There was a lot of hype surrounding the Wattpad sensation After by Anna Todd. It got 1 Billion reads on Wattpad. Yes, that’s Billion with a B. It’s a 600 page contemporary new adult book. I’m not a big contemporary romance reader, and I’ve certainly never read a contemporary romance that was longer than 300 pages. What was I getting myself into? I forged ahead and surprisingly I found the book to be quite entertaining. Would I want to date the main character, Hardin? Hell no. He is moody, jealous, and often angry. At 49-years-old, the reasonable adult within me often screamed at the heroine to run for the hills. But this is a new adult aimed at the 17-21 set and looking back to when I was in high school and college I had plenty of friends in dysfunctional relationships with their own versions of Hardin.
This Hardin is an amped up broken, defensive hero. But then again that’s what we like in our romance– the billionaire, the alpha werewolf, the moody vampire. The unrealistic, over the top, romantic hero. A hero who is often flawed and in need of saving.
After by Anna Todd is an easy read. This is one of those guilty pleasure books. Something you probably don’t want to admit to your friends you are reading if you are my age. It has drama, it has sex, and it has more drama. It’s easy to see why the teenagers love it.
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There was the time before Tessa met Hardin, and then there’s everything AFTER… Life will never be the same. #Hessa
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?