Title: White Trash Beautiful, Book 1 in the White Trash Trilogy
Author: Teresa Mummert
Publisher: Gallery Books
Genre: NA, contemporary, issues, abuse
Links: Book Depository
Cass Daniels isn’t waiting for her knight in shining armor. She knows that girls like her don’t get a happily ever after. Not if you live in a trailer with your mom, work at a greasy spoon diner, and get leered at by old men. Maybe that’s why she puts up with Jackson—her poor excuse for a boyfriend, who treats her like dirt. Cass has learned to accept her lot in life. That is, until he walks into her diner. . . .
His name is Tucker White, and he’s different from any man Cass has ever known. Tall, tattooed, and bad-ass gorgeous, he’s the lead singer of the rock band Damaged. From the moment they meet, Tucker sees something in Cass he just can’t shake. Something beautiful. Something haunted. Something special. And he’s determined to find out what it is—if only he can get her to open up and let him in. . . .
Why I picked it up:
Quite frankly, the cover is gorgeous. I love the pale pink with the black font.
What I didn’t like about it:
White Trash Beautiful isn’t anything original. Girl from the wrong side of the tracks meets a bad boy, Gary-Stu, rock star– its been done before and it will be done again. I’ve read quite a few “abusive boyfriend” books over the years, so this feels like a part of the pack.
I didn’t love the writing style. There was a lot of “I [verb]” sentences. And a lot of repetition with Cass complaining about her life. Cass seemed very “aware” of her situation. She’d do something and then explain her actions through the narrative. It seemed odd that she’d psychoanalyse herself like that.
As a whole, I enjoyed this story but I can’t say I’m interested in reading more about Cass and Tucker. I’m not too sure why… This is a trilogy but the idea of reading more about the two of them feels like a lot of work.
What I liked about it:
I really liked Cass. I found her really genuine. I believed every second of her relationship with Tucker. The passion between them was gorgeous to read.
At page 185 I thought this book was ruined! At page 216 this happened:
And if I wanted to get my life back together, I needed to be my own white knight for once.
Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Did she do it? Meh, not really, but it still played out better than it looked like it was going to at page 185. I’m sorry, but I have a real drama with authors who basically say that all a woman needs in her life to be happy is a man and a child.
All in all, I thought this was a nice read. Nothing to write home about, but I enjoyed it.
My Verdict: 3 stars