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My name is Tate. He doesn't call me that, though. He'll barely refer to me at all, and he'll hardly ever 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 worse as time wore on. I even went to Europe for a year, just to avoid him. But I'm done hiding from him now, and there's no way I'll allow him to ruin another year. He might not have changed, but I have. It's time to fight back.

©2013 Penelope Douglas (P)2014 Tantor

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I heart this book

I loved this! Maybe a little unrealistic (not sure if this is the right word)or some "seriously?" moments but I didn't put it down so it definitely held my attention from start to finish.
My heart hurt for Tate, I laughed, had heart palpitations & wanted to smack people all within 24 hours.

I'm not good at reviews because I don't pay attention to the "writing" or the things that most people who read a lot write about in their reviews; I only know if I liked it or not & so .....

I LOVED IT!

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Love the story

I read this book a while back in the Kindle version. I was in the mood for this type of storyline so decided to use my credit to listen to it. The narrator would have completely ruined it for me had I not already previously read this book. She sounded more like an English professor than a teenage girl. It honestly felt like I was sitting in a college lecture hall listening to a professor read aloud. It was boring at times. I cannot really explain why this bothered me so, as I am typically a fan of good diction. I guess it just felt extremely weird to hear a teenage girl pronounce words so perfectly. It seemed to make the story less believable. I truly wish this had been performed by someone younger and a little less proper, this narrator did not do this book justice.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Intense and emotional

I've been on an angst-ridden mature YA/NA romance binge listen/read (including authors Tijans Books, Jillian Dodd, Monica Murphy and C.L. Stone---all fantastic), most of the books were pretty screwed up, but this one might take the cake.

The author constructs a situation of a girl being a victim of extreme bullying and humiliation from a boy she once loved. She's pretty much obsessed and lusting after the boy for the whole book while not quite managing to hate him. His transformation over the course of the book was somewhat believable, but not one hundred percent. Her feeling were understandable as well, if not a little hard to digest. There was a lot of heat between the characters, and I definitely was addicted from beginning to end. I loved it mostly, but the emotions were a bit uncomfortable as was her obsession with her tormentor. I'd have liked her to be a little more independent minded- to match her independent spirited actions in the book. But all in all, the blurb gives a pretty good idea of what you're in for, so if it appeals to you, you'll prolly enjoy this one too

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Great book , poor naration

What other book might you compare Bully to and why?

It reminds me a bit of Samantha Young novels.

Did Abby Craden do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

She did OK. Her inflection during narration was a bit off-putting.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Ahhh, tortured teenagers, got to love 'em.....

This story is the typical misunderstood, I have issues from a traumatic experience, pissed off YA teenager story but it's well written (although there is a little at the end I would have edited out) and has a happy ending (YAY). I actually enjoyed the story quite a bit. The reader is great, the writing isn't bad and I found the characters charming and engaging. I was hooked from chapter one and finished within two days. The story made me laugh out loud a couple of times and the characters act their age instead of being written as adults. You can read the synopsis to discover the story line so I won't recap, just know I found the book worth a credit, especially if your looking for something light and easy. This is a stand alone novel so you don't have to worry about finding or waiting for part two although there is another book written from Jarod's perspective (it isn't essential to this story). Have fun discovering how to regrow wings!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Great Story!

What made the experience of listening to Bully the most enjoyable?

It was a great story of a strong young girl who dealt with bullying from her peers. Unfortunately, one of those peers was a long-time friend which made it very hard for her. I had a hard time setting the audio book down when I needed to. I wanted to know what happened next!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Tatum. She dealt with a lot, but she kept fighting when most would have given up.

Which scene was your favorite?

I would have to say my favorite scene was when Tate and Jared were looking for Jared's cell phone in the school lockers and they found out it was Piper who had his phone. The fact that such a horrible thing was done to her and she stood up for herself in front of the school was quite the feat for her!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book did make me laugh and cry. I felt so bad for Tate when she thought Jared sent the video message to everyone in the school. But soon enough, the author had me laughing as Tate and Jared dealt with Evan and Piper.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Sweet

I don't approve of unmarried or under age sex. However, before it happened, I was fully entrenched in the storyline. So, a fair warning.

Now, Tate is very mature & some may scoff at that as she's only 17 through the majority of the book. I personally can attest that there are many young people who grow up & mature quickly. A hard life did that to me, so it's quite believable. I truly enjoyed knowing her inner thoughts and struggle to continue growing and to tackle those who not only bullied her but, also, with her own struggle yo not become a bully herself.

From the beginning, I knew that something traumatic had deeply scarred Jared when he was 14yrs old. Bullies 99% of the time have been abused. His acts of bullying may seem outrageous but truly his little pawn Maddox actually made me more upset. He had NO reason or excuse for what he did. He even admitted that he was the one who over did it without Jared even knowing. Being able to move on & forgive is a huge thing that many adults I know have never overcome. That itself really rang true with Tate's personality. I hope others can gain insight & grow themselves as they read her story.

Excellent story of true life happenings. Beautifully written and the narrator was perfect. :-)

My star ratings include these 5 elements:
1★ story line
1★ engaging characters
1★ use of world building/descriptive
1★ being well edited or narrated
1★ the ending

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Bully, talk about wrong

Is it wrong to hate your best friend?
Is it wrong to wish that someone you used to love would fall off the face of the earth?

Well, if that person is the sole reason your life is miserable...is it OK then?

Bully is the story of a young woman who never understood why her best friend hated her. She never could figure out what happened. But she wishes she could.

Tate just wants it to stop. She wants to be normal. She wants to have all the high school experiences. But will her Bully ever allow it?

It was an intense story that made me glad my high school life hadn't been that bad. It also made me want to cry for those that have had it that bad or worse.

It hurts because we care!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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NOT WORTH PRICE!

What would have made Bully better?

Rewrite it. And follow the summary this time.

Has Bully turned you off from other books in this genre?

I would say no but then it would not be fair for other authors or their books.

How could the performance have been better?

Tate could be less shallow and make up her mind. Jared could get over himself. And everyone else can stop acting as if life revolves around the two. Its ridiculous.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

NONE! Even the summary advertised is wrong. MISLEADING!

Any additional comments?

This is the first time I'm writing such a review. I dont like it. I'm an avid reader and i listen to audible because i get busy in my day to day life. I like to compliment the author and praise them for their wonderful work, but this is the first time i would give such a harsh review because i am deeply disappointed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Dont let the title fool you

Any additional comments?

Wow! A romance filled with intensity, angst, an emotional rollercoaster ride, and I loved it!!! Ms. Douglas had me crying, angry, frustrated, and very smitten by the end of the book.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful