Thursday, July 11, 2013

Book ~ "White Trash Beautiful" (2013) Teresa Mummert

From Goodreads ~ A word-of-mouth bestseller that’s captivating readers with its honesty, grit and headstrong heroine, White Trash Beautiful is a story for anyone who has ever felt trapped in life, cheated by love - and longed for something more.

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. 

Cass is in her early twenties and lives in a trailer park with her boyfriend, Jackson, and her mom.  She works as a waitress in a diner to support the three of them ... her mom and Jackson don't work because they are hooked on drugs.  Cass walks on eggshells because she never knows when Jackson is going to get mad and beat her up to keep her in line.  She sees no end in sight and figures she is destined to spend her live in the trailer park with Jackson.  Despite the beatings, she feels a loyalty to Jackson because when she was a teenager, he was there for her when no one else was and took care of her.

Tucker is also in his early twenties and is the lead singer in an up-and-coming band.  He stops by the diner one day and is entranced by Cass ... and keeps coming back.  He finally convinces her to go out with him and they secretly start seeing each other.  Cass feels she is only going to bring him down and ruin his future so tries to stay away from him for his own good but can't.  Plus she's feeling guilty because she is cheating on Jackson.

This is the first book I've read by this author and I liked it.  I liked the writing style and found it was well-paced and kept me wanting to read more.  It is written in first person in Cass' voice.  As a head's up, the language is for a mature reader (there are lots and lots of F-bombs).

It was a story of a woman is physically and emotionally beaten and sees no way to get out of her situation.  She could have used Tucker and taken advantage of what he had to offer to leave it all behind but she doesn't ... she's always thinking of him.  And she always has hope that Jackson and her mom will eventually give up drugs.

I would recommend this book.

2 comments:

Masshole Mommy said...

This one sounds awesome.

The Autumn Review said...

Looking forward to the next book.