AFTER – Anna Todd (Honest Review)

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Genre: New Adult – Contemporary
Target Audience: 17+
Rating: B- (72%)
Goodreads Rating: 4/5

GOODREADS DESCRIPTION:
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?
Now newly revised and expanded, Anna Todd’s After fanfiction racked up 1 billion reads online and captivated readers across the globe. Experience the Internet’s most talked-about book for yourself!
There was the time before Tessa met Hardin, and then there’s everything AFTER … Life will never be the same.

Stories written on Wattpad or fanfiction.net have always been the stories that grab my attention. Those are the stories written purely for the love of writing, because there’s no guarantee that someone will discover them. That’s why when a book that get so much praise on the internet becomes a book, it peaks my attention.

Originally, After was written as a One Direction fanfiction, and I’m going to be honest, I had a ton of fun trying to figure out who was who in the book (as the names have been changed). Stories based off of real people like this don’t phase me, I’ve had people whisper at me when I was reading After telling me that it was based off Harry Styles like they were trying to save me from some horror. I already know that, but I don’t really know anything about Harry Styles, and I really doubt he’s anything like Hardin, because ho ho, there’s a topic I’m going to dive deep into.

Hardin is not a nice person. Hardin is more than just a downright jerk, he’s just a bad person, and Tessa’s so blinded by the idea that she can’t see past it. I’ve read the first and the second book, and I’m not reading any further, the relationship shared between these two just makes me ill. I know every relationship is unique and different, but there’s arguing and then they’re emotional abuse. Not to mention the other stuff – which I won’t talk about because, spoiler.

Maybe I spent my time hoping that Hardin would grow. Evolve into the butterfly that he’s promised to be. Maybe that was too high of expectations, so my one warning if you try to give this bad boy a go, (see what I did there? punned.) have patience with the characters, because boy-o-boy, it’s needed.

Plot-wise, I know I enjoyed it, because I read it over a few days, but I’m uncertain if that’s because I was spoiled for the entire book and just knew what was coming, or if it was because I genuinely liked it. I can’t tell, and I won’t be able to tell you. 😦

The writing was good, a vast improvement on where it used to be. I’ve been trying to improve my tolerance for writing styles I don’t like. Sometimes I won’t like a book because the writing is too simple or the author’s style just bugs me a little, and that’s a personal thing, which is why most of the time I don’t mention it. But this was one of the books that had a writing style that bugged me a little, but there’s nothing actually wrong with it. It’s just personally, it’s not my favourite.

Anyways, I’ll jump from my soap box and let you continue with your day. Have a good one!

The break down of my rating:
Plot: 
6/10
Characterisation: 7/10
Development:
9/10
Style & Tone: 7/10
Enjoyment Factor: 7/10

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