Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Review: Bully by Penelope Douglas - 5 Star Review!

Hi all!

Something surprisingly good!

Author: Penelope Douglas 
Title: Bully 
Series: Fall Away #1 
Release date: 17th of June 2013 
Published by: Penelope Douglas 
Reading level: FICTION – ADULT: Contemporary, New Adult 
Pages: 360 in Kindle e-book format 
Source: Bought from the Amazon.com for Kindle 


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. 


I’ve read too much praise for this book to not pick it up, so that’s what I did and, modestly saying, this book blew my mind! I usually, even if I like a book, constantly check the number of pages left, but it didn’t happen not once during reading this. And that, right there, is a miracle. 

The storyline itself wasn’t anything overly original or out of the world, but that wasn’t also what made this book amazing to me. Here’s my top 3: 

3. The intense, burn-everything-in-its-presence, throw-away-your-panties, on-the-edge-of-your-seat, stop-the-torture, sexual tension/passion or whatever it was between Jared and Tate – because it was indescribable in words. Will they, won’t they, hate you, don’t hate you, do do do, nooo, etc, etc – it was nonstop and didn’t let off steam even when they actually gave in and decided to do something about their incredible attraction. And, what a realization it was, they were on fire together. Funny, all the BDSM books popping up nowadays haven’t been able to raise the level of steamy to what these two were able to create, at least to me.

2. The general mature note of the book. This story was basically adult to me and I loved it! It seemed as teenagers were acting like they should have or how they do. At the same time it didn’t go overboard and managed to be decent and tame. 

1. And the winner is…the heroine Tate! She was simply awesome (after coming back from her trip of course). I should have top a three just for the reasons why she rules, because there’s just too many to name otherwise, but let me try and count down the reasons: she kicked some major butt – literally, she had the courage and will to make the change from being the victim to someone who could protect and fight for herself, she didn’t let anyone put her down, she said it how it was and her comebacks were sharp and to the point, at times hilarious as well, fear was unknown to her – she did some crazy stuff, but she wasn’t unreasonable or careless, despite everything, she managed to be sweet and extremely likable, and the list goes on. 

Something that made me think: Bullying is not ok, ever, it’s disgusting and degrading and can destroy a person forever, so what Jared did is unforgivable, but I don’t blame Tate for fighting fire with fire, even though, she might have gone overboard as well. So where is the line? If someone bullies you and you fight back with the same methods, is it falling to the same lever? What is the correct behavior? I couldn’t help but root for Tate, but I was unable to fully hate Jared either, I guess that’s good storytelling right there. 


Tate – Well, I’ve already discussed my obsession with her, no need to cross the line. 

Jared – No denying he was a sexy hunk, a troubled and intense one. But mostly, he was a mess, well, a hot mess. He was also the reason for my main con for the book, as much as I liked him. Honestly, THAT is not a reason to bully someone, I wasn’t convinced, it was too petty and insignificant to me, but then again people are illogical and he definitely had reasonsto lash out. So I’m conflicted regarding him. 

Can-I-just-forget-you-exist character: KC – I understand that she was great to stand by Tate’s side through thick and thin, but her one choice and how she acted to her friend because of it was just a deal breaker. You just don’t do that to your friend, ever, ever. I’m sorry, but she was a big fat traitor, I don’t care about the “good” she did. Yes, it’s hard for me to forgive. 


A great new adult book that will make you actually think about the issue at hand while reading about two hot teenagers being hot for each other while trying to hate the other. A lot of unresolved passion, hate, hurt and love between those two. I wholeheartedly recommend this book!

5 stars!