Title: After (After #1)
Author: Anna Todd
Release date: 21 October
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There was the time before Tessa met Hardin, and then there’s everything AFTER… Life will never be the same. #Hessa
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.nd 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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If I hadn’t have been told this book was fan fiction based on One Direction it wouldn’t have made a difference to the enjoyment levels of the book. Being a non-fan (*ducks and hides*) of 1D the only connection, to me, that was glaringly obvious was Hardin Scott’s name being the same initials and syllables as a member of the band.
Hardin is our male lead. He is rough around the edges and seems to be in a perpetual foul mood. His attitude towards our leading lady, Tessa Young no different to what you’d expect the bad British boy to have.
Tessa is growing up fast since moving away to college. Away from her controlling mother and perfect, Gap cardigan wearing boyfriend. Into the world of study, parties and boys.
Hardin fights the foreign feelings he has for Tessa, acting out hurtfully and spitefully towards her and making her upset, angry and tearful a lot of the time. But she keeps going back for more; feeling a connection to him that she’s never felt towards another person.
You see their dynamic change and grow through the book and even though there are times when they go around and around the same circle – leaving you feeling frustrated and wondering if the whole 582 pages are just the same thing over in a loop – the story does continue. And that ending. Oh my. It may be my ignorance or naivety but I did not see that ending coming. You know something was up and I didn’t have any theories as to what it was but others may have done and they may have been the correct guess to the ending of this first part of Hardin and Tessa’s story together.
The chapters aren’t too long and for me this meant it was even harder to put the book down as I knew that something must be happening soon and if it was in the next chapter it wouldn’t be much longer for me to wait to find out.
Well done to Anna for the way she ended that first book. I am in awe of her writing and can see why she got so many hits on Wattpad. It has left me with tears in my eyes for Tess and a crack in my heart for Hardin. I want to be angry at her for not seeing it sooner (it being the ending – no spoilers here!) and I want to hate Hardin for his actions but I just can’t find it in me.
I am so thankful to have been given the opportunity to read this as it would have been something I would have simply overlooked in favour of the many other books in my TBR list. And I am grateful that the wait between books isn’t too long! All four parts to their story will be out by the end of February 2015! Bring it on I say. Make me fall in and out of love with these characters some more!
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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After We Collided (18 November release): Amazon UK | Amazon US
After We Fell (30 December release): Amazon UK | Amazon US
After Ever Happy (10 February release): Amazon UK | Amazon US