Beautiful Failure by Mariah Cole

If you’re looking for a heartwarming story about a girl who falls deeply in love with a troubled boy who changes her life–a sob story with pretty metaphors and a million ways that’ll tell you how “broken” she is, STOP. Don’t read another word of this.I’m not that type of girl.

My name is Emerald Anderson and I’m not going to bullshit you: I flunked out of college after my sophomore year, I’ve been fired from every job I’ve ever taken, and I’ve never had a fully functioning relationship in my life.

I wish I could say that I had a cheerleader in my corner, someone who says, “No, Emerald–You’re great and you are good at something!” but I don’t. My grandparents are completely oblivious to my life, and my mother’s dying words to me were “You’re going to end up just like me one day. A beautiful nothing.”

She was right.

As I decide to start my life over and take two jobs that will forever change me–one from the inside, and one from the outside, I keep my mother’s words close to my heart so I can keep the sexy and mysterious Carter Black away.He’s the first man who’s ever pursued me, the first man who seems bent on finding out why I am the way I am, but he’s wasting his time.

I’m not broken. I don’t need to be fixed. I’m perfectly fine being a beautiful failure…
When I first picked up this book I thought it was going to be a Sweet New Adult book… Boy, I was BLOWN away. I absolutely fell in love with Emerald and her troubles. Well, that sounds wrong. She’s so real and raw and she’s had a shit life with a mom who wasn’t a very good mother only to leave her alone in this hard world to live with people she doesn’t know (her grandparents).
Thankfully her grandparents were there for her through all the lessons she needed to learn and help guide her till she started to figure out how to do things and get her life in line.
Then there is Carter… Mr. Black, you sexy thing you… He is just as sarcastic and doesn’t let Emerald push him away no matter how much she tries.. Heck, he doesn’t even let her pull him close when she wants to. He doesn’t let her crash and burn their relationship. He’s determined to be her friend and be there for her when she needs someone.
Such a good, sexy story about a girl who isn’t broken but a beautiful failure. And although it isn’t quite what I’d call a cliffhanger, I can NOT wait for the second book so we know how more of Emerald and Carter’s story goes!