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After By Anna Todd – A Book Review

After By Anna Todd

So, I opened Goodreads, to read the review for this book. All I could spot were single stars followed by aggressive, criticizing remarks. I wasn’t planning to write a book review for this initially, but seeing that basically forced me to share my views. After By Anna Todd – Theresa is shy, contained and proper. Her life is completely planned, always had been. Ever since she’d been a child, it was decided—she would go to WCU after finishing high school, complete her education (Majoring in English) and work as a publisher, or become a writer—whichever comes first. She has a boyfriend Noah, the only guy she’s ever really dated, and her mom is a control freak slash worrywart. Theresa is the kind of girl who plans her week down to every hour. She is prim, proper and boring. Hardin Scott is anything but.


Well, first and foremost, I don’t understand why everyone thinks it’s a rip off of ‘Fifty shades of Grey’ because trust me, it’s not. Or rather, I didn’t think it was. Not every erotica between a shy and timid girl, and a guy who is incredibly sexy, but has issues is a copy of fifty shades. In fact, I think it’s’ writing style was much better than that of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’. The female character was much less annoying, compared to Anastasia Steele. However, the male character didn’t exude sexiness like Mr. Grey—just fucked-up’ness.


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But anyway, I’m not here to compare the two erotica’s. I’m here to give a review on this one—so here goes… For some reason that is beyond me, I couldn’t put this book down. Well I could, but around some time in the middle, I just could not. The writing style was okay—it wasn’t pretentious and annoying or anything. But it wasn’t very…I don’t know, it didn’t have that quality that pulls you to read the book on an on.


On to the characters—they were clichéd, yes. I couldn’t connect very deeply to them. But they weren’t like cardboard characters either. While in the case of Fifty Shades of Grey, Anastasia annoyed the hell out of me. In case of this book Hardin Scott annoyed me, and not the kind of anxious annoyance that keeps you on your toes oh no, the kind of annoyance that wants to make you punch him and/or flip him off. Like how many times can a person screw up?! I didn’t find Hardin Scott excessively sexy, I’m sorry. Maybe I’m not into punks, but Bad Boys just don’t do it for me. I’m more into the classy guys like our Mr. Grey. (God, why am I comparing them again?!) But then, it’s all a matter of personal preference. After By Anna Todd 1The supporting characters weren’t very intriguing either.

After By Anna Todd

The sex scenes were written well, but you know not the kind that would especially turn you on. It didn’t get monotonous after a while though. It was still new but not very exciting. The book kind of felt like a drag at times, as is characteristic to most of the Wattpad novels and fan fictions (including mine). All the same I think five hundred something pages was a little too excessive for it. I think I could have wrapped up the book in a maximum of three hundred pages.


However, kudos to the writer for the ending! I definitely didn’t see that coming. Anyway, I will recommend this book to those who have a lot of time at hand (because 500+ pages!) and are patient, and can handle dramatic characters (and I don’t mean dramatic as a compliment) There is romance yes, but I don’t think it’s very relatable.


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