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I see so much potentials in this book but it fails First DNF book of the year. I see so much potentials in this book but it fails to hold my attention most of the time because of the boring writing. Plot - You can never find an absolute plot in this book. Every chapter is a complete waste because of so many unnecessary scenes that don't make any sense at all. Main Characters - If you can't love the main characters, then there's no reason to continue it.

Why pretend and fool yourself? Tessa and Hardin are both immature characters. They always bicker like children and wow, their childish behavior annoys the crap out of me! And don't even get me started on Hardin's attitude! Gaaah this guy makes me want to pull my hair out because he's simply such a prick! Cheating - Just so we're clear, I despise books with cheating, but I admit that there are books that I loved even when there's cheating involved but that's because they're simply well-written and well-justified.

But this? A girl cheats on her boyfriend just because her boyfriend is boring and omg there's a tattooed and pierced boy-next-door who's way hotter and exciting than him. And damn Hardin. This guy! He knows the girl has a boyfriend and yet he continues to seduce her just so he can prove that he's a sex god! I did try to like this book, honestly. But I just can't. It was a waste of time. Nuff said.

View all 49 comments. Carol p. Wendy Exactly Jun 11, PM. After, book 1 of 5. He consumes my thoughts and invades my dreams. After, book 1 follows Hardin and Tessa from an unlikely friendship and beyond. Their, at times, tumultuous relationship will be tested with demons from their pasts, jealousy, secrets, lies and betrayal. Yet their biggest obstacles will always come from within. Nine words to describe Hardin Allen Scott: Unpredictable, moody, flawed, broken, aloof, secretive, demanding, conflicted and possessive.

It ends shockingly with truth and understanding leading right to book 2, After We Collided for the continuation of their journey.

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Well, you bring out the best in me. View all 60 comments. View all 6 comments. Shelves: very-very-bad. WORSE there are so many mistakes here. View all 12 comments. If you thought the 'Fallen Crest High' series was full of angst and teenage melodrama, you haven't seen anything yet! I found this book to be equal parts irritating and addicting.

The "adult" part of me has to acknowledge the truth in much of the criticism I've seen regarding this story. Hardin and Tessa's relationship was a train wreck. I spent a lot of time rolling my eyes and thi If you thought the 'Fallen Crest High' series was full of angst and teenage melodrama, you haven't seen anything yet!

I spent a lot of time rolling my eyes and thinking "hang it up already". However, I'd be lying if I said that I didn't enjoy this story. It was a total guilty pleasure. Even though I was often annoyed, or even infuriated, by the goings on in this book, I couldn't turn away. I really enjoyed this book, despite the responsible adult in me saying I should run far in the other direction.

Tessa is portrayed as the quintessential sheltered prude. She is a sweet virgin, who dresses conservatively and arrives at her dorm with her over-bearing mother and high school sweetheart in-tow. Immediately, Tessa stands out and becomes a target for her roommate's hard-partying group of friends. More so than anyone else, Hardin seems to take extreme pleasure in tormenting Tessa.

He is constantly toying with her and trying to humiliate her. He goes out of his way to put her down, but he's always there. Despite all of his insults, he is constantly showing up in her daily life. Little by little, Tessa and Hardin form a tenuous friendship. Eventually, it grows into more. There are plenty of obstacles along the way -- none larger than Hardin's broody, closed-off, and often volatile nature. Time and time again, Tessa forgives Hardin for his reprehensible behavior.

These two might take the prize for the number of times a single couple can go back and forth, breaking up and making up, in a single book. It did start to wear on my nerves, even as I couldn't turn away. They were the perfect example of everything that only works in fiction. In real life, these two needed some serious counselling and intervention.

They were toxic, to an extreme degree. No way would I ever want to be any where near a couple like this in real life. However, for a smutty romance, they definitely kept things interesting. While I don't want to give anything away, I will say that the ending of this book gutted me. I actually cried. I was so furious, I think I might have felt the betrayal as acutely as Tessa did! So many times, I told myself that when this book was over that I wouldn't be diving back in for another round of their melodramatic, childish antics.

I was kidding myself. There was no way that I was going to skip the next book after that ending. It's on to the next book for me. As an aside, this book was apparently written as fan-fiction originally. It is supposed to be based on the lives of the boy band "One Direction". Since I'm not very familiar with this group, I don't have anything to offer in terms of how closely this book follows any of those band members.

If it does closely follow one of the bandmate's lives, God help the poor girls that are his prey. View all 36 comments. Jul 05, Karen Mc rated it it was amazing Shelves: 5-top-reads , angst , college. Sometimes you read a story that strikes you hard where you're drifting in the haze left from characters who clenched every part of you. My heart pounded fast like drums in my chest. After removed me from everything where I did nothing but LIVE thi Sometimes you read a story that strikes you hard where you're drifting in the haze left from characters who clenched every part of you.

After started out slow but a burn built that beckoned me right into the flames as my heart caught fire, a slow burn seeping into my soul.

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My emotions were heightened, swirling around in my head like a hurricane, waiting to hit. My feels flooded…all over me. After is thigh-clenching, adrenaline-inducing, emotional-exploding edge-of-your-seat exhilaration in words. Tess is a beautiful and innocent Her focus is on school and she doesn't need any distractions, even if it's the beautiful disaster of a bad boy named Hardin.

Hardin is like a drug; each time I take the tiniest bite of him, I crave more and more. Hardin is my favorite type of hero: a hot, inked, cocky, built, and broken alpha. I loved him. I hated him. Often, I didn't know how I felt about this devastatingly beautiful but mixed-up man. I am a moth to his flame, and he never hesitates to burn me. Hardin is smoldering inked perfection, a man who commands, where you can only succumb to the desire.

He makes me laugh and cry, yell and scream, but most of all he makes me feel alive. This heroine grows up so much in this story. I wanted to high-five her a few times for standing up for herself. I want to be good for you, Tess. Tess and Hardin are fire and ice. I both loathed and loved Tess and Hardin together. I wanted to both hug and hit some much-needed sense into them. My kindle almost didn't survive this story and neither did I. This book is bittersweet and broken love at its best.

Her words are LIFE!!! After was my HIGH I smiled If I could only feel one thing for the rest of my life, this would be it. View all 9 comments. Before you read this, please remember that this is my own personal opinion and that, with this very negative review, I'm by no means bashing those who liked this book or its characters. That being said, I think this is the first time in my reading experience where I wish I could rate a book -5 stars.

Because After is the most horrible thing I've ever read in my life. Not to mention the slut-shaming and the way it speaks to good gi Before you read this, please remember that this is my own personal opinion and that, with this very negative review, I'm by no means bashing those who liked this book or its characters. Not to mention the slut-shaming and the way it speaks to good girls as if being prude and inexperienced was something they need to fix right away.

I mean, I've read bad books before, and I sometimes found myself liking them or problematic characters anyway, but this? This is not problematic, not even slightly twisted. It's a straight up mess that was probably created for the sole erotic purpose but that gained a shitty plot in the making as well. The main character is one of the most unrelatable girls I've ever encountered and Hardin, her male counterpart should really consider therapy or else he'd definitely nerd to be locked away.

He was so scary, moody and crazy. Of course, there was the sex that should have made up for all of this, but not even all the positions of Kamasutra could save these two and their madness. Also, the stereotypes killed me. In this book people were evilized or seen as bad because they have tattoos. The charachters are ALL incredibly fucked up and they keep making mistake after mistake. I thought there was a limit to dumbness, even in a fictional world where every single character is a failure, but apparently I was wrong.

Character development? You won't find them here or in any other book of the series. This story left me so uncomfortable and shaken that I had to finish a whole jar of pickles to get over it. Again, if you liked it, I'm happy for you, but I will never understand how this is considered 'a masterpiece', or where it got all its success.

Sometimes, fanfictions should stay fanfictions. I wish I could unread it or at least forget stories as ugly as this one are being published like it's nothing, while real works of art get rejected every day. View all 11 comments. Jun 09, peachygirl rated it did not like it Shelves: read-in , annoying-heroine , cheating-alert , asshole-alert , contemporary , wattpad , overhyped. I read After when it was the 'It Book' on wattpad a couple of years back.

And I'm embarrassed to admit that I read all the 3 books in the series. In my defense, I wanted to see if the girl would grow some balls and dump Harry's sorry ass, which does happen time and again, till Harry strips and Tessa falls head over heels in lust. Needless to say I was repulsed. But the reader in me was furious with the way the author romanticised abuse. Still I suffered chapters in the hope of redemption or closure or anything to make me believe I hadn't wasted time on these books, but it was a hopeless cause.

So being the mature person that I am, I tried to forget I ever read such a shitty piece of literature and moved on. I was stumped and gave her a 40 minute lecture, which ended with me being called a wowser. And grandma. If anyone's reading this, come out of your After ever happy bubble and smell the fucking coffee.

Try to understand that what Hardin and Tessa had wasn't love. Or the kind of relationship you would want to aspire for. It was a disproportionate mess of lies, games, manipulation, emotional abuse, unhealthy attachments, unresolved mental issues and lots of sex! And I'm still trying to wrap my mind around the fact that this book is a bestseller.

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Just what the heck is wrong with everyone??! View all 17 comments.


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Dec 28, Chelsea chelseadolling reads rated it did not like it. This book is harmful garbage. Don't read it. Just don't. View all 3 comments. Aug 05, Evgnossia O'Hara rated it it was ok Shelves: buddy-read , romance , owned. This was my first buddy read along with my girls Mareira and Maria Vrisanaki. I have to thank those two amazing ladies who made the experience unique and one of the funniest in my life!

Even though the book was quite terrible, they made me laugh and enjoy the whole process. I have to admit that the first impression of the story was a positive one. Although, I knew that the first impressions aren't always accurate, I didn't even think about it. I was too into the story and the love interest betwee This was my first buddy read along with my girls Mareira and Maria Vrisanaki. I was too into the story and the love interest between these two completely different personalities.

Furthermore, it was an easy and fast-paced read and I could relate myself to the main character, Tess. She's described as a very organised young woman who had studied and sacrificed a lot to get into a dignified college. It is the perfect summer read". If only I knew After I've read the first half of the book I couldn't hide anymore my annoyance due to the childish behaviour of the two protagonists. I had supposed that Tess, would prove a mature young lady, since she was presented as an independent and self-sufficient character.

Moreover, her reading preferences, which included "Wuthering Heights" and "Pride and Prejudice" implied the presence of a mature personality, able to think and analyze every situation deeply as well as to cherish her uniqueness and her morals. I was very disappointed by the absence of the above. Besides, I only saw a regression in her behaviour and her believes.

She wasn't even able to stand for herself or to rely on her knowledge and qualifications to gain an internship. Hardin, Tess' love interest, was presented to the readers as a rude and a badass personage. The author keeps this consistent pattern throughout the story. There are some points where she tries to justify his behaviour and gives us the illusion that we can understand him. As a result, we begin to think that he has actually changed. Until the very end when the writer introduces her main plot twist.

Anna Todd uses a poor vocabulary and her writing style would characterised as a mediocre one. The language is repetitive and a little bit boring. The most important here is to emphasise the message that she wanted to pass. She forgot about this little and significant detail that every book has to contain.

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I better have to put it in another way. She somehow manages to pass all the wrong messages. Unfortunately, the story shows clearly that we don't have to embrace the difference but to be afraid of it. What is more, she insist clearly that there is no such concept as friendship between people who are "different". Finally, throughout the book she presents that women are nothing more than foolish, weak-willed and inefficient creatures. Sounds terrible?

It is terrible! All in all, if you are searching for your next funny, easy with a decent message read, this book is not for you. On the other hand, if you are in the mood to read a "50 Shades of Grey" related story, this one is the best solution. View all 25 comments.

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Jun 18, Charlotte rated it did not like it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. CW: domestic abuse, sexual assault Say what you will, Anna Todd is right about one thing. There is a life before and there is a life after, and once you cross that line there is no going back. The first thing that you have to understand about me is that I'm an awful little gremlin and I thrive when immersed in garbage. I don't know why I am the way that I am, but catch me surveying my kingdom of trash upon a throne constructed from My Immortal, The Room and their ilk.

When I heard about After I more or less cackled and rubbed my grimy little hands together in glee. I expected to be bad, and it IS bad. Everything about it is stilted, awkward and absurd. A select few of my favorite quotes, just to give you a taste of the glory: "You're thinking about me and have that feeling Don't you, Theresa? It's always a good sign when your sexual partner refers to your vagina as "down there!! Mere writing mechanics aside, there's plenty to revel in. There is no plot to speak of - instead, we lurch from scene to scene of the world's most unpleasant college students stewing in sexual tension, erupting to a screaming match, agreeing to never see each other again and then doing the same thing over again the next day.

As the book progresses, the conflict may also be solved with sex. The arguments will blur together. Time will no longer feel real. How did you get here? What is your name? Is it Tessa?? Really, the only thing that kept me lucid was the power of my rage, because I am just as much of a feminist hag as I am a trash gremlin.

Don't even try to tell me that this isn't a sick, sick relationship, or that Hardin is not an abuser. Just don't, because I have receipts: He tosses [my notes] in the air and they fall to the ground in a scattered mess I scramble to pick them up before he steps on them, but that's only funny to him.

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