Monday, 7 September 2015

Review: Bully by Penelope Douglas

Genre: YA/NA - Contemporary Romance - High School

Series: Fall Away (book 1)

Publication Date: 18th February 2014

Format: ebook

Blurb:

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. No, he'll barely even 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 more sadistic as time wore on, and I made myself sick trying to stay out of his way. I even went to France for a year, just to avoid him.

But I'm done hiding from him now, and there's no way in hell I'll allow him to ruin my senior year. He might not have changed, but I have. It's time to fight back. 

I'm not going to let him bully me anymore.


My Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

My Thoughts:

Ah… What to say about this book? I honestly don’t know. I don’t know if I loved it or if I hated it with a fiery passion… Honestly, my reaction is probably closer to I bloody hated it but it was addictive and I inhaled it in one sitting and I’m horribly tempted to read the others in the series… Which fills me with self-loathing but it is what it is and what it is is a book that inspires strong emotions.

It’s mature YA / young NA. The characters are in senior year of high school. Their ages make a lot of stuff that goes on a little bit unbelievable but on the other hand their ages are the only thing that could possibly justify their stupidity, attitudes and actions.

I didn’t connect with Tate very much and I really disliked Jared to the point I didn’t understand how any soft feeling could be directed towards him.
I constantly read books featuring damaged bad boys with hearts of gold. Bad boys who treat women like crap but have redeeming qualities or decent justifications for their asshattery. Jared had NONE. Seriously, none. He had justification for being a fuck up, sure, but NO REASON for his treatment of twitty - aka Tate -  and therefore was a completely unlovable prick.
Twitty, despite a lack of connection, I expected more of. Instead she blindly forgives a guy that isn’t just a bully but whose treatment of her is border line insane and falls in lurve.

I just didn’t get it.

My favourite bit was when she smashes up his car… But even that’s a complaint because she should have done it long before she did.

The whole book seemed to be written to ram home the point that bullying isn’t good. Bullying is bad. But instead it seems to actively promote the belief that abuse is a form of affection and even the most rabid of animals deserves love too if they were nice to you when you were little. 
Plus, the female characters in this book are poor examples of friendship and the guys are all horny dickheads incapable of fidelity or trust.

It was barking.

But I read it in one sitting and – to my shame and horror – I’m tempted to read this book from dickhead's - aka Jared - pov just to see what the hell goes through the guys head. 
Maybe that will explain everything that made no sense! Or maybe I’m just going t be even further enraged and disgusted.

Oh well! Can’t like everything I suppose.

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