Title: After (The After Series Book 1)
Author: Anna Todd
Release Date: October 21st 2014
Genre: New Adult, Romance
There was the time before Tessa met Hardin, and then there’s everything AFTER… Life will never be the same. #Hessa
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, and tattoos, 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?
I’m going to be honest. I hadn’t heard of this series until the movie came out on Netflix. Then I found out it was a book. Everyone kept saying how good it was, so I got the book and decided to read it before watching.
This book is like, it’s so bad it ends up being kind of good. Like a train wreck. I kept shaking my head and saying “What the hell Tessa?!” or “FFS!” but I kept going because I needed to know where this train wreck would end up. At times, it was exhausting the back and forth between the two.
Now, I’m not going to get into detail what I think about Hardin’s behavior. It’s classic girl meets boy. Boy is a major jerk but she doesn’t give up on him because she thinks he will change for her. He doesn’t. Yeah no. This is a big part of why the story didn’t work for me.
Despite my issues with the story, I am curious to see what happens in the next book. Yeah that whole train wreck syndrome. I can see the appeal this books has to others but sadly it wasn’t for me. I give this 3 stars.