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***This novel contains graphic sexual content and harsh language. It is only appropriate for adult readers age 18+.
Have you ever been so angry that hitting things felt good? Or so numb that you actually felt high? The past few years have been like that for me. Traveling between fury and indifference with no stops in between.
Some people hate me for it, while others are scared of me. But none of them can hurt me, because I don't care about anything or anyone.
I love her so much that I hate her. We used to be friends, but I found out that I couldn't trust her or anyone else.
So I hurt her. I pushed her away.
But I still need her. The sight of her centers me, and I can pool all of my anger into her. Engaging her, challenging her, bullying her...they are my food, my air, and the last part of me that feels anything human.
But she left. She went to France for a year, and came back a different girl.
Now, when I push, she pushes back.
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Guest Review by Michelle Tikal:
“This book was never supposed to be written.”
After finishing Until You by Penelope Douglas I was compelled to go back to the beginning of the book and read this first line that was written as a note from the author over and over again. Upon first reading this first line and knowing how well received and widely known the first book in the series, Bully, was my first impression was of how much I love when readers impact an author so profoundly that the author decides to give her audience more of a certain character or story even when this deviates from the plotted course of a book or series. My second thought was that Jared must have a lot to say to have such a significant impact on the course of the series. But after finishing the book and looking back on this sentence I can’t help but be overjoyed that Until You is even in existence considering how much I absolutely loved everything about it and actually enjoyed this book more than the first.
After reading Bully, although I understood the relationship between Jared and Tate and the deep love and forgiveness that comes with an almost lifelong friendship and adoration of one another, I still didn’t necessarily love Jared. He just wasn’t able to completely win me over in Bully. I definitely sympathized with him and I even understood him pushing Tate away and “protecting her” from other guys but the deplorable things that he put her through for three long years was barely forgivable in my book. Reading Until You really turned me around. I was able to further understand Jared and his actions and to not just love the love between Jared and Tate but to also truly love Jared himself. For that I am extremely thankful for this book.
This book was a true rollercoaster of emotions. The prologue tugged at my heart with the beauty of Jared and Tate’s friendship that only two ten year olds could forge instantly. The vulnerability yet strength that that little girl showed after such a heartbreaking event was remarkable and the instantaneous connection and protective instinct that boy felt for that girl was simply divine. Shortly thereafter we are witness to just a glimpse of the atrocities that Jared and Jax faced on a daily basis. My heart immediately went out to the two of them and then the depiction of Jared using his thoughts of Tate as an escape from the horrors he was enduring promptly broke it right in two. There is plenty of humor, and teasing to lighten the mood. And just as I found myself being drawn in by Jared the way that he used and treated Piper was downright sickening at times. Then he goes and makes me fall harder than I thought possible when he finally owns up and takes responsibility and we can really get to understand him and the man he has become.
Not only did Until You solidify my understanding of and feelings for Jared but I’m pretty sure I developed a healthy crush on Madoc as well which I NEVER saw coming. That boy is hilarious! In this book we are able to see him as much more playful and teasing rather than irritating and obnoxious. His intentions are revealed and he can finally be seen as the funny, witty guy he is with just enough mystery to make me chomp at the bit to find out all there is to know about him. Then there is Jax who in one short scene we get a perfect hint of what is to come in his story with his smooth self-assuredness and witty one-liners. I couldn’t be more excited for the rest of the series to delve into these two complex and intriguing characters.
I’ve been trying for some time to analyze why I always seem to love the companion novels more than the original stories that I read. Part of it no doubt is the fact that I love the male point of view but above all else I think I’ve finally come to realize that it’s because we are given the incredible original story to fall in love with and then we receive the gift of much more depth and submerged so far into insight into each of our beloved characters that one can’t help but be captivated by this seemingly brand new story. Such is true with Until You. This story truly felt like a separate and wonderful story all on its own, one in which we are well aware of the back story, but one that is wholly and uniquely Jared’s.
Rating: 5 Stars
About my super awesome guest reviewer:
I am a stay at home mother of three small children. I met my husband in high school and we have been together for almost 15 years now. I love to read and whenever I have free time (is there such a thing?) I can always be found with my reader in hand. I love contemporary and New Adult romance, the more angst the better. I'm a sucker for a happy ending and cannot pass up a hot rocker read.
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