Thursday, July 11, 2013

***Lesley and Jenn's Reviews of White Trash Beautiful by Teresa Mummert***

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. . . .  

Lesley's Review

White Trash- is an American pejorative term referring to poor white people, especially in rural and Southern United States....... The term suggests outcasts from respectable society living on the fringes of the social order who are deemed dangerous because they may be criminal, unpredictable, and without respect for authority whether it be political, legal, or moral.

Beautiful-having qualities that delight the senses, especially the sense of sight.

This book is clearly defined in those two terms.  It's not about the perfect life, with parents who take care of you or where your biggest worry comes from what to wear.  It's not a story about posies and ponies. White Trash Beautiful is a story about the shitty life that Cass has been dealt.  How Cass has to be the parent to her drug addicted parent because she's the only one who stayed. It's about how she has to bust her a$$ to end up with no money or food on the table. It's about her watching the two people she cares about destroy themselves and not care. No one cares about Cass or takes care of Cass ! Even the ones who swore to, everyone lets her down.  She can trust no one. Yes, Cass's life is shit. But how do you leave the only family you have?  Maybe Cass doesn't deserve to have more.  Maybe there's no escaping, she'll always be stuck in this and should settle for it. Cass believes these things.  If you are told that you are white trash enough, eventually, you believe it. Yet, she wants more. She is a fighter just existing in a hell she doesn't want.  Cass has built a tough exterior to protect her vulnerable interior. Mental demons caused from the abuse of this life, threaten to take her down. (Dare I say she has become co-dependent?) She just may be the one destroying her chance at a better ever-after.

"I became so good at pushing people away that I forgot who I was and let others' hatred consume me"

Especially, when a stranger walks into the diner, Tucker. He's hot as hell and looks like the typical bad boy that Cass needs to stay away from. She has an instant attraction to this man. However, when Jax (her drug addict boyfriend) comes into the bar asking for money and causing trouble, the new stranger sticks up for her. He continues to visit and as much as Cass wants to fight it ....oh she does try but she can't. She feels like Tucker sees the real her. She feels drawn to him unlike she has with anyone. Believing it's only temporary she jumps in and takes something for herself for once. A little piece of happiness. Damn the others, no one cares about her, just the money she can give them. They only worry about the next high they can find. He does protect her, he cares. OR is it just pity.

"Sometimes you have to fall before you can fly....and sometimes you need someone to catch you"

While, life is handing Cass some sunshine, Jax is getting shittier. When Cass gathers the strength to leave, Jax has other ideas. The nightmare unfolds before your eyes. Tucker her protector and savior comes to the rescue again. But can you rescue someone who doesn't want or feels that they don't deserve it? Can Cass overcome the beliefs and insecurities that plague her, to grab what she deserves?

Cass's story touched my heart because I can relate. Hell, I lived some of this ugly. Unfortunately, I didn't have the best teenage years. It was not nearly as bad as Cass's but it was enough for me to know exactly how she felt being trapped in a situation that wasn't you. The feeling that there is NO way out. To care for people who are trapped in their own hell and can't see past it, to the damage left behind. Feeling like the parent. Just wanting people care. This is a beautiful story of heart-ache, despair and strength. We meet one beautiful girl who fought to survive. We learn how perseverance and love are sometimes seen as the enemy.

I can not wait for the continuation of this story. It's going to be a rough ride but I have no doubt Cass will come out on top. I give this book 5+ stars !!!!

(White Trash definition courtesy of Wikipedia. Beautiful definition courtesy of the plain old dictionary.)

Jenn's Review

Cass has been dealt a crap hand. She works night and day, trying to save up for something better only to have it taken away. Her dad left when she was a little girl. Her mom and boyfriend, Jax, are only shells, wasting away from repeated drug use. She lives with this. They have no one to take care of them, so she has to. But who takes care of Cass. Easy, she takes care of herself. She needs no one and therefore, lets no one in.
But there is someone who wants to take care of Cass. Tucker. He wants to protect her, provide for her and care for her. If only she’d let him. But everyone she’s ever cared for leaves her. It’s safer to keep the walls around her heart closed. Just like it’s safer if she keeps her bedroom door locked. Tucker accepts the challenge she presents. He isn’t giving up on Cass. But Cass knows her life isn’t going to have a fairytale ending. Hell, she can’t even take a hot shower. She still does the best she can with what was given her. She can save her money again. It may take forever but she’s done it once before.
And then it happens. She lets Tucker in her heart and he wants to stay there. He wants to take Cass away from her shit trailer and her shit life. He wants to start a new life with her. Give her a home that keeps her safe and share everything he has with her. No one is going to stand in his way. Not even Jax when Cass goes to pack what little she has. Jax has other plans though and it leaves Cass in the hospital, suffering from a huge loss. Tucker’s dream may be to sing in front of thousands but his new love is Cass. However, Cass isn’t so sure she is worth it. She feels he is going to miss out on so much of his dream if she tags along. She lets Tucker know she loves him and quietly slips away.
Cass needs to get her life together on her own. She is used to taking care of herself and can do it again. Every time she hears Tucker’s voice on the radio, her heart still skips a beat. She will always love him but this is what’s best. Tucker can’t forget her though. He just has no way of finding Cass. Now that she goes by Anne, her mom’s name. I highly recommend White Trash Beautiful. This story of overcoming horrific obstacles and doing your damnedest to make something out of nothing will touch your heart and make you thankful for what you have, be it great or small. I am looking forward to White Trash Damaged, due out next year! 5 out of 5 stars!

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About the Author
 I was a Russian spy at the ripe age of thirteen, given my uncanny ability to tell if someone was lying ( I also read fortunes on the weekends). By sixteen I had become too much of a handful for the Lethal Intelligence Ensemble (L.I.E.). I was quickly exiled to the south of France where I worked with wayward elephants in the Circus of Roaming Animals and People (C.R.A.P.). I was able to make ends meet by selling my organs on the black market for pocket change and beer money. At the age of twenty three I decided to expand my horizons and become a blackjack dealer in Ireland. I loved the family atmosphere at Barney's Underground Liquor Lounge (B.U.L.L.). People couldn't resist the allure of Liquor up front and poker in the rear. Eventually I became tired of the rear and headed off to the United States to try my hand at tall tales. That is what brings us here today. If you have a moment I'd like to tell you a story. 
(This bio is not to be taken seriously under any circumstance.)

Teresa Mummert is an army wife and mother whose passion in life is writing. She is the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling novels White Trash Beautiful and Suicide Note. Born in Pennsylvania, she lived a small town life before following her husband's military career to Louisiana and Georgia. Check out her website for samples and updates! TeresaMummert.com

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