Review: Bully by Penelope Douglas

Actual Rating: 0

Wow. This is, hands down, one of the worst books I have ever read in my life.

The main character was whiny. She bounced between “but Jared and I were best friends and I loved him!” and “NO, I CAN’T LOVE HIM BECAUSE HE’S A BULLY!” at least thirty times throughout this book.

And the relationship, in my eyes, was just horribly toxic. I felt like the reveal for why Jared bullied Tate was extremely underwhelming as well: (view spoiler)

Honestly, Jared just never got better for me. Sure, he had that horrible backstory, but he barely grew as a character. Just take a look at this line:

I think we’ve moved beyond friends, Tate, but if you want to play that game, then fine. We can have a sleepover, but there will be fucking involved.

The third thing: We get it. Tatum was some sort of ugly loser before she left for Europe, and she came back a total babe. But! Lots of guys still liked her before, because she is OH SO DESIRED. Of course she just had to be one of those “I’m gorgeous but I don’t know it” characters for this story to get anywhere. I also don’t know why there had to be so many scenes where Tate just happened to be in her underwear or in a bikini and the entire world had to gawk at her beauty.

And all the characters were really just messed-up. What K.C. did to me was almost unforgivable, and I really thought there would be more of the story centered around it. Madoc was just horrible, basically the embodiment of sexual harassment. His sudden transformation of character at the end honestly made absolutely no sense to me – and Tate’s quick forgiveness made even less.

And finally, the writing was just bad.
I don’t know why just making eye contact with Jared leads to this:

“A tiny moan barely made it out of my throat…”

I have no clue what this means:

“Heat shot out of my nose, ears, and eyes before I looked away.”

And this line makes me imagine Tate as some kind of human porcupine:

“Shivers spread over my skin with the pleasure shooting out of my pores.

Don’t waste your time.


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