Title: After series by Anna Todd
Publication Date: October 21, 2014
Genre: New Adult *This has explicit adult themes*
Synopsis: There was the time before Tessa met Hardin, and then there’s everything AFTER… Life will never be the same. #Hessa
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?
So I wasn’t sure about this one. I’d heard of Anna Todd’s amazing story as a Wattapad author, but I was also like, One Direction fanfiction…nah. I struggled the first time I read “Fifty Shades,” because of the “Twilight,” parallelisms. But when a friend of mine read them and went bananas over Anna Todd’s Hardin and Tessa, I figured I’d pick them up and see what all the fuss was about. I really enjoyed them but I had some mixed feelings. Let me break them down:
What I liked: Despite the back and forth nature of their relationship I really likes Hardin and Tessa. Todd definitely knew how to write two completely engaging characters. Their relationship was what kept me reading throughout the series. I needed to read just so that I could figure out if they ever made it out of the drama and ended up together. Whatever you say about this series, you can’t deny that Todd writes these characters with white-hot chemistry. Seriously, from the beginning I was like “Woah, steam central.” When Hardin and Tessa are on they are a great couple, but when they are off you kind of want to punch them both in the face.
What I didn’t like: The whole back and forth thing was beyond annoying at times. I mean I like drama just as much as the next person but there were times I couldn’t even let myself engage in the story because I was constantly waiting for the other shoe to drop.
Overall, I enjoyed the story. It’s dramatic as hell, but the main characters have major sizzle. There were some cliche moments (okay, a lot of cliches) but it was a pretty good story. 2.5/5