Bailey received several books for her birthday (alphabetical by author):
Bitter End by Jennifer Brown
Shine by Lauren Myracle
The Chaos (Numbers) by Rachel Ward
The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds by Paul Zindel
About Bitter End from the author's website:
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 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.