Bully by Penelope Douglas

Published July 1, 2014 by bookbesties

Bully (Fall Away, #1)

First, let me say that I don’t know why I waited so long to read this book, I could kick myself for waiting.

Okay, now that that’s out of the way. I had so many feels on this book and I half listened to the audiobook and half read it.

There was some of this

A lot of this

And a few of this

Okay gifs aside,

This story is unlike any I have read, Tatum and Jared hate each other like it’s their Job, living next door to each other since Tatum was ten they were besties until high school and Jared started treating her like a leper, making all her three years of high school hell.

“I wouldn’t care if you lived or died.”

Jared is a piece of work, only talking to Tatum to tell her to either move out of his way or ask her what the *uck she wanted and causing everyone in school to treat her the same way, spreading vicious rumors about her and blacklisting her from parties.  Tatum goes to France for a year just to get away from him and come back a new girl. She is tired of Jared and his friends *hit and starts hitting back, sometimes literally!

I was all over this book, from the semi backstabbing friend, who I wanted to slap half the time and the things that both characters said that had my jaw on the floor I was landed right back in school with this read. I loved seeing Tatum push back, if not a little too far sometimes, but it was refreshing to see a character fight back and not lay down and take it until something big happens and forces them to fight back. It’s so obvious the sexual tension that is dripping off the pages from the first time a request for a lap dance is made. Tatum pushes Jared so much that he finally breaks and tells her why he has hated her for the past three years and let me tell you, my heart cracked for him. From the music choices and sexually charged banter, this was a finish in one sitting read. I am currently purchasing the rest in the series. Penelope Douglas could easily become one of my favorite authors if this awesomeness spreads into her other books.

4 out of 5 Stars


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