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, Tessashould 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?
RELEASE DATE: October 21, 2014
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
4.5⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ WOW! What an AMAZING read!!! I will admit after reading the first couple of chapters I wasn’t completely sold on After by Anna Todd but after that…Ms. Todd had me – hook, line and sinker!!
Now what am I supposed to do until book 2 releases!!!!
I don’t usually read a synopsis or review, but with so much buzz surrounding After, I decided to take a look and see what everyone was about. I was aware it was a fan fiction story with an EPIC following, involving the band One Direction but, after reading it I have no idea what that means 😉 I admit some of the reviews I read had me a little nervous about what I was about to begin reading. Well… I should have stuck to my guns and NOT read reviews because I absolutely loved almost every page of this nearly 600 page read. I loved it so much that I read it in two sittings and that was only because it was Thanksgiving weekend in Canada and my family would have been mighty ticked if I sat through dinner with a book in my hand… But I wanted to 😉
What I read was an incredible angst-filled story about a young woman venturing out on her own for the first time in her life, off to college. Tessa is a young woman in every sense, and I really got that from the way Ms. Todd wrote her. Naive and trusting, like many of us were at her age, and I felt myself relating to her. Especially her choices in the men in her life. What is it about a-hole men that attracts some of us. Hardin is the character that you love to hate, but I couldn’t help falling for him myself. Doesn’t mean he isn’t a class A asshat, but I could tell there was more to him and I wanted to know what “more” was.
The characters in this story are great! Every one of them playing the perfect part 😉
I think anyone reading this book needs to go in remembering what it was like trying to navigate through life after high school. Trying hard to stand on your own to feet and make grownup decisions, even if they were the wrong decisions.
After gave me one hell of a book hangover and I can’t wait to get my grabby little hands on book 2. Honestly, I am still reeling over this story. I will warn you that there is a cliffhanger in After and HOLY EFFING HELL, I did NOT see it coming!! Congrats Anna Todd, I can’t wait to see where you take this story. Nic
**I was provided with a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review