REVIEW | Bully by Penelope Douglas

18090508“I wanted to hate everybody. But with you, I still needed you in a way. I needed you to not forget me.”

Bully (Fall Away #1)
by Penelope Douglas
Published June 17th 2013
Link to Goodreads
New Adult Contemporary 

Read on 30 June 2015
My rating: ★★★★★

 

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

My thoughts:

This is one of those books I didn’t expect to give five stars at first.

Bully had a nice start with previewing an event in the past before Tate leaves to study abroad. The event previewed Jared, who has an attitude that’s beyond horrible and his best pal, Madoc.

Jared, Jared, Jared… I never expected to like this guy, but in the end, I did. The title of this book really fits him, because he’s been a huge bully towards Tate since freshmen year. The pranks and rumours he’s made through out those three years have been ridiculous and immature. Some of them were definitely below the belt. But somehow, when he revealed the reason behind those actions made me dislike him a little less. The anger changed into pain and sympathy, and I just couldn’t help but be sad for him. As for Madoc, he’s a real pain in the butt sometime, but he was just being loyal to Jared.
I honestly think if he didn’t have such a bad start with Tate, they’d be great friends. If none of these bad things happened to all of them, they would really really be a great group of friends.

I would just like to praise Tate. Though she’s gone through many things, she learned to hold on and stay strong for herself. It always seems that she could keep herself together. She’s always the better, stronger person whenever there’s something wrong going on. After coming back from a year abroad, she’s definitely been a better person. Although there were instances where she becomes the bully, she knows how to reflect on her actions, and learns to be the better one to handle the situation. Almost, almost maturely. We’re talking about bullying here, so almost everything seems immature.
Anyway, the progression of her character was just a good feel to grow in to. I feel like she could be a role model to people who used to not stand up to their bullies.

Anyway, I really can’t explain how much I liked and enjoyed reading through this… but it deserves those damn five stars.

Probably because of how well written it was. It was written in a way where in I was able to show a connection with the characters. It was made for me to hate and love those characters. Ms. Douglas just done it so well.

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