At some point this year – without ever making a conscious decision to act – I stopped watching television. Instead, I went on an epic reading binge. And by epic, I mean DEMENTED. As of today, I have read….

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300 books!

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Does that make me accomplished or sick in the head? I’ll let you decide. Mostly, I read new adult or adult romance with a smattering of YA. A great many of the books I read were self-pubbed.Now I don’t rate books on Amazon or Goodreads, though I write reviews when I can. I think it’s safe to say that I will not have time to write reviews of all 300 books I read this year. Instead, I thought it would be more fun to share my favorites with you. To that end, each day of December I’m going to tell you about one of my favorite reads of the year (in no particular order).

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BULLY by Penelope Douglas

Genre: New Adult

Publisher: Indie

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

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.

We’re neighbors, and once, we were best friends. But then, one summer, he turned on me and has made it his mission to screw up my life at every opportunity. 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 hide from him. I worried about what was around every corner and behind every door.

So I left.

I spent a year studying abroad and bathed in the freedom of life without Jared. Now I’m back to finish up high school and get the hell out of here forever. I’m hoping that after a year of breathing room, he’s moved on and forgotten all about me.

But even if he hasn’t changed, I have. I’m not interested in avoiding him or turning the other cheek anymore. We’re going to go head to head, because neither of us wants to back down.

 

What I Liked:

SO. MUCH. TENSION. When Tate begins to stand up to her bully, I wanted to stand up and cheer for her as she finds her strength. I loved her internal journey of discovery, especially when she discovers the complexity of her situation – that in standing up for herself, she walks a thin line between courage and becoming a bully herself.

As for Jared, her nemesis? I didn’t think it was possible for the author to convert a character I disliked so much into a potential love interest, but damn – she proved me wrong x1000. I’ve read this book twice already, and I’ll definitely be reading it again.

Like the sound of BULLY? Give the author a little #BookLove. Penelope Douglas tweets @PenDouglas.

 

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