Bully by Penelope Douglas

Posted April 9, 2015 by Silvia in Books / 12 Comments

I received a free copy of this book from Publisher for an honest review.
This does not affect in any way my opinion of the book nor the content of my review.

Bully by Penelope DouglasBully by Penelope Douglas
Series: Fall Away #1
Published by Piatkus on November 6, 2014
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Source: Publisher
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My name is Tate. He doesn't call me that, though. He would never refer to me by a friendly nickname. No, he'll barely even 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, and I made myself sick trying to stay out of his way. I even went to France for a year, just to avoid him. But I'm done hiding from him now, and there's no way in hell I'll allow him to ruin another year. He might not have changed, but I have. It's time to fight back.

I kinda got addicted to this series because of Rival (book two), which made me fall for every character so bad that I just couldn’t help finding out how everything started for Tate and Jared.

Part YA and part NA, this book doesn’t just tell a story of a teenager being bullied, but also shows how one can become a bully without realising it. Not at first, at least. How much willpower does it take to fight back but not come down to your opponent’s level? Surely a lot, and that is exactly how much Tate had to endure for quite a while. Jared has always been a great guy and an important figure in Tate’s life, so his mean actions/words are like stabs right through her heart. What possibly could have happened to make him such a bully all of a sudden? And with her of all people! Nothing can justify his behaviour and yet, nothing behind it is the reason Tate and the reader would expect . . .

I devoured this book in a matter of hours and I’m really glad I also have Until You with me. I believe seeing everything through Jared’s POVโ€”which I really missed hereโ€”will make for an interesting psychological journey . . . If you haven’t started it yet, do it now!


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Through her creativity and blogging, Silvia has met people from different industries and collaborated with them on various projects over the years. Her strong passion for reading and her fascination for different cultures and languages have led her to develop a keen interest in the East-Asian continent. Off to see her? Follow the colourful book road . . . โ™ก

12 responses to “Bully by Penelope Douglas

  1. I resisted this book at first, because of the hype and the YA stuff, but it finally made its way to my to-read list ๐Ÿ™‚ You make me want to devour it too !

  2. Bookworm Brandee

    Yay! I'm so glad you loved this, Silvia. As you know, I did as well. I still have yet to continue in the series but I will. I was really impressed with Douglas' writing. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Melliane

    It sounds like a different and complete story. Mainly if you can find more than that. I didn't know about this one so thanks for the discovery!

  4. Bully sounds mesmerising, Silvia! I think I need to get to know Tate and how she managed to get the courage and the know-how to fight back!

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