Friday, June 28, 2013

Review: White Trash Beautiful (White Trash, #1) by Teresa Mummert

White Trash Beautiful (White Trash, #1)White Trash Beautiful by Teresa Mummert
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A heartwrenching and oh-so-real story of how abuse and addiction can destroy lives.  A story of how one woman's strength allowed her not only survive, but to leave behind the stigma of being white trash and finally find love.

*Special extended edition with over 100 pgs. of added content!

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 Daniels is what many would consider white trash: she is white, lives in a trailer park, works in a dingy diner for measly tips and lives with addiction and abuse day in and day out. She meets a stranger, Tucker, who cannot seem to stop coming back and try to protect her. As time passes, their attraction builds and soon, Cass feels like she is cheating on her boyfriend, Jackson, a seemingly good-for-nothing hobo who is also a heroin addict. What could be worse than this? Why did Cass allow herself to get into a destructive relations in the first place?

Interspersed in the present day first person (Cass) POV, the reader gets a glimpse of Cass and Jackson when they were young, how their relationship began and how it all went downhill. The author does not offer up any excuses why Cass stuck it with Jackson, she does not offer up any excuses either why Jackson turned from a protective and loving boyfriend to someone that is the complete opposite.

Tucker is one who is trying to survive as well. He is not spared of his own angsts and insecurities. Yet when he meets Cass, he is not only drawn to her but he sees a future with her.

This complicated love triangle should have read miserable and rolling-eyes super life drama that would resemble a daytime opera at the very least. Instead, the reader gets slowly and willingly involved in the drama and find themselves wanting to be a part of the story if only to physically bitch slap Cass into seeing that the white trash mentality is not an excuse to stay in a destructive relationship.

Yes, bitch slap! Sometimes, I swear that believing in a stigma does more damage than the actual situation one finds themselves in.

I have to digress and state that NO! not all trailer parks are bad. Yes! I agree that many can be BAD! and not in a good bad way, as in really really bad. But there are some that are lovely communities and made up of residents who are not white trash. That said, Cass was lucky in her support group.

She underestimated Larry, her supposed evil boss. He ends up as someone she never thought to count on, even if she never verbally acknowledged it.

Cass underestimated Tucker. She pushed him away on the excuse he could do better.

Cass underestimated her own strength. She lived the stigma of "white trash" never realizing that her own inner strength was the one thing that could release her of it. Loving Tucker was a bonus that propels her from a life of misery to something where a little bit of rainbow was constantly visible.

Review based on an ARC sent by Netgalley

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