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Dear Cassie

Dear Cassie - Lisa Burstein I was given this review copy from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.I really enjoyed reading Dear Cassie. There is not a book I have read lately where I could relate to the main character as much as I did Cassie. She is snarky, crass, stubborn and has been through some tough stuff.Cassie is sent to Turning Pines wilderness camp after she is arrested on prom night with her friends. She knows there is really another reason other than her arrest that she was sent there. However, she refuses to talk about it with anyone. I couldn't put this book down I wanted to know so bad what Cassie was beating herself up about, literally beating herself up. When I finally found out what it was I saw that I could relate so much more to her than I thought. Although I chose a different path than she did.At camp Cassie meets Nez and Troyer who are both just as messed up as she is. Nez is a compulsive liar and Troyer doesn't speak. She also meets Ben who just wants to get to know Cassie and accepts her flaws and all. But after all that Cassie has been through she just can't seem to open up to him or anyone else.Cassie is so vulnerable and raw in this book. It really makes you think about mistakes you yourself have made and kept inside. Cassie was also very easy to like with her no nonsense attitude. She was even more likable in those moments where she was so exposed and vulnerable.I would actually like to read another book about Cassie. See what happens to her and where her life goes after the end of this book. I would highly recommend this book if you like young adult contemporary. What's not to like about a snarky and hilarious female lead character?QuotesBut there was also the stuff that I couldn't let myself feel. The heat that filled my skin when Ben got close, the shiver in my chest when he spoke to me, the way his touch made everything else vanish.What I want to remember, what I need to remember, is that no matter what I do, I will never be the same.As long as I lived I would have this secret and there would be people who would be able to use it against me because of the power I gave it. Because of the power it had over me.