Release Date: May 10, 2011
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Amazon.com
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 best friends, Zack and Bethany, but what guy would want his girlfriend spending all of her time with another boy? But as the months pass, 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.
Hate List by Jennifer Brown made me an instant fan. It was thought provoking and very well done. As soon as I heard about Bitter End I knew I had to read it as soon as possible. I wasn’t at all disappointed with Brown’s second book. Bitter End is just as thought provoking as her first book.
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.