Book Review: Bitter End by Jennifer Brown

He’d never told me he loved me before.

Nobody had ever told me they loved me before.

When Alex falls for the charming new boy at school, Caleb—a handsome, funny sports star who adores her—she can’t believe she’s finally found her soulmate….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.

–back cover of Bitter Truth by Jennifer Brown

This book is the best dealing with the topic of abuse in relationships that I have ever read. It shows how at first it is rarely noticeable, and how by the time that one does notice it may be too late. They may be already caught in the snares of the abuser’s trap. It was a scary read because of how realistic it was.