Book Two of the After series—the Internet sensation with millions of readers.
Tessa didn’t plan on meeting H. during her freshman year of college. But now that she has, her life will never be the same.
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BOTH of these characters need therapy.
Stars: Overall 3 Narration 5 Story 2
Picking up where After left off, I need to inject some warnings here. Hardin’s personality devolves further: he is abusive, threatening and utterly irredeemable here. And Tessa needs to be locked away for her own security and safety. A lobotomy wouldn’t hurt either. She’s lost any redeeming characteristics for me because she won’t get off the merry go round that is Hardin.
Learning from the disaster that is an abusive relationship and walking away is one thing: never making any adjustments but hoping things will change as you subject yourself to the same behavior pattern is insane. And Tessa never seems to hold Hardin responsible for his bad, nay deplorable behavior. BOTH of these characters need therapy.
What this book has become for me, rather than a story that I WANT to follow is one that I dread the next turn of the page. If you want a ‘how not to’ guide for a healthy relationship this is the book for you. If you crave drama and angst, and two characters that are stuck in a cycle of abuse and manipulation with a heroine who wouldn’t see the writing on the wall if it was in neon –bright glowing twelve foot tall letters that screamed at her- this is the book for you. Todd has moved past the “I can believe this possible” to the realm of I don’t care anymore. Tessa doesn’t grow, Hardin’s anger, jealousy and irresponsible behaviors only increase and apparently Tessa is the next hottest thing on the market –because ALL the boys want her. I have no hope in the future youth if these two are examples.
Narration is again provided by Elizabeth Louise and she does a wonderful narration: becoming Tessa in voice and inflection and using subtle changes in delivery, pitch, and tone to voice each individual character. Emotionally, my own frustration with the disastrous relationship had me taking frequent breaks: coming back to the story was difficult. Most certainly not my favorite book, and one I can only recommend with people completely aware of the warnings earlier in this review.
I received an AudioBook copy of the title from Simon and Schuster Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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