For mature audiences only.

Summary:

This is the third book of the After series. Theresa (aka Tessa) and Hardin have an on-and-off relationship. Hardin has terrible anger issues related to when he was ten and his alcoholic father left him. Tessa’s dad, who was also a drug addict and alcoholic, left when she was nine.

When Hardin decides to get a tattoo to show Tessa how much he loves her, Tessa comes along. This was just one of many ways that Hardin would try to control their relationship and Tessa's time, to the point where he could be abusive. Some days he treated her right and some were mostly controlling and fighting.No matter what Hardin did, she would always forgive him. As Tessa's mom Carol watched what was happening, she thought that Tessa was in the same type of abusive relationship that she had been with Tessa's father Richard. as her past self. Tessa thought her parents were divorced, but they had never been married. Tessa is in love, but is it worth this price?

NOTE: Contains themes of abuse, alcohol, and drug use, as well as dysfunctional family dynamics that could be triggering for some readers.


BTSYA / Teen Reader (16):
I really love this book and I give it nine out of ten stars. There isn't anything I disliked. I kinda related to the book a few years ago, and I know why Tessa kept going back to Hardin no matter what he did. There is a lot of sex in the book, so this is not for younger audiences. 


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Tessa is a character some readers will relate to.

Content Awareness Factors:

This is an adult book that has young adults as the characters. The story revolves around two people in an abusive relationship. There is violence, sex, drugs, and alcohol. 


Type of Book:
This is a book that has been described as "50 Shades of Gray for young adults."
Educational Themes:

There are some heavy themes in the book, particularly related to abusive relationships. The story presents opportunities to point out abuse, from microaggressions to physical abuse. Use those opportunities to talk about Tessa's state of mind and what options there are in the real world. Ask your reader why they think telling her to leave Hardin would or wouldn't work.

Reading Level:
unknown
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
16 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
15 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer's Age: 16
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow or skip.

Title After We Fell
About

After, Book 3 of 5

Author Anna Todd
Publisher Gallery Books © 2014
ISBN 9781476792507
Material Hard Cover
Cost $17.99
Genres Contemporary Fiction, Romance
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