Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Bitter End- Jennifer Brown
Title: Bitter End
Author: Jennifer Brown
Source: Bought new
When Alex falls for the charming new boy at school, Cole -- a handsome, funny, sports star who adores her -- she can't believe she's finally found her soul mate . . . someone who truly loves and understands her.
At first, Alex is blissfully happy. Sure, Cole seems a little jealous of her relationship with her close friend Zack, but what guy would want his girlfriend spending all her time with another boy? As the months pass, though, Alex can no longer ignore Cole's small put-downs, pinches, or increasingly violent threats.
As Alex struggles to come to terms with the sweet boyfriend she fell in love with and the boyfriend whose "love" she no longer recognizes, she is forced to choose -- between her "true love" and herself.
Jennifer Brown has written another amazing book. The first book I read from her was Hate List which I managed to read in two sittings. I finished this book in an afternoon. It does take a little time to get into but once you get into it there is no way to put it down.
Alex is struggling to come to terms with her mothers death. She died when Alex was really young and she does not remember anything about her. Her father will not say much about her and her two sisters do not seem to understand why Alex obsesses about her mothers death. Alex's two best friends, Zach and Bethany have been planning a trip to Colorado with Alex since they were kids, Alex wants to get some closure. Cole moves to town and starts going to there high school and shows an interest in Alex. Soon they start dating and Alex is happy she has found someone who will not leave her but then Cole starts acting crazy and separates her from her to best friends and she has to decide between her friends and her relationship with Cole.
This portrays an abusive relationship and how hard it is to get out of it. I felt for Alex but I still in the back of my mind though there was more she could do for herself. She seemed to acknowledge what was happening but she had a hard time making herself realize that even if she did everything right Cole would still lose his temper and take it out on her.
Alex's best friends were awesome. They are the people you always want on your side, Bethany is super sweet while Zach is more outgoing and always makes them laugh. They do everything they can to help Alex. I loved this story, I did get frustrated with Alex, with how she treated her friends and family. I felt like she placed a lot of the blame on them instead of blaming Cole like she should have been.
This book is amazing, I want to read it over and over again. I cannot wait to read another book by Jennifer Brown.