When Cassie moves from the tiny town where she has always lived to a suburb of Seattle, she is determined to leave her boring, good-girl existence behind. This is Cassie's chance to stop being invisible and become the kind of girl who's worth noticing.
Stepping into her new identity turns out to be easier than Cassie could have ever imagined...one moment, one choice, changes everything.
Cassie's new existence both thrills and terrifies her. Swept into a world of illicit parties and social landmines, she sheds her virginity, embraces the numbness she feels from the drugs, and floats through it all, knowing that she is now called beautiful. She ignores the dangers of her fast-paced life...but she can't sidestep the secrets and the cruelty.
Cassie is trapped in a swift downward spiral tinged with violence and abuse, and no one -- not even the one person she thought she could trust -- can help her now.
Amy Reed's debut novel Beautiful has been described as "a roadmap to a dark but realistic underworld of young unsupervised teens drifting from one unsavory experience to another" by Kirkus Reviews, and "a latter-day Go Ask Alice...raw, gritty, and powerful, an intense ice-pick jab to the heart" by R.A. Nelson, author of Teach Me.