BULLY by Penelope Douglas – JENN’S REVIEW

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WHY I READ IT

I loved the blurb and the reviews were really intriguing.

WHAT I RATED IT

5 stars

WHAT IT’S ABOUT

My name is Tate.

He doesn’t call me that, though. He’ll barely refer to me at all, and he’ll hardly ever 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 worse as time wore on. I even went to Europe for a year, just to avoid him.

But I’m done hiding from him now, and there’s no way I’ll allow him to ruin another year. He might not have changed, but I have.

It’s time to fight back.

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JENN’S REVIEW

My reading trends don’t usually skew towards the high school level. There have been a few books from that genre that I have enjoyed, Slammed being one of them, but I generally avoid it. When I first heard buzz about the Bully, I wasn’t sure what to expect. She’s bullied and then fights back? Not really interested…. But the feedback! The feedback was incredible, so I had to see for myself what all the hype was about.

Bully is the story of Tate and Jared, childhood best friends, who have a falling out and are now mortal enemies. Jared lives to torture Tate, and while Tate has no idea why he turned and hates her so much, she has taken it for years.  Until she doesn’t. Right before Tate is set to leave for a year abroad, she starts to fight back.

“Do you know what this is?” I took my middle finger and patted the corner of my eye with it. “It’s me, wiping away the last tear you’ll get.”

No one knows why Jared picks on Tate so much, but no one wants to mess with him, so they do what he says. His best friend, Madoc, goes along with him, but you can tell that Madoc knows this is more than hate. That deep down something happened to make Jared so angry with Tate and cause him to be so nasty.  Jared is an enigma, (thankfully we get his side in Until You), and I spent the first half of the story trying to figure out why he was so mean. Jared wasn’t the most likable character at first. He had a lot of work to do for me to consider him a hero.

“Don’t touch me.” I’d meant to yell, but it came out as a whisper.

Jared moved his head from side to side trying to catch my eyes, his lips inches from my face. “If I ever lay my hands on you,” he said low and husky, “you’ll want it.”

Tate embodied all that I love in a heroine. She was snarky, loyal and once she decided not to take Jared’s crap anymore, kick-ass. I love how she fought back and waged her own war against Jared. She’d had enough and everyone was going to know it. She is unaware of Jared’s true feelings for her and when her hatred boils to the surface, she cuts him deep.

”You were my tempest, my thunder cloud, my tree in the downpour. I loved all of those things, and I loved you. But now? You’re a fucking drought. I thought that all the assholes drove German cars, but it turns out that pricks in Mustangs can still leave scars.”

I want you to experience the story without spoilers, but I will say that once Jared and Tate come to a head, It. Is. EXPLOSIVE! There is some serious hotness and chemistry. There is definitely something to be said about anger giving way to love. It wasn’t sunshine and rainbows for Jared and Tate, however. They had a lot of barriers to overcome and I wasn’t sure if their pasts would allow that to happen. I loved finding out along with them, if they had the strength to wade through all the muck and make it work. You will too.

“Are you mine?” I asked as I wiped me tears.

He kissed the corners of my mouth softly… “Always have been,” he whispered.

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