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Dear Cassie

(Pretty Amy #2)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  402 ratings  ·  121 reviews
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.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by Entangled Teen
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Stacia (the 2010 club)
Note : Dear Cassie is a companion/follow-up to the book Pretty Amy. I hadn't read PA first and got along fine without having read it, but there was one situation carried over from PA which was never fully recapped and I'd liked to have known more about that situation.

This could possibly be top 5 for endings which have made me say : wait, what?

There was no cliffhanger, and I wouldn't even really call this an open ending. In a sense the ending was good enough. Ben's stunt was ridiculous but it was
Laurynne Gouws
Mar 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Young Adult Readers
I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I had the luck of getting to review The Next Forever a while back and that was when I discovered the amazing way Lisa Burstein is able to hook you and stuck you right into her books.
I praised The Next Forever and I was certain that Dear Cassie would be just as great. How did I know this?
Well, it's not so much the story that's being told, that has the effect on you... it's has more to do with Lisa Burstein's ability to crea
Jan 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Not at all what I first expect from this and I was pleasantly surprised, a very moving book.

Cassie is the one that narrates her story. It all begins with her at the airport waiting for the people who is supposed to take her to the rehabilitation that was dictated by the court due to her arrest on prom night in which she and her friends: Layla and Amy were arrested for drug possession. But there’s something that happened after that night, something that Cassie doesn’t let herself think of.
But th
Mar 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Three stars: A revealing and honest look at a teenager in peril.

Cassie refuses to think back to what happened on prom night and the bad path her life has taken since then. She has closed her heart off and she won't let anyone in. Not after what Aaron did. She is going to suck it up and somehow get through the next thirty days at Turning Pines. Cassie knows it is going to be tough, and it will likely be one of the worst experiences of her life, but the alternatives are worse. What she doesn't cou
Mar 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Dear authors who seem determined to make me cry,
I should boycott your books and refuse to buy them because they make me vulnerable. I should refuse to give them good ratings and reviews because they frighten me sometimes with how real they are. But in the end, that just seems impossible to me. It's like I can't help but love the books because I am so invested and involved in the story. Yet I hate the way they seem to make me feel. Just thought I'd let you know.
Sincerely, Bailee

The first thing th
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Dear Cassie is, initially, a very hard book to like. Where Amy in Burstein's debut Pretty Amy is weak and sympathetic, Cassie is brash, vulgar and completely uninterested in anyone's pity. At times, Dear Cassie hurts to read, and I had a pretty visceral reaction to some of the hatred that Cassie spews at everyone. However, Dear Cassie is also the kind of book that slowly changes over time to become something else entirely, depicting an impressive character arc through the alteration in the writi ...more
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 h
Feb 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
We first met Cassie in Pretty Amy as part of the trio of friends that broke into a guy's house after they were stood up for prom night, stole his pot, and managed to get themselves arrested with it. Cassie was the "tough guy" of the group, never showing emotion and never really letting anyone in. In Dear Cassie, we find out why she is so closed off from relationships and so guarded with her emotions. Besides Cassie's tough childhood and getting arrested with a crap load of pot on prom night, she ...more
Lisa Sanchez
Mar 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Dear Cassie is the first book I've read by Lisa Burstein and won't be the last. I did not read Pretty Amy (the first book in the series), and it didn't hinder my enjoyment or understanding of this story in the least.

Dear Cassie is told from Cassie's pov. She's tough, gritty, and in your face, and I felt instantly drawn to her character. It was evident to me, early on, that she pushed people away with her swearing and attitude, and I wanted to know what it was that had scarred her so badly she fe
Jenna D.
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Full Review at Making the Grade.

Excellent for fans of First Comes Love by Katie Kacvinsky or Pushing the Limits and Dare You To by Katie McGarry, DEAR CASSIE is a contemporary tale that will resonate with many readers from beginning to end. Although reading the companion novel, PRETTY AMY, is not entirely necessary in order to understand and enjoy DEAR CASSIE, I do believe that if you want to gain a full appreciation for some of the revelations in this novel, you should consider reading the
Jen Ryland
Mar 01, 2013 added it
Shelves: arcs
*I received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher for possible review*

Dear Cassie is a companion book to Pretty Amy, but you don't need to have read it to enjoy Dear Cassie.

The books explore the aftermath of a prom night fiasco, in which three friends, Amy, Cassie and Lila, were stood up by their dates, then arrested for possession of marijuana. In the aftermath of this event, all the girls will have to come to terms with the various personal issues and insecurities that got them to that poi
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
originally posted at

Dear Cassie, the companion novel to Pretty Amy, is so much more than I ever imagined it would be. The Cassie in this book is completely different from the character in Pretty Amy because we get to hear her voice, know her thoughts and not just how Amy saw her. While they are companion novels, I really don't want to compare the books because each book is different, just like both girls are different.

Dear Cassie is an excellent example o
Tara Allen
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have a free copy of this for the express purpose of review, but I enjoyed it so much that not only is it a definite “MUST READ” for me, I’ll be purchasing a copy so that Lisa will write many, many more.

The Good:

Needless to say, the story is gripping. It’s told entirely from Cassie’s point of view (obviously, as it’s a diary) and all of her turmoil is conveyed in raw, moving descriptions of her time at Turning Pines.

Ultimately, Cassie is just an average teenager. She isn’t extraordinarily bad
Mar 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have read all three books in this series, and I loved them all.

Dear Cassie tells the story of what happens to Cassie when she is sent to "wilderness rehab" after that fateful prom night when Cassie's life is changed forever. We got to see Amy's perspective in the first book of the series, "Pretty Amy" and while reading Amy's story, I couldn't wait to hear what Cassie had to say in this book.

And, oh, did Cassie have a lot to say. When we meet Cassie in Pretty Amy, she is the tough as nails girl
Mar 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-books
I was given this review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

After being arrested on prom night (which you can read about in Pretty Amy, another awesome book by Lisa Burstein) Cassie is sent to Turning Pines wilderness camp. Here she rooms with two other girls who have just as many problems as she does. She also meets Ben, who despite being attracted to she initially is always pushing away.

Dear Cassie is beautifully written, with depth and understanding. We see all facets of
Trixiter Marczak
Mar 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What an awesome follow up to Dear Amy! Truly a MUST read! This story exposes you to Cassie's troubles and triumphs following the events that happened in Pretty Amy!

This series is real-world written YA on what many teen girls go through every day. The rejection of their peers, family, and boys.

Again, LOVE LOVE LOVE the series and can't wait for more!
Mar 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Dear Cassie, by Lisa Burstein, was a great coming of age story. I enjoyed that it was written partially in journal format, as she writes in her, "assessment diary," and I felt like I was able to read Cassie's most intimate thoughts, feelings, and experiences. The main character, Cassie, has been sent to a rehabilitation camp after she was stood up at prom, (along with her friends Lila, and Amy,) and they stole marijuana from one of the guys, and drove around under the influence. Cassie was the o ...more
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I did not want to put this down once I started it. Needing to know each of their secrets. Fast forward 24 hours and here I am thinking it all through & siphoning through a bunch of questions floating in my mind about Cassie and the 30 day misfits wondering what their futures will hold...

Little rocks popped like popcorn under the tires as we pulled in at a sign that read: Turning Pines Wilderness Camp— Helping Teenagers, One Life at a Time.
Camp? Fucking camp? My parents shipped me all the way
Jan 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'd like to thank Netgalley and Entangled Publishing for the opportunity to read this story.
"The forgiveness will come."

“You get in the middle, Cassie,” Leisner said. “Let the guns run the stern.” He made a muscle.
“Your guns look like they’re out of ammo.” I laughed.
There was no way I was letting one of them be in charge of steering this thing. If I was forced to go out into the middle of the lake with these two idiots, at least I wanted to know I would be able to steer my way back.

My favori
Dear Cassie is one of those books that just squeezes at your heart. Makes you wish parents would be parents. Cassie has gotten herself into a little bit of trouble which lands her at Turning Pines camp which is for teens that are in trouble. (Her parents needed a camp, called pull her head out and parent up) Cassie is a lost soul in a lot of ways just looking for someone to love her and want her. She is close with her brother but he has his own life too. Her dad is off at war and her mother is d ...more
Jan 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: march-2013
Check out all my reviews at The Flyleaf Review

When I requested an e-ARC of Dear Cassie a couple of months ago, I knew that it was by the same author of last year's Pretty Amy, which I actually have not read. But I didn't know it was a companion novel, a novel featuring the same characters as Pretty Amy. So the bad news is I missed reading that book and getting to know the characters of Amy, Cassie, and Lila earlier. The good news is I still feel like I got to know them, and the events of Pretty
Originally Reviewed At: Mother/Gamer/Writer
Rating: 5 Controllers - Diayll; 4.5 Controllers - Heather
Review Source: NetGalley
Reviewers: Joint Review: Heather and Diayll


Dear Cassie….you made me cry – uncontrollably. When I first started reading you I fell madly in love with your grace and stubble humor. You stirred emotions in me I didn’t foresee coming and I’m so glad I could share in your heartache, laughter, pain and growth. You’re exceptionally well written and I can’t give you enough prais
Sep 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-galley, 2013
Back in September, I reviewed “Pretty Amy” - a book about a teen busted for possession and everything that follows her arrest. It was a pretty powerful story in that it made me sympathise not only with the main character, but nearly every one else. Honestly, if you’re looking to write a complicated parent/child relationship, this is probably the first book I’d point you to.

So, naturally, when I got a chance, I went and begged asked if I could get and ARC of “Dear Cassie”. So let this stand in th
Feb 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review, blog-tour, arc
Originally posted at City of Books

I admit I haven't read Pretty Amy yet, but I immensely enjoyed Dear Cassie regardless. This book is a companion to Pretty Amy, but it works great as a standalone. I was immediately sucked into Cassie's crazy life, and it was an awesome experience! I definitely have to get around to reading Lisa's other books soon.

I loved how Dear Cassie is written like diary entries. We get to read all of Cassie's deepest thoughts, and the style of writing really helped me conne
Apr 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: laugh-out-loud
I did not want to put this down once I started it. Needing to know each of their secrets. Fast forward 24 hours and here I am thinking it all through & siphoning through a bunch of questions floating in my mind about Cassie and the 30 day misfits wondering what their futures will hold...

Little rocks popped like popcorn under the tires as we pulled in at a sign that read: Turning Pines Wilderness Camp— Helping Teenagers, One Life at a Time.
Camp? Fucking camp? My parents shipped me all the way
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Amy Fournier
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved Lisa Burstein's first book, Pretty Amy and have been eagerly awaiting Cassie's story. It was everything I expected and more. I knew she was a broken person, more broken than Amy, but I didn't expect to embrace her as much as I did. I saw more of myself in Cassie, then I did in Amy so I think it was easier to connect with her. Their personalities were so different, yet the books gave me that same raw emotion. I really just love Lisa Burstein's writing and she has become an auto-buy author ...more
Mar 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
GENRE: YA Contemporary
THEME: Romance, Drama

After hearing a lot of good things about Pretty Amy, I was excited to read another chapter in Lisa Burstein series about three girls whose lives change after prom night. Dear Cassie is the second book and connects to Amy’s story in Pretty Amy. Even though I didn’t read the first book, Dear Cassie was easy to jump into and connect with the characters while learning about what really happene
nick (the infinite limits of love)
Feb 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc

After the not-so-positive experience I had with Pretty Amy, I went into Dear Cassie, expecting Cassie to be a character that I would dislike. Surprisingly, going into the book not expecting to like it as much definitely made it a much more pleasant experience. Dear Cassie was a definite improvement from Pretty Amy.

Cassie was a very broken character, like expected of Lisa Burstein's main characters. Unlike Amy though, Cassie's reasons for being a fractured character were not only prevalent but th
Feb 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Much like its companion Pretty Amy, Dear Cassie is not a happy read. It’s another hard punch of reality that continues with the consequences of Amy, Cassie, and Lila’s disastrous prom night. This time we’re following Cassie to rehab as part of her sentencing. However, it’s not the medical facility that she was expecting. It’s a camp in the middle of the woods where she’ll have to learn how to survive in the wilderness on her own while reflecting on the choices that landed her there. It’s not onl ...more
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Lisa Burstein is a tea seller by day and a writer by night. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers at Eastern Washington University. She is the author of Pretty Amy, The Next Forever, Dear Cassie, Sneaking Candy, The Possibility of Us and Again. As well as a contributor to the essay collection, Break These Rules: 35 YA Authors On Speaking Up, Standing ...more

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