AFTER by Anna Todd
Paperback: 592 Pages
Publisher: Gallery Books (October 21, 2014)
Synopsis: 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, 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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My only reason for picking this book up was because everyone else was! I had read some mixed reviews on the book, and wanted to form my own opinion, which is: I LOVE THIS BOOK! But… I don’t know why. The story of Tessa and Hardin is ridiculous – he is a complete ass and constantly rude to her and she puts up with it, and even falls in love with him. This is just ridiculous – but there is something about their story that makes me unable to part with. The characters seem so real and the story so realistic that I just feel like I HAVE to know how their story will end.
Therefore, while I understand a lot of the criticisms about this book, I cannot help but fall in love with the characters and feel dedicated to see their story through.
While, the book is very long, I did not feel like there was any part in which the story was drawn out or boring. There is constantly new things happening, and the story is always taking new turns. I think this is a large reason that readers are drawn into the story of Tessa and Hardin.