After by Anna Todd Book Review

Book Description (via Goodreads): 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, and tattoos, 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?

I have given After by Anna Todd five out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

BLOODY NORA! This god damn book has me reeeeeeling!

This is one of my most long awaited reads that I’ve been wanting needing to pick up ever since I watched the first movie! After is part of one of my favourite franchises to date, despite the rushed movies and change of actors/actresses (DO NOT get me started!!) I thoroughly enjoyed what I saw onscreen and couldn’t wait to pick up the books! However, time went by and After We Collided the movie came out and I couldn’t help myself but to go to the cinema (three times in total) to watch this movie 👀 before picking up the books even though I knew that the movie content would never match up to the detail we receive in a book. Part of me always regrets watching the movie adaptation before reading a book as all you can then picture are the actors/actresses who play these characters onscreen instead of conjuring up a picture in your mind, but nothing could prepare me for what I was about to read when I picked up After…

Holy. Guacamole. It’s the middle of Autumn and this book made me feel as though I was in the scorching heat with the amount of lust and anger I endured whilst reading this story. There’s just something about Anna Todd’s writing style which refrained me from putting this book down, but only when I really had to do something this book would not be in my hands. I couldn’t keep away!

I tried really hard to put the movie adaptation to the side and not compare it to the book as there is such a difference between the two however, I remember watching an interview of Anna Todd’s where she had said that she didn’t get to have a lot of say into what would be included in the first movie which was why it ended up being so PG-13 instead of a toned down version of fifty shades (minus the sex toys/accessories).

I reaaallllyyyyy disliked both Hardin and Tessa’s characters in the book. Their relationship is so toxic and too dramatic that I started to roll my eyes at some parts, but the lust was honestly so refreshing and kept me from completely cancelling their relationship as a whole. They were too on and off that I couldn’t tell whether they were coming or going. One recurring part that I didn’t like and refuse to glamourise was the “yanking” and “grabbing” that Hardin kept doing to Tessa’s arm to keep her from walking away, that have me abusive feelings and I wasn’t okay with that at all.

This book mainly revolves around Hardin and Tessa so I didn’t get to create as much of a connection with the secondary characters i.e. friends and family members, as much as I would’ve wanted to. I hope we get to learn more about them in the rest of the book series as it would be interesting to find out some of their background stories, especially Molly, Zed and Steph.

I can’t believe how many feelings this book made me go through! There were so many moments in this book which had me audibly gasping, especially the confrontational argumentative moments and the BIG MOMENT (which I only know from watching the movies) that in my eyes is unforgivable had me weeping! My emotions were flailing all over the place and my heart sunk so deep into my chest I was aching a good while after finishing this book.

I honestly cannot wait to delve into After We Collided, I am definitely ready to carry on reading about this crazy relationship which I simply can’t stay away from.

Have you read After by Anna Todd? Have you watched the movie adaptation of this book? If so, what did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading,

Claire 📚

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