Wednesday, July 3, 2013

CAMI'S REVIEW~BULLY by Penelope Douglas

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. 

WOWZA!!!!! 5 "Crazie" Stars!! 

With so many great NA books out there right now, I have to say that this is one of the absolute BEST!!!!!!!!

Jared and Tatum were best friends all through childhood, until one summer Jared goes away to visit his dad. The boy that comes back, is not the same best friend that Tatum has grown to love. This Jared is cruel and makes it his mission to embarrass her and she has no idea why. 

With her father working overseas and her mother gone from cancer
"Tate" decides to go study in France for a year; something her mother would have wanted her to do. But when she returns for her senior year of high school she quickly finds out some things are still the same, yet she is still determined to avoid and ignore Jared for the rest of the school year. 
(Oh, did I forget to mention that Jared is her next door neighbor? Yep, kinda hard to avoid the neighbor finding out you're back!)

But a year in France has changed Tate. When her best, and only friend K.C. suggests its time she fights back, she decides to take the suggestion. And what better time than when her "neighbor" decides to throw a party. 
Between Jared and Madoc (Jared's best friend and fellow tormentor), they give...she takes...and now Tate is DONE putting up with their crap and starts to fight back! But as much as she hates Jared, there is still a pull to him she can't explain. 

Once Tate starts sticking up for herself, the dynamics between the two start to change. Not of course with out a little more drama. Jared starts to try and get close with K.C.,
which of course is to piss Tate off. 
Once secrets are revealed, can Tate find a way to forgive her "bully"? Or will she become one herself? 

I know some people may have a problem with how Jared bullies Tate, but deep down you know there are underlying issues that need to be addressed. I absolutely LOVED that when Tate came back from France she finally found a backbone and turned into a total badass heroine! The electricity between these two "zinged" off the pages!!! I have to say, that I fell for Jared from the beginning. Even through his pranks, you could feel the undercurrent of his true feelings for Tate. 

Although, I did feel at times Tate was a little too forgiving. Like with her bestie K.C.....
Had that been my BFF that started hanging with my tormentor, I would not have been so quick to forgive. Just like the "bro-code", there is also a "girl-code". DO NOT hang with thy enemy!! But of course it just added to the story! ;)

I am an angst lover....bring it on....the more the merrier!! And man oh man, did this book deliver!!! I was completely sucked into this story from the very first page! This is one book that I will be reading over and over. An absolute re-read and a DEFINITE 5 "Crazie" stars kind of book!!!! 

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