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Review: After (After #1)

Good evening!! Yesterday I finished reading After, and oh my goodness, what an experience that was. This book has very polarizing opinions, but I randomly decided to give it a go.  It was certainly something.
This was also the second book that I read for The Reading Rush. It fulfilled the prompt of reading and watching a book to movie adaption and reading an author’s first novel.
On with the review; I hope you enjoy! 😉


After by Anna Todd
Genre: Young Adult / New Adult– Contemporary, Romance
Series: After #1
Pages: 582
Publication Date: October 2014
My Rating: 2 of 5 stars
Read July 2019

Goodreads Synopsis:
Tessa is a good girl with a sweet, reliable boyfriend back home. She’s got direction, ambition, and a mother who’s intent on keeping her that way.
But she’s barely moved into her freshman dorm when she runs into Hardin. With his tousled brown hair, cocky British accent, tattoos, and lip ring, Hardin is cute and different from what she’s used to.
But he’s also rude—to the point of cruelty, even. For all his attitude, Tessa should hate Hardin. And she does—until she finds herself alone with him in his room. Something about his dark mood grabs her, and when they kiss it ignites within her a passion she’s never known before.
He’ll call her beautiful, then insist he isn’t the one for her and disappear again and again. Despite the reckless way he treats her, Tessa is compelled to dig deeper and find the real Hardin beneath all his lies. He pushes her away again and again, yet every time she pushes back, he only pulls her in deeper.
Tessa already has the perfect boyfriend. So why is she trying so hard to overcome her own hurt pride and Hardin’s prejudice about nice girls like her?
Unless…could this be love?

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There was the time before Tessa met Hardin, and then there’s everything AFTER… Life will never be the same.


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Have you read After? Did you enjoy it? Have you read the other books in the series? Does it get any better?
Did you watch the movie? I personally found the movie to be better than the book because Hardin was less mean and abusive and Tessa was less annoying. They were also both more mature. What did you think?
Let me know in the comments down below!
Also, if anyone read the original and the published edition, please let me know which characters are which members of One Direction because I’m super curious to know!!

That’s all I’ve got for today! Thanks for joining me and have a great week, everybody!

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Review: If Not for You

If Not for You by Debbie Macomber
Genre: Adult – Romance, Contemporary
Series: New Beginnings #3
Pages: 384
Publication Date: March 2017
My Rating: 2 of 5 stars
Read April 2018

Goodreads Synopsis:
An emotionally stirring novel that shows how obstacles can be overcome, differences can be strengths, and sometimes a choice can seem wrong even though it s absolutely right

If not for her loving but controlling parents, Beth Prudhomme might never have taken charge of her life and moved from her native Chicago to Portland, Oregon, where she’s reconnected with her spirited Aunt Sunshine and found a job as a high school music teacher. If not for her friend Nichole, Beth would never have met Sam Carney, although first impressions have left Beth with serious doubts. Sam is everything Beth is not and her parents worst nightmare: a tattooed auto mechanic who s rough around the edges. Reserved and smart as a whip, Beth isn’t exactly Sam’s usual beer-drinking, pool-playing type of woman, either.
But if not for an awkward setup one evening, Beth might never have left early and been involved in a car crash. And if not for Sam who witnessed the terrifying ordeal, rushed to her aid, and stayed with her until help arrived Beth might have been all alone, or worse. Yet as events play out, Sam feels compelled to check on Beth almost daily at the hospital even bringing his guitar to play songs to lift her spirits. Soon their unlikely friendship evolves into an intense attraction that surprises them both.
Before long, Beth’s strong-willed mother, Ellie, blows into town spouting harsh opinions, especially about Sam, and reopening old wounds with Sunshine. When shocking secrets from Sam s past are revealed, Beth struggles to reconcile her feelings. But when Beth goes a step too far, she risks losing the man and the life she s come to love.


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Have any of you read If Not for You? What did you think of the characters? What about the writing style?
Have you read any of Debbie Macomber’s other works? Are they worth giving a shot? 
Let me know in the comments down below!

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Review: By Your Side

By Your Side by Kasie West
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 346
Publication Date: January 2017
My Rating: 2 of 5 stars
Read July 2017

Goodreads Synopsis:
When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.
Only he doesn’t come. No one does.
Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?


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Have you read By Your Side yet? Was the story what you expected it to be? Were any of you as disappointed as I was?
Is this book on your TBR?

Let’s discuss in the comments down below!

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