Anna Todd
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Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
Release Date
October 2014
Book 1 of The After Series
New Adult

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?

Book Review by Rachel's Willful Thoughts (reviewer)
Oct 14, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
126 people found the following review helpful
With twenty-six words, author Anna Todd wraps up 600+ pages of angst and leaves readers perched on what can only be described as a dastardly cliffhanger.

From the very beginning, it is clear that AFTER is going to be a different sort of book. Whether it is the personalities of the characters or simply the writer's style, something grabbed me and made me want to keep reading.

Teresa, or Tess as she prefers to be called, is the epitome of a sacrificial lamb heading off to the dangerous world of college. As a parent, I probably would have been horrified at all the shenanigans, so it is a good thing I had my reader hat on instead. Tess is swept up into a world that is well beyond her protected cocoon and she encounters a number of new faces.

Although I noted some inconsistencies regarding the passage of time, it wasn't enough to distract me from the overall impact of the story.

A plot twist that can only be described as an atomic bomb gets dropped, but it provides enough of an impact to guarantee that readers will want the next installment.

I'm sold on the series, but what author writes 600+ pages and doesn't finish the story? This is definitely going to require some heavy duty reading time.
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