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Bitter End

3.88  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,508 Ratings  ·  649 Reviews
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 spendin
Hardcover, 359 pages
Published May 10th 2011 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2011)
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Feb 13, 2012 Jasprit rated it it was ok
I’m usually one to stay well away from books that deal with sensitive subjective matters such as abuse, so what made me pick up this book? I don’t really know, I thought to myself a new year, so maybe I should try something different. Different it definitely was, but did I enjoy it as much? Not really.

Being in an abusive relationship is a difficult situation people can find themselves in, many for whatever reason feel they can’t ever end the relationship or leave their partner. Many are convin
Nenia Campbell
Cole Cozen: Hi, my name is Cole and I'm . . . an abusive boyfriend.

Everyone: Hi, Cole.

Therapist: Hello, Cole. Thank you for coming today. Admitting you have a problem is the first step―

CC: I don't have a fucking problem.

Therapist: Okay. Well, your ex-girlfriend seems to feel otherwise―

CC: She's a slut. A cheating, goddamn slut who wants to fuck her best friend. Both her best friends. She's a bi-cheater. Not my problem.

Travis Maddox: Preach.

Therapist: Now that is not appropriate language, Mr. Mad
Lyra Gill
Jan 18, 2013 Lyra Gill rated it really liked it
I'm still reeling from this one.

I don't like how Bethany and Zack were portrayed later on in the book. That ruined it all for me. If it were my friend being abused (and Alex admitted it to Bethany), I would help her. I don't care if she hates me for doing so, I don't care if she never talks to me again, I WILL help her. I would do anything that I can to reach out to her. I won't look at her with sadness and disappointment and slowly remove her from my life. I wouldn't treat her formally and stop
Mar 27, 2011 Laura rated it liked it
I wanted so much to love this book the way I loved The Hate List but, well... it's so much about the message that it just gets lost there. What I mean is, there are other books (like Cut or Wintergirls) where I felt that the author had a character who, as she developed, had a problem, but in this one I felt that the author had a problem she tried to fit characters around.

Alex's relationship with Zach and Bethany is so close that they're the Terrible Three, in and out of each other's homes all th
Aug 13, 2011 Lisa rated it really liked it

I think anyone who has been in any sort of abusive relationship will read this and see some form of themself in Alex. It's hard to read about what she goes through and see how many chances she has to get out.

I will say that my first boyfriend was a bit abusive. Not in a physical way, but emotionally. And the worse he made me feel about myself, the more power I gave to him and the deeper I fell into what felt like a neverending hole. I think most girls will go through an abusive relationship in t
Kelly Costa
This book was amazing and tragic. I still can't stop crying. Every girl should read this book. Scratch that everyone should read this book. It's easier than you think to fall into a abusive relationship.
Jun 01, 2014 Irene rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Los otros libros que he leído de esta autora me han gustado mucho, porque los siento reales y expresan situaciones y problemas tan comunes y al mismo tiempo, poco hablados en los libros… En fin, me estoy complicando, así que me centraré en lo que pienso de este libro:

Bitter End nos habla del abuso en las relaciones, o mejor dicho de qué se puede hacer cuando se está en una relación con una persona violenta; nos explica lo que pasa cuando (en este caso) Alex comienza a salir con Cole y piensa que
Melissa (i swim for oceans)
Alex has found the guy of her dreams. He's everything - a star athlete, good looking and absolutely adores her. She can't imagine her life without him, and she has no intention of ever having to do so. There's something else taking hold of her relationship though, too. It's a kind of possessiveness that's foreign to Alex but very familiar to Cole. He doesn't want to have to share her, and he'll do anything to ensure he doesn't have to. Alex doesn't want to lose him, but it's more than that. She' ...more
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
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Jennifer Brown’s novels have made me sob and left me cold. The quality of them is pretty unpredictable, really. When they’re good, they’re great, but when they’re bad, they’re paint-by-numbers Social Issue kind of books: not necessarily bad but trying too hard to be current. I’ve eyed Bitter End for years and hoped it would work for me, but it’s probably my l
Dec 31, 2014 Giselle rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, drama
Bitter End cuenta la historia de Alex, quién comienza a salir con Cole, el chico perfecto. El era tan atento, dulce y romántico. Pero mientras pasan las semanas empieza a notar esos detalles posesivos y celosos de él. Ya no puede estar cerca de sus amigos, Bethany, y sobre todo Zack, sin que él se ponga extremadamente celoso. Comienza a alejarse de sus amigos y a centrarse sólo en él… Y cuando él comienza a abusar de ella, no tiene nadie a quién hablarle de esto; mejor dicho, sí tiene personas a ...more
Jul 24, 2015 TinaB rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This was a scary read.

The hardest and scariest part about Bitter End was Cole and not because he was the bad guy, it was because in the beginning and half way through the violence I liked him. I kept thinking ok hes a good guy, he wont really hit her….and then later angry because the Cole I liked disappeared.

I began to despise him slowly, but at the same time I felt really bad for him and how he became who he was, Cole needed help desperately, but no one could help because he was already too f
Krisanne Stewart
Jun 13, 2011 Krisanne Stewart rated it liked it
This book scared the be-Jesus out of me. My good friend Kasey Kamenicky introduced me to Hate List by Jennifer Brown, which is a fabulous piece of work. I couldn't wait to read this book, as I am a fan of the way Brown deals with tough subjects. Having said that, I found myself arguing in my head that Alex really wouldn't put up with that kind of crap from Cole. After having convinced myself that Brown got it all wrong, she would remind us that no one in the book loves Alex like she truly wishes ...more
Oct 15, 2011 Nicole rated it really liked it
As much as I hate sucker-punch sob stories, this book really is something..

The story starts off with Alex, a senior in high school, who lives with her absent-minded dad, and younger sister Celia. Alex's mother died in a tragic accident years ago. Alex finds all of her support in her two best friends, Bethany and Zach. Then one day Alex meets Cole. Alex believes its love at first sight, and everything is good. At least for a little while. Eventually, Cole starts getting violent. He begins ab
Alex has great friends, but feels lonely in her own home. Her mother's sudden death and her father's inability to cope with three active daughters has made her easy prey for Cole...Cole, new kid - handsome, mysterious, athletic. Cole seems to appreciate her like no one else does, not Bethany or Zach, her best friends.

So what if Cole is sometimes controlling, or grabs her wrist too hard, or says hateful things. He loves her. He always says sorry and gives her roses. He loves her. He understands
Kristina Jo
Apr 27, 2012 Kristina Jo rated it it was ok
I almost gave this book three stars, but after finishing my review the first time, I decided my initial two-star rating was more accurate. Yes, this is Jo’s Review 2.0. Yes, the book addresses an important issue that needs discussion. Yes, the author wrote a book that I read in two days.

However… I have several issues, which I shall now discuss in a convenient list format, ‘cause that’s just how I roll.

1. The plot is predictable. (view spoiler)
Reto personal, Be an international feminist.

Es un libro muy fuerte, un horror. Pero te abre los ojos, te abre los ojos de la forma más dolorosa posible. No voy a poder olvidar nunca esta sensación de miedo y desesperación.

Es la razón por la que tenemos dejar de romantizar el abuso. La razón para dejar de culpar a las víctimas. La razón porque la que no es "solo" un libro, una película, un comentario. La razón porque la no puedo disfrutarlo y "dejarlo pasar". Es una realidad, la vida de miles y
Oct 10, 2011 Alyssa rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Dreamland by Sarah Dessen - this is practically the same thing. Care for a reboot?
This is a 2.5-stars read for me. I may not review this book, since I feel like I'm becoming redundant in reviews - how many times can I talk about the same thing? Go over the same character flaws and lack of emotion? Discuss the common DPS and TSTL best friends? Talk about choppy writing and dry poems? - but just know that this book isn't necessarily bad. It just isn't anything special.
J. Dominique
My main problem with this was Alex, our protagonist. I'm not holding the fact that she fell into an abusive relationship against her — no, she was just plain unlikeable to me, and sometimes a really awful friend.
But honestly, the author is a great one, and I love how she writes about REAL things and portrays it well.
Mar 07, 2012 Janet rated it it was amazing
Such a moving and eye opening portrayal of abuse. Yes. There were tears.
Jul 06, 2015 Imani rated it liked it
2.5 Stars
Jennifer Brown nails it again. This woman has crazy-good insight into the teen mind. Her years studying psychology have definitely paid off, but she's written yet another amazing book that takes the idea of a "problem" novel and turns it into a multi-faceted exploration of some very difficult topics. This, her newest novel, is an anti-love story of sorts. Our protagonist, Alex, is a teen who has lost her mother and has been dealing with that for most of her young life. She's convinced that her m ...more
Oct 31, 2011 Tana rated it it was amazing
Bitter End is a book about a girl falling in love with a handsome young man, who held her, who loved her who made her feel special. Feelings she had never felt before. She was in love! Then he gets a bit jealous, and then he says he is sorry, he loves her. Then he hits her, calls her names, and says he sorry ...holds her loves her. Nothing she can do because she loves him so much. She loves him...... he loves her, he holds her touches her loves her. Then he hits her calls her names. She loves hi ...more
Jun 14, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it
"Bitter End" is such an honest, raw, and heartwrenching novel that once I started, I could not put it down. From the very first chapter, I was pulled into Alex's story. Judging by the cover, I had initially thought there was no way I would like the book. I'm not into romance stories or books about relationships, but this book far exceeded by expectations. It's not a sappy romance novel or typical teen book about first boyfriends. It is a very real account of a young girl who becomes wrapped up i ...more
Damalis Martinez
Aug 01, 2013 Damalis Martinez rated it liked it
Bitter end to put simply, was a pretty dumb book. It was definitely a good picture of an abusive boyfriend, but the story itself was lacking. I knew what the book was about before i read it. To be honest the plot is pretty much revealed in the back and front flap. It was no secret i was reading a book about a girl with an abusive boyfriend. The story dragged quite a bit. I was waiting for the "abusive bf" part of the story to begin, but the 1st incident they have is like 100 pages in... and then ...more
Wow. That was something else.

Besides Rage Horsemen of the Apocalypse 2, I don't think I have read any books dealing with severe real life issues. So to make a jump from Paranormal YA fiction to this is pretty big.

But I loved it.

Alex is a very realistic characters, one of those people who could exist. What was going through her head throughout the book is what I imagine someone who really was in that situation would think. And Brown tells you why Alex did what she did, so it didn't leave you wond
Shannon Grieshaber
Bitter End is a book that should be thrust into the hands of every teenage girl. Like it should be handed out at 9th grade registration. Bitter End is a book that every teenage boy should be forced to read. As a lesson. Like, "don't do this to your girlfriend. ever." kind of lesson. Bitter End is a book that should be required reading for every parent of a teenage girl. Side note, Daddies, hug your daughters and tell them you love them. Bitter End is a book that explores dating violence without ...more
Lisse Cunha
Jan 31, 2016 Lisse Cunha rated it liked it
"Amor Amargo" é narrado em primeira pessoa por Alex uma adolescente de 16 anos que está no último ano escolar e junto com seus melhores amigos Bethany e Zach planejam uma viagem para a cidade de Colorado para comemorar a formatura. Além disso é no Colorado onde era o destino da mãe de Alex antes de morrer, então o Trio Terrível tem um lindo sonho de ir até tal lugar e ajudar sua amiga a encontrar respostas que tanto são necessárias.

Porém tudo muda quando Cole o novo aluno transferido do colégio
Jaelyn Reeck
Oct 27, 2015 Jaelyn Reeck rated it it was amazing
Personal Response:
I really liked this book because it tells a really good story that could actually happen and probably has happened before. It was really an amazing book, and it kind of sucks that it's over and I didn't really enjoy the ending, but overall it was a really good book.
Plot Summary:
This book was about a girl, Alex, who had lost her mother, and her father was so saddened by it, he acted like she and her sister were not even there half of the time. Alex has had these two best friend
Mar 17, 2015 Samantha rated it it was amazing
Plot: This book is an amazing and inspiring book. It is about a senior in high school who goes through hell. Alex`s mom died when she was eight years old from a dramatic car accident. Her mom’s death was a big impact on her life and her family. Ever since that day Alex and her two best friends (Bethany and Zach) were planning a trip to Colorado. Senior year started, and everything was still okay in Alex`s life. It is hard to believe that one person can change your whole life in a matter of month ...more
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Two-time winner of the Erma Bombeck Global Humor Award (2005 & 2006), Jennifer's weekly humor column appeared in The Kansas City Star for over four years, until she gave it up to be a full-time young adult novelist.

Jennifer's debut novel, HATE LIST (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2009) received three starred reviews and was selected as an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, a VOYA "Perfec
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