Book Review: After by Anna Todd + Giveaway

After #1
Author: Anna Todd
Reading Level: New Adult
Genre: Romance
Released: October 21st 2014
Review Source: Gallery Books

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?

Give me a broken boy and a hot angst-ridden relationship any day of the week.
I couldn’t put this book down! It went with me everywhere so I could get my Hessa fix every spare moment I had. Talk about getting hooked from page one!

Tessa has moved into her dorm for her freshman year in college, she is already planning her classes and looking for an internship once she is settled, if there is one thing Tessa has clear it’s what she wants in life and where she sees herself in the future…at least until Hardin Scott walks into her life.

Tessa and Hardin are complete opposites. She is a good girl, excels in school, has the perfect boyfriend and has always been very sheltered by her controlling mother. I’d like for you to get to know Tessa while you are reading though if there is one thing I can tell you is that she is most definitely an innocent girl. Hardin on the other hand is anything but innocent, he is without a doubt a bad boy. Tattoos, piercings, a rotten attitude plus a dirty mouth and of course he gets around, you can find him with a different girl every weekend…oh wait! did I mention that he is smoking hot and British?... Yup, I know exactly what they tell us all to stay away from, and Tessa was no exception.
Hardin is not only a bad boy though, he is broken in a way and so is Tessa. They both have dealt with life altering family issues and even though they have channeled them differently they have more in common than they think.

Things for Tessa start changing the minute she meets her new roommate Stephanie, covered in tattoos and piercings the same as Stephanie’s group of friends, Hardin among them.
Though I’m sure you know where this is heading by now, calling Tessa and Hardin’s relationship a rollercoaster is the understatement of the year! The fighting and making up at times made me want to scream! I was equally frustrated  by both of them, Hardin for being a total and absolute jerk (sometimes a bit too much) and Tessa for a couple reasons, while I would have liked to see her stand her ground I bit more it also aggravated me that sometimes she didn’t know when to step back and give him some breathing space.
That’s what captivated me though, it was real and suffocating and my heart ached for both of them.

Anna writes in such a way that really allows you to understand and care for both characters and see past their flaws. As furious as Hardin could sometimes make me, I was just as easily disarmed by his vulnerability, Tessa was able to see past the barriers he put up and reach him in a way no one else ever has, it felt like she was made just for him I know that’s sappy.. but for real you guys!
I think this is what scares him and why he pushes her away taking it as far as being cruel with her sometimes, the lies and the coldness all part of his defense mechanism.

The love that grows between them over time is that all-consuming love that makes it hard to breathe, and though they often feel like they have reached a point where they just can’t continue with this back and forth, they can’t seem to stay away from each other, it’s like an invisible string that’s tied them together.
Tessa (and the reader)  see how tormented Hardin is and you can’t help (like Tessa) but to want to fix him, be there for him and tell him that you will never leave him while running your fingers through his magnificent curls *swoon*
But are there things that hurt so deeply and cause so much damage, that no matter how much you love that person you just can’t ever forgive them? Tessa may be find herself in that situation, looking back at the many times everyone told her to stay away from Hardin before he broke her heart.

The end of the book was… well let’s just say that I was blindsided and in total and utter shock, I knew there was something coming,  something that sooner or later would surface but nothing could have prepared me for what actually happened. Total devastation is putting it mildly! My heart broke into a million pieces and I couldn’t read through the angry tears rolling down my cheeks.

AFTER made me laugh, swoon, made me want to punch Hardin (and Tessa sometimes), made me cry…well it just made me feel.. ALL THE FEELS!

I usually like putting time between sequels but this time I can’t wait, I need to see how Anna will solve this really big mess, my stomach is in knots and I just don’t see how anyone can come back from what happened…

Finished copy of After by Anna Todd
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  1. Great review, I have a thing for bad boys, I'm so reading this one :D

  2. I only saw your rating and read first 3 lines of your review and I'm already convinced that I need to read this book ASAP! I've got it on my shelf and it's just a matter of actually getting to it! Thanks for the review :)
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