Jennifer Brown has done it again!
I received my ARC in the mail last week, but was in the middle of another book, so I didn't get to crack Bitter End open until Sunday.
Here's my review:
Okay, :) here's more:
Ms. Brown has taken another challenging subject -- relationship abuse -- and woven a story that is poignant, tragic, and gut-wrenching.
The story revolves around Alex, a senior in high school, who along with her two best friends (one a girl, the other a guy) is planning a graduation trip out to Colorado (the place her mom was headed before being killed in a tragic accident). But then, Cole starts at Alex's school, and she falls for him.
Everything seems good about this new relationship at first, but little ugly jealousy heads start popping up and Cole starts to do things that go way beyond acceptable. But by the time Alex realizes she's being abused (physically and emotionally), she is so in love with the guy that she starts making excuses for him.
I read way too long into the night last night just to finish it. Trust me, the ending did not disappoint!
Way to go, again, Ms. Brown!
It was really fun to read the credits and see TS Ferguson's name (the editor who just free-lanced my book) there with a big thanks to him. Good job, TS!
Bitter End comes out in May. Publisher's Weekly gave a great review (and starred it) this week. Here's the link, if you're interested:
What's Up with Pearl Edda?
The agent emailed yesterday with a request for the most recent recent recent copy. I sent it last night. Fingers and toes still crossed. Seriously, it is in such a good place right now.
Hope. Hope. Hope.
It still needs a title.
Frost, Edda, and Messing with Fate are the top three choices (at least for me).