Bully: The Fall Away Series

Bully: The Fall Away Series

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by Penelope Douglas

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Penelope Douglas delivers an unforgettable New Adult romance that toes the fine line between love and hate….
My name is Tate.
He doesn't call me that, though. He’ll barely refer to me at all, and he’ll hardly ever speak to me.
But he


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Penelope Douglas delivers an unforgettable New Adult romance that toes the fine line between love and hate….
My name is Tate.
He doesn't call me that, though. He’ll barely refer to me at all, and he’ll hardly ever 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 worse as time wore on. I even went to Europe for a year, just to avoid him.
But I'm done hiding from him now, and there's no way I'll allow him to ruin another year. He might not have changed, but I have.
It's time to fight back.
When one brave young woman stands up to her best friend Jared, now tormenter, the consequences go beyond anything either of them ever would have imagined….

Praise for Bully:
"Bully was a wonderfully addictive read that kept my heart racing from start to finish. I could not put it down! 5 stars!!"—Aesta's Book Blog
"A heated and passionate novel, full of feeling and intensity that will appeal to the reader seeking an emotional rush.”—IndieReader.com

Penelope Douglas is a writer and teacher in Las Vegas. Born in Dubuque, Iowa, she earned a Bachelor's degree in Public Administration, then a Masters of Science in Education at Loyola University in New Orleans. She and her husband have one daughter.

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“A wonderfully addictive read that kept my heart racing from start to finish. I could not put it down! 5 stars!!”—Aestas Book Blog
“I got completely wrapped up in Bully.”—Scandalicious Book Reviews
“Freakin’ awesome! I absolutely love, love, loved this book.…It totally rocked. Three times I honestly thought I might spontaneously combust.”—Smitten’s Book Blog
“There’s a very thin line between love and hate! Did I know the line could be so blurred and painful? No! But can I say I didn’t absolutely, without a doubt love this damn book? No! I freaking Loved it!”—SBookLover Reviews
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Jared and Tatum were once best friends, until out of nowhere Jared became a cruel boy hell-bent on making Tate's life a nightmare. Tate finally wears down Jared's façade as a bully and starts to see him as a lonely boy who, in dealing with his own pain, chooses to lash out and hurt others.

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Penguin Publishing Group
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Fall Away Series , #1
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Penelope Douglas is a writer and teacher in Las Vegas. Born in Dubuque, Iowa, she earned a Bachelor's degree in Public Administration, then a Masters of Science in Education at Loyola University in New Orleans. She and her husband have one daughter.

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Bully: The Fall Away Series 4.6 out of 5 based on 3 ratings. 168 reviews.
Marianna-ALustForReading More than 1 year ago
Tate and Jared used to be best friends. They loved each other - or at least she though they did. Then when they were 14 everything changed. Jared went from a loving friend to a bully for no apparent reason. He made it his mission in life to ruin high school for Tate. She got a brief reprieve from his torture for year, studying abroad in Europe. Now that she is back, she wonders if Jared will go back to tormenting her or if maybe he has forgotten all about her and moved on. Regardless of what his plans are, Tate vows to herself to not let him ruin her Senior year. If he is going to pick up where he left of, then this time she will fight back. I was so hesitant to read this book because the idea of falling for your bully kind of annoyed me. But after reading so many great things about it, I decided to give it a shot. Let me tell you, I am so glad that I did! Tate - my heart broke for her repeatedly for everything she endured at the hands of Jared. I mean, how much can one teenage girl take before she breaks? But Tate is too strong for that. She took a much needed time out from Life with Jared and came back from Europe and more self confident young woman. The Tate that came back home for her Senior year had a lot more attitude and was finally ready to stand up to him. And then there is Jared. Sigh. How I hated him through the majority of this book. And I'm not talking about a little hate, but full blown, I want to throttle you hatred. When Tate give her monologue in class and it is clear that Jared is emotionally affected by it, I realized there was a world of pain hidden beneath the bully veneer. At that point I started to forgive him and I want them to rebuild what once was an amazing friendship. There are some interesting side characters in here as well which I think will lead to some great additional books n this series down the road. I will say that I did not like Tate's best friend K.C. At all. she pissed me off and I felt like she was being a crap friend. On the other hand, I loved Jared's BFF Madoc. He made me laugh and especially at hard he worked to make up for being such a Jerk to Tate all these years. Plus he isn't afraid to call Jared out on how he really feels about her. This book is emotional and angsty and sexy and just down right all around awesomeness. You'll want to punch Jared in the face and then climb him like a tree. I am so glad I stopped being stubborn and read Bully.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jared Equals Yummy I don't care what anyone says but in my opinion Jared fully redeems himself in chapters 30 and 31 of Bully. I don't need to read Until You to forgive him in all his yumminess but I will read it anyway...lol
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was an amazing debut novel. I loved the characters. The author brings you into the world of Tatum and Jared. I was blown away and could not wait to see what happened next. I devoured there story. If you choose to read this one you will not be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved, loved, loved this book. This story line was so amazing. I fell in love with Tate. She is so sweet, innocent, kind, and caring but also really lonely, she doesn't realize how lonely she is. Jared & Madoc are two guys you'll love to hate and then you hate to love them. Jared is such a lost and angry soul and Tate is his salvation. This story was so intence at times that my heart literally ached for Tate. Her life became so heart breaking I just wanted to slap someone. I cried so hard it almost felt real. The sexual chemistry between Tate and Jared grew to be unbelievably hot. The ending was perfect but I wish the story went alittle longer. 283 pages wss great but I still wanted more. I highly recommend this book to everyone. I will be looking forward to reading so much more from Penelope. This is the type of story you want to read over & over again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book. But there is a things I don't like about it. I liked that Tatum was a kick butt kind of girl. But then on the next chapter she seemed to lack self respect and self control. It is like she is girl power than nothing power IDK but whatever it is called it got on my nerves.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked it a lot but wish it was longer for more of Tate and Jared together rather than towards the end.
AliCrean More than 1 year ago
Geez, things are really complicated for Jared and Tate. Things are always complicated and intense when you are between the ages of 'I'm in hormone hell' and 'Crap, I think I'm dying'. But things are really hard between these two, because they are a big hot mess of hormones, 'I'm dying', my-peanut-butter-hates-your-chocolate, he ripped the head off my voodoo doll, no one can hate her as much as I hate her, no one can have her--but I don't want her, he's not there if I don't look at him, AND NO ONE CAN EVER LOVE HIM/HER MORE THAN I HAVE SINCE WE FIRST MET. It's like the Magic 8 Ball as a relationship. Does it sound like a cluster-eff of angst, drama, loathing, self destruction, and trauma? Dude... it really is a cluster-eff of angst, drama, loathing, self destruction, and trauma and worth every freaking moment! Every. Freaking. Moment. This book is sexy. It's sexy in all the ways that makes mothers tell their daughters to stay away from bad boys. Penelope Douglas has her finger on the pulse of what makes a relationship that terrible combination of tragic perfection where love destroys and hate give birth to stronger beautiful things that no one should ever have to make. First let me say--this is NOT the relationship I would ever want my sister to be part. I don't think anyone would wish this on anyone, but it's an exaggeration of a relationship that is closer in reality to what most girls out there are going to encounter than the majority of YA novels available in contemporary YA genre. Does it make it an ideal relationship? NO! But it makes a effing phenomenal story and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the amount of heartache and emotional torture. There have to be over 9000 reasons to read this book and one of those reasons is because I say you need to! My reason has more weight than the other 8999 because I am the coolest effin' person on the Earth. I haven't said jack-squat about Bully other than blah, blah, blah yet though… Tate and Jared were once inseparable. The two of them were in one another's pockets. Original BFFs, who had secret sleepovers--they lived next door and shared all their secrets and dreams with each other. Then parts of Jared's body started being like, "Hey, she has a socket and you have a plug." Feelies began to evolve and thoughts began to change to, "Hey, she has a socket and I love her. She's mine. I have a plug." But the thing is girls are from one side of the tree and guys are from the other and guys think with their plugs but never use their words. So where Tate was thinking along the line of, "Jared is awesome and he has pretty eyes, I wonder if he would ever like to kiss me?" and giving him fluttering lashes, Jared thought she had something in her eye and never said crap. Outcome: Jared makes a choice that ends up having devastating results and the resentment of all his plug anger gets hoisted on Tate. Yes, this book--boiled down to a quick summary is: Adolescent penis fury fuels malignant passionate ill will between true lovers, in rare psychotic perversion of schoolyard tormentor game. By the time the story of Tate is rolling she has become tempered steel. She has been in the flames for a VERY long ass time and struck down to a powerful weapon. Jared and his friend Maddoc have been going after her; slandering and persecuting her to the point where in the past she felt unsafe leaving her house and because she lived next door to Jared she'd not been sure that was safe either. To further exacerbate the situation she was ashamed that things had become so bad. She had no respect from her schoolmates and no self-respect. She was going to a year long study abroad and couldn't be happier to leave Fall Away St. behind her. When she returns she is full of fury. She doesn't know where the strength is coming from but she isn't taking crap from Jared and Maddoc anymore. The result isn't that they stop torturing her... it's that Jared can't get enough of her. He's mesmerized and the plug has never wanted her socket more. This book is great. I don't think this is a 'how-to' book for dealing with bullies for young adults. Do not think your bully and you are going to fall in love. Dicks don't become princes most of the time. Do not run out and find a Jared. If you are a girl of 13-992... boys of this ilk are bad, bad news. Boys with their crap together that can take care of you is what you want. Guys in a downward spiral taking everyone with them are terrible for you. When someone you are with gives you a diet of crap, that isn't love. Don't eat crap; it will go to your thighs. (This review was written for my blog All The Things Inbetween at AlltheThingsInbetween-dot-net)
Hazel_G More than 1 year ago
Gripping, Addictive, Intense... Overwhelmed! I Could. Not. Put This One Down! 4.5 On Edge, Anxious Stars! The Review: Though I have very mixed feelings about this book, I completely loved it. First off, let me say, it was well written and I loved the story and what it stood for and since I was completely immersed in it, reading it all in one night, I can conclude that it was one of those books you love to hate. The characters, mainly the hero Jared, will make you both love them and hate them. This book was painful to read. I found myself gritting my teeth, balling my fists and silently shouting expletives in my head, sometimes aloud. Angsty doesn’t even start to cover how to describe this book. Story... Tate has been ridiculed, embarrassed and bullied for the past couple of years. Jared, the source of all her torment is her once, childhood best friend, the boy she loved and the one person she should have been able to trust above all others. But after returning home from a summer visit with his father when he was fourteen, Jared turned from the protective, caring and kind boy he once was to an aggressive mean boy. Deciding to get away from all the pranks and bullying, Tate travels abroad for school and vacation for a year. But she’s back now, in the town that caused her so much grief and hurt, hoping that her time away will have changed things and made them better. But after just one confrontation with her past, she realizes escaping isn’t as easy as she’d hoped, even if she has decided to find her inner bad girl. Jared is gorgeous, he’s popular, he’s feared, he’s respected, he’s got girls hanging all over him... and he has secrets. Deep, dark, horrifying secrets and with a hate raging as strong in him as the one he carries, an outlet is fundamental and Tate has become the object in which he releases all that anger, hurt and pain. Characters and Thoughts... I liked Tate a lot. When we first meet her, she’s scared and shies away from social situations all because she’s been bullied for the last three years. Jared came back from a summer visit with his dad a changed boy and started treating Tate like public enemy number one. He’s never given her a reason but Tate’s always wondered why he went from the best friend she ever had to her worst enemy. He goes to great pains to make sure Tate suffers, doing horrible things to her in the form of rumors, teasing, pranks and verbal beat downs. He pulls his friends into the bullying and this makes Tate constantly look over her shoulder, wondering where and what form the next embarrassing trap will come from. My stomach was in knots the entirety of this book. Watching all these things play out, all the sneering glares, quiet whispering and right out snickering was written so well I felt like I was walking in Tate’s shoes, living through her torment right along side her. I felt so bad for her and I really, REALLY disliked Jared and his partner in crime, Madoc. I even grew to dislike Tate’s only BFF, KC, because with a few sweet words and a bit of hero play from Jared, KC turns from Tate’s confidante to accusing her of being the problem. And then there was the kids in that town. I wanted to strangle EVERYONE with the exception of Tate! But then secrets are revealed and things start to change for Tate and Jared. However, after everything, I’m not sure I could ever trust a person who did those things to me, even after knowing his reasoning. This is where my conflict comes in. I wanted Tate to be able to move past all that pain and find a way to let it go but trusting Jared would have been hard for me, if I were her. As for Jared, I really loved to hate him most of the book. You could tell the things he was doing were for a revenge of some kind. Through the incredible writing, you could also tell he was conflicted even as he carried out these awful plans. And even when we find out his secrets it took until the end of the book for me to like him... and truthfully, I’m not sure like is the correct word. Probably acceptance is more like it. Yes, he was gorgeous and a completely hot bad boy but I felt he needed to atone more and truly feel the guilt of what he’d done. I both loved and hated him! NOTE: The next book in the series, Until You (Fall Away 1.5) is in Jared’s POV so I’m hoping to get all those goodies and “feels” from his side of the story! Yay. I’m excited for that one. I can’t conclude this review without taking the time to acknowledge how this author does a wonderful job of showing what bullying can do to a person. How the daily hurt and conflict and fear can turn you into a person you don’t recognize in the mirror. Tate found herself doing and saying things she normally wouldn’t have done. She found an aggression inside her she didn’t like but found necessary unless she wanted to continue to cower and be stomped all over. I do love how for the most part, she was able to hold on to her true self. But it did change her and how she viewed people, the world and the way she fit in it. The Wrap Up: This is one of those books that will make you think.. and think.. and think some more because you are so conflicted about how to feel. I loved the book. I loved the story. I really didn’t love some of the characters and their actions. But I wasn’t supposed to. I was supposed to be conflicted. This is not your traditional love story. Tate is either really stupid or an incredibly forgiving and wonderfully kind person. She’s strong, that’s for sure because I’m not so sure I would have been strong enough to let it all go. But I’m glad she did because when these two finally come together, they are sexy as hell and the story turns from sour to sweet. Now, on to the next book! *Written for Craves the Angst Book Reviews*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved Bully. Loved Until You. Please Ms. Douglas, won't you please consider writing a short novella with Tate & Jared that takes place after the events of Until You. Just a little something to keep us readers tied over until Rival comes out next summer..
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I loved this book!
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One of my favorite series.
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Sexy! It captures you and reels you in I couldn't stop reading ! !
HitListReviews More than 1 year ago
Bully by Penelope Douglas was a spine-tingling and an intense read. Douglas had me caught every step of the way! I’ve read this book three times now, so I feel like I know this book by heart. Bully is more than just a tension-building romance, it’s about healing and becoming the bigger person in a situation, even when your heart is warring with your mind over it. There are so many emotions that Bully pulls you through that all you have to really do is hold on and enjoy the epic ride and pray that your heart is left in tattered pieces on ground. Honestly, this is exactly what I did . . . from the first time that I read Bully to now, when I knew what would happen at the end. Enough chattering, now! Let’s get onto the review. Our main character is Tatum (Tate) who we meet as a junior in high school. Tate was a great character to read from, though, at times, I wanted to shake her crazy when she gave in to the taunts of her ex-best-friend and bully. As a strong-minded person, I usually stand up for myself and speak my mind about things that I feel are wrong, so it was a really challenging feat; reading from Tate’s POV [Point Of View] who didn’t always take the initiative to standup for herself, and even when she did she immediately backed down at the threat of physical/verbal abuse. Other than that small pet peeve, I quickly got over myself and came to really enjoy Tate as a character and friend. She learned how to be a strong person, trying to overcome the changes that were happening too swiftly in her life. I didn’t absolutely love her, but I did enjoy reading from her perspective. Our other main character is Jared; a freaking arse-dung jerk who needs someone to give it to him bad (and I don’t mean sex, I mean an arse-whopping). He was overwhelmingly spoiled, like, seriously, the whole school found him to be like god. I was like: NO, grow up. You’re in high school, when you make some real accomplishments, then I’ll consider your ‘worth’. This was my initial thought of him. But then, we get a few sneak peeks into his life and what made him who he was. Now, I’m not saying anybody has the right to treat another person badly just because home-life isn’t as nice as it ought to be. I hate that. Life is hard; you either deal with it or get crushed by people who don’t really give a care. Yes, I know, I know, Jared’s a fictional character, but you have to be real sometimes. This is me being real. The story starts off a little jerky, which usually happens when an author is just starting to story-build – sometimes there are gaps, or a certain situation doesn’t seem to add up, but things like this tend to be common for a first novel or first book in a series. I feel that Douglas gave a great world for us, making it as realistic as NA Fiction goes. I enjoyed Douglas’ writing style, it was definitely easy-to-read and enjoyable. This is a great book for those who have just finished reading a mind-numbing book! Well, this is basically all my thoughts for Bully. I really liked it, but I don’t think it’s one of my favorites. I give Bully 3 out of 5 stars Hit List Reviews
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really love this book and series. The character development is great on all the characters. You end up falling for Tate and Jared. The story has great push and pull and both characters are strong.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Let's just say this book was so good that I re read it. And I NEVER read a book a second time. I've gotten many people into this series, it doesn't disappoint!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in less than 24hrs! Could not put it down! Very well written. Love Tate! Love her fire. She doesn't take any crap. Can't wait to read the rest in the series!
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I have to say that this book actually kept me interested. It has a strong message about bullying and abuse (both to which I can relate). Maybe that's why it intrigued me so much. It was very interesting for a "boy/girl childhood friends" story to go this route. Nice job!
Isabella67 More than 1 year ago
I loved this story.  If you loved Jamie McGuire's Beautiful Disaster, you will love the Fall Away Series.