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 spending all her time with another boy? As the months pass, though, 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.
If I had to describe my best friend, Bethany, in one word, it would be persistent. Or maybe unrelenting. Or, if I were writing a poem, I might use importunate, because words like importunate impressed Mrs. Moody, and when I used them she told me I was a born poet, which was kind of cool.
Doesn't matter; all of those workds meas the same thing - determined - and Bethany was nothing if not determined. (pg.1)
And once again I had this thought that I'd finally been given my chance to come clean about what had happened between Cole and me. I finally had my chance to talk about it. To get advice. To cry because I still loved him and was worried that he was so mad he'd never come back. And cry even harder because I knew how that made me sound and I so didn't want to be that girl, the one everyone pities because she is too stupid to stop loving an abuser. (pg. 216)
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