White Trash Beautiful
by Teresa Mummert
"I'm not naive. I know I don't get the happily ever after. My knight in shining armor took the highway detour around this god forsaken shit hole. I've made peace with that. That doesn't mean I'm going to lay down like a doormat and let every cocky prick in the trailer park have his way with me. "
Cass lives a depressing life in a small trailer park in Eddington, Ga with her mother and abusive boyfriend Jackson. She works hard to barely make ends meet. One day Tucker White, the lead singer in the band Damaged, walks into her diner. He tries to show her that there is more to life than the hand she has been dealt but being with Tucker will come at a high price.
In some ways this was a hard story to read. There’s some graphic abuse. Cass lives the white trash life. She doesn’t have much going for her and no real way to escape. Like most people she becomes trapped in the cycle that’s her life. The two people she should be able to count on are worthless. They use her and abuse her to the point you ask yourself, “Why doesn’t she just leave?” Leaving is rarely that simple in real life, and it certainly isn’t that simple for Cass. She isn’t the girl who gets the happily ever after. She’s the girl just trying to survive.
One day into her life walks Tucker White. He’s everything she wants, nothing she thinks she needs, and she knows she can never really have him. He has a life she could never fathom. Cass knows she’s not good enough for someone like Tucker. She thinks she knows what kind of life he has and what his future holds. The last thing she wants to do is drag him down.
Cass knows she can’t keep him. She decides to seize the opportunity and grasp her brief moment of happiness, even if it can never last. Enjoy your time with the hot guy, don’t get your hopes up, and walk away with memories to get you through the rest of your life. Sounds simple, right? If it was that simple, we wouldn’t read this book.
Along the way there’s happiness, sadness, hope, despair, lust, and love. White Trash Beautiful puts you through the emotional ringer. I wanted Cass to break free from her life. Throw off the invisible chains and do something for herself. Quit worrying about what will happen to the two deadbeats you live with, they’re killing themselves anyway. I wanted her to trust what Tucker was telling her. But when your trust has been betrayed too many times, sometimes you just don’t have any trust left, not even in yourself.
When a seed of hope begins to grow in Cass’s heart, her life comes up to cruelly snatch it away. This is what Cass needs to move on from her old life. She leaves everything behind, including Tucker. The question is will he fight for her or will she turn her back on everything she always hoped for and almost grasped?
Reviewed by Liz