Monday, August 4, 2014

Review: Bully (Fall Away #1) by Penelope Douglas

Title: Bully
Series: Fall Away, #1
Author: Penelope Douglas

Category: Contemporary Romance
Genre: New Adult

Rating: 5 stars out of 5
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. 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 more sadistic 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 my senior year. He might not have changed, but I have. It's time to fight back. 

I'm not going to let him bully me anymore.

***This novel contains adult/mature young adult situations. It is only suitable for ages 18+ due to language, violence, and sexual situations

My Review:

I’m going to be honest; I was very weary going into this one. I wasn't sure what to expect and some of the elements in it made me a bit nervous about picking it up, but I was also very, very curious about it. And of course my curiosity won out; I'm so glad it did.

Yes, the book does deal with bullying and yes, there were some very hard moments; however, the characters and their situations won me over. They were real and very brilliantly created. The emotion flowed out of this book with a force. The characters and their stories each held their own depth.
“Nothing hurt if I knew I had you.” 
The history of Jared and Tate was powerful; that history overshadowed everything else. And learning about them, watching them develop, grow, and overcome was a thrill to be a part of.  Though I had, at times, a hard time truly understanding Jared and his actions, I did see that he held a lot of pain within him.

Jared was a jerk at the beginning of the story, but he is an emotional character with a lot of baggage. He was dealing with it the only way he saw fit; the only way he knew how to protect his heart. And though I didn’t agree with those actions, I eventually understood them. I honestly couldn't not fall in love with him, once I learned his story. I was also so very proud of him and his progression throughout the book.

And Tatum was such a straightforward heroine. At first she had her grief and pain, but watching her overcome that, learn about herself and Jared, and reconnect with him was dazzling. I loved that she tried; she never really gave up on Jared because she always knew who he really was, though she didn’t really deal with his crap.  Tatum and Jared really had a strong connection and a fiery chemistry I loved seeing surface.

The book also has hot cars and drag racing. Nothing like cars, especially antique cars, and racing to get my girl parts all happy! I really enjoyed that element in the book, and watching what it meant to both characters.
“Are you mine?” I asked as I wiped my tears.
He kissed the corners of my mouth softly, and I felt heat rise up my neck. “Always have been.”
I devoured this book in one sitting; I just couldn't get enough of it. I felt the pacing was just to my liking and the buildup was done well. Everything came to a head and was resolved very well. I loved everything about it. I loved the intensity and raw emotion that poured out of it, the characters that were so very dynamic, and the genuine storyline. 

I don’t recommend this book to just anyone, only to readers who are open and have a love for challenging characters.



  1. This sounds like a set up that I could really get into. I will be adding to my TBR

  2. *Snickers* I am so glad your girlie parts were happy about the fast cars in this one Magen! Sounds like it was a fab read! Awesome review girl!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  3. Honestly this one never caught my eye. However after your review I may just reconsider. Great review!

  4. Never heard of this one, but I am glad you gave it a chance and ended up loving it, Magen!

  5. Oh, Magen -- what are you doing to me? I wasn't sure I could handle a storyline like this after reading the synopsis, but then your review convinced me to give it a chance. You may have to hold my hand while I read this one, but I'm definitely going to meet Jared and Tate. Also: Hot cars and drag racing? Hello! *girl parts dance* LMAO! Beautiful review, my sweet friend. *ginormous hugs*

    1. I will definitely be here to hold your hand! I'm happy you are going to take a chance on this one! I'm so glad I did!! *HUGSSS*


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