Bully (Fall Away #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'm not going to let him bully me anymore.
I'm going to use the same review for each book because I had the same issue with each book because it repeated in each installment. I'd like to note that I did have moments that I liked the story but for the most part but I struggled with the same thing in each book. The Fall Away series was an exploration into the mind of a child/children caught in adolescence taking their feelings and emotions out on one another without much reason for it despite the explanation as to why they are the way they are. You would expect to find a story like this written on a sex story website or something of its equivalent for all I felt toward the series as a whole.
My biggest problem that I had with the books is that these kids understand their relationships and reason their emotions and actions by living with the backwards thought that abuse equals passion and sex equals love.
You have absent parents who are completely oblivious to anything but themselves and in some cases are worse than the kids and the second issue is that they're kids.
They don't know what they're doing except looking for some kind of validation in the wrong place because they're certainly not finding it in mom and dad.
Its an interesting journey into the different perspectives to explain the sexual and abusive relationship between them and their need to find love and hate in eachother because of the giant hole that is in their lives.
Reviewed By: Krissy's Bookshelf Reviews
Note: I received a print copy in exchange for an honest review from Berkley