Monday, June 6, 2011

Bitter End by Jennifer Brown Character Interview with Alex



Last year when I read Hate List by Jennifer Brown, I couldn't believe how real she made her story and her characters feel.  Once more she has created a similar realistic feeling in her newest book.  Bitter End is a remarkable story.  It exposes you to the harsh reality of an abusive relationship and leaves you raw.  (Check out my review.)

Bitter End

Today I have the pleasure of interviewing the main character from Jennifer Brown's book Bitter End.  Alex is a senior in high school who happens to fall in love with someone who  hurts her.
Character Interview:  Alex from Bitter End

1.  Your trip to Colorado seems very important to you.  What do you hope the trip will reveal about your mother?

I just want to understand. I want to know what it was out there that was so important to her she was willing to leave us all to get there. There had to be something, you know? It couldn’t have just been a road trip. There had to be something important.

I hope I feel her out there. Like, in the air or something.

2.  What first attracted you to Cole?

Everything. He was so cute and vulnerable, and he was nice to me. We seemed to have a connection right away. The poet in me and the artist in him just really clicked. And I know this is going to sound strange, but…he was so gentle. Even during the bad times, he was incredibly gentle. You know…afterwards. When I was with Cole, from the very beginning, it always just felt right. Like we were meant to be together. Like we were worth fighting for.

3.  For someone who has never experienced an abusive relationship, their first question is usually why did you let him do that, why didn't you walk away? They always make it sound like leaving would be easy, but it often isn't.  Can you tell us why you stayed with him as long as you did?

This is going to sound really cliché, but…I loved him. I still do love him. He was so good to me all the other times that we were together. He was like, perfect for me. He just had this one thing that he did that was really horrible, and I guess I always felt like if we could fix that one thing, we’d have the perfect relationship. I also felt like it was my fault sometimes. Like if I could just stay away from Zack, or if I could just make Cole understand that Zack and I were just friends, he wouldn’t get so mad at me. And I thought our relationship was worth trying to make that happen.

4.  You mention that you and your sisters were once close, but now it seems like you have drifted apart.  What would you say has caused the distance between you and your sisters?

My sisters just kind of moved on with their lives. They never even seemed to care about Mom being gone or about Dad being so broken. I love my sisters, but we just don’t see life the same way anymore. Maybe someday.

5.  What would you like other girls to take away from you story with Cole?


If you would’ve told me I’d end up with an abuser, I would have never believed you. But by the time I realized that’s exactly what happened, and I was way too far into it before I realized that’s what had happened. If it could happen to me, it could happen to anyone. It doesn’t make you messed up. It just makes you in a bad situation. One you can get out of, though. One that you have to get out of.

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