#BookReview: Bully by Penelope Douglas

Title:  BullyBully

Author:  Penelope Douglas

Genre:  Mature YA

Series:  Fall Away #1

5 stars

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◄◄Goodreads Blurb►►

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 Thoughts►►

I’m late to this party, but I still had the BEST time ever!!  I’ll keep this review short and sweet.

Emotional, engaging, thought-provoking, and utterly addicting – Bully is an angst filled MatureYA/NA novel that’s pure entertainment!  I was immediately drawn into the story and completely engrossed from the very first chapter.

What I loved:  The emotional attachment I had to the characters.  I needed to know what happened between Jared and Tate to cause the rift.  I didn’t want to stop listening until I knew the full story.

The buildup and execution of the story.  The plot and writing are fantastic.  The subtle nuance of the bullies was perfect.  Initially, I only focused on Jared, but the theme of bullies and bullying was interwoven throughout.  I loved that. 

The overall story and how it plays out made me fall in love with Jared.  If I didn’t feel like such a cougar, I’d probably add him to my BBF list.  Too bad he’s jail bait.  LOL

Overall, I give this book 2 thumbs up.  I’d definitely recommend it to lovers of YA/NA and angsty romance.

 ◄◄About the Author►►PenDoug

Penelope Douglas is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her books have been translated into ten languages and include the Fall Away Series (Bully, Until You, Rival, Falling Away, and Aflame), as well as Corrupt and Misconduct. Her New Adult romance, Punk 57, will release in October 2016 and Next to Never (A Fall Away Novella) is coming January 2017.

She dresses for autumn year round, loves anything lemon flavored, and shops at Target almost daily. She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and their daughter.

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