After Ever Happy (After Series #4)

After Ever Happy (After Series #4)

by Anna Todd

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ISBN-13: 9781501106408
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 02/24/2015
Series: After Series , #4
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 18
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 5.30(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Anna Todd is the New York Times bestselling author of the After series, The Spring Girls, and The Brightest Stars. Always an avid reader, she began writing stories on her phone on Wattpad, the reading and writing multi-platform for original stories, with After becoming the most read series on the platform with over 1.5 billion reads. After has been published in over 30 languages, with more than 10 million copies sold worldwide, and is a #1 bestseller in Italy, Germany, France, and Spain. The film adaptation of After, which Anna is co-producing, is set to be released in early 2019. Anna and her husband currently live in Los Angeles.

Find her at AnnaTodd.com, on Twitter at @AnnaTodd, on Instagram at @AnnaTodd, and on Wattpad as Imaginator1D.

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After Ever Happy


  • That’s impossible.”

    I stand but quickly sit back down on the bench when the grass underneath me seems to sway unsteadily. The park is filling with people now. Families with small children, balloons and presents in their arms despite the cold weather.

    “It’s true, Hardin is Christian’s son,” Kimberly says, her blue eyes bright and focused.

    “But Ken . . . Hardin looks just like him.” I remember the first time I met Ken Scott, inside a yogurt shop. I immediately knew he was Hardin’s father; his dark hair and his height brought me to the easy conclusion.

    “Does he? I don’t really see it, except the hair color. Hardin has the same eyes as Christian, the same facial structure.”

    Does he? I struggle to picture the three faces. Christian has dimples like Hardin and the same eyes . . . but it just doesn’t make sense: Ken Scott is Hardin’s father—he has to be. Christian looks so young compared to Ken. I know they’re the same age, but Ken’s alcoholism took its toll on his appearance. He’s still a handsome man, but you can see where the liquor has aged him.

    “This is . . .” I struggle for words and air.

    Kimberly looks at me apologetically. “I know. I’ve wanted to tell you so bad. I hated keeping this from you, but it wasn’t my place.” She puts her hand on mine and squeezes gently. “Christian assured me that as soon as Trish gave him permission, he would tell Hardin.”

    “I just . . .” I take a deep breath. “That’s what Christian is doing? Telling Hardin now?” I stand up again and Kimberly’s hand drops away. “I have to go to him. He is going to—” I can’t even begin to fathom how Hardin will react to the news, especially after finding Trish and Christian together last night. This will be too much for him.

    “He is.” Kim sighs. “Trish hasn’t agreed fully, but Christian said she was close enough and things were getting out of hand.”

    As I pull out my phone, my only thought is that I can’t believe Trish would hide this from Hardin. I had thought more of her, much more as a mother, and now I feel as if I’ve never met the woman.

    My phone is already pressed to my cheek, Hardin’s line ringing in my ear, when Kimberly says, “I told Christian that he shouldn’t separate you two when he told Hardin, but Trish recommended that if he does it, he needed to do it alone . . .” Kimberly’s mouth presses into a hard line, and she looks around the park, then up at the sky.

    I reach the dull tone of the automated system on Hardin’s voicemail. I dial again while Kimberly sits silently, only to get his voicemail for the second time. I shove my phone into my back pocket and start wringing my hands. “Can you take me to him, Kimberly? Please?”

    “Yes. Of course.” She jumps to her feet, calling for Smith.

    Watching the little kid walk toward us with what I can only call a cartoon butler’s stride, it occurs to me that Smith is Christian’s son . . . and Hardin’s brother. Hardin has a little brother. And then I think about Landon . . . what does it mean for Landon and Hardin? Will Hardin want anything to do with him now that he doesn’t have a real family tie to him? And Karen, what about sweet Karen and her baked goods? Ken—what about the man who tries so hard to make up for the terrible childhood of a boy who isn’t his son. Does Ken know? My head is spinning, and I need to see Hardin. I need to make sure that he knows I am here for him, and we will figure this out together. I can’t imagine how he feels right now; he must be so overwhelmed.

    “Does Smith know?” I ask.

    After a few beats of silence, Kimberly says, “We thought he did because of the way he is with Hardin, but he couldn’t possibly.”

    I feel for Kimberly. She already had to deal with her fiancé’s infidelity, and now this. When Smith gets to us, he stops and gives us a mysterious look, as if knowing exactly what we’ve been talking about. That’s not possible, but the way he leaves ahead of us and goes to the car without saying a word, it does make me wonder.

    As we drive through Hampstead to find Hardin and his father, the panic in my chest rises and falls, rises and falls.

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    After Ever Happy 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This is a horrible, harmful book that should not be supported. The grammar is atrocious, the plot is flat, and the relationship is abusive.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    fifth harmony
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    As if a fourth was needed. - definitely not. This could have ended already, but of course not. The storyline needed to be dragged out even more! Anyways, just poorly written and laughable plotline. More of the romanticized abusive relationship. The ending was so cheesy and obviously effortless. I couldn't believe my eyes how ridiculous it was. Save your money and don't waste it.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Absolutely horrible. Of course we need another continuation of this messy dragged out storyline that should have ended already. More romanticized abuse with a cheesy and effortless ending. It's sad that people praise this.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Anna todd is nothing but a over rated author and is praised by young teen fans for this fifty shades rip off. Hessa represents an abusive and sexual relationship and Todd sends that message to younger fans thinking that sex is the answer for everything. She used the one direction fandom for fame and promised that Harry styles wasn't going to be affiliated with this book. Promotion and the wattpad username is all over the book leading up to One direction. If this is the type of message authors need to get across to gain fame then this is a way to do it. By writing a useless book. 
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Just more dragged out plot so the author could make more money. A fourth book was so unnecessary, despite the fact the plot is so laughable, ridiculous and repetitive. People need to get educated on real literature because this is beyond appalling. 
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Way too repetitive. This storyline could have ended already, but unfortunately it didn't. The ending is what angered me the most. It was so effortless and beyond cheesy. The writing is still so poor and atrocious, and the characters are so obnoxious and unlikable. Also, too much drama. So unnecessary. Worst series ever.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I can't wrap my head around why this storyline was dragged out more. It's so atrocious, not to mention this was a trap just for more money. It's a repetitive mess that doesn't deserve any praise. Also, throughout the series there was zero originality. This series was a teeny-bopper Fifty Shades of Grey, but aimed at young naive children. I am appalled this was even published.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    So cheesy and just an unnecessary continuation to make money. The ending is so unrealistic and stupid. This series was beyond awful and just romanticizes abuse. The writing is beyond atrocious.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Terribly written, and just a storyline that was dragged out that should have ended already. The ending was cheesy and effortless. Do not recommend at all, especially if you dislike selfish and unlikable characters and glorified domestic violence.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This horribly written book is repetitive and cliché. My 6 year old brother could have wrote a better book. The whole book is literally, they break up then get back together. Hardin then does something to make Tessa angry and they break up again. It's just a repeating process throughout all four books. I would definitely not recommend wasting your money and time on this book.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    A waste of time. It's purely tragic how poorly written this whole series is. The story line is laughable and poorly done. The romanticizing of abuse is another thing that was constant. And apparently sex solves every problem? The ending was what really ticked me off. So unrealistic and effortless. Such a horrible series.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    A fourth was very unnecessary. The series should have ended with the second, because the story line is just dragged out and gets repetitive. It's ridiculous how much praise it gets, because I see nothing unique. Zero originality and poor excuse for writing, if you ask me. Cheesy and redundant.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    To be quite honest, this was totally unnecessary. The whole series was poorly constructed and poorly written already, and the ending was just plain effortless and unrealistic.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Don't even bother. If you thought the rest of the series was awful, this just tops the cake. The writing still continued to be poor, a disgusting romanticized abusive relationship and a tacky ending.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Complete waste of time. Regardless of how much was crammed in the third, this fourth was so effortless, especially the ending. The writing is awful, and the abusive relationship was just overall disgusting.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Absolutely AMAZING!!!!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    i love the plot of the after series, the book does go a little slow because its a bit repetitive but its overall a really good book. i think she should've put more into the last couple chapters and epilogue because theres 2000+ pages within the series leading up to the ending and theres barely anything. thats all i was a little uset about everything else is great
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I ave all of the books and have read them all, and they are fantastic! Anna Todd is an amazg awardi
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    was a terrible purchase and read! absolutely disgusting
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Tacky and just asinine. This fourth part was so unnecessary and everything was rushed. It still remains poorly written and barely any plot line. This series was overall appalling. There was no real effort put in to it. A horrifying abusive relationship is the cherry on top of this mess.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    To summarize: Tacky, horrific, and effortless. The so-called "plot" never ceased to be repetitive, and to end the series, you have the most unrealistic ending ever. Dare I say there was even any effort. I am appalled by the amount of praise this terrible series gets.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Don't even bother. A messy plotline, a romanticized abusive relationship, and awful writing. I shouldn't forget how unrealistic and effortless the ending was. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone.
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    Anonymous 22 days ago
    I’ve loved being sucked into this series. I’ve always LOVED to read because I can’t help but crave how the words trap me in another world and creates a movie in my head but it’s gotten away from me over the last couple of years and I just haven’t felt like entering that other world for whatever reason. But this series brought me back. It took me 4 days to finish this series (that’s what I get for starting it on a Tuesday knowing very well that I have to get at least some sleep to have a functioning brain at work), I couldn’t put it down, I’d be so tired that I’d fall sleep trying to just get to the next chapter because I could more easily convince myself it would be a good stopping point. I’m excited to find another book or series that completely engulfs me again. Anna Todd, this serious was absolutely amazing. Thank you for brining me back to this world, I’ve missed it.