Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publish Date: May 10, 2011
Origins: From Publisher for Review
Order From: Amazon / Barnes & Noble
Synopsis: 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 understands her and loves her for who she really is.
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.
Review: Bitter End is a very tough book to read, especially having been in Alex's situation in a previous relationship. I'm glad, however, that this book was written so that teens and adults alike can read this and talk about it together. There are also resources at the back of the book for victims and their friends and family. I found myself able to see the world through Alex's eyes quite easily and I felt for her. I know that I wish I knew then, when I was in that situation, what I know now. Abusers can be very charismatic, charming, and are always cunning and manipulative. Please reach out for help if you are in this situation or know someone who is - before it's too late. This is a great book for people of all ages.