Friday, August 30, 2013

Penelope Douglas--Bully (Fall Away #1)

Adult Romance 18+

My name is Tate. He doesn't call me that, though. He would never refer to me so informally, if he referred to me at all. No, he'll barely even speak to me.

But he still won't leave me alone.

We were best friends once. Then he turned on me and made it his mission to ruin my life. I've been humiliated, shut out, and gossiped about all through high school. His pranks and rumors got more sadistic as time wore on, and I made myself sick trying to stay out of his way. I even went to France for a year, just to avoid him.

But I'm done hiding from him now, and there's no way in hell I'll allow him to ruin my senior year. He might not have changed, but I have. It's time to fight back.

I'm not going to let him bully me anymore.

***This novel contains adult/mature young adult situations. It is only suitable for ages 18+ due to language, violence, and sexual situations.

(5 stars)

I wasn't going to read this one, the topic hits too close to home for me. I was bullied as a teen, and I wasn't sure I wanted to revisit those memories. But my fellow GR reviewers had me giving it a try. I didn't think I would like it, but I found myself loving it. The fact that this is her first book is amazing. It's well written, great character development, and pulled me in emotionally. It's hard to read about the emotional rollercoaster that Tate has to endure during Jared's torment. But even as you read it, you can see that somewhere there is a reason behind it all (in the storyline plot, I never condone bullying). None of it makes sense, they were best friends and now he hates her? The puzzle kept me intrigued, and my need to see if they got their HEA was too much to stop me from putting the book down. Without giving away any spoilers, I will say that I am so happy with how this book all played out that I am looking forward to reading the rest of her series, and actually anything else she writes. It earned 5 stars from me for the fact that I fell completely in love with Tate and Jared and was so emotionally invested that I just had to give it a 5.

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