Author: Penelope Douglas
Series: Fall Away #1
Publication Date: June 17th 2013
My name is Tate. He doesn't call me that, though. He would never refer to me so informally, if he referred to me at all.
We're neighbors, and once, we were best friends. But then, one summer, he turned on me and has made it his mission to screw up my life at every opportunity. I've been humiliated, shut out, and gossiped about all through high school. His pranks and rumors got more sadistic as time wore on, and I made myself sick trying to hide from him. I worried about what was around every corner and behind every door.
So I left.
I spent a year studying abroad and bathed in the freedom of life without Jared. Now I'm back to finish up high school and get the hell out of here forever. I'm hoping that after a year of breathing room, he's moved on and forgotten all about me.
But even if he hasn't changed, I have. I'm not interested in avoiding him or turning the other cheek anymore. We're going to go head to head, because neither of us wants to back down.
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MY BEAUTY SLEEP IS OVER!!
I cannot get my mind out of this book!! It has been ages since I'd had a book hangover and I'm telling you now, it feels soooo good!!
Damn me for not starting this book earlier. I had it on my kindle for a long time but never had the chance to start reading because I just couldn't wrap my mind around it. But then, after all of the amazing reviews and comments about it, I thought "why not? It doesn't bite". Well, let's just say I was wrong. It does bite. And it sure hurts like hell (in a good way).
So BULLY tells the story of Tatum Brandt (looove the name). She's a bit weak at first, scared and small, which I wasn't used to. I'm more used to strong and brave girls who can stand up for themselves. But then, as I read on, I realise that I love this character of Tate. She might have been a bit weak at first, but then she gradually grew to be braver and stronger. Her character changes a lot and I could never get tired of reading her thoughts and emotions.
And then there was Jared. He's a bastard. One word. B-A-S-T-A-R-D. Seriously, I mean, he bullies Tate, and he turns the whole school against her. Well, like Tate, his character changes as well. Yes, I just made it clear that I just called him a bastard, but somehow, I still fell in love with him. That was because, as I kept reading (not like I could stop, at all), I realise that he's doing this with a reason. Every single action that he does has a reason, even if you think it's a bad one, it's still a 'reason'. As I read more and more about him, I realise that he was exactly like Tate. He might've seemed like a bully, but in his head, he never realised it until it was too late.
This book wasn't just only about love or friendship. Yes, it was the main topic, but it was also about stopping yourself before you go too far. Jared, he was a bully at first, but he didn't realise it. Tate, at first she was scared and small, but then as her character changes, there were a few times where she was starting to act like she was the bully instead. But I love reading about all of these problems. Tate had to stop herself a few times just to realise that she was acting way too far, and somehow it just stirs up the whole story, making it more juicier. LOL!
AND THE CARS!! OMG THE CARS!! The racing!! THAT WAS HOT!! I mean, I might not love cars like boys do, but I still find them so exciting that I just want to jump around (or maybe that's because I love Fast & Furious...hhmm...). But letting your girlfriends drive??? BRING IT ON!! (LOL, I'm not going to reveal anything else...too much infomation. You need to read it yourself)
Overall, I fell deeply in love with everybody in this book. I'm still hungover that I DON'T want to start a new book. And that is shocking to a bookaholic like me (and you). OMG! I need the next book to this amazing series!! Like, NOW!! This book is definitely going on my 'Book Hungover' list. Wait, I need to go make one...
About The Author
Penelope Douglas is a writer and teacher in Las Vegas. Born in Dubuque, Iowa, she is the oldest of five children. Penelope attended the University of Northern Iowa, earning a Bachelor's degree in Public Administration, because her father told her to "just get the damn degree!" She then earned a Masters of Science in Education at Loyola University in New Orleans, because she HATED public administration. One night, she got tipsy and told the bouncer at the bar where she worked (yes, she was drunk at work)that his son was hot, and three years later she was married. To the son, not the bouncer. They have spawn, but just one. A daughter named Aydan. Penelope loves sweets, the show Sons of Anarchy, and she shops at Target almost daily.
Bully (Fall Away #1) is my first book, published June 3013. Please look for the companion novel, Until You, in late fall 2013 and Rival in the summer of 2014.