Win a copy of Breaking Beautiful! Details at the end of this post.

Chapter 1

The clock says 6:45, even though it’s really 6:25. If everything was normal, the alarm would ring in five minutes. I’d hit the snooze button, wrap grandma’s quilt around me, and go back to sleep until Mom came in and forced me to get up. I used to stay in bed until the last possible minute and then dash around getting ready for school—looking for my shoes or a clean t-shirt, and finally running out the door to the sound of my boyfriend, Trip, laying on the horn of his black, 1967, Chevy pick-up.

Nothing is normal, and no one makes me go to school.

Mom comes in and stands at the door to see if I’m awake.

I’m always awake.

“You think you can handle school today, Allie?” She’s quiet, so if I am asleep I can stay asleep. I shake my head without rolling over. She hovers for a minute or two, so I can see her concern before she leaves to get ready for her orderly world.

Copyright © 2012 Jennifer Shaw Wolf

About the book:

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.

What people are saying:

“Teens will be consumed by the mystery, and romantics will hope that Allie and Blake can make it even though it seems that the town is against them.”—School Library Journal

“A mystery, a tragedy, a love story—Jennifer Shaw Wolf draws you in and keeps you guessing until the very last page.”—Holly Cupala, author of Tell Me a Secret and Don’t Breathe a Word

“A gripping journey from despair to hope.”—Angela Morrison, author of Sing Me to Sleep

“A fast-paced, heart-pounding mystery. I can’t wait to see what this debut novelist does next.” —Kirby Larson, Newbery Award Winning author of Hattie Big Sky

Released: April 24, 2012

About the author:

Jennifer Shaw Wolf grew up on a farm in the tiny town of St. Anthony, Idaho. She spent cold Idaho mornings milking cows in the dark and attended a school where Hunter’s Education was part of the sixth grade curriculum. She’s always been a writer, whether it was sewing together books to read to her little brothers or starting an underground newspaper in sixth grade. She met the love of her life at Ricks College, (now BYU Idaho), after he dropped her on her head. She graduated from Ricks and then Brigham Young University, Provo with a degree in Broadcast Communications. Now she lives in beautiful, green, (rainy) Lacey, Washington with her husband and four kids. She loves to produce videos, ski, ride horses, and read, but really all she has time for is chasing kids and writing. Visit her at


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