Beautiful by Amy Reed
Available At: Air Academy, Rampart
Categories: Drug Abuse, Sexual, Violence
Description: A thirteen-year-old girl becomes addicted to drugs and alcohol while trying to fit in at her new school.
YA Label?: No
Notes: Contains asexual activities; sexual nudity; drug abuse by minors; alcohol use by minors; excessive/frequent profanity; and self-harm including anorexia
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Page 5: “’So, are you straight?’ he says. ‘I mean, do you do drugs and stuff?’ ‘Yeah, um, I guess so.’ I haven’t. I will. Yes. I will do anything he wants.”
Page 18: “In the shadows Alex says, ‘Where’s the acid?’ I hold my hand out with two little cellophane packets.”
Page 82: “He knows what it feels like to be on top of me, that I don’t move, but I am small and thin and pliable, that my breasts are the perfect size for his hand…It makes me have to come back down, feel his weight on top of me, feel him hard inside me, punching my insides.”
Page 87: “I don’t care if he thinks I wasn’t a virgin. I don’t care if he thinks I’m a slut, if he thinks I’ve fucked a million boys before.”
Page 123: ”I am high on cocaine and sitting next to a six-foot-tall black man who just got out of prison and has a gun in his lap.”