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FREE DOWNLOAD Û GOPROLED.CO.UK ã Penelope Douglas High school and get the hell out of here forever I'm hoping that after a year of breathing room he's moved on and forgotten all about me But even if he hasn't changed I have I'm not interested in avoiding him or turning the other cheek any We're going to go head to head because neither of us wants to back dow. ★★★★ Bully a debut by Penelope Douglas Broken jaded sexy high school senior deals with the aftermath of having bullied a girl he can’t forget “You were my tempest my thunder cloud my tree in the downpour I loved all those things and I loved you But now You’re a fucking drought I thought that all the assholes drove German cars but it turns out that pricks in Mustangs can still leave scars” As the title would indicate this story is about bullying And as irked and disgusted I am about anyone I repeat anyone picking on someone who is weaker I feel that there are different types of bullying When a boy likes a girl and picks on her is not the same as when a person is being targeted for being different weak or not liked Bully is a boy likes girl story but it does in no way condone bullying on the contraryBully opens up with a Prologue at a party Tatum Brandt Tate has decided to attend before her departure to study one year abroad It is revealed that Tate has been bullied all through high school by her neighbor and former friend Jared Trent Jared and his friends play on last prank on Tate only underscoring her relief to be leaving Thanks to Jared my high school experience had been one long succession of rumors pranks tears and disappointments Fast forward a year to Tate’s return for her senior year of high school she has changed Though she clearly always must have been strong to endure the bullying she is now projecting a new maturity worldliness and confidence about her That combined with Jared having come to the decision to no longer bully makes for a different experience at school The story follows them in the fall of their senior year through high school drama and events unfolding prompting them to delve into relive and sort through the bullying that Tate had experienced; The details of Jared’s and Tate’s friendship fall out the aftermath and bullying will be revealed throughout the story In addition there is betrayal self reflection and above all sexual tension and a budding romance Jared Trent has many ualities that make for a great hero; uncanny beauty popular clearly a charismatic leader mysterious sexy damaged and elements of sinister This is his story of redemption For the first half of the book he had me at the edge of my seat While the second half sort of fizzled “There were so many times when we were kids growing up next door to each other that I thought Jared was the greatest He was sweet generous and friendly And the most beautiful boy I’d ever seen” Six words to describe Jared Damaged jaded enigmatic cynical protective and immature Tate Brandt was a wonderful heroine so strong and resilient smart and mature I loved everything about her However I did not care for her “friend” KC “There was a time when I had all of his attention and loved it As much as I wanted him to leave me alone I also liked how he seemed surprised I liked the way he was looking at me right now And then I remembered that I hated him” Six words to describe Tate Smart strong resilient mature good hearted and forgivingI really enjoyed Ms Douglas writing style She has created a wonderful heroine and captivating hero I was very much rooting for Jared and Tate The sexual tension and build up was spellbinding The first half of the book had me glued but the second half felt rushed and glossed over Bully left Jared and Tate in a good place The seuel will be about Jared’s friend Madoc who had a prominent part in this story Overall an excellent read “Yesterday lasts forever Tomorrow comes never Until you” Hero rating 45 stars Heroine rating 5 starsSex scenes rating 45 starsSex scenes freuency 35 starsStoryline concept rating 35 starsStorytelling skills rating 5 starsStory ending rating 35 starsBook editing rating 5 no edits spotted 4 starsOverall rating 4 starsWould I recommend this book YesWould I re read this book Maybe laterWould I read future books by this author Yes

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CHARACTERS · Bully By Penelope Douglas ñ ❮Reading❯ ➽ Bully ➶ Author Penelope Douglas – Goproled.co.uk 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 We're neighbors and once we were best friends But then one summer he turned on me an My name 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 We're neighbors and once we were best friends But then one summer he turned on me and has made it his mission to screw up my life at every opportunity I've been humiliated shut out and gossiped. I am conducting what I'm shelving as a New Adult NA Experiment I'm going to work my way through some of the popular New Adult books and see if I can weed out the crap and hopefully find some surprising gems Here's hopingDear bookI was ready to like this book I was ready to be forgiving of the small negatives I was ready to make excuses for it try and justify the bad and pretend the good overshadowed it I don't even remember the last time I wanted to like a book this much Despite what you may think from my reactions to most books in the NA experiment I don't just spend my time looking for things to bitch and moan about in these books I'm looking for the NA books which are different and actually tell a good story even if it is a romance This book's description didn't sound like the others that are all virtually identical So I wanted to love it I really tried But I couldn't There were too many things The negatives were flying at me on every page and after a while I couldn't ignore them Which is sad We started on reasonably good terms I really liked the idea of the book for two reasons 1 I wanted to see how the author handled the subject of bullying and 2 I was intrigued by the promise of a bully being turned into someone we could love The book didn't really deliver on either of those For the former the book started by using a chapter to give us an example of the way Tate had been bullied for several years by a guy who used to be her best friend but turned on her It was sad it was awful and I felt sorry for her Objective achieved Then we cut to a year later when she comes back from a year studying in France determined not to let him win this time around What this book then became was a showdown between two beautiful people who clearly wanted to shag but decided the best kind of foreplay is that where they antagonize the hell out of each other It wasn't really a story about bullying it was just about them each trying to get one up on the other As for the second reason I was attracted to this book Jared the guy did win me over to some extent I feel a bit strange about it because on the one hand I can see why he behaved like he did and I can find some level of forgiveness for him But I'm not really able see a why Tate forgave him so easily and b why he changed back so abruptly I don't think Tate's class monologue was a convincing enough reason The reasons for his behaviour make sense but his progression back to how he was before and the HEA don't The main problem and I shouldn't be surprised by this is that the author doesn't attempt to humanize him first That would have made it a better book and a believable story But instead of being humanized Jared is sexualized first And using his hot body as an excuse for forgiveness didn't work because that's not a good enough reason and I don't find this an attractive description of a man I doubt you even wait until the condom's off before forgetting their names There must be something wrong with meBut anyway This stuff wouldn't have been enough for a one star rating on its own With just this I would have given at least two stars maybe even three on a good day The problem I had the HUGE fucking problem I had with this book was the protagonist God she was the very meaning of insufferable And her best friend wasn't far behind On that subject this seems to be incredibly common in NA books BBF Bad Best Friend Syndrome It's like a reuirement for the protagonist's best friend to encourage them to forget about all the bad stuff a guy has done just forget that he's a total jerk because he is SO HOT Jared harassed Tate for years and yet her best friend advises her to get together with him and when she doesn't decides to have a go herself Forget the best friend let's get back to the high and mighty ueen of preciousness herself Tate views everyone but herself her parents and Jared with utter disdain Being inside her head was like waging a war against every other female because of the things they wore the things they said and the guys they were with For one I feel it is always best to avoid stupid phrases like ueen bee of the mean girls but it was when she referred to everyone Jared was with as being slutty because they were all over him that I felt like someone had really lit my fuse She walks onto every scene describing the others as slutty looking girls If they weren't sluts they were bitches or twits every woman is an enemy to Tate in this book even her best friend isn't immune Piper the girl Jared uses and casts aside gets the worst of it Piper had her face buried in his neck She looked trashy in her short tight black dress and heels Who wore heels to the beachLook I go to a University that used to be an all female institution It's not any but there are still currently around two women to every one guy I know women Smart women stupid women extroverted women shy women ambitious women funny women geeky women sporty women straight women gay women and I don't believe that I have ever seen a single woman as vapid shallow and senseless as all the ones who exist in this novel They walk around with their breasts bulging out drooling over men who only love the marvellous Tate who is naturally above all this breast bulging drooling business I guess it's bad that I find myself siding with the antagonist in all this And don't even get me started on that ridiculous fight in the school corridor between Tate and PiperThere is so much slut shaming woman shaming and obsessing over virginity in this book For Tate her virginity is a gift wrapped present to be given to the one most deserving while having sex with multiple guys is shameful This uote is a particular favourite of mine I'd been called a bitch before and it didn't hurt the way being called a slut did Being a bitch could be a survival techniue They get respect There was no honor in people thinking you were a slut Reading that was a bit like dying a painful anti feminist deathBut wait Just when you thought the guys got to escape Tate's judgement because of their penises she casts a withering glance over them and their stupid ways Honestly she is the most annoying character ever The girls had no other interests beside shopping and makeup and the guys here gave me the urge to sanitize my eyeballs after seeing the way they looked at me For godsake Ms Precious go sanitize your eyeballs somewhere we don't have to hear you whining here you go use this acidTate's thoughts when Ben came to talk to her and tried to be nice were particularly annoying too He was really sweet and lovely didn't judge her on the rumours and just wanted a conversation And what is Tate thinking about these niceties She is inwardly cringing at him because he likes country music What a moron Whereas jackass who takes pleasure in humiliating her at least likes cool music Moron Tate I hope you fall into a burning ring of fire down down down with the flames going higher and I hope you stand by your man until Piper Jolene steals him Then you'll be all blue eyes crying in the rain dreaming of what you'll do with a subway token and a dollar tucked inside your shoe I can't think of a reason to use the words you've got to know when to hold 'em know when to fold 'em but I'm going to anyway And really who needs a reason for anything beyond because tractors are sexy And on that note I shall depart

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Bully By Penelope DouglAbout all through high school His pranks and rumors got sadistic as time wore on and I made myself sick trying to hide from him I worried about what was around every corner and behind every door So I left I spent a year studying abroad and bathed in the freedom of life without Jared Now I'm back to finish up. 3 Stars – I have very mixed emotions about this bookWhile I liked this book for the most and was captivated by the author's realistic portrayal of bullying I must admit this book left me with mixed feeling Bullying is a real life problem and I felt the author did a great job showcasing its powerful ability to hurt the human soul while at the same time showing the resilience of the human spirit For me though this book had some undeniable stumbling blocks This story was too Young Adult for my personal tastes And while I felt Tate's character was well fleshed out richly developed and multilayered the rest of the cast of characters including Jared for me at least seem at times one dimensional There was a lack of character development and character depth to them They seemed to be locked into the scripted roles they were assigned Because of that I found it difficult to sympathize with Jared's plight and the reasons for his atrocious behavior once it was finally revealed; or for that matter to understand why Tate was so willing to forgive and forget all he'd done to her when he finally changed his actions Sadly I was never given enough reasons to fully like Jared's character All in all I'm glad I read this book If you enjoy the Young AdultNew Adult genre then you will than likely LOVE this story Considering the characters were in high school I would classify this book Young Adult Definitely a mature Young Adult as it was fairly steamy Review posted at Swept Away By Romance