After (After #1) by Anna Todd
Release Date: October 21st, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Tessa is a good girl with a sweet, reliable boyfriend back home. She’s got direction, ambition, and a mother who’s intent on keeping her that way.
But she’s barely moved into her freshman dorm when she runs into Hardin. With his tousled brown hair, cocky British accent, tattoos, and lip ring, Hardin is cute and different from what she’s used to.
But he’s also rude—to the point of cruelty, even. For all his attitude, Tessa should hate Hardin. And she does—until she finds herself alone with him in his room. Something about his dark mood grabs her, and when they kiss it ignites within her a passion she’s never known before.
He’ll call her beautiful, then insist he isn’t the one for her and disappear again and again. Despite the reckless way he treats her, Tessa is compelled to dig deeper and find the real Hardin beneath all his lies. He pushes her away again and again, yet every time she pushes back, he only pulls her in deeper.
Tessa already has the perfect boyfriend. So why is she trying so hard to overcome her own hurt pride and Hardin’s prejudice about nice girls like her?
Unless…could this be love?
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There was the time before Tessa met Hardin, and then there’s everything AFTER … Life will never be the same.
Alright so honestly I was SO EXCITED to have the opportunity to review this book. I have seen it around, and it has always pulled my attention. So of course I jumped at the chance. This is the first book from Anna Todd I have read, and while I did enjoy her writing style, this book fell a little short of my expectations. I will say that this book and I had a love hate relationship…I think that the ending really made up for a bit of my feelings toward this one.
After is the story of good girl Tessa and super bad boy Hardin. These two meet through Tessa’s college roommate and at first they can’t stand each other but then they seem to grow closer, and eventually end up together. I really enjoyed the storyline of Tessa and Hardin, it’s your typical “bad boy” story, what I didn’t enjoy so much was the back and forth. This couple was a serious roller-coaster, I didn’t really know how to keep up with it. Tessa is overly conservative, and while she has a boyfriend back home she doesn’t understand why she has this draw to Hardin. She is so sweet and innocent. Hardin on the other hand is a jackass. He is so rude and mean and such a stereotypical punk. While I am a sucker for bad boy personas, and I did fall a little for him, Hardin at some points just got on my nerves. Every once in a while we got to glimpse his sweet tender sides, but then two minutes later he was back to being mean. These two went from falling in love one minute to fighting the next… At some points I seriously considered throwing my kindle at the wall. Angst is good, hell I love me some good angst and slow burning romances, but there reaches a point where it is just too much and After just toed the line for me.
When I wasn’t wanting to pull my hair out I did find this book fairly entertaining. Looking back on it as a whole, it wasn’t a bad read, but it definitely isn’t going to end up on my favorites list either. One things I do have to say, is that anyone who decides to read this show know that this relationship is not a healthy one. No one should go into thinking that this is how they should be treated. So that is my warning for this book, and I hope readers keep that in mind while diving into this story. That being said, just because it isn’t wholly my cup of tea doesn’t mean it won’t be yours. I think anyone who loves angsty bad boy stories should give this one a shot.
Overall Rating: 3/5 Stars
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Anna Todd is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of the After series. Hailed by Cosmopolitan as “the biggest literary phenomenon of her generation,” Anna began her literary career on the social storytelling platform Wattpad. Serialized on Wattpad in 2013, After has over 1.5 billion reads on the site. The print edition, published in 2014 by Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, has over 15 million copies in circulation, has been published in over 30 languages and is a #1 bestseller in Italy, Germany, France and Spain.
A native of Ohio, Anna was a voracious reader all her life, citing Pride & Prejudice, Wuthering Heights and Fifty Shades of Grey as some of her favorites. In 2012, after discovering the world of fanfiction for fandoms like Twilight, The Vampire Diaries, The Mortal Instruments, Anna began writing as a way of continuing the stories she so loved from fanfiction community.
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