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Bitter End Hardcover – May 10, 2011
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* "Brown demonstrates an expert ability to handle difficult subject matter....entirely authentic. The book's power--and its value--comes from the honest portrayal of characters who simply can't figure out how to bring an ugly, evident truth to light."―Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "Brown's writing flows smoothly and naturally...will linger on readers' minds long after the story is completed."
―VOYA, starred review
"Brown tackles another taboo but much-discussed topic with authority and authenticity....readers will be enthralled."―Kirkus
"Brown creates multifaceted characters as well as realistic, insightful descriptions of Alex's emotions....A tough but important addition to the YA romance shelves."―Booklist
About the Author
Jennifer Brown writes and lives in the Kansas City, Missouri area with her family. She is the author of Hate List, Torn Away, Thousand Words, Perfect Escape, and Bitter End.
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So I have major issues with Alex's character. Like I feel that she has absolutely no backbone! She lets him hit her, once. Twice. A few times. Without even breaking up with him! She's like a pushover. But otherwise, it's an amazing book. In fact, all of Jennifer Brown's books are. I bought the Hate List. That is an even better book than this one. If you enjoyed this book, than I definitely recommend that one! I'm on a buying rampage to read all her books, because they deliver such powerful messages and lessons to teens and adults alike. This book is a must read and I highly recommend it.
Alex is a very lonely girl. Even though she has a father, a sister and two best friends she feels alone in the world. That's why when this seemingly perfect, romantic boy makes her the center of his universe she falls head over heels. As Alex and Cole get closer she starts having less and less time for her best friends. Then things start getting tense between them, and Cole starts showing his true colors.
The progression from euphoric love to terrifying violence in this book was flawlessly done. I have never been in a violet relationship so I'm not speaking from any kind of experience, but I think the way things played out was completely believable and realistic. Jennifer Brown did a great job of making you hate Cole, but also making you understand why Alex stayed with him.
Alex was a good main character. She was somewhat naive, but probably no more than any other girl her age. She was a very sympathetic character. Her best friends on the other hand drove me insane. They were very, very immature. They were supposed to be 17 or so, but acted like they were 11 or 12. They were always picking on each other, and tickling each other. That just didn't seem like realistic actions for people their age. Cole was very fleshed out. He was so well done that you wanted to believe that he had changed just like Alex did.
Overall, this was a great story about a very hard subject. Jennifer Brown did a fantastic job telling it.
Alex starts as a self confident girl looking for her lost dead mother, and she has never been loved and thus it means so much more when she meets Cole. Cole is the type of guy who is always there for you, always waiting in the background to save you, or is it to catch you doing something wrong?
Under such scrutiny how can Alex not attract Cole's anger? Especially when she has a cute guy best friend.
I wanted to check out my competition. I was shocked to discover such a small set of competitors. For instance, there are only 66 books in the teen fiction section with a tag of "Abuse" and that includes drug abuse as well, and only three returned for "Dating Violence". This is a shocking number. No wonder so many girls fall into the trap of abuse. We simply are not preparing them.
At the end of MY book, I am going to have a recommended reading section. "Bitter End" is definately going to be on that list. It is accurate, AND well written. Yes, it may cause some of the audience a little bit of discomfort to read it, but if it keeps a girl from entering into an abusive relationship in the first place, I'd choose for her to have a moment's discomfort any day.
I should note: I have no afiliation with and have never met this author. Since I would recommend my competition ("Bitter End"), then that's saying something about it.