Book Review: Bully (Fall Away Series Book 1) 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.


I felt polarised reading this book as in many places I felt it overlooked and simplified plausible human behaviour but reality is stranger than anything fiction can throw at you and I have to honestly admit I did enjoy reading this. Perhaps the title of Bully gives the impression this should cover more serious issues, which admittedly it doesn’t, but it would have been easy to forget I was reading about 17/18 year olds and come down harshly on this novel (I’m not sure I would describe it as a Young Adult novel as it is quite explicit) but I think that would be rather churlish of me. I think the author here has quite a knack with emotions and feelings and although this won’t be everyone’s cup of tea I think this older teenage romance is quite worthy of a read.

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