Book Review: Bully by Penelope Douglas



Three years ago Tate’s neighbor and best friend Jared stopped talking to her, visiting, or smiling. He started bullying her instead, turning her into a high school pariah. And yet she still misses him. When Tate returns home from a year studying abroad to find that nothing’s changed (Jared still hates her and she still has no idea why) she’s decides it’s time to stand up for herself.


5/5 Stars – finished at 2:30AM on a work day.

This book is compulsive reading; I liked the main character and Jared was an interesting hero! Which of course led to lots of feels… This novel has a little bit of everything: romance, despair, loss, funny moments, drag racing, tree climbing, high school teachers and characters you’ll recognized from your own youth. It’s all thrown in, mixed about and spat out in book form. Delicious!

Is it perfectly plotted? Nearly. I’m not sure I really understood Jared’s motivations clearly enough – although I plan to remedy this immediately by reading Until You – or that he apologized enough. However, the car scene (you’ll know the one) and his reply of ‘it’ll just give me an excuse to do some upgrades’ won him a lot of love from me.

Read it! Read it! 

The best news: there will be companion novels. I can’t wait to read Madoc’s story in 2014!

16 thoughts on “Book Review: Bully by Penelope Douglas

  1. Great, concise review! This one has garnered quite a bit of attention in the blogging community, after reading your review I’m more convinced that it deserves that notice. (:

    • Hmm, I actually found this one through another friend’s review (which sent me to amazon to read the preview, which led me to buy the ebook…) but before that I’d never seen it around. I think p.o.v.’s quite strong and that’s a key reason why a lot of people liked it. 🙂

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