Book Review: Broken Beauty (Broken Beauty Novellas #1) by Chloe Adams

Sometimes bad things happen to beautiful people.

When socialite party girl Mia Abbott-Renou wakes up in a garden she has little recall of the previous night -- except that she is naked...hurt...terrified. Not only has she been raped, but she knows one of her assailants: the son of a wealthy politician who happens to be her own father’s political ally.

Mia wants and needs justice. Except this privileged boy has an alibi and her father forbids her from going to the police. It’s a critical election year, one that his party might lose if his image as a doting father is soured due to Mia being labeled a lush or worse, promiscuous.

Devastated at not having the support of her family, Mia finds herself in a tug-of-war with her conscience over what to do, especially since she can’t remember exactly what happened that night. Worse, the men who attacked her have hurt several other girls, and Mia may be the key to stopping them.

Mia tries to forget, until the unthinkable happens, and she’s left reeling once again, faced with a new challenge that will force her to take more control of her life.

Release Date: September 22, 2013
Age Group: New Adult
Source: NetGalley

I was completely captivated by Broken Beauty.  I am not usually a fan of novellas, but I really like the concept of breaking the story up between four novellas, to be released every few months.  

I felt so much empathy for Mia.  I liked her right away, and was so sad for everything she was going through after being attacked.  Mia is quite naive and very sheltered.  Her father is a prominent politician and she has very little family support.  No one is really there for her after her attack and the only person she can confide in is her best friend.  

Broken Beauty is focused on the effects of rape on the victim and the people in her life. It is a heavy subject to read about, but it's an important thing to read about since these things do happen in real life, despite the fact that they are often not spoken of.  I did not feel that Broken Beauty was too graphic, despite the subject matter.  If you're on the fence about your teen reading this one, I would read it first (it's a fast read and it would be great to discuss it with the teen in your life).  

Broken Beauty is not an easy book to read, but it's a really good and powerful book.  The story ended with a surprise, and Adams left me wanting more.  I think there's going to be a promising amount of personal growth throughout this series.  I can't wait to read the next installment!  

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