Book Review: After by Anna Todd

HIIIIII. I haven’t posted since November so…. Happy New Year! Okay, it is way past that but still. I do hope this year has been treating you well so far. For me, I am not sure what happened. But it was like as soon as 2020 came I had the sudden urge to read everything. I think I have read 13 books so far. That is a lot compared to me reading just 20 last year.

I also want to start blogging again. I miss it. I miss jotting my thoughts down. I have even started writing some. I never thought myself as a writer but I am realizing it is an outlet for me.

So I want my first post this year to be a book review. Y’all. This book. This series. It has been the best and worst series I have ever read in my whole life. I felt way too involved and it utterly destroyed me. But aren’t those the best?!

After (After, #1)
Title: After
Author: Anna Todd
Synopsis: 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?

*Spoiler Free*

Let me start of by saying this is smut. Complete smut. Do I normally read it? No. But was I consumed by the passion? For sure I was.

Also, let me say that this book has triggers. It deals with a toxic relationship, childhood trauma, mention of rape, quite a lot of triggers. So beware.

Now let me go on with my thoughts. I AM HARDIN SCOTT TRASH. Wait. I forgot to mention what even lead me to read this. My cousin told me to watch a movie on Netflix called After. It went a couple of months. I was laying in bed and in the mood to watch some chick flicks. Little did I know that Hardin with his British accent and tattoos would completely draw me in like a drug that I needed more of. As soon as the movie went off I borrowed the book and stayed up until 5 am. Immediately as I woke up I continued with it. That’s how intense this was.

But anyways Hardin is a mess of a boy. Probably, no not probably but definitely the most troubled character I have ever read about. His past life and troubles are so intense that I wanted to reach in and save him myself. I have never been so attached to a fictional character before. It was like I felt his pain. Maybe because I’ve experienced some of it myself. I don’t know. But whatever it was it killed me.

Tessa is also troubled. Not near as much but still troubled in her own ways. We get to see her change drastically in the short few months since she started college. I love her character. I see a lot of me in her. She’s also a character that I never knew I needed in my life.

Pretty much this book revolves around Hardin and Tessa. How they become enemies to lovers but then a horrible twist comes to life. It’s messed up in so many way.s I can’t even begin to fathom it. But this book was like a bag of potato chips that you can’t stop eating. It is a train wreck that you can’t take your eyes from. I needed more. I needed answers so I immediately borrowed the second book and stayed up way too late once more.

I also didn’t know this was suppose to be One Direction fan fiction. I didn’t know this until way later. I don’t even like One Direction or listen to them so I didn’t compare the characters to the band, at all.

Rating: 5/5 stars

Have you read this? What were your thoughts?

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