Saturday, April 4, 2015

ARC Book Review: White Trash Beautiful by Teresa Mumfort

Book Title: White Trash Beautiful
Author: Teresa Mummert |Website| Twitter| Facebook|
Publisher: Gallery Books
Genre: New Adult Romance
Series/Standalone: Series Book 1
Format: ebook, Trade paperback
Cost: $16.99
Pages: 240
How I got it: Publisher via NetGalley
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Publisher
Publication Date: July 9, 2013
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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. . . .
WARNING!!!!! This review may contain spoilers. 

Meh. I can't get behind this one, I just can't, the female character is dumber than a box of bricks and I refuse to cosign. I didn't want to not like this book, she's a character who has been abused and I wanted her to be able to grow and change and adapt, but she just was so dumb and had so many way too stupid to live moments  Like I kept reading and going "what an idiot" Le sigh, I really tried y'all but it wasn't happening and I'm not continuing on with the series. And let me tell you why I couldn't deal with this one.  If you follow my goodreads, you will see all the snark that came out while I read this book, I have had it on my list for a while and I just couldn't do it. Really couldn't.

This child is so thirsty for love she rather drink salt water than risk drinking something new. Chile move on this drug addicted asshole is never going to put you first" 

10/04 page 200 83.0% "Is truly the most boring book I ever read. this girl is sooooo stupid. I just don't care to know anymore can we just get to the end already. Ugh." 

01/31 page 220 91.0% "yeah I'm going to get to the end. she really is a bad character. no sense of self esteem or self worth, is afraid to leave because he might hurt her but she's having an affair. girl if you don't find some seats and stop chasing after these men and be by your damnself for five minutes. ugh"

This book really felt like a 'modern fairy tale ' and not in a good way. Like this is the fantasy of a broken young woman who wants someone rich and handsome to come rescue her from her shitty life, and I really couldn't get behind them as a couple.  Instead of rescuing her damn self, she remained in a horrible situation and the more you learnt about her the more you just wanted to tell her to stop whining and get gone, like you know it's ain't shyt but you stay then do the "woe is me line", chile no. Cass as a character was weak, she let life happen to her, she didn't fight for change, she fought to REMAIN in the crap life she hated, every chance she got to get away she found a way to run back then complain. It's like she really needed something to feel bad about, because you know her father left when she was little and this guy didn't so she can't move on because that would make her like her father. O_o Girl whatever.

She's so thirsty for some sign of affection, she's willing to remain even though she says it over and over again she needs to leave before he kills her, then she goes back to him. She's written as the "classic victim", latching on to whomever would give her some sign of affection, instead of becoming her own hero. She pays lip service to being her own kind of woman but truly it's just lip service. However I felt like too much was done to try to give a her a woe is me life, yes I know some people deal with a tough life, however Cass really doesn't give us a reason for her ending up with her current boyfriend. Like I don't understand how it got so far, and why is she so attached to him?? Oh her dad left, her mom fell apart so she decided she needed to hang on to this one?? It just didn't make any sense at all.

Cass is a dummy, I'm sorry, I know, I know we can say she's a victim and her life does suck balls, but there were plenty of chances for her to change it and she refused to do so, so no I have no sympathy.   At 68 percent into the kindle version of the book Cass literally takes her escape funds and throw them away, and then starts to cry that she's stuck in the trailer park. What?? Really?? Who made you do that?? He was about to sell your a** to pay for his habit and you rescue him?? Are you kidding me?? Then she starts throwing all these pity parties and feeling all this angst,  Personally he would have gotten shot right then and there and I wouldn't have cared Why?? YOUR drug habit, your mess, no damn way I'm putting myself in that. Handle your mess buddy.

The male character felt like a cardboard cutout, he wasn't much of character, he meets this girl and then proceeds to go way outta his way for a girl that was rude five minutes after meeting him.  She's shallow as hell because she didn't want anything to do with him until she realized he was an up and coming singer.  Then here is this chile who has the self esteem of a gnat, (so very little if any) and she decides to hook up with a up and coming singer, one who "every girl wants" you can't even look yourself in the mirror but you think you can handle women throwing themselves at a guy you like??  Really??

When she got sick and couldn't figure out why she was sick I was like really?? You REALLY CAN'T THINK OF one reason?? Not ONE?? *flips over tables*.  And then for this man y'all I just really you're willing to go that far someone you LITERALLY just met?? Like I mean literally just met, but you're willing to take on your surrogate mom, your band and friends all for a girl you met five minutes ago?? Nope don't buy it.

I know that life isn't easy, and I understand how abuse works, I understand that monsters don't look like monsters. I know the psychology of abuse and how they get you to stay.   However this character didn't have that, he literally was an asshole all the time, he didn't give her glimpses, she knew he was unstable but would take risks knowing he would hurt her if he found out. Instead of just running away like she always said she would when given the opportunity she instead shoots herself in the foot then turns around and wonders what went wrong and why she's stuck in a rut. Like really??  I felt this was poorly written, and just badly executed.  There are way better versions of this out there.  I'm not down for people who drink acid then wonder why they can't taste anything sweet, you literally did everything to remain where you were then wondered what happened. I'm not here for that.

Then the villain why'd he start being a villain?? What's his reasoning?? Why'd she stay??  WTF is wrong with her mother?? There are just so many questions and at the end of the book I didn't even care anymore I just wanted it over.  and then the ending happened and I'm looking around like wait what?? You serious?? Just like that?? That's it?? What the what?? So why the hell did I just ?!!! you know what? No... I'm out of here
I'm not sure what to say to y'all. Just no. 

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