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Title: After We Collided
Series: After #2
Author: Anna Todd
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: 25 November 2014
Synopsis from Goodreads
Tessa has everything to lose. Hardin has nothing to lose…except her.AFTER WE COLLIDED…Life will never be the same. #HESSA
After a tumultuous beginning to their relationship, Tessa and Hardin were on the path to making things work. Tessa knew Hardin could be cruel, but when a bombshell revelation is dropped about the origins of their relationship—and Hardin’s mysterious past—Tessa is beside herself.
Hardin will always be…Hardin. But is he really the deep, thoughtful guy Tessa fell madly in love with despite his angry exterior—or has he been a stranger all along? She wishes she could walk away. It’s just not that easy. Not with the memory of passionate nights spent in his arms. His electric touch. His hungry kisses.
Still, Tessa’s not sure she can endure one more broken promise. She put so much on hold for Hardin—school, friends, her mom, a relationship with a guy who really loved her, and now possibly even a promising new career. She needs to move forward with her life.
Hardin knows he made a mistake, possibly the biggest one of his life. He’s not going down without a fight. But can he change? Will he change…for love?
Wow this series should come with a health warning; equal parts irritating, emotional and addictive. It’s like watching a epic multi-vehicle pile-up and not being able to tear your eyes away. Reading the After series involves quite a bit of loud ranting at the characters, wishing you could jump into the book in order to knock their heads together while walking a knifes edge of tension.
I have to say I was beyond excited that this second book is in dual narrative. the chance to get inside Hardin’s very messed-up mind OH YEAH That dude makes you question the definition of sociopath. To be completely honest even with his perspective I still don’t understand him in the slightest, not even a tiny little bit. The things he does and says defy logic at times. Hardin is beyond bitter and rage, his barriers have been so deeply enforced from a disturbingly young age you do question whether there is any hope of a long term breakthrough. That’s all I can say is dude needs some serious therapy. For me, it seemed as if Hardin was intrinsically programmed to mess up; he is the poster child for a self-fulfilling prophecy.
I liked Tessa more in this book as her character develops and for all intents and purposes grows a backbone. Don’t get me wrong, she makes some very major mistakes that make you question her maturity. Yet, she is far stronger than she gives herself credit for and amazingly well-adjusted considering she has such a self-centered bitch as a mother.
Immaturity and insecurity aren’t good foundations to build a relationships on. Relationships require trust, without that what are you left with? As much as I crave Hardin and Tessa to achieve a HEA I can’t help but question whether their relationship is healthy for either of them. How can too people be both so bad and yet so good for each other? It is really confusing. Elements of soul-mates are explored within the narrative yet you continual question if they should be together because of all the negative aspects of their relationship. The back and for, up and down, is exhausting to follow. I felt as if I was on constant high alert for the next disaster to occur. Just when you think there is a small about of reprieve Anna Todd pulls the rug form under you with more revelations.
Anna Todd does a fantastic job of conveying the emotions the characters are experiencing within the narrative; from the very beginning it was easy to empathizes with their reactions.
Questions of popularity and identity are woven into the plot adding a thought-provoking element to the story as a whole. What would you do for popularity, examining Hardin’s reputation and behavior when he is with his so-called friends put this into perspective. To become the person you want to be you should value yourself above the opinions of others.
As I’ve said After We Collided is equal parts annoying, frustrating and irritating YET is totally compelling and so very addictive it borders on an obsession to discover what happens next. Once this story sinks it’s teeth into you it won’t let go