Description from Goodreads:
Allie lost everything the night her boyfriend, Trip, died in a horrible car accident—including her memory of the event. As their small town mourns his death, Allie is afraid to remember because doing so means delving into what she’s kept hidden for so long: the horrible reality of their abusive relationship.
When the police reopen the investigation, it casts suspicion on Allie and her best friend, Blake, especially as their budding romance raises eyebrows around town. Allie knows she must tell the truth. Can she reach deep enough to remember that night so she can finally break free? Debut writer Jennifer Shaw Wolf takes readers on an emotional ride through the murky waters of love, shame, and, ultimately, forgiveness.
After receiving a Kindle for my birthday, I immediately downloaded quite a few books that I knew I couldn't buy in the UK (English publishers suck). Breaking Beautiful was one of them. It immediately caught my eye on the book blogs and Goodreads, and I couldn't wait for it to come out so I could read it.
Allie was a really great character. She actually felt like a person, and her voice spoke to me. I think I read about twenty chapters in one day, I was that desperate to finish it and find out what happened in the end. The murder mystery really reeled me in, and the ending wasn't what I expected at all. I had all these ideas and clues about what happened and who did it, and then it turned out it didn't happen like that.
Jennifer Shaw Wolf really created some wonderful characters in her debut. Allie and Blake had a fab relationship, and it really moved me to see their feelings change and their personalities grow. Allie's brother Andrew was also fantastic, and my heart ached for him when Allie described what their lives could have been like. Caitlyn, James, Angie, Allie's parents, and Trip's parents were all good secondary characters with different characterisations, but I really hated Trip and everything that he put Allie through.
In conclusion, an amazing debut from a talented new author which kept me on the edge of my seat, and churned my emotions like a whirlpool! I can't wait for Jennifer Shaw Wolf's next novel, Shards of Glass!