Series: Fall Away #1
Published by Penguin on 2014-02-18
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Penelope Douglas delivers an unforgettable New Adult romance that toes the fine line between love and hate.... My name is Tate. He doesn't call me that, though. He’ll barely refer to me at all, and he’ll hardly ever speak to me. But he still won't leave me alone. We were best friends once. Then he turned on me and made it his mission to ruin my life. I've been humiliated, shut out, and gossiped about all through high school. His pranks and rumors got worse as time wore on. I even went to Europe for a year, just to avoid him. But I'm done hiding from him now, and there's no way I'll allow him to ruin another year. He might not have changed, but I have. It's time to fight back. When one brave young woman stands up to her best friend Jared, now tormenter, the consequences go beyond anything either of them ever would have imagined.... Praise for Bully:
This is not your typical “bullying” story of course. Yes there were some terrible things being done (I’m not downplaying bullying at all – it’s a very real crime in today’s young society) and the gut-wrenching feeling that you get in the pit of your stomach when you believe deep in your heart and soul that you’re unwanted, unloved and a social pariah was very evident. I, as a reader, felt every ounce of pain and heartbreak for Tatum (Tate). That is directly reflected back onto the author by how well she portrayed it into words. What makes it not so conventional is the fact that bullyER – Jared and bullyEE – Tate, were BEST FRIENDS only a few years prior. So you just know that something’s behind it all and you spend the rest of the book dying to find out what that something was.
Along the way you meet some pretty horrible people, some pretty wonderful people AND you even meet some people whom you thought were your friends and they end up being douchebags!!! Or at the very minimum hurtful to you even when they “didn’t mean to be” ~ insert one BFF K.C. here!!! Damn I was mad at her! I’d say that Tate was a lot more forgiving than I would have been. In fact, I know she was.
There are so many amazing scenes in the book that I can’t really pinpoint just one or two without giving away some spoilers and I don’t want to do that with this summary. I will say though, View Spoiler »that hundreds of shimmering Christmas lights in the autumn IS a wonderful thing isn’t it? OMG!!!! « Hide Spoiler
Penelope Douglas is brilliant with this book. Her pace and timing are spot on. The climax at the end of each chapter is wicked. Hence sleep deprivation. Her words don’t make you feel like you’re reading but actually… watching and witnessing… like a movie. There was never once during the book where I wanted to skim over anything because the description was taking too long. Not even during parts where people who I grew to dislike were involved. Every single ounce of the book was amazing. The few tiny little things that did make me stop and think “really?” doesn’t even take away from the amazingness of this book.
This book has everything really. Laughter, and I mean the out loud kind, anger, angst, fear and disgust, swoon worthy moments and moments that you needed an air-conditioner to breathe and even some moments when you needed the biggest tub of ice-cream on the planet with a ladle rather than a simple spoon. I simply devoured this book. Loved it! I cannot wait for book 2. I read somewhere along the line that it’s about Madoc. I sure hope so. I liked him!