Title: Bully (Fall Away ~ Book 01)
Author: Penelope Douglas | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads
Publication Date: June 17 2013
Length: 371 Pages
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Source: Purchased (Kindle Edition)
Cover Love: Meh. Don't love it, but I don't hate it ether.
Point of View: 1st person, following Tate
My Rating: 3 Stars
To say this book is 'blowing up' right now would be an understatement. Mostly I have seen some really positive reviews out there, and even though I didn't necessarily flat out hate Bully, I didn't fall in love with it either.
I have one major MUST when it comes to reading. I need a book boyfriend. This may make me shallow, weird, or whatever else you want to call it... but I need to love the guy. I need to fall in love with him, I need him to make me want to be the heroine, and I need to at the very least... like him.
Jared. Jared. Jared. *sigh* I so wanted to love Jared. He had his moments, don't get me wrong. When he finally gets his head out of his ass, he can actually be quite sweet. However, with that said, I just couldn't seem to get past the 75% of evil Jared. And no, I don't feel that evil is too harsh a word. The 'pranks' that he pulls on Tate are not of the grade school variety. Some are quite mean, but none are as mean as some of the things he actually says to her.
In fact, there is one line (and no I am not going to spoil it for you) that I literately had to put my Kindle down and decide if I wanted to continue reading. I think the reason why I was so taken aback by it is because it was a scene with just Jared and Tate. He wasn't at school or in front of his friends, so I didn't expect him to be so cruel in that moment. But wow... it was a low blow.
Tatum/Tate. I liked when she started to finally stand up for herself, but I didn't understand her self-loathing. That is the only way I can describe it. Toward the end when people started liking her, she has thoughts in her head about how they are only liking her because of one thing or the other. She never accepts that people would like her or want to help her because of who she is. I didn't like that at all. I wanted some character growth there. I felt that by her still having thoughts such as this, it just showed that she was still in the mindset of somebody who has been bullied. She still felt less than what her full worth. Yeah, it just left a bad taste in my mouth.
K.C. She is Tate's best friend, well if you can even call her a friend. I have a hate/hate relationship with K.C. I did not understand her at all. She makes some really selfish choices in Bully, and I just didn't get her. I can't go into too much detail about why I don't like her because it will give away a large part of the overall plot, and I hate spoilers. I tried my best to give her the benefit of the doubt, so many times, but in the end it turned out I was holding out hope for nothing. She really disappointed me.
So yeah, sadly I am not the biggest fan of Bully. I am hoping however that once Until You is released that I will have a change of heart... at least toward Jared. Until you is going to be a book told from Jared's POV. The author has said that it will have a lot of new scenes which were not in Bully, but will also have some of the important scenes from Bully re-told. I love the male point of view, and I am hoping that with being in Jared's head it will help me understand why he did and said some of the things he said to Tate. Maybe he can still make me love him. Maybe.