
Brigid
Nov 18, 2012 Brigid added it
I loved the story and I loved the characters.

But there were a few things that kept me from loving the book.

Like, why wouldn't Andrew just tell their parents what was going on with Allie? I totally get his motivation for what he did, but I can't see jumping straight to that without trying to get any help from anyone else first. Even Blake, for god's sake. I think that was the hardest to believe.

The true villain jumped out at me about halfway through the book, which was kind of a downer. I was e...more
fooloveratook
Rating: Sud-Kissed
Source: NetGalley

my thoughts in a few sentences: Breaking Beautiful by Jennifer Shaw Wolf was a striking surprise, a contemporary read that reaches in and filleted my heart with slashing memories and circumstances that aggravate frustrated tears until they were falling everywhere. Have you ever watched the movie for or read the book Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson? The searing frustration on behalf of Melinda directed at the few people in her life who judge, mistreat, and refuse...more
Jessica
I am sure that I will probably one of the only ones who didn't care for this book so much but I have to give my honest opinion. It wasn't that it was a bad book, it was pretty good but the main character drove me crazy! There were SO many times I wanted to smack her.

The story starts with Allie recovering from a car accident that killed her boyfriend and left her scarred. Everyone is asking her what happened but she has no memory of anything that led up to the accident. She only knows what peopl...more
Kimberly Sabatini
Breaking Beautiful gave me sweaty palms and warm fuzzies--all in the same book. This story is a creeper of a murder mystery, while also being a coming of age story. I loved that this book brought so much to the table in one little package.

Allie and Blake were well written, likable, interesting people, but I found myself particularly captivated by Andrew, Caitlyn and Detective Weeks. They were such unique characters, I couldn't get enough of them. They were the feather in Wolf's cap.

Without givi...more
Sarah
Mar 26, 2012 Sarah rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of realistic YA with a twist.
{This review was originally published on Clear Eyes, Full Shelves.}

I wonder how long until I’m allowed to be happy again.


That is the essence of Jennifer Wolf Shaw's unique debut novel, Breaking Beautiful: Is there a point at which we can no longer heal?

Allie is the only survivor of a car accident that killed her boyfriend, town football star and golden boy, Trip. She has no memory of the accident, but is left with scar on her head and memories of the side of her relationship with Trip that no on...more
Jacqueline
Very nicely done YA novel. Fast moving and well written. The end was just a bit convenient. But that was only a minor quibble. On the whole the heroine was interesting and you really felt like you knew her by the end of the book. The secondary characters were well written and interesting. The book was written in first person present tense which I really don't like but it wasn't too intrusive. The love story was fairly sweet like in any number of teen movies. (view spoiler)...more
Joanne
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 suspi...more
Jacinda
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I was hoping to read Breaking Beautiful and find it to be beautiful. That didn’t happen. I found it to be kind of broken.

I know the above couple of sentences sound a bit harsh. I couldn’t connect with Breaking Beautiful in anyway…well maybe one way. I will get to it. Let’s start off with the protagonist Allie. I didn’t feel sorry for her in the slightest. This sounds rather horrible of me since her boyfriend just died and this boyfriend...more
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18-year-old Allie lost her boyfriend a month ago. Trip died in a tragic car accident; one in which he drove his truck off a cliff. Allie survived the accident, but with a blank spot in her memory where the events of, and leading up to, the accident should be.

In the small coastal town of Pacific Cliffs, everyone knows everyone, and having a private life isn't something to be expected while living there. So, needless to say, when a detec...more
AtenRa
When I first found out about this book, I thought to myself that's a book for me, contemporary YA with a heartbreaking story behind it. And after the first few chapters I really thought it was. Unfortunately, it all went downhill from there.

In an nutshell: Allie is in a car accident with her boyfriend, Trip, from which only Allie comes out alive. Allie does not remember what happened the night of the accident and what made Trip drive his car of a cliff. At first we are led to believe that Allie...more
Rose
Jennifer Shaw Wolf's "Breaking Beautiful" unfolded like a film playing before my eyes as I read it. It's a combination of a story of grief, abuse, death, romance, mystery, and coming of age. Despite many moments where I felt the narrative and mystery drew out for a little longer than I'd anticipated, it was a good story. It reminded me a little of Kristina McBride's "One Moment" - only it took on the subject of a tragic death from a more immediate perspective in a small town community.

Allie is a...more
Kristy
Breaking Beautiful is a richly descriptive story of a young girl trying to emerge from a painful relationship, but it seems that her old friends and small community won't let that happen. Allie's senior year starts without her as she fights to recover from the injuries she suffered in an accident that killed her popular boyfriend, Trip. It has left her with no memory of what happened that night, but some of her memories of Trip must remain a secret. He was well loved, and the community thought h...more
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From the very 1st page in Breaking Beautiful I was hooked. You know, from the blurb that Allie has lost her boyfriend Trip, in a car accident. The accident that left Allie alive. But what you don't know will shock you, and emotionally entwine you into the character that is Allie.
Allie and her twin brother, Andrew, have such a great bond. Even though Andrew has daily disabilities, he wants to be in control of his life. He just wants to be as no...more
Charlotte
Rating: 4.5 Stars

This was an intense and amazing read. What a tough subject to tackle for a debut novel, but Jennifer Shaw Wolf did it beautifully. She had me hooked from page one and never let go. Breaking Beautiful is realistically told and perfectly paced. It's intense, somber, sad, and hopeful all at the same time. I experienced so many emotions throughout reading this book, some that even surprised me.

I'm generally a little short on patience when it comes to weak girls in novels but I was...more
Debbie (at) I Heart YA Books
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...more
Gina
Allie can't remember anything from the night her boyfriend, Trip, died except that she made it out of the car before it went over the cliff. All she knows is she was left with deep scars, behind her head, on her face, on her reputation. My fellow Class of 2k12 author Jennifer Shaw Wolf spins a riveting story that's equal parts mystery, thriller and romance, and there was no way I was putting BREAKING BEAUTIFUL down until Allie remembered exactly what happened that night! The insight and grace wi...more
Shanyn (Chick Loves Lit)
I've had my eye on this contemporary FOR EV ER. When NetGalley put it up I squealed, put it on my Kindle, and then let it taunt me for a little while before reading (the anticipation is half the fun, right?).

Full Review: http://chickloveslit.com/2012/04/revi...
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Wow. After my last Apocalypsies read was such a disappointment, I was a little worried that my streak of awesome reads from those guys might be over. Well, most assuredly not. Breaking Beautiful captured my interest right from the beginning, and the continued to suck me more and more. Although the cover didn't capture my interest, I am impressed, now having read the book, with how much more accurate it is than most. Good job, Bloomsbury!

Breaking Beautiful is another one of those books that falls...more
Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
Breaking Beautiful has one of the most broken characters I have ever read about. Her world was so heart breaking. When I started reading Breaking Beautiful I knew the story would be very sad and emotional, so I sort of knew what to expect. But what I didn't expect was to read about such a broken down girl who at such a young age experienced so much. This book really got to me and I want to talk about every little detail, unfortunately I can’t without spoiling the story.

Before the accident, Allie...more
Melodie
Another YA mystery (yay!) I had high hopes for.

They were partially realized. Wolf is a gifted writer who's created some unique, compelling characters. Allie's bond with her CP brother was one of my favorite things about this novel. And there's some great tension between Allie and her new love interest, Blake. The story opens as Allie recovers from a car accident that killed her boyfriend, Trip. She's based her identity on being his girlfriend and now that he's gone, she's got serious issues tryi...more
Annie Brewer
I loved this book! I read it last year but forgot what it was about so I read it again. It's a fast-paced novel with a heartbreaking story.

The characters were amazing, the writing superb. I loved Allie and felt for her. I loved Blake and how he was always there for Allie. He loved her and even though she dated Trip, he never strayed too far. Which thank God, because Trip was a friggin asshole. The abuse and emotional scars he gave her, I wanted to punch him. Or possibly castrate him. I've been i...more
Lydia Kicklighter
Allie was in a car accident one night, and her boyfriend Trip was driving. She can't remember anything that happened that night. The police investigation is reopened, and Allie is the prime suspect. To make matters worse, Blake, Allie's best friend since she was little, is making it obvious he wants a romantic relationship. Allie wants this too, but will it make it look like she killed Trip off just to get to Blake easier?

We got to skype with this author, and I loved getting to talk to her abou...more
Haley Plemmons
Allie didn't just lose her boyfriend Trip the night of the accident, she lost her memory too. All Allie can remember is driving up the cliff after the cotillion where the accident took place. Weeks have passed since the horrible event and she cannot bring herself to try to remember the accident and why it happened. Her old friend Blake is being more loyal than ever by checking on her every day and bringing her homework assignment to her house. Allie begins to open up to Blake and their lost frie...more
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Jennifer Shaw Wolf grew up on a farm in the tiny town of St. Anthony, Idaho. She spent cold Idaho mornings milking cows in the dark and attended a school where Hunter’s Education was part of the sixth grade curriculum. She’s always been a writer, whether it was sewing together books to read to her little brothers or starting an underground newspaper in sixth grade. She met the love of her life at...more
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