Review: Bully

by - 11:23 PM

Author: Penelope Douglas
Publish Date: 2013
Genre: NA, romance, contemporary
Rating: ★★★★

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.


His shiny brown hair was a mess.
I loved that.
His chocolate eyes glowed with confidence and mischief.
I loved that.
His toned arms and chest just made me wonder what his skin felt like.
I loved that.
He made me forget how awful he was.
I hated that.

I would just like to point out that trust is worthier than any gold, silver or bronze in the world. It is a very big word that surpass the value of any material things.Bully, a debut new adult novel by Penelope Douglas. Since I'm dubious with the adult genre, reading this was like planting myself on the tip of a mountain. I know, I suck at this kind of books, but surprisingly, BULLY surpass my expectations and ease my ambiguous feeling. Although there were steamy scenes and a lot of ragign hormones scenes, I feel comfortable reading it, even my tummy tingles. CRAP. My iffiness was buried 6ft below the ground and was replaced by a turmoil of heart-fluttering emotions. In short: It didn't disappoint me. It was actually the kind of from childhood best friends to lovers to enemy to lovers story I want. Very refreshing, romantic, sort of angsty story.

And.....then when Tate came back from Europe and had this confrontation with Madock, I KNEW IT!!! JARED IS MADLY IN LOVE WITH HER. But, the question falls to: "But why is Jared extremely rude and ballsy towards Tate? Why? Why? Why?" So many things happened. Twists that makes the story very exciting. Confrontations and banters I truly commend the characters. DESPITE the 2 years of pure torment, THEIR BLISSFUL PAST AS BEST OF FRIENDS AND ALMOST LOVERS made second chance inevitable. If I was on Tate's shoes it would take me a looooooooooooot of time to stomach all Jared's sorry's. Being bullied is too painful - pure agony, especially if it's someone you freaking love turned the bully-mode button on. IT HURTS OKAY. IT HURTS. Jared suffered, so is Tate, but Tate.....her suffering is.....beyond the belt. But when Jared said all this heart-swelling words *SWOONS* 
“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,” he whispered against my mouth.
I love Tate's feisty and gatsby demeanor when she started fighting back, but at the same time I really love how vulnerable she is. Actually, I love how vulnerable both Jared and Tate when it comes to each other.
"You've already made me cry countless times." I raised my middle finger to him slowly, and asked, "Do you know what this is?" I took my middle finger and patted the corner of my eye with it. "It's me, wiping away the last tear you'll ever get."

A good refreshing book, but still I can't fathom why I'm giving it a 4 stars. There's an inner voice that whispered, "Something was lacking" I REALLY DONT KNOW. But overall, A MUST READ.

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