Book Review: After


After (After #1) by Anna Todd: 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?

Lori's thoughts: **ARC generously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

I give this book 5 hearts, and that's probably overly generous, but I have my reasons. Liza gave it 4--hence the 4 and 1/2 heart overall rating at the top.

I struggled with the book in the beginning. I liken it to a bad train wreck. I wasn't sure I could keep reading, but I wasn't able to look away, either. It kept me up late into the night voraciously flipping through page after page. I wanted to run over Harden with the Goddamn train before it was all said and done. But you know what? As soon as I finished the book, I started having Harden and Tessa withdrawals. So I found myself over at Wattpad downloading the raw, unedited version of book two to read. Because I have to see what happens next. Fair warning...if you decide to do this, the Wattpad versions are unedited, and the names are different from the published, cleaned up version.

Yes. I know there are people who absolutely hated these books. Admittedly, the writing is not all that great, but the storyline is like crack. Some argue that it's an abusive relationship. He never physically abused her, but he put her through hell in other ways. A real mind f*cker he is. She was a good girl. She was completely naiive and in retrospect, I know she wishes she would have followed her mother's advice that very first day.

No, the relationship isn't technically abusive (not physically, anyway) ... but it reeks to the high heaven of co-dependency at it's ever-loving worst. I've got other obligations at the moment, but I can't wait to get back to the saga and continue with book two!!!

Liza's thoughts: **ARC generously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

Be still my heart I love me some Hardin! Tattoos, lip ring and a British accent makes me swoon. Tessa does not stand a chance.

I love this book. I had a little difficulty with the use of the "F" bomb but I am about to go insane wanting more. It has a mix of sweet, sexy and hot. Good girls wanting the bad boy or the boy they should not want anyways is always a great pull. Anna Todd did an amazing job pulling you in and at the end leave you begging for more. Through her writing I could hear Hardin's accent and feel every emotion Ms. Todd was describing in her book. The characters are fantastic and the plot is well developed.

I would would highly recommend this book and any future books she writes.

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Lori L. Clark

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