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After

The After Series, Book 1
By: Anna Todd
Series: After (Todd), Book 1
Length: 16 hrs and 49 mins
Categories: Erotica, Fiction
4.5 out of 5 stars (244 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Experience the internet's most talked-about book, now a major motion picture, from Anna Todd, the writer Cosmopolitan called “the biggest literary phenomenon of her generation”. Now with a new bonus chapter read by the film’s Hero Fiennes Tiffin and a letter to listeners read by Anna Todd.

There was the time before Tessa met Hardin, and then there’s everything after.... Life will never be the same. #Hessa 

Tessa is a good girl with a sweet, reliable boyfriend back home. She’s got direction, ambition, and a mother who’s intent on keeping her that way. 

But she’s barely moved into her freshman dorm when she runs into Hardin. With his tousled brown hair, cocky British accent, and tattoos, Hardin is cute and different from what she’s used to. 

But he’s also rude - to the point of cruelty, even. For all his attitude, Tessa should hate Hardin. And she does - until she finds herself alone with him in his room. Something about his dark mood grabs her, and when they kiss, it ignites within her a passion she’s never known before. 

He'll call her beautiful, then insist he isn’t the one for her and disappear again and again. Despite the reckless way he treats her, Tessa is compelled to dig deeper and find the real Hardin beneath all his lies. He pushes her away again and again, yet every time she pushes back, he only pulls her in deeper. 

Tessa already has the perfect boyfriend. So why is she trying so hard to overcome her own hurt pride and Hardin's prejudice about nice girls like her? 

Unless...could this be love?

©2019 Anna Todd (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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Not healthy for young woman to read

I really tried to get through this story however I only managed the first third. It shows a great example of how terrible and manipulative men can be towards young woman. It is an unhealthy story that I hope does not influence young and impressionable woman behaviour

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Good Series but.......

The After series I couldn’t help myself I bought them all, it wasn’t bad but for me just a little too long.
I must say I feel in love with the characters and their stories and journey, I will go and look for the movie next.

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Absolutely wonderful storytelling

loved this book. finished it in 2 days. excellent storytelling from start to finish

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Late to the party but hooked!!

I really enjoyed this book by Anna Todd. Personally It got a little OTT with Tessa and Hardin constantly fighting but for some reason I was still hooked! Ending has definitely got me invested for the next book!! Loved the final chapter performed by Hero such a beautiful voice !

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Amazing

This was sooo good! Could not put it down - can’t wait to start book 2

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Amazing

I love this book so much, and Elizabeth reads so well, her voice is very nice, also it was very nice hearing hero in the last 15 minutes

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Couldn’t stop listening.

I loved this book! The tug of war relationship had my heart soaring only to fall and splinter over and over again. Well worth the read!

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Awful

This is not a love story, it is a very dangerous book that I hope young people do not read and accept this behaviour as normal.

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Guilty pleasure

Nothing groundbreaking, and quite predictable. However fun to have on in the background and a little addictive in a guilty pleasure kinda way

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Loved.

I honestly loved it. I was not expecting the ending!! like I'm so mad right now.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-05-2019

abuse

this is not a love story. this is about a young girl who gets sucked in by an abusive boyfriend. he is controlling, manipulative and verbally abusive. he isolates her from her friends and family, gets angry if a guy talks to her, and even has her put her phone on speaker to listen to her calls.

parents should have their young daughters read this book to open a conversation on why this behavior is not romantic and how even though this is not physical abuse it is still very much abuse.

this poor girl thinks his temper and controlling tendencies are signs for how much he "loves" her. my hear breaks for the FMC, and I hope but doubt this series will end with her walking away.

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  • Martina Bruce
  • 12-03-2019

amazing!

In the chapter 100, the voice of Hero fits SOOO good:), I really can't wait to see the movie!!!!

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  • Tayln
  • 24-04-2019

Repetitive

We've all had bad relationships but other than steamy make up sex i kept wanting to stop the cycle of gas lighting and emotional abuse. i get to rapt in stories to suffer the next in the series.

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  • Amelia Metcalf
  • 11-04-2019

I. Can’t. Even.

And you shouldn’t either. I’m a big fan of a good YA novel, but this nonsense is less YA novel escapism and more “Best Ways to Convince Yourself To Stay in an Abusive Relationship.” Y’all. It’s awful. The reader sounded like she was talented, but I honestly wonder how many times she needed to take a break during recording to gag. There was ZERO character development. Hardin was an idiot— I don’t care if he had a mysterious British accent. I’ll end this review here as I am heading to the ophthalmologist soon— I’m afraid I sprained my eyeballs from rolling them so many times trying to listen to this drivel.

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  • Pkl
  • 17-10-2019

The movie is way better.

I listened to this book after watching the movie. The movie was waaaaay better. However, the thing that worries me most about this book is how it romanticizes a horribly abusive relationship. It’s sad because stuff like this is teaching young girls that it is okay to be treated the way Hardin treats Tessa. There should be a warning label on this book. Hardin and Tessa’s relationship is in no way “cute” or “romantic.” It is abuse.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-05-2019

Complete waste of time and money.

Absolutely awful. I forced myself to listen to half the book telling myself it'd get better but it just kept getting worse and worse. There's no interesting plotline, the characters are boring and cliche, and the author keeps reusing the same scenario over and over again. Tessa is in an abusive relationship with this "bad boy" who she keeps expecting will change. Then one of them cheats on the other, they have a big fight and say they never want to see each other again, and then in the next chapter they act like nothing happened. I've never read 50 Shades of Grey but I can assure you this book is even worse than that one. Don't waste your money on this piece of trash.

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  • Amanda Hickey
  • 24-03-2019

Juvenile

I totally understand all the rage from teens and young adults about this love story. My maturity as an older, sexually experienced woman, this novel is extremely unrealistic from a sexual POV. I actually finished this book because I was curious as to what Hardin’s secret was. The storyline is ok, but definitely could have been better put together. Sorry, no woman as inexperienced as Tess can actually orgasm that soon into a sexual relationship. As for Hardin, his sexual releases are on point (mere minutes) for his age. The writing was no Pulitzer winner but I’ll give this novel 3 stars. Anna Todd is clearly a new author but has excellent potential. I’ll go ahead and skip the next in the series, and look into more of her novels later in her career.

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  • Berkel King
  • 17-05-2019

Hit close to home

Being a survivor of a toxic/abusive relationship this story hit close to home and made me want to yell at Tessa to run and hide. The dialogue was cheesy but the situations were so very real and most almost mirrored my past. I hope when people read this story it makes them realize why it’s so hard sometimes for people to leave a toxic relationship. When it’s bad it’s so so bad but when it’s good it’s so so good. Would had been 5 stars if it wasn’t for the cringy dialogue.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-06-2019

Really unremarkable

I was very disappointed in this book. It was performed well, but the story itself is really just awful and uninteresting.

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  • Jared Greenberg
  • 16-05-2019

Lackluster...why did I listen to this book?

The story was very reminiscent of Fifty Shades of Gray with way less exciting sex scenes. Writing was sub par and there was too much repetition in Tessa and Harding’s interactions. There were 99 chapters in this book and it could have easily been told in 30. Elizabeth was not the most exciting reader and made the words of the books sound even less convincing. The last chapter was the most intriguing because Hero was a wonderful reader! The reader makes the biggest difference even when the book was poorly written.

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  • Kelly
  • 02-06-2019

A real page turner!!

Amazing book, couldn't stop listening to it, downloaded the next 2 books in the series immediately!!

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  • Megan Tingle
  • 23-04-2019

“I tried to hold back the tears in my eye”

That line was used far to many time! Started to annoy me !

But I loved the story ! Book to hear I come

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  • JenniferOB81
  • 19-05-2020

Amazing

I couldn’t stop listening ... really happy to find there is more books about the characters definitely will be buying more 💕!!
I love the narrator she does it so well

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  • Lou_harp
  • 25-04-2020

cant stop listening

loved it I keep listening to it over and over again I love the whole series

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  • Char-marcus
  • 24-04-2020

Great story

very good narration, and the added bonus chapter is fantastic, only downside if the female narrators male voice is very annoying

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-02-2020

I couldn't put it down

After watching the Netflix Film After - I though i'd give the book a try I loved it think i prefer the film but the 2nd Book is amazing and i cant wait to see the next film

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  • Angela
  • 02-12-2019

Loved it

Can't wait to listen to the follow up stories. Really enjoyed it. Good story and easy to listen to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-11-2019

Love!! Hate!!

ok so I watched the movie and was confused about the events so decided to read the book. I think the book is addictive however it's not that great but then it is that great 🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️... has me hooked and about to buy the next book.

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  • Hannah
  • 01-10-2019

How Not To Do Relationships

This book is a DNF. I couldn't finish it, it was just so cringe worthy and the story was basically sexual, emotional and mental abuse. I did try and like the book, I really really did but the the characters and the story were just too cringy and badly written that I couldn't do it.

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  • Doublespeedson
  • 26-09-2019

If you loved Twilight and fifty shades of grey...you will love this.

Less racy than fifty shades of grey but more graphic than twilight. A modern love story.