After (After #1) by Anna Todd
Release Date: October 21st, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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?
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There was the time before Tessa met Hardin, and then there’s everything AFTER … Life will never be the same.
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After was a very emotional read for me. I was hooked from page one. I was happy one minute, the cursing at my Kindle the next. I love Anna Todd’s writing and was happy to revisit this book. I feel like it had been ages since I read through Tessa and Hardin’s story. Then I remember how it all started when I got to their first meet. I wondered what in the h#ll did I find so enticing in Hardin. Through the heavy emotions, you come to find that Hardin has struggled with the “feels” for what seems like a life time. He just does not know how to deal with wanting to care for someone else.
Oh Tessa. She is one of my favorite people. She seems like she is small and meek. But when it is time to fight, she fights with her heart and soul! She can not help how Hardin makes her feel alive. Yes she has her relationship that her mother approves of. But it is so clinical that it is almost funny. But I could truly understand the confusion she had when she wanted to stay true to one man, but had this urge to explore with another.
The battle that Tessa and Hardin go through in book one is just the beginning. I loathed Hardin when he went into a bet with his friends that had came back and destroyed Tessa. This book truly made me understand what a love/hate relationship was about. After will suck you in and not let go. You will crave for more and only hope that these two will make it out okay before destroying each other. This book will always stay in my heart.
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Anna Todd is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of the After series. Hailed by Cosmopolitan as “the biggest literary phenomenon of her generation,” Anna began her literary career on the social storytelling platform Wattpad. Serialized on Wattpad in 2013, After has over 1.5 billion reads on the site. The print edition, published in 2014 by Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, has over 15 million copies in circulation, has been published in over 30 languages and is a #1 bestseller in Italy, Germany, France and Spain.
A native of Ohio, Anna was a voracious reader all her life, citing Pride & Prejudice, Wuthering Heights and Fifty Shades of Grey as some of her favorites. In 2012, after discovering the world of fanfiction for fandoms like Twilight, The Vampire Diaries, The Mortal Instruments, Anna began writing as a way of continuing the stories she so loved from fanfiction community.
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