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Dear Cassie – Lisa Burstein

January 11, 2013

Dear Cassie coverDear Cassie is Lisa Burstein’s follow up to Pretty Amy. Dear Cassie follows Cassie’s story after the girls are arrested for possession and intent to sell after being stood up at the prom.

Cassie has been sent to Turning Pines Wilderness Camp as punishment for her transgressions, which just may go deeper than the arrest.  Real, raw, hurt, vulnerable. These things come across loud and clear. This is a story about a girl who desperately wants to be loved and wanted and never has.

There’s an interesting cast of characters at Turning Pines. There’s Nez, the compulsive liar, Troyer, the girl who won’t talk, and then there’s Ben. Ben with a good heart who accepts Cassie for who she is and wants nothing more than to help her.

But, of course, Cassie wants nothing to do with Ben after what she went through before Turning Pines. Before that thing happened that sent her to Turning Pines in the first place.

I would highly recommend this book to all teenage girls. And to us older girls, who are still teenagers at heart. I so wish there had been books like this when I was that age and so desperately needed to know I wasn’t alone in the way I felt.

Thank you, Lisa, for writing a compelling story that has the potential to touch, and change, lives.

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