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Peek Inside Dear Cassie

You’d think getting sent to a rehabilitation camp after being arrested on prom night would be the worst thing that happened to Cassie Wick. You’d be wrong. Over the course of 30 days, Cassie’s whole world will change

Dear Cassie

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What if the last place you should fall in love is the first place that you do?

You'd think getting sent to Turning Pines Wilderness Camp for a month-long rehabilitation "retreat" and being forced to re-live it in this journal would be the worst thing that's ever happened to me.You'd be wrong.There's the reason I was sent to Turning Pines in the first place: I got arrested. On prom night. With my two best friends, who I haven't talked to since and probably never will again.

And then there's the real reason I was sent here. The thing I can't talk about with the guy I can't even think about.What if the moment you've closed yourself off is the moment you start to break open? But there's this guy here. Ben. And the more I swear he won't—he can't—the deeper under my skin he's getting.

After the thing that happened, I promised I'd never fall for another boy's lies.

And yet I can't help but wonder…what if?



"Disturbing and Beautiful...Get ready to be more than entertained. Get ready to be changed."- Katie Kacvinsky, Author of First Comes Love

"Raw, uncompromising...Draws the reader in with taut storytelling and complex, original characters." - Holly Goldberg Sloan, Author of I'll Be There

"For Fans of Katie McGarry or Katie Kacvinsky Dear Cassie will resonate with readers from beginning to end."- MTG Reviews

"Full of snark, angst and brilliant writing! Dear Cassie is captivating."- The Bumble Girl

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781620612552
Release Date: Mar 5, 2013
Page Count: 320
Imprint: teen
Genre: contemporary, young adult
Tropes: coming of age/family/social issues, enemies to lovers

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By Laurynne March 05, 2013

I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I had the luck of getting to review The Next Forever a while back and that was when I discovered the amazing way Lisa Burstein is able to hook you and stuck you right into her books.
I praised The Next Forever and I was certain ...more

By Gaby January 28, 2013

Not at all what I first expect from this and I was pleasantly surprised, a very moving book.

Cassie is the one that narrates her story. It all begins with her at the airport waiting for the people who is supposed to take her to the rehabilitation that was dictated by the court due to her arrest on pr ...more

By Bailee March 18, 2013

Dear authors who seem determined to make me cry,
I should boycott your books and refuse to buy them because they make me vulnerable. I should refuse to give them good ratings and reviews because they frighten me sometimes with how real they are. But in the end, that just seems impossible to me. It's ...more

By Kate March 20, 2013

Dear Cassie is a companion novel to Lisa Burstein’s debut, Pretty Amy however you don’t need to have read Amy’s story in order to enjoy Dear Cassie.

Cassie Wick is struggling to deal with the fallout from the Prom Night disaster. Faced with jail time or a month-long stint at a rehabilitation camp for ...more

By Krazybooklady February 05, 2013

We first met Cassie in Pretty Amy as part of the trio of friends that broke into a guy's house after they were stood up for prom night, stole his pot, and managed to get themselves arrested with it. Cassie was the "tough guy" of the group, never showing emotion and never really letting anyone in. In ...more

By Lisa March 17, 2013

Dear Cassie is the first book I've read by Lisa Burstein and won't be the last. I did not read Pretty Amy (the first book in the series), and it didn't hinder my enjoyment or understanding of this story in the least.

Dear Cassie is told from Cassie's pov. She's tough, gritty, and in your face, and I ...more

By Jenna March 29, 2013

Full Review at Making the Grade.

Excellent for fans of First Comes Love by Katie Kacvinsky or Pushing the Limits and Dare You To by Katie McGarry, DEAR CASSIE is a contemporary tale that will resonate with many readers from beginning to end. Although reading the companion novel, PRETTY AMY, is no ...more

By Joli March 19, 2013

originally posted at

Dear Cassie, the companion novel to Pretty Amy, is so much more than I ever imagined it would be. The Cassie in this book is completely different from the character in Pretty Amy because we get to hear her voice, know her thoughts and not ...more

By Tara February 10, 2013

I have a free copy of this for the express purpose of review, but I enjoyed it so much that not only is it a definite “MUST READ” for me, I’ll be purchasing a copy so that Lisa will write many, many more.

The Good:

Needless to say, the story is gripping. It’s told entirely from Cassie’s point of view ...more

By Rachel March 18, 2013

I have read all three books in this series, and I loved them all.

Dear Cassie tells the story of what happens to Cassie when she is sent to "wilderness rehab" after that fateful prom night when Cassie's life is changed forever. We got to see Amy's perspective in the first book of the series, "Pretty ...more

By Sara March 05, 2013

I was given this review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

After being arrested on prom night (which you can read about in Pretty Amy, another awesome book by Lisa Burstein) Cassie is sent to Turning Pines wilderness camp. Here she rooms with two other girls who have just as ma ...more

By Trixiter December 12, 2017

What an awesome follow up to Dear Amy! Truly a MUST read! This story exposes you to Cassie's troubles and triumphs following the events that happened in Pretty Amy!

This series is real-world written YA on what many teen girls go through every day. The rejection of their peers, family, and boys.

Again ...more

By Lindy March 25, 2013

Dear Cassie, by Lisa Burstein, was a great coming of age story. I enjoyed that it was written partially in journal format, as she writes in her, "assessment diary," and I felt like I was able to read Cassie's most intimate thoughts, feelings, and experiences. The main character, Cassie, has been sen ...more

By Fab Fun & Tantalizing Reads April 04, 2013

I did not want to put this down once I started it. Needing to know each of their secrets. Fast forward 24 hours and here I am thinking it all through & siphoning through a bunch of questions floating in my mind about Cassie and the 30 day misfits wondering what their futures will hold...

Little ro

By Gabriella March 19, 2013

I'd like to thank Netgalley and Entangled Publishing for the opportunity to read this story.

"The forgiveness will come."

“You get in the middle, Cassie,” Leisner said. “Let the guns run the stern.” He made a muscle.
“Your guns look like they’re out of ammo.” I laughed.
There was no way I was letting

By Cindy April 11, 2013

Dear Cassie is one of those books that just squeezes at your heart. Makes you wish parents would be parents. Cassie has gotten herself into a little bit of trouble which lands her at Turning Pines camp which is for teens that are in trouble. (Her parents needed a camp, called pull her head out and p ...more

By Heather March 07, 2013

Check out all my reviews at The Flyleaf Review

When I requested an e-ARC of Dear Cassie a couple of months ago, I knew that it was by the same author of last year's Pretty Amy, which I actually have not read. But I didn't know it was a companion novel, a novel featuring the same characters as Pretty ...more

By Diayll April 09, 2013

Originally Reviewed At: Mother/Gamer/Writer
Rating: 5 Controllers - Diayll; 4.5 Controllers - Heather
Review Source: NetGalley
Reviewers: Joint Review: Heather and Diayll


Dear Cassie….you made me cry – uncontrollably. When I first started reading you I fell madly in love with your grace and stubble h ...more

By Katya February 23, 2013

Back in September, I reviewed “Pretty Amy” - a book about a teen busted for possession and everything that follows her arrest. It was a pretty powerful story in that it made me sympathise not only with the main character, but nearly every one else. Honestly, if you’re looking to write a complicated ...more

By Richa March 19, 2013

Originally posted at City of Books

I admit I haven't read Pretty Amy yet, but I immensely enjoyed Dear Cassie regardless. This book is a companion to Pretty Amy, but it works great as a standalone. I was immediately sucked into Cassie's crazy life, and it was an awesome experience! I definitely have ...more

By Jodie April 04, 2013

I did not want to put this down once I started it. Needing to know each of their secrets. Fast forward 24 hours and here I am thinking it all through & siphoning through a bunch of questions floating in my mind about Cassie and the 30 day misfits wondering what their futures will hold...

Little ro

By Margie March 03, 2017

Lisa Burstein has done it again - DEAR CASSIE is full of raw emotion and unique characters. Cassie's story picks up after the 'prom arrest' in PRETTY AMY...

Cassie is tough, snarky and seems completely sure of herself. It seemed like nothing could shake this girl. Nothing. And then her and her frien ...more

By Amy February 14, 2013

I loved Lisa Burstein's first book, Pretty Amy and have been eagerly awaiting Cassie's story. It was everything I expected and more. I knew she was a broken person, more broken than Amy, but I didn't expect to embrace her as much as I did. I saw more of myself in Cassie, then I did in Amy so I think ...more

By Kristen March 27, 2013

GENRE: YA Contemporary
THEME: Romance, Drama

After hearing a lot of good things about Pretty Amy, I was excited to read another chapter in Lisa Burstein series about three girls whose lives change after prom night. Dear Cassie is the sec ...more

By Stephanie March 25, 2013

'Dear Cassie' is a raw and emotional novel about Cassie Wick, whose life has basically sucked for as long as she can remember - and only gets worse after prom. She's arrested for crimes she and her two best friends committed the night of prom. Only the one behind everything that happened that night ...more

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Lisa Burstein

About the author

Lisa Burstein

Lisa Burstein is a tea seller by day and a writer by night. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers at Eastern Washington University. She is the author of Pretty Amy, The Next Forever, Dear Cassie and Sneaking Candy.She lives in Portland, Oregon with her very patient husband, a neurotic dog and two cats.

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