Review: Bully by Penelope Douglas

Posted 5 November, 2014 by Abbey in Review / 0 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: Bully by Penelope DouglasBully by Penelope Douglas
Series: Fall Away #1
Publisher: InterMix on June 17, 2013
Source: Purchased
Pages: 333
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.

Here Are My ThoughtsPlotOnce upon a time, Tate and Jared were the best of friends. They were inseparable. Until one day, Jared turned on Tate. He began turning her life into a nightmare. For unknown reasons, Jared started to bully her. Rumors  spread and pranks were pulled. It all made high school a terrible experience for Tate, so she decides to go to France for a year. When she returns, she is determined to have a new attitude. She resolves to not only stand up for herself, but to fight back too.

I had serious problems with this book. The biggest issue I had with it is that it’s a romance novel. For two years, Jared did everything in his power to make Tate miserable. I can’t believe Tate would date him after all of the stuff that he did to her. Yes, he had his issues, but that doesn’t make what he did okay. I knew what the story was going to be about before I started reading it, I just didn’t expect the material to bother me as much as it did.

Leading LadyTate was one of the only redeeming aspects of this novel. It was great to see her become stronger and stand up to Jared. It felt like she forgave him too fast though. I’m not saying that she should have held a grudge against him forever, but with everything he did to her, it didn’t feel genuine that she was able to not only get past it, but to date him too.

Leading MaleI hated Jared so much. There wasn’t a single thing that I liked about him. He treated Tate like trash for years for the dumbest reason. I know he had some unresolved issues, but that’s not an excuse to treat a person like he did, let alone someone who was supposed to be his best friend.

RomanceThe romance was disturbing. I just can’t wrap my head around a bully and his victim having a relationship. Jared did some horrible things to Tate, yet Tate was able to move past them and date him without very much time progressing? The whole thing was just uncomfortable to read about and a little unbelievable.

ConclusionI didn’t expect to have as much of a problem as I did with the concept. It was really hard to enjoy the story since I was so disturbed with the fact that the romance was between a bully and his victim. The author’s writing style was something I really liked though. If she writes a book with a storyline that I’m not as perturbed by, I’ll definitely check it out.

2.5 Stars

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