Thursday, March 27, 2014

Review for Beautiful Failure by Mariah Cole!!!

Title: Beautiful Failure
Author: Mariah Cole
Genre: New Adult
Publication Date:December 17, 2013 

If you're looking for a heartwarming story about a girl who falls deeply in love with a troubled boy who changes her life--a sob story with pretty metaphors and a million ways that'll tell you how "broken" she is, STOP. Don't read another word of this.

I'm not that type of girl.

My name is Emerald Anderson and I'm not going to bullshit you: I flunked out of college after my sophomore year, I've been fired from every job I've ever taken, and I've never had a fully functioning relationship in my life.

I wish I could say that I had a cheerleader in my corner, someone who says, "No, Emerald--You're great and you are good at something!" but I don't. My grandparents are completely oblivious to my life, and my mother's dying words to me were "You're going to end up just like me one day. A beautiful nothing."

She was right.

As I decide to start my life over and take two jobs that will forever change me--one from the inside, and one from the outside, I keep my mother's words close to my heart so I can keep the sexy and mysterious Carter Black away.

He's the first man who's ever pursued me, the first man who seems bent on finding out why I am the way I am, but he's wasting his time.

I'm not broken. I don't need to be fixed. I'm perfectly fine being a beautiful failure...

There is nothing more I love then when a book surprises me.  I almost stopped reading the book a few times, because of Emerald.  I didn't like her attitude. 

The thing about Em though... it's not her fault that she is the way she is.  She's an alcoholic, and she's in denial about it for a long time.  Mostly because her mother was the one who gave her her first drink.  Her mother wasn't a bad person, she was just one of the women who really shouldn't have been a mother from the very beginning.  The reason?  Her mother was a full-time escort, and Em was used to having the same johns come in and out of the house. 

When Em comes home to her mother dead at her own hands, she's beside herself with grief.  Utterly alone for the first time in her life, she turns to the one thing that has always been there.  Alcohol.

Going to live with her grandparents in Alabama, she's floundering.  Going from job to job, Em is struggling to find a safe place to land.  She doesn't trust anyone, not even her grandparents, but she has no choice but stay where she is.  She tried to go to college, and would have succeeded, if it hadn't been for one cruel act by a jealous friend.  During college, she found an outlet of painting.  It was the one thing she enjoyed doing after the humiliating betrayal of someone she trusted.

The one thing she wants to do is write.  Even with all the rejection letters, she's determined to have her dream alive. 

When she meets Carter Black while working at Starbucks, she's intrigued, but isn't interested.  She has bigger problems to deal with, and a man is too much of a complication.  Soon she finds herself fired again, but her friend Sarah gives her hint of a job opportunity she can't pass up.  It's not one she was looking for, but money is what she needs badly. 

Carter starts to show up in places she's not expecting, and she's attracted to him.  She's confused when she wants to take things slow with her.  She's always been with the wrong kind of guy, and Carter is different. 

I really loved this story!!  I loved watching her come to terms with how her mother raised her, and that drinking at the age of fourteen is not typical.  Carter proves to her that not all guys only want her for one reason, and actually like to be with her for more then one thing. She has friends, which is new for her, and she stops drinking.  It's forced, but she knows it has to be done.  For her to live her life, the drinking has to stop.

Starbucks Addict. New Adult author. Dreamer.

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