Review: White Trash Beautiful by Teresa Mummert

White Trash Beautiful

White Trash Beautiful
by Teresa Mummert
Series: White Trash Trilogy #1
Publisher: Gallery Books
Expected publication: July 9th 2013
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Source: Received from publisher in exchange
for an honest review

My Rating:

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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. . .

My Thoughts

Cass Daniels is a simple, white trash girl dealing with life in the trailer park. Her life is nothing more than a bad country song. She works at a crappy diner to support not only herself, but her mom and her boyfriend as well. Cass has become apathetic toward her circumstances and dishes out attitude without prejudice… but who wouldn’t with the effed up hand she’s been dealt? She really has no life; she spends her days working for practically nothing, and her evenings in the dilapidated trailer just on the other side of the parking lot from the diner. Jackson, her loser boyfriend, likes to make frequent appearances at the diner to start trouble, always asking Cass for money to support his junk habit. He also turned her mother into his junkie-in-crime so Cass feels pretty much alone in life. Jackson is an abusive asshat, but no one bothers to ask Cass how she feels. Everyone turns a blind eye to the whole jacked up situation. Her mom and boyfriend are usually passed out cold by the time she gets home, and her co-workers are seemingly uncaring. Until one day when Tucker White walks into the diner, with his purposely mussed hair and designer clothes. He is smitten as a kitten with Cass, and she can’t wrap her head around his motives. She can’t even trust her own mother, why would she trust a hot guy that showers her with attention?

I love the cover of this book. I didn’t even care what the book was about when I first saw it, I just knew I had to have it. Up until a third of the way in I was convinced this was just another Pretty Woman fairytale with nothing special to knock my socks off. Don’t get me wrong, I was still enjoying the book because I’m a sucker for a sexy man that attempts to rescue the damsel in distress. Heck, I’ve watched Pretty Woman at least a hundred times since it’s release in 1990. I was pleasantly surprised when the story took a drastic turn. I became completely addicted to White Trash Beautiful, which was told from Cass’ POV. She gives the reader an in depth look into the dismal world of the less fortunate. Some parts of the story were so heartbreaking I actually shed tears, while other parts made me smile so big that my face hurt. There’s a little bit of everything in this book. It was a quick read, though, and it left me wanting more.

There were a couple of issues, hence the four star rating. First is the lack of character development for Tucker. He’s a significant part of this story, yet the reader knows very little about him in the end. I am also disappointed that the ending was so abrupt. Wham, bam, thank you ma’am! I was left feeling like too much was missing. In the grand scheme of things, though, I was HOOKED on this book. White Trash Beautiful is a gripping, emotional, and surprising tale about life that all New Adult book lovers will enjoy. I’m really looking forward to the second book in this series!

About the Author

Teresa Mummert

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!

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Follower of Jesus, loving wife, homeschooling mom, blogger, author, gamer, and a lover of the culinary arts. Toni lives in Michigan with her husband and four children. If she's not writing or curled up with a book, you'll most likely find her playing with her kids, baking cupcakes, or killing zombies.
  • ooh I want my characters fleshed out and awkward or abrupt endings are hard, but wow this is still a four so that tells me that despite theses issues you enjoyed this one! Great review!

  • Elizabeth Parker

    I just got approved for this on NetGalley 🙂 thanks for bringing it to my attention!
    And will the sequel focus on the same characters?

    And I agree with you – hate abrupt endings. :-/

    • Based on the name of the second book, yes, it will focus on the same characters. I hope you love this!

      • Elizabeth Parker

        Cool. I hope I do too! 🙂
        I see it’s not out until July though so it will go in the e-pile for a bit, lol.

        • It’s funny that you commented on this and mentioned the second book, by the way. It’s my “waiting on” post for tomorrow! LOL

          • Elizabeth Parker

            I’m not sure how you read so much … do you publish 1 review or post per day? I read a lot but not as much as you, lol … I also have 2 blogs though. 🙂

          • I don’t write a review every day, but I do post at least once a day. I usually read 3 to 4 books a week. If you want to meet someone that reads WAY FASTER than I do… check the comment below from Kimbacaffeinate. She reads a TON of books, probably a book a day or more! I have no idea how she does it.

          • Elizabeth Parker

            I would get book whiplash if I did that. lol. If a book really interests me and I have some time (I also work FT), then I can read it in 2-3 days. Otherwise it’s maybe 4-7.

          • It usually takes me two days to read a book. I don’t work outside the home, but I do have three kids up my arse. LOL. I don’t think it would be possible for me to read a book in one day on a regular basis — I have done it, but I usually end up staying up all night to do it. I can’t read faster than I do because I won’t comprehend it! hahaha.

          • Elizabeth Parker

            I can comprehend it but I get “book hangovers” especially if I liked the previous book better than the one I start the next day, lol. I had that with The Sea of Tranquility recently – have you read that? Fantastic book. (where you’re still thinking about the characters for day afterwards)

          • I have The Sea of Tranquility, but haven’t had a chance to read it yet. I am hoping to squeak it in in the very near future, though. I totally understand the book hangover concept. There’s been many times that I planned to finish a book and then start a new one the same day and just couldn’t do it.

          • Okay you need to do more than squeak it in. LOL. It’s awesome. Here was my review:

            I had it from NetGalley since NOVEMBER of last year and then this blogger I follow started raving about it.

          • Elizabeth Parker

            @MyBookAddiction:disqus I FINALLY read this this week! 🙂 Loved it. I got the 2nd one as an ARC so I figured I should go back and read the other one first, lol.

          • I’m so glad you loved it too!

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