Book: After (After #1)
Author: Anna Todd
Published: October 21, 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Summary: 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, Tessashould 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?
My Review: This book has been compared to 50 Shades of Grey because of how moody the male lead is, how the female lead goes back to him over and over, how it’s extremely poorly written, and that it’s seen as emotional abuse, which I can understand where people are coming from with that opinion.
However, I actually really liked this. I think it was because it started out as fanfiction, which was a reason why a lot of people hated this book. I have a very strong addiction to fanfiction and I have no shame in admitting that. Heck, I’ve got a whole mini series going on here called Fanfiction Fridays. Obviously this addiction is becoming a problem.
It started out as a Harry Styles fanfiction, if you haven’t heard about that yet, which is honestly a reason I read more into it. That and it has a billion views on Wattpad. I had to find out what this was all about at that point. And I’m honestly really glad I did.
Getting past the fact that it’s a One Direction fanfiction, which was hard for me to do because I pictured all the characters as the One Direction members, I found myself actually really liking this. Yes, it’s repetitive, and yes I can see how that could get old to some people, but I really liked it. I like a good overly dramatic book every once and a while, and I just found the gold mine.
The writing on Wattpad is not as good as it is in the actual, published book, which many, many people like to point out, but that’s because she wasn’t writing it to be published, it was just for a fun fanfiction online. On top of that, she hadn’t had anyone edit it for her, which every author needs to catch things they didn’t see. Give the girl a break.
End game, I loved it. There are flaws, yes I’ll admit that, but there isn’t a single book published that doesn’t have flaws.
I hope everyone has a fantabulous day/evening/morning/whenever you’re reading this and happy reading!
Rating: 4 pumpkin cats