Thursday, 6 June 2013

Review: Dear Cassie

Dear Cassie (Pretty Amy #2)
Title: Dear Cassie (Pretty Amy #2)
Author: Lisa Burstein
My Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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What if the last place you should fall in love is the first place that you do?

You’d think getting sent to Turning Pines Wilderness Camp for a month-long rehabilitation “retreat” and being forced to re-live it in this journal would be the worst thing that’s ever happened to me.

You’d be wrong.

There’s the reason I was sent to Turning Pines in the first place: I got arrested. On prom night. With my two best friends, who I haven’t talked to since and probably never will again. And then there’s the real reason I was sent here. The thing I can’t talk about with the guy I can’t even think about.

What if the moment you’ve closed yourself off is the moment you start to break open?

But there’s this guy here. Ben. And the more I swear he won’t—he can’t—the deeper under my skin he’s getting. After the thing that happened, I promised I’d never fall for another boy’s lies.

And yet I can’t help but wonder…what if?

*This is a companion novel to Pretty Amy but can also be read as stand-alone.*


“I knew that I had to forgive myself. This was how to start. There was no better way than to do the one thing in this world that had the potential to make me happy.”

If 2 stars means it was okay and 3 means I liked it, I guess 2.5 means I kinda liked it but not really

Dear Cassie was supposed to be poignant novel that would leave readers this certain feeling. It probably is, but unfortunately I had a hard time connecting with it. 

Here we get to meet Cassie which is full of angst and seems to be angry with the whole world except her brother. She’s a broken character who is battling with guilt and grief on her own. She’s selfish and mean and sarcastic and hates herself the most. In my reading history, I’m supposed to be able to relate or embrace Cassie but I didn’t. Or maybe not fully. 

What I really don’t understand was how the camp helped these delinquent teens with whatever issues they have. Maybe I’m too ignorant about this stuff but how did the activities helped them in any way? From I can see it only made Cassie interact to other teens possible because of the close living quarters as well as the competition between the boys and girls. If she wasn’t in the camp, I know she’ll never exert an effort to get to know those around her. 

Then here comes Ben. He’s the guy Cassie wants to avoid and the guy who gets under her skin. He keeps on provoking her into saying something to him and he seems to really want to get to know her. He talks like an old soul who saw a lot in this world and he’s pretty much easy to befriend. Well, except that Cassie wants nothing to do with him… at first. He’s actually a good guy, who happens to be in a delinquent camp, but all will be explained when Cassie read his journal. (I know what you’re thinking. Bad Cassie!) 

Of course the romance was present, but I’m glad that it was not the focus of Cassie’s stay in Turning Pines. I was actually expecting her to find a guy and have a whirlwind romance that will be testing when her secret comes out. Why? Because it usually happens. What I wish was there was an explanation or something why Ben is eager to crack Cassie’s protective shield around herself. He’s been brushed off a lot of times already but what made him pursue her? 

This book is not about young romance between two delinquent teens who fixed their broken selves after they found each other. This is about Cassie and her struggles to accept and forgive herself on what happened in the past—a healing process.

This copy was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.