Book Review: Aflame by Penelope Douglas

“‘I’m never letting you go again, Tate,’ I whispered, almost desperate. ‘I’m your friend forever, and if that’s all I get, then that’s what I’m taking, because only when you’re here’-I took her hand and placed it on my heart-‘do I feel like my life is worth a damn.'”

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The tables have turned. Now I have the power—and it’s his turn to beg…
Everyone wants to be me.
Maybe it’s the sway of my skirt or the way I flip my hair, but I don’t care. Even though their attention is the last thing I crave, I just can’t stop. I dominate the track, the speed rattles my bones, and the wind and the crowd screams my name.
I’m her. The girl driver. The queen of the race. And I’m surviving—something he thought I’d never do.
They all talk about him. Did you see Jared Trent on T.V? What did you think of his last race, Tate? When is he coming back to town, Tate?
But I refuse to care too much. Because when Jared does come home, I won’t be here.
Tatum Brandt is gone. I’m someone new.

In Aflame we get to see the story in Tate’s and in Jared’s point of view. It is set four years into the future since we last saw them in Bully and Until You.

When I started reading the book, I felt it was just a repeat of what happened in the previous books. Tate was back to hating Jared, Jared was avoiding Tate, their obvious physical attraction kept drawing them into each other like magnets. Push, pull, push, same old story. Continue reading

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Book Review: Bully by Penelope Douglas

“You were my tempest, my thunder cloud, my tree in the downpour. I loved all those things, and I loved you. But now? You’re a fucking drought. I thought that all the assholes drove German cars, but it turns out that pricks in Mustangs can still leave scars.”


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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. No, he’ll barely even 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 more sadistic as time wore on, and I made myself sick trying to stay out of his way. I even went to France for a year, just to avoid him. But I’m done hiding from him now, and there’s no way in hell I’ll allow him to ruin my senior year. He might not have changed, but I have. It’s time to fight back. I’m not going to let him bully me anymore.

At the beginning of the book, I wasn’t sure about how I felt about Tate and her bully, Jared. It didn’t sit well with me that a bully could end up with sweet Tate. Usually stories about bullies and bad boys were cute, but Jared’s bullying was far from cute. It was downright cruel. However, as the story progressed, bits of Jared’s emotions and motives showed, but never enough to actually understand what was happening in his mind. We were just as confused as innocent Tate. Continue reading