Review: Bully by Penelope Douglas

Posted January 16, 2014 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Book Review / 1 Comment

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: Bully by Penelope DouglasBully by Penelope Douglas
on June 17,2013
Genres: New Adult
Pages: 333
Format: eBook
Source: Own
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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.

Bullies are made this way. Not today Tate, lovers are made this way now.

I still don’t know how I feel about Bully. Even when I think I have my head wrapped around the story and my feelings are in place, I remember something else that happens and my feelings get all messed up again.

If you asked me to pick a side between Tate and Jared, I couldn’t. The chemistry between these two is dynamic and they sizzled through the pages when together. Even when Jared and Tate were fighting, I couldn’t deny what was really being said between the lines. They were the perfect balance for each other. I also fully appreciate their steamy scenes because you can feel not only the lust and heat rising from the page, but the love and emotion the characters have for each other. Anybody can write a steamy scene but it takes a real writer to find the right combination of words for it to be flawless like how Bully was.

Boy did I think Jared was the biggest asshole I had ever met and also that Tate really knew how to pick them. Jared had a way though of making me think though that I was the asshole when I learned his reasoning behind why he was so jaded and cruel. That poor boy made my heart not just break but shatter for him. For some one that put up with a lot of crap, Tate sure could be a feisty girl when needed. I think she was definitely a sweet, strong, smart girl. What made her real to me was that she wasn’t afraid to mention her weakness, even if that weakness came from her bully.

The music was certainly an added bonus to Bully. I loved the playlist mentioned. Not only was the music a great bonus, but oh my word those cars. I love cars and yes I might now know a lot about them, but I know hot cars and buddy was there a lot of them.

Not even going to lie, I had some major issues going on with K.C. in Bully. I’m sure deep down she is a sweet girl, but some of the things she does have me yelling girl code at my kindle. I mean she is Tate’s best friend so if things are obvious to me I think they would be to her as well. Honestly, I think that whole part could have been left out and Bully would still have been a wonderful read, but I can understand the motive behind those scenes.

Rain will never be the same in my book. I will never see it again as a nuisance or something that messes up my hair. The scene with the tree just had me sighing out loud. If someone ever did that for me I wouldn’t even know what to do. I think that was a monumental scene for Bully and really set the ground work for the second half of the book. If you are thinking I’m crazy mentioning rain and a tree, just read the book and you can thank me later.

I can’t wait for Madoc’s book. He could be a little dick head at times but when he was sweet, he was truly sweet. Plus it helps that he is quiet sexy and Bully definitely didn’t give me enough of him. I loved the ending and it really threw me for a loop I wasn’t expecting. I expected everything to be one way and when I started my next chapter I was dreading what was about to happen. I kept thinking not again over and over again. The Fall Away series is without doubt on my must read list. I am so thrilled that Jared has his own book and I can’t wait to get deeper into his story and know what he is really thinking. If you are a newbie or a veteran to the New Adult genre and haven’t read Bully yet, I hope you take the time to read it. I promise you won’t regret it.

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Katrina @ Bookish Things

About Katrina @ Bookish Things

I'm a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

One response to “Review: Bully by Penelope Douglas

  1. Wendy

    I haven’t heard of this one before! It sounds really interesting — and I’m intrigued by why he was such a bully?? I’m so curious. I will have to check this out! Glad you enjoyed this one!

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