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, Tessashould 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 everythingAFTER … Life will never be the same.
I think I need to get a few things straight before I start with my thoughts regarding this book:
Besides reading the book description- I had no clue what this book was about. My hopes were high for this one. That was all.
When I saw the cover, I got confused because it said „ Wattpad Sensation IMAGINATOR 1D, on the bottom. Not really caring for the deeper meaning of that, I waved it off and started reading. I mean- give me a break. I´m 34. Hof should I know 1D stands for 1 Direction? ( pfft )
I had no idea the muse for the main character was T.H.E. Harry Styles. Uuhm… FYI- I didn´t know who Harry Styles was either after I found out about 1 Direction. Lol.
Anyways- I think it was a really good thing that I didn´t know all that stuff because I would have avoided the book. I´m not a big fan of fanfiction. BUT…since I didn´t know, I started reading and actually enjoyed the story ( I shit you not ).
Here´s the thing- I love myself a good, clean, well written story with old fashioned Heros who screw up and learn from their mistakes. But once in a while, I also totally enjoy the extreme types. The ones who need to screw up ( more than once ) big time before they wake up and smell the roses.
In `After` ( After #1 ) by Anna Todd. I can totally see why readers are so torn over this book. For one- it´s about an unhealthy relationship.What young woman would want to go through what Tessa ( Heroine ) went through? Probably no one.
But what young woman would fight for love? Many would.
It´s so damn unhealthy, extreme and dramatic. I trust no couple would live like these characters did. If so- WOW.
A young british guy, Hardin ( Notice something? Harry-Hardin…HA! It took me a while to see the connection. LOL) who´s rude, reckless, mean as hell, bad ass and treats people like dirt, while still looking drop dead gorgeous gets together with Tessa, a young uptight, prude, young woman who lives by rules and wears dreadful clothes. Both are complete opposites and through some miracle, they kind of / kind of not, hit it off. I usually can relate to a few things in a story. Not in this one.
But that doesn´t mean I didn´t enjoy the drama. * smile *
It´s out. I love drama in books. I´m a total sucker for twisted, confusing as hell, dramatic college students while reading. And `After` provided enough drama to last for 3 lifetimes.
I was sitting on the edge of my sofa while reading about all the shocking, unrealistic things that happened. All the time thinking about how I would have killed Hardin and his merry bunch of asshat friends, or how I would have hit Tessa with a frying pan just to force some common sense into her.
Some scenes were shocking as hell, and some were so beautiful that it made it hard not to like what these two characters were doing. ( Does that make any sense? It doesn´t seem so. But then again, the book only made half sense, and then it made perfect sense…..I need sleep.) Either way, I liked Hardin´s character. Yes, he was a brutal * cough cough * shithead. I had very strong feelings for him but that changed the deeper I got into the book. It became clear that sorry ass needed professional help.
Tessa, on the other hand….I couldn´t warm up to her character. She was a bit naiive for my taste. But….some scenes with her were okay.
`After` ends with an ugly cliffhanger. I advise any reader who decides to read `After` to have the second book ready because the ending of book one is infuriating.
Like I said- this isn´t your everyday lovestory. It´s about love that shouldn´t exist. `After` will evoke all kinds of feelings in a reader. It will enrage you, it will make you grateful for the non- lunatic boyfriend / hubby / Fiancé you already have, but it will also show you that some things are sometimes worth fighting for.
After I finished this book I spoke to a dear friend of mine and told her about „ the book I found“ and she then let me in on all the details about the book, the author, and Harry Styles. You just cannot expect for me to know who that boy is. Lol. I heard 1 Direction´s music in the radio before…but I lost the ability to connect music with names and faces ( that happens when you get older. LOL ). And when I googled Harry I found a person who DID NOT come close to the Hero, Hardin. Can you imagine how shocked I was? I might have been the last person on this earth to have found all that out. * sigh *
This was a fairly easy, yet long read. I´d recommend this story to anyone who loves TO MUCH unecessary drama.
The cover – 3 stars.- ( I thought the cover wasn´t exciting. But the title sounded good.)
The story – 5 stars – (Totally wacko, extreme and so SO unhealthy.)
The characters – 4 stars – Most characters were creepy, some were douchebags and some were extremely lovable.
My emotional state after reading – Stunned. Shocked. Lonely. Pissed. Heartbroken. Impressed.
I´m giving After ( After #1 ) by Anna Todd 4 out of 5 stars.
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