Thursday, April 09, 2015

"Bully" by Penelope Douglas


SERIES: Fall Away #1
GENRE: NA Contemporary Romance
SOURCE: Publisher
LINKS: Goodreads | Book Depository

My name is Tate. He doesn't call me that, though. He would never refer to me by a friendly nickname. 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 rumours got worse 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 another year. He might not have changed, but I have. It's time to fight back.


I kinda got addicted to this series because of "Rival" (book two), which made me fall for every character so bad that I just couldn't help finding out how everything started for Tate and Jared.

Part YA and part NA, this book doesn't just tell a story of a teenager being bullied, but also shows how one can become a bully without realising it. Not at first, at least. How much willpower does it take to fight back but not come down to your opponent's level? Surely a lot, and that is exactly how much Tate had to endure for quite a while. Jared has always been a great guy and an important figure in Tate's life, so his mean actions/words are like stabs right through her heart. What possibly could have happened to make him such a bully all of a sudden? And with her of all people! Nothing can justify his behaviour and yet, nothing behind it is the reason Tate and the reader would expect...

I devoured this book in a matter of hours and I'm really glad I also have "Until You" with me. I believe seeing everything through Jared's POV (which I really missed here) will make for an interesting psychological journey... If you haven't started it yet, do it now!

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