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Dear Cassie - Lisa Burstein *I received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher for possible review*Dear Cassie is a companion book to Pretty Amy, but you don't need to have read it to enjoy Dear Cassie. The books explore the aftermath of a prom night fiasco, in which three friends, Amy, Cassie and Lila, were stood up by their dates, then arrested for possession of marijuana. In the aftermath of this event, all the girls will have to come to terms with the various personal issues and insecurities that got them to that point. There was a major plot development in Pretty Amy concerning Cassie that I wasn't sure I remembered correctly, but having my memory be a little hazy actually made this book that much more suspenseful.Dear Cassie begins as Cassie's at an airport, waiting to be picked up. A cute ("cutest guy in a boy band cute") guy tries to talk to her and she shoots him down. Of course, they're both headed to the Turning Pines Wilderness Camp, a.k.a. rehab in the woods. Cassie is dumped in a ramshackle cabin with two other girls, Nez, who talks too much, and Troyer, who doesn't talk at all. The girls are forced to do manual labor day after day and write in their journals. They're encouraged to come to terms with the things that led them to Turning Pines. Nez just wants to sneak out to the boys' cabins, and Troyer wants to give everyone the silent treatment. Cassie doesn't come to terms with anything. She doesn't want to think about Aaron -- the guy who ditched her at prom -- or about what happened between the two of them after that. She uses her sharp tongue and her tough attitude to push everyone away, over and over. Even Ben. But he's pretty persistent. And seems pretty nice. Everyone at Turning Pines has secrets. Secrets that will eventually come out.Like Pretty Amy, Dear Cassie also has some hilariously funny moments. And some very poignant moments. Dear Cassie is a book that will appeal to fans of realistic fiction, to New Adult fans, and to readers who like a lot of emotion in their books.Read the full review on my blog, YA Romantics