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FORT WORTH, TX, May 04, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Progressive Rising Phoenix Press is proud to announce the release of BITTER BETRAYAL by Amanda M. Thrasher. They say there are two sides to every story, and somewhere in the middle lies the truth. There's no exception to this one. Impaired decisions, questionable actions, and consequences with irreversible damage destroy the lives of two young teens.
High school junior Payton Phillips is dating the boy she knows she's going to spend the rest of her life with: Reece Townsend. An opportunity for the dating teens and their friends to have the night of their lives--an invite to Stacie Wiggin's party--will go down in the books as epic. But when things escalate and emotions run high, the evening of their dreams turns into a nightmare of he said, she said. Who did exactly what that night? As teens tweet, Snap, and play their stories out online, social media threatens to ruin more than the teens' reputations. Relationships, scholarships, and entire families are at stake. Whose side of the story will you choose to believe, his or hers?
Praise for the book.
Bitter Betrayal is a riveting MUST read for teens and parents alike. This book offers an honest and realistic view of the tough choices and situations that can too often destroy a teenager's life. Only through open dialogue can we hope to educate ourselves and prevent such common tragedies from happening. The real topics addressed in this book cannot be ignored and has the potential to save a teenager's life. As a mother of teenagers, a daughter, and a son, I highly recommend Bitter Betrayal. - Lynne Groff, LMSW (Licensed Master Social Worker), Owner Primrose School of N.E. Green Oaks
Bitter Betrayal by Amanda M. Thrasher is a book with a purpose. She aims at educating teenagers about how their idea of "just having fun" can spoil their future. The author, Amanda M. Thrasher, has highlighted one very important problem that follows when teenagers consume alcohol. Being a teenager is difficult enough as it is, but adding alcohol doesn't make it any easier. The book is not just about the aftereffects of consuming alcohol; it also focuses on how it might impact the teenagers and their families. With the social media boom, can any secret remain buried for long? Bitter Betrayal is written in a very impressive style. Payton's conflicting thoughts and inner struggles would seem relatable to every teenage girl who is in love. There are so many emotions to deal with that Payton finds herself mostly overwhelmed. Reece, like any other teenage boy, finds his girlfriend's emotions annoying and irrational. He is, however, not a negative character. He respects Payton's decision to wait until she is ready. He doesn't push her to give in to his desires. There is a lot to learn from this book. I wish that parents would encourage their teenagers to read Bitter Betrayal and learn from it. An impressive plot, excellent story-telling, and smooth development of the story make this very readable. ~ Reviewed by Ankita Shukla for Readers' Favorite
In Bitter Betrayal by Amanda M. Thrasher, you quickly learn that Payton Phillips is a 16-year-old girl who knows one thing for sure: She loves Reece Townsend, her handsome, intelligent and athletic boyfriend of two years. But that may be her only truth. Before yesterday, she was happy and attending the local high school. She loved hanging out with Aubrey, her BFF, and Doug, Shane, Tristan and Maddie. But then, Stacie Wiggins, the new girl, and Coach Wiggins's daughter, joins their group and everything changes in one night during an "epic" party. Could she have drunk so much that she did something she will regret for the rest of her life or is someone else at fault? I liked the cover of Bitter Betrayal and the pensive girl that aptly depicted the plot. The characters were colorful and complex, and the dialogue was very genuine. The pace was fast for this 310-page work of fiction. As expected, this story dealt with some serious ethical issues and therefore served as a coming-of-age story. I identified with Payton and her love for Reece clouded by confusion. The significance of texting, the use of slang and the socialization of teens, added to the authenticity. The complexity of relationships between the sexes will resonate with readers and keep them turning the page. Stacie's and Sophie's cunning and conspiratorial strategies created the right amount of tension and kept me guessing. Bitter Betrayal is highly recommended. ~ Reviewed by Danita Dyess
About the Author
Multiple Award-Winning Author Amanda M. Thrasher was born in England, moved to Texas and resides there still. She is an author of children's books, picture books, middle-grade chapter books, young adult (YA) novels, and a reader's theater written for the Texas Municipal Courts Education Center (DRSR) Driving on the Right Side of the Road program, titled What If . . . A Story of Shattered Lives. She conducts workshops, writes a blog, and contributes to an online magazine. Amanda is a multiple Gold Recipient of the Mom's Choice Awards in YA, General Fiction, and early reader, chapter books. The Mom's Choice Awards (MCA) evaluates products and services created for children, families, and educators. The program is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products, and services. The organization is based in the United States and has reviewed thousands of entries from more than 55 countries. Around the world, parents, educators, retailers, and members of the media look for the MCA mother-and-child Honoring Excellence seal of approval when selecting quality products and services for children and families.
The Greenlee Project, a book about the consequences of bullying and cyberbullying, also won the first place Young Adult Book Award at the 16th annual North Texas Book Festival (NTBF). The NTBF helps schools, public libraries, and literacy programs in North Texas.
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