DNF Review: After by Anna Todd

After (After, #1)

(After #1)
Author: Anna Todd
Publisher: Gallery Books
Published: October 21, 2014
Genre: Romance, New Adult, Contemporary
My Rating:

1 star new


Synopsis new

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, tattoos, and lip ring, 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?

Now newly revised and expanded, Anna Todd’s After fanfiction racked up 1 billion reads online and captivated readers across the globe. Experience the Internet’s most talked-about book for yourself!

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

my thoughts new

First DNF book of the year.


One of the things I hate doing so much is DNF-ing a book because it feels bad to leave it when you’ve invested yourself in it in the first place. But sometimes you just have to quit because it just doesn’t work out for you. And you can no longer fool yourself and hope that things will get better as the story goes.

So yeah.. I DNF-ed this book for these reasons:

1. Writing Style – This book is poorly written and executed. I see so much potentials in this book but it fails to hold my attention most of the time because of the boring writing.

2. Plot – You can never find an absolute plot in this book. Every chapter is a complete waste because of so many unnecessary scenes that don’t make any sense at all.


3. Main Characters – If you can’t love the main characters, then there’s no reason to continue it. Why pretend and fool yourself? Tessa and Hardin are both immature characters. They always bicker like children and wow, their childish behavior annoys the crap out of me! And don’t even get me started on Hardin’s attitude! Gaaah this guy makes me want to pull my hair out because he’s simply such a prick!

4. Cheating – Just so we’re clear, I despise books with cheating, but I admit that there are books that I loved even when there’s cheating involved but that’s because they’re simply well-written and well-justified. But this? A girl cheats on her boyfriend just because her boyfriend is boring and omg there’s a tattooed and pierced boy-next-door who’s way hotter and exciting than him. What the actual f*ck? And damn Hardin. This guy! He knows the girl has a boyfriend and yet he continues to seduce her just so he can prove that he’s a sex god!



I did try to like this book, honestly. But I just can’t. It was a waste of time. Nuff said.


1 star new

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xo pearl


13 thoughts on “DNF Review: After by Anna Todd

  1. I’m happy to read a review of someone who didn’t like this book. I’ve not picked it up, because it just didn’t seem right. I’m glad to read now that it doesn’t look like I missed a whole lot!

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  2. I totally understand what you’re saying, Pearl, and I agree with most of it. And yet… I read the whole series. All 4 ridiculous books. I swear, it’s like I couldn’t help myself. I hated it but had to keep reading. Ugh! Tessa and Hardin and the constant back and forth and bickering and they’re together they’re not together drove me to the brink of insanity. But I have to admit that by the final book I was actually pulling for the two idiots and was so happy with the ending. Each book was ridiculously long, and poorly written, but they hooked me just the same. I probably should have just DNF’d at the beginning like you did… but I guess it wasn’t all bad. LOL

    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books


    • Aww Tanya… 🙂 Thank you for understanding my feelings. haha! Anyway, I’m happy nonetheless because you loved the series. I remember myself liking Fifty Shades of Grey series, so I can’t blame you. FSOG was poorly written too and yet I wasn’t able to stop myself reading it until the very end. Hahaha! So there’s that. XD


  3. I tried reading it on Wattpad when it was a One Direction fan fiction, and it was disgusting. It’s even worse than fifty shades of grey, and that’s saying something. I refuse to read the book itself.

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      • I have no patience for stupid girls who keep going back to guys who fuck them over again and again. Not even fictional characters.

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      • I can’t believe it’s meant to be Harry Styles – I’m actually disgusted how the author wrote the character. I am really not the type of person to slag off a book or an author, but this is an exception.

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      • Ugh. Right? My expectations are also too high in this book since some of my friends liked it. Lol. And well, because it’s NA. I love NA but this one didn’t meet my expectations.


      • Is there any good NA books you could recommend? I’m trying to find some good ones to dip my toes into.


      • Oh, yes! I would gladly recommend you! 🙂 If you haven’t read The Deal by Elle Kennedy yet, then try it. Or Lisa De Jong’s When It Rains, Loving Mr. Daniels by Brittainy Cherry, On Dublin Street by Samantha Young, Violet Chain by J. Kahele, With This Heart by R.S. Grey, Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven, Addicted to You by Krista and Becca Ritchie, and Abbi Glines’ books. :))


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