Book Review: After

After (After #1) by Anna Todd

My Rating: ⭐ ⭐

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?

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There was the time before Tessa met Hardin, and then there’s everything AFTER … Life will never be the same. 

Usually, after I read a book and go to bed, I feel calm and satisfied. Reading is like meditation to me. It’s a way to escape from the prison of reality and live in a better world, even though it does not really exist. I usually pick out the books that would give me a good experience. But this one was a mistake. It was such a mistake. This book was super fucking irritating that it made me scream in disgust and anger, and eventually throw my hands up in despair.

And even though I tolerated the first eighty percent of it without many complains, the last twenty percent of it made me want to scream until my lungs gave out. This book tried my patience. And I hated it for that.

I’m not sure why I read it. Maybe because everyone else has read it. Maybe because I adore Harry Styles and I’ve been his fan for as long as I’ve known him.

I’m not sure why I feel the way I feel right now. I just know that I haven’t read a book that’s made me as livid as this one, and I wish I could undo its impact. I just know that it’s three am right now and I’m writing all of this and I want to SCREEEAAAAMM.

I wish I could delete this book from my memory forever. I wish I could build a time-machine and tell my past self to not buy it because it is such a nightmare. I know I’m overreacting but I need to get all of this out of me. I hated this book. I hated it. Hate is a strong word. And yes, I HATED it.

This book was initially a fan fiction. And it was bad. Really, really bad. I’m not sure why they decided to publish it like a real book.

I like it when I’m able to learn a thing or two from the books I read. But this book didn’t teach me anything. Well, anything except that I won’t even think about this series. It was such a bad experience.

Okay, let’s talk about my reasons to hate this book.

So, where should I start? Let’s talk about the plot first. Or maybe not. Because it does not exist.

Let me summarize this book for you all. A girl named Tessa Young leaves her sweet and smart (when to compare somebody with Hardin they appear sweet and smart!!!) boyfriend for a conceited, psychopathic and abusive piece of crap who is called Hardin Scott. The two hate each other but still can’t stay away from having sex with each other. Also, if you want me to be a little spoiler-y, insert some parties with other cynical bastards that call themselves each other’s friends, casual hookups, drugs, slut-shaming and a million screaming matches between the two idiotic and dislikable main characters…um, and passionate kissing scenes that do not stack up. Oh, and I forgot, insert a sexual assault that’s not even acknowledged in the book. If you’re wondering how they are spoilers, let me tell ya’ll, this book doesn’t have anything else. So they ARE spoilers. And trust me you do not want to read the last twenty-percent of it if you don’t want to end up in a literal mental hospital.

I’m not sure I like Tessa. She is the stupidest main character I’ve ever read about since she can’t keep away from such a crappy man who keeps shoving himself into her life and is clearly in need of some intense therapy sessions twice daily.

Hardin is the worst character I’ve ever read. I’m not sure why I even wanted this character to be good, or become better by the end of this book. Spoiler alert: he shows his true fucking colours. He is emotionally abusive. He is a bully. He makes fun of people and calls them “square” for their life choices like wearing certain clothes or not having sex until marriage. He does things without worrying about how they would affect others. He screams, yells, breaks things for little or no reason. He literally has sex with someone just so he could win a bet even though he knows how much having sex means to them. He just spoils everything. He plays the martyr and tries to manipulate others. I hate his guts. I wish I could erase this character out of my mind.

I hated their relationship from the beginning, but I was still ready to ship them. And now I can’t. Don’t you dare tell me this is a romance book, because it is NOT. It is a fucking hate story which has the worst, most toxic and abusive relationship of all time. Also, I hated when Tessa kept giving him a million chances because he does not fucking deserve it. Why Tessa why?

And don’t even get me started on the friends. I hate them. I hAtE them. I so fucking hate them.

So, no plot, absolutely douchey and horrible characters, repetitiveness, a lot of sex scenes because there was nothing else to write about, and bad writing. This book shouldn’t have existed. And if it had to, I shouldn’t have read it. I was supposed to love it, y’all. But I hated it.

There wasn’t anything in the book that I could like. Except that it ended. Finally. I don’t know why I even purchased it. And I’m so happy that I didn’t purchase the rest of the books in this series because I don’t want to read them. I can’t do it. I can’t fucking do it.

I don’t recommend this book to anyone I care about because this is…you already know!

So, did you read this series? What did you think about it? Let’s talk in the comments.

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