By Jennifer Brown
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.
This Blonde’s Review:
Having read Hate List by Jennifer Brown, I figured she would write a story that can really show what it’s like inside the mind of a teenager faced with a difficult situation. In this case she wrote about how a girl can become the victim of an abusive relationship. I’m glad to say I was right.
Alex is a girl with plans. She wasn’t abused by her family, she has good friends, she isn’t alone. Many teens would think that those things would have to happen for someone to Allow someone else to hurt them without it being stopped. This isn’t the case for Alex. Alex meets Cole at school and he slowly pulls her closer to him. He’s jealous of her close friendships and starts inserting himself into their activities and plans, such as showing up at a diner when he knew they would be their for some friend time.
Readers are able to really get into Alex’s mind and see what she’s thinking and feeling as Cole builds her up to believe no one can love her like he does. We can also see how he teaches her to think that anything that he does to her is something she could have prevented, making it her fault.
I don’t want to give away what happens to Alex since this is a story I really enjoyed. Alex’s story shows how a person can find themselves in an abusive relationship and what they could be thinking and feeling.
If this book sounds interesting to you or you’ve ever wondered how a girl could allow this to happen to her then you should pick this book up. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.