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Amor Amargo

3.9  ·  Rating details ·  6,882 Ratings  ·  762 Reviews
Último ano do colégio: a formatura da estudiosa Alex se aproxima, assim como a promessa feita com seus dois melhores amigos, Bethany e Zach, de viajarem até o Colorado, local para onde sua mãe estava indo quando morreu em um acidente. O Dia da Viagem se torna cada vez mais próximo, e tudo corre conforme o planejado.

Até Cole aparecer.

Encantador, divertido, sensível, um astr
Paperback, , 256 pages
Published August 31st 2015 by Gutenberg (first published May 10th 2011)
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Rebecca McNutt
Abusive relationships among young adults is a little-explored topic in fiction, and one usually restricted to afterschool specials and educational dramas like Degrassi. It was therefore nice - well, maybe "nice" isn't the right word, but important - to come across a book addressing the subject. Cole isn't described as a monster, but instead as a sweet and lovable guy, and this makes the story all the more realistic. Most abusers never start out that way, but instead establish a connection with t ...more
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
Bel Rodrigues
Apr 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lidos-em-2016
Uma história comovente sobre o ponto de impotência que uma vítima de relacionamento abusivo pode chegar. Recomendo muito, muito, muito.

O livro vai ser comentado no vídeo de Leituras do Mês de abril =)
Lyra Gill
Jan 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Hari ~Brekker-Maresh~
why i like these books? i have no idea.... it was scary and depressing and let me just say cole is psychotic
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
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.
Caroline B. Menezes
Tinha tudo para ser interessante...

Que livro mal escrito , creeedooo
Aug 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Mar 18, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Raquel Costa
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
***4.5 estrelas***

Acabei esse livro já tem quase 24 horas, e ainda assim não sei nem o que falar, ele trata de um tema tão intenso que não tem como ele não mexer com vc.
Cada dia mais vemos na mídia e até mesmo alguns livros falando sobre relacionamento abusivo, é isso livro trata disso e com personagens adolescentes.
Primeira paixão, primeiro namoro, primeiro amor... primeiro empurrão 😢.
A autora abordou de uma forma que durante a leitura eu só queria pegar Alex no colo e tenta
Apr 27, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
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)
Nov 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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 le
Jan 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Krisanne Stewart
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Oct 07, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 28, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
2.5 Stars
Feb 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a moving and eye opening portrayal of abuse. Yes. There were tears.
The Converted Bookworm

If you or anyone you know is being abused please talk to someone. Here are some hotlines, if you need to talk:

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233
National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline: 1-866-331-9474; Live Chat:

This book is unlike any other YA book I have ever read. It's raw, and tells a story you will never forget. I must candid though, this book is very emotional and I had to set it down a couple of times because I was ready to burs
Denise Macário
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Vou deixar claro que não é uma resenha, sim um desabafo...

Esse livro foi uma indicação/intimação de uma amiga, já sabia o que me aguardava. Não conhecia a autora, me vi envolvida na narrativa dela.

Desde que comecei ler thrillers e darks, procuro não me colocar no lugar dos personagens pra manter segura minha sanidade, mas aqui foi impossível, não só de me colocar no lugar da Alex, mas o tempo todo pensava e se fosse com meus filhos? Será que eu perceberia? Conseguiria ajudar? Isso me
Tadashi Hamada
A BITTER END to a bitter year. Haha, get it?

But seriously though, I'm glad 2016 is over—not that I feel all that optimistic for 2017, but still, I'm glad. I do apologise for this review being eight days late, since I finished Bitter End on Dec. 28 and we're already five days into 2017. Lately I haven't been feeling up to writing book reviews—either I'm too lazy or just don't have anything to say. But still, I don't want to let myself be too lazy in coming up with book reviews or there's really n
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bitter End
Alex. Smart. Intelligent. In love. Until… This book is called “Bitter End” by Jennifer Brown. It is a realistic romance and is in first point of view. NO SERIES! Alex was in love with an amazing guy, but when he hurt her for the first time, she still loved him. She let it happen until she ended up in a hospital and he went to jail. I loved this book, and I recommend it. If you don’t like abuse, romance, foul language, or off page sexual interaction, then DON’T READ IT!

Alex is very s
Jun 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
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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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“Because I love you. And I hurt you. I hurt the person I love most in the world, and i will never forgive myself.” 9 likes
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