White Trash Beautiful  - Teresa Mummert There’s a quote that begins the book:

“I’m not naïve. I know I don’t get the happily ever after. My knight in shining armor took the highway detour around this godforsaken shit hole. I’ve made peace with that. That doesn’t mean I’m going to lie down like a doormat and let every cocky prick in the trailer park have his way with me.”

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This book was really hard for me. First off, there’s the title: White Trash Beautiful. It really just rubs me the wrong way and I can’t really put my finger on why. I’m pretty sure it has to do with the ‘White Trash’ part. But I shook that feeling off and went ahead with the story.

White Trash Beautiful follows Cass, a girl stuck in a life she can’t get out of. She works as a waitress at a local diner during the day and at night she goes home to her trailer where her boyfriend and mother live. Cass is the sole source of income for this family. Jackson, her boyfriend, is an abusive druggie and her mother is an addict. Both rely heavily on Cass to provide for them.

Tucker is the lead singer of an up and coming band. While on tour, Tucker comes through Cass’s town and ends up at her diner. Sparks fly between them almost instantly and the two become connected, finding different ways to be with each other.

Going back to the opening quote, all Cass does through the entire book is lie down like a doormat and let people have their way with her. Her boyfriend beats her almost on a daily basis, rapes her when he wants sex, takes her money to buy drugs, basically controls her life. And her mother is no better. But instead of getting out, she stays. She lets them control her and belittle her. Instead of leaving for the better world that she wants, she complains. Constantly. Every page was filled with her whining about how horrible her life is and how she’ll never get out.

Enter Tucker, who I initially liked. He really wanted to be the knight in shining armor. He was sweet and kind. He saw how Cass was treated and believed that she deserved more (although I honestly couldn’t see why). He showed her there was more to life than where she was now. But no matter how much he tried to help, she kept going back to Jackson and her mother. Even after she sleeps with Tucker.

And this is where I lost respect for both of them.
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Please break up with your boyfriend before sleeping with another man. Shame on you both.

After this, I pretty much gave up on the book. Everything that followed after that read like a horribly predictable soap opera. From Jackson finding out, to the “dramatic” way that Cass is forced to leave – predictable. The way the author deals with Cass having to leave her mother – WTF? And the ending…
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Completely unbelievable and unrealistic. I do not recommend this pity party.

I received an e-copy of this novel from the publisher for my honest opinion and review via Netgalley.

This review can also be seen here at my blog.