Shock novel about toxic relationships

Poisonous love, an established topic in our time, is rarely mentioned in children’s literature. However, he did not release anyone, regardless of age. Best-selling writer Alexandra Larochelle changed the game by publishing Until suddenly and banga shocking novel in which a 17-year-old girl, who is in love with her lover, realizes that love and intimacy can be captured in a very dark color.

Maélia, 17, discovered the world from unexpected angles when she left her remote region to follow a study program in Quebec. She worships her lover, Olivier. But there are things wrong, little red flags waving …

Alexandra Larochelle is candid about the less beautiful side of romantic relationships and the psychological breakdown that can occur.

In an interview, he explains why he chose to write about the toxic relationships that formed even at a very young age, and then contaminated the entire emotional lives of the stakeholders.

“I think it’s during adolescence and early adulthood that we develop ourselves to this level. In fact, it leaves signs of life, toxic relationships. I think you’re more exposed to this. young reality, the more you hear about it, the more bad examples you see, I think it’s easier to see it as you get older.It’s important for me to discuss this theme, and especially in young people at this time. »


Alexandra Larochelle thought about this story for four or five years, but waited for the right moment to write it.

“He’s not ready to go out yet. It’s something that worries me, but also worries my best friend, but could also be your cousin, your brother, your boys. I write this from a woman’s point of view, but obviously there is no gender, no age to fall into this trap. »

He believes his story will reach a lot of people … unfortunately.

“I don’t want that with anyone. I hope that, precisely, it will allow some people to realize some of the pitfalls where they have strayed, or to avoid them when they wake up later in their life. »

Toxicity determines behaviors at a young age.

“It’s very deceptive and it settles subtly, in many aspects of the relationship. I’ve illustrated it a little bit throughout the book, but it can come in different forms. We think a lot about physical violence, but that doesn’t have to be. to happen. I think it is more difficult to know without physical abuse. »

“It may start very young, but it will mark a person forever. So if my story can help some avoid falling into it, well, my work is done.»

Words, too, hurt. Even Olivier, a character in the novel, humbles himself.

“It’s a progressive thing and you don’t see it going … Sometimes it’s little behaviors that are all forgivable, that aren’t very serious on their own when you take every incident alone and you don’t recoil. But if you look at the whole picture, it does not make sense, in the end. »

It defines influence.

“That’s what I want to convey through this story and I want to trap the reader as well. Oli is beautiful and we want to love her. With every thing that happens, we tell ourselves that it’s not bad … In the end, we realize that it doesn’t make sense. »

  • Alexandra Larochelle lives in Quebec.
  • By age 14, she had already sold more than 100,000 copies of her first children’s series.
  • After a hiatus of about eight years, he returned to writing with the series for young adults, before returning to children’s literature with scary thing and Third star.



Later, when I was six or seven years old, I attended the wedding of my cousin Marie-Pierre, tsé, who lived in Saint-Siméon by the water? This was my first wedding and I remember being a bit shocked at the time of the vows exchange. I knelt in the chair to whisper to my mother:

“Won’t they be together until they die?

This made Carole laugh, and she bent down to tickle my ear with her mint breath.

– Yeah, honey, that’s right, a wedding.

– Aren’t they tired of seeing each other, eventually? »

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