Friday, April 25, 2014

White Trash Beautiful and White Trash Damaged reviews by Dee

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

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. . .

The story of Cass and Tucker starts off good. I really got into it. Poor, abused girl unknowingly meets rock star and falls for him. Jax is a super abusive drug addict asshole and she can't seem to escape the violent circle that is her life. I don't know what it was about this book, but Cass started to get under my skin. I get the abuse mentally and physically broke her down, and she was trying to start new and start over and believe something or someone like Tucker could happen to her, but the constant back and forth was hard for me to grasp and connect with. For me it was almost like do it already. If you are going to be with him, be with him completely. In my opinion it was almost like she wasn't completely committed to getting out of the trialer park. She just kept going back, and I think that was the one fatal flaw for Cass. By the time it came time and she committed 100% to getting out and really moving on, I had already given up on the idea that it was going to happen. She had already went back and forth so much, I expected her to give up again and not really walk away. Though, in truth Jax really wouldn't let her leave anyway. But then when she does actually leave, all hell breaks lose anyhow. And then all the sudden, all Cass knows how to do is run. I just got really frustrated. But I really liked the story and really want to see where this goes.

I give this 3.5 hearts

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Rocker Tucker White saved down-and-out waitress Cass Daniels from everyone in her life who was hurting her—except herself. In the much-anticipated follow-up to White Trash Beautiful, Teresa Mummert’s New York Times andUSA Today bestseller, Tucker and Cass are finally together, but does that mean they get their happy ending?

Living on a tour bus with your boyfriend’s rock band is nothing like living in a trailer with your drug-addicted mother—except for the drama. After all the pain and grief that marked the beginning of Cass and Tucker’s relationship, they’re finally building a life together—just the two of them, his three bandmates, some groupies, and thousands of screaming fans. And not everyone is as happy about the couple’s reunion as they are.
The last thing Cass wants to do is create friction within the band—especially when Damaged is on the brink of achieving the success Tucker has worked so hard for. She’s thrilled to finally be with a man who loves and protects her as much as he does. But how can she carve out a place for herself in this new rock star world . . . without being swallowed by the shadow of Tucker’s fame?

So i was really hoping for a better turn out for this book. But the back and forth continues. I was really pulling for this book, really wanted more from it, and for some reason I felt like it fell short. I don't feel like Cass grew as much as she needed to in this book. She still remained completely dependent and in Tucker's shadow- she never stepped out. Any time she did, that was taken away from her. I felt like there should have been something that was Cass'. Yes, she was a great song writer when she tried, but was never given any credit for it publically- when it could have been, it wasn't. Sarah wanted to hire her for writing, it was brought up, but then never mentioned or explored further. Never brought up to Tucker or the boys. She developed a close relationship with Eric, but Tucker never could understand it...and it was like no one ever stood up to Tucker, no one ever showed him what he was doing wrong. And any time they fought, it was almost like she never got him to see why she was upset, she would just always cave to him because she needed him so much. No one ever stood up to their manager for how she treated Cass or the things she said. No one ever told her to stop with what she was doing or said anything about the video shoot. She just got away with it the whole time, and to me, that needed to happen. Someone needed to put her in her place. There was all this build up for so many different things, but they never went anywhere. The thing with her dad, the news article. I get he redeemed himself with the awards show, but I still feel like Tucker fell short in so many other areas, but so did Cass. I just needed more. Tucker and Cass needed to be more. Needed to stand up for their relationship more. Cass needed to grow a backbone and become her own person more.
I gave this story 3 hearts

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White Trash Beautiful

White Trash Damaged

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