Bitter End

Paperback | May 15, 2012

byJennifer Brown

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He told me he loved me and I believed him.
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, and 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.

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He told me he loved me and I believed him.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 relation...

Jennifer Brownwrites and lives in the Kansas City, Missouri, area with her husband and three children. Her debut novel,Hate List, received three starred reviews and was selected as an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, aVOYAPerfect Ten, and aSchool Library JournalBest Book of the Year.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:May 15, 2012Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316086967

ISBN - 13:9780316086967

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Great Depiction Of An Abusive Relationship It is hard to read books that have such serious subject matter in them but this book is a reality for many teenage girls out there who do not know how to talk anyone about the abuse they go through with their significant other. This was an amazing book and depicted the feelings of a teenage girl very well through the character of Alex
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tough Subject, Touching Story. Books like this have hardcore hard subjects that the characters deal with. Books like this aren't just regular teen contemporary novels, they're something more and bigger. Books like this will stay with you forever, and it's one of those books that will remind you of real life situations. Watch yourself looking back at this book when you hear something on the news that is so sad and sudden like the situation in the book. It can be you, your friend, or someone you pass by at school or work everyday. You never know anyone's story unless you are them. Books that deal with abuse hit me hard the most. I usually don't tear up, but I get that heart-clenching feeling in my chest that makes me want to scream. It's the type of book that intimidates you, that stares at you, forcing to put yourself in the protagonist's situation. This book was probably the most touching story that Jennifer Brown has written, excluding Thousand Words, which I haven't read yet. (But that's next) I really enjoyed it, despite my few negative thoughts about it. But first, let me tell you the story, and what it's about. The moment Alex sees handsome (very handsome) new boy Cole arrive at her ordinary high school, she falls head over heels for him. She has never really had any intimate serious relationships with anyone, and when Cole shares an interest in Alex because of how close they got through tutoring, she jumps at the chance for first love. As months pass, pinches, hits, and punches from Cole in different places on her body scar Alex, for reasons such as her best friend lightly patting her, scars Alex, but she is not ready to tell. This is her first love, and she doesn't want to ruin it by telling someone, which will cause Cole to hate her. Alex has to make a choice- and it better be fast before something severe happens to her. I was very pleased from the first chapter. Alex's voice absolutely captivated me and was real. Situations like this occur all around the world, everyday, and Jennifer Brown was the first author (for me) who has written a book that deals with this sort of subject and reality. The best thing about this is that this can come from anyone. It's not a specific subject only geared towards certain people- it can occur to anyone and everyone, and from learning a lot about this subject in this 350 paged book, I felt that this is disastrous thing to visualize and live through. Jennifer Brown just wrote it right. I was obsessed with this book. There weren't any moments (rarely) where I got bored of this action-packed thriller. It is a thriller, it gave me spine chills all throughout, because having to think of this happening to you or someone you love is heart-tearing. Alex... I'd really have to say that she was my problem with this book. Okay, okay, I'll get to the point. She was dumb. There I said it. *another sigh* I know that when going through a situation like this is scary, and it's scary to tell because you might be afraid of what your "partner" will do to you then. But I didn't like her attitude. She was too forgiving, and seemed to forget about the rest of the world and what was going on when she was with that butt-hole. She basically forgot about her friends, family and job all the time. She was easily distracted, and distracted by a stupid guy who seriously needed help. I pictured it coming from the beginning- from the moment Alex met him. Alex was way too desperate for A GUY SHE BARELY KNEW. Bethany was right the whole time- stupid Alex only knew him for like a week! Ugh, and look at the mess she got herself into. :/ Okay, let's not get into the romance, because I wouldn't even call the "bond" between Alex and Cole an actual relationship. It just was desperateness and we all saw it and knew it from the start. Cole basically had mood swings, and it wasn't even interesting to see because he's just a butt-hole. These characters were disgusting. Overall, I'm very pleased with this book. It was so enjoyable and really hit me hard, and I know that it will hit people even more. Pick it up if you're looking for a real inspiring book.
Date published: 2014-05-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Difficult subject matter, worth the read This is one of the few contemporary YA books I’ve read and really enjoyed. (Usually I go into Paranormal or Fantasy). But the subject matter of this book got me curious as to how they address them for Teen readers. It really tackles the subject well. Alex is a great character, and thought she found everything she wanted in Cole, and I nearly fell for it too, he was very well done and his charming manipulative manner was something any girl could possibly fall for. It wasn’t until later when the reader does see his darker more violent side, that all of sudden he becomes so ugly and horrible that the reader wonders what was so great about him in the first place. I felt for Alex, although I didn’t take too kindly how she just managed to drop her friends just like that for Cole - then again Cole sometimes did not give her much of a choice and at certain times, are we not guilty of doing that at least once in our lifetime once a boy/girlfriend moves into our lives? so in that sense, Alex is made into a very realistic character. There were moments where you were just frustrated with Alex for still being with Cole - especially after such horrible treatment but you also sympathize with her, the isolation and helplessness can certainly be felt throughout the novel. I was very surprised at Alex’s sister. I didn’t like her at first but when she gave Alex a significant present it made do a complete turn around and I thought differently about her. The plot was very well written. It had a nice pace and timing. All the characters were also well done which made this book a great reading experience. There was only one thing that did not sit well with me and that was the lack of history behind Alex’s mom. Something bad happened, and she just left...ok...but there has to be more than that right? there really was not much to this part of the story and I wonder if it really was all necessary to begin with? It’s a hard subject to write about, but this book was well done and it’s worth reading. You do eventually support Alex with her decision and hope for the best for her on her road to healing and recovery. The ending is somewhat open ended but it was good enough to leave it the way it was. I recommend this for all YA readers, not just for a good read, but also to become aware of this sensitive subject and possibly help others they might know who might be going through what Alex did.
Date published: 2012-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Vivid! More reviews at: www.eyesonthepages.blogspot.ca This was SUCH an amazing read. While I was reading this story... Which I stayed up till 7am to finish... I was completely swept away by Alex's story. I felt like I was on this emotional ride with her. Heck, sometimes I even felt like I WAS Alex, that's how vivid this book was for me. The pacing was incredible. Not once did it slow down or speed up to an impossible pace. It stayed constant throughout the whole novel, and it kept me reading from as soon as I picked it up. The character development in this novel was also amazing... Alex really changed from beginning to end of this book. In the beginning, she was confused, hurt, lost, broken, and most importantly... She felt unloved. But by the end of the book, she had managed to pick up all of her pieces and put together someone who was on the road to recovery. She had the pieces in her hand, and now all that she needed was to put them back together. The ending was amazing. I felt an incredible amount of closure while it still somehow managed to remain open at the same time. I was happy and proud of Alex, and I can't wait for Jennifer Brown's next book - Perfect Escape!
Date published: 2012-06-14

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"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