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“Be prepared to have an emotional explosion!” (Biblio Belles)
“Anna Todd manages to make you scream, cry, laugh, fall in love, and sit in the fetal position... Whether you have read the Wattpad version or not, After is a can't miss book – but get ready to feel emotions that you weren't sure that a book could bring out of you.” (Fangirlish)
About the Author
- ASIN : B00L01GJBM
- Publisher : Gallery Books; Media Tie-In edition (October 21, 2014)
- Publication date : October 21, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 4574 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 593 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,911 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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First let's start with the fact that the characters read far younger than they are. Tessa reads more 16 than a college student and Hardin doesn't read close to 20 which he would be as a second year student. Tessa's internal monologue was grating and the constant screaming and use of exclamation marks was just—well let's just say I would rather stick bamboo in my fingernails then continue reading.
On to the next point which may contain spoilers so skip this if you don't want anything spoiled. Neither character had any redeemable qualities. I read a lot about it being a toxic relationship and people putting the blame on Hardin, but let's be honest, Tess is just as bad. What this book boils down to is sex and not love. After Hardin constantly treating her like crap she always runs back and guess what they do? Yup, fool around. So I repeat, that's not love, that's lust. For instance: After getting in a big fight with Hardin (and after cheating on her boyfriend for weeks) Tessa calls her BF and begs him to skip out on school and drive 3 hours to see her just to piss Hardin off. Once he gets there, she ditches him the second Hardin "needs her" then proceeds to take her boyfriend's car and stay the night with Hardin without telling her BF. Then proceeds to screw around with Hardin. Things obviously blow up the next day but then she gets back with her boyfriend to once again cheat on him and then dump him. These are HER actions, nothing Hardin pushes, in fact he tells her she's pathetic and stupid for breaking it off with him.
Then there is a crap ton of back and forth. Seriously, they fight every chapter and considering most chapters are below 1,500 words that's draining.
The final blow is the fact that the writing is crap. Very choppy and the lack of contraction makes the writing seem odd. Most people won't say "I will take you. they'll say "I'll take you." I don't mind it in the narration, but when people are talking it should sound like people are talking.
In the end, I made it to 65% which is pretty good considering I had to stop frequently. I'm really not sure how this is so popular and why just like 50 shades, they are making a movie which will obviously be terrible because the source material is terrible. (Speaking of 50 shades, there are so many plot points taken from there it literally made me roll my eyes.) I did skip to the end and the way it ends is so contrived I just can't. At almost 600 pages you would think more would actually happen.
So, if you like characters with actual substance, then skip this book. If you want to read constant yelling then screwing around with no underlying ANYTHING—then this is your book.
Tessa is supposed to be this innocent person, but she purposefully pushes Hardin's buttons and throws herself at him around every corner. Hardin physically grabs Tessa throughout the whole book when she's trying to remove herself from the situation, therefore removing her option of escape, and then proceeds to tell her emotionally and mentally abusive things. I'm in my twenties, not much older than these characters are supposed to be, but every single time I read their conversations, I thought I was reading the words of elementary school children. I couldn't even make it all the way through the unnecessarily lengthy novel because I was so tired of reading the same argument after the 100th time after their breakup/makeup.
I sincerely hope that whoever reads this book does not view this relationship as something to strive towards. Please, for the sake of every other good novel out there, do not waste your money on this one.
Anyway, this book truly destroyed a piece of my soul. I’ve never hated both main characters of a story like I do this one. I truly have no clue how they’re going to turn whatever this book was into a movie. There is no plot, there is no climax, it’s a constant moving train that’s on fire with no way out. And I know that sounds appealing but it’s not. Hardin is truly the worst male character I have ever read about. This is the most emotionally and mentally abusive relationship I’ve ever read about in YA and I am so incredibly disappointed in everyone in this story!
I’ve never wanted to throw a book away as much as I have this one. I just can’t even.
Also, it’s 2019. Can we PLEASE stop writing female characters who slut-shame another girl for being more sexually active and wearing more revealing clothes??? We are all way too old for this and it made me hate Tessa even more.
This was a dumpster fire. Almost like a car crash; so bad and horrific you just can’t look away.
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Panic set in, how can I do this, it goes against everything I’ve ever read, seriously I’m about to read a book about One Direction!
Now let’s get this out there, I am not a One Direction fan, my knowledge stretches to knowing that the curly haired one dated Caroline Flack.
The truth is I don’t care who the characters were originally based around, because this book is a work of FICTION.
I feel I need to address the rape and abuse allegations that flit around social media regarding this book.
Within the pages of After you are pulled into a story of love, now this isn’t the Disney love story we grew up believing in but then again we also don’t have genies living in lamps.
What Anna Todd has created is a story of love that’s so consuming the characters can’t control their emotions, BOTH characters use things against each other and in some cases their love and hate divide walks a very fine line.
There is no glorifying of abuse or rape within the pages of After,
Todd has captured the emotions and thoughts of Tessa Young our main protagonist in ways that allow us to see the inner turmoil she at times experiences.
Tessa is about to embark on a new life at college. leaving behind her mother and boyfriend Noah,
But college doesn’t introduce Tessa to like minded people, instead she meets roommate Steph, a tattooed party lover who has a whole crowd of friends she is willing to share.
One of these being Hardin, a guy who manages to get under Tessa’s skin.
I’m torn on how to describe the characters because I didn’t particularly like Hardin or Tessa. At times they both annoyed me and there are moments where I hated Hardin and everything he did.
That being said there is a great mix of characters throughout this story, from the manic Molly to the loveable Landon and let’s not forget nice Noah.
But despite my lack of love for the characters I could not put this book down, it was the emotion that drove this book for me and it’s that which has left me desperate to read more.
There are elements of this book that shocked me, facts that disgusted me but hand on heart I loved it.
With its short chapters this 592 page story is definitely a quick read, there was life before this book and then there was everything AFTER!
Goodness... I didn't realise publishing companies would be ok to publish so much nonsense.
It was so cringe. From start to finish.
The book seems to have been written by a pre-pubescent girl. The conversations between Tessa and Hardin were so juvenile and childish, I wanted to slap some sense into Tessa and call the cops on Hardin.
Even the sex... felt like a child trying to describe what they thought an x-rated scene would be like... the author could not even bring herself to use the word penis or breast.
This book is really really not ok. It's message to young girls is that love is suppose to hurt and if it doesn't, you aren't doing it right.
The abuse is atrocious and alarming and I am mortified that young girls will use this as a model to measure what love and affection is suppose to feel like.