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Bully (Fall Away #1) by Penelope Douglas

Bully Book Cover Bully
Fall Away #1
Penelope Douglas
New Adult
July 17, 2013

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.

Val’s Review

5 HUGE Asshole Stars

I REALLY enjoyed this book.

Now, I know bullying is a serious and highly sensitive issue. And I’m not downplaying that or tying to make light of that.

I am speaking about this strictly as a 30-something, non-impressionable ADULT reading a work of complete fucking fiction.

So I’m not going to get into any social commentary regarding this books portrayal of bullying and all its evil.


My review is from an entertainment (aka how “un-put-downable” was it?) standpoint only.

And this shit floated, people.


In other words, I was totally absorbed – aka otherwise rendered completely useless in my normal life until I finished this story.

Jared was such a magnetic character.

And I loved him.

He was mysterious and alpha and a TOTAL ASSHOLE. And I’m always a sucker for those traits.

I also really loved the idea of he and Tate being best friends as kids.

Because what little girl doesn’t dream of having that with the cute boy next door?

I loved their push/pull, I FELT their connection, and I just really loved Jared.

Oops, I already said that.

My bad!

Anyway, I’m definitely looking forward to more from this author.

Maria’s Review

➦This book was exciting to read, the anticipation was killing me.

➦The heroine is a teenage girl keeps getting bullied by her former best friend, who is actually in love with her. I mean, while the idea was executed beautifully, some things left me wondering. I’m not sure it’s really believable that he has such deep feelings for her while he sleeps around. He doesn’t “date” but has no problem using other girls for his “needs”? MEN!

➦But since we are talking about teenagers (and men!) here, I guess I do understand. Man haters, unite! (I joke, I joke.) Which brings me to the ending… A bit too much teenage drama for me, I think it was unnecessary and just reminded me that I was reading about 17 year olds playing cruel pranks on each other.

➦Some parts of the book were beautiful, like the heroine’s monologue, which made me cry while i was grocery shopping and listening to the audio book. lol