After Ever Happy by Anna Todd

AFTER EVER HAPPY . . . Life will never be the same.

Synopsis:

It’s never been all rainbows and sunshine for Tessa and Hardin, but each new challenge they’ve faced has only made their passionate bond stronger and stronger. But when a revelation about the past shakes Hardin’s impenetrable façade to the core—and then Tessa suffers a tragedy—will they stick together again, or be torn apart?

As the shocking truth about each of their families emerges, it’s clear the two lovers are not so different from each other. Tessa is no longer the sweet, simple, good girl she was when she met Hardin—any more than he is the cruel, moody boy she fell so hard for. Tessa understands all the troubling emotions brewing beneath Hardin’s exterior, and she knows she’s the only one who can calm him when he erupts. He needs her.

But the more layers of his past come to light, the darker he grows, and the harder he pushes Tessa—and everyone else in his life—away. Tessa’s not sure if she really can save him—not without sacrificing herself. She refuses to go down without a fight. But who is she fighting for—Hardin or herself?

I am reading this book for my own purposes and review. This book was in no way provided to me by the publisher.
I received no compensation for this review.

Hiya bookish people!

So. It’s not really a secret that I find the After series . . . worrying, for a lack of a better term. However, there was something about this series that made me read on.

Did I dislike most of this book, if not all of it?
Yes.

Was there too much badly written sex?
Yes.

Did I, a nearly grown woman who somehow shrunk half a centimeter (!!) since last year, continue to read this manipulative story that is way too exposed and promoted to young girls?
Yes.

Why?
Well, I really couldn’t say.

After Ever Happy is the final full instalment to Anna Todd’s million-dollar Wattpad hit series. In this book, we follow Tessa once again trying to ‘fix’ Hardin, or support her, but at a cost of her own emotional and mental well being – physical, too. Multiple times throughout this book, we see Tessa reduced to underage drinking, manipulation tactics, verbal abuse, being placed on an undeserving pedestal, depression, and some may even say mild PTSD-like-symptoms, all for our love-to-hate and hate-to-love character, Hardin Scott.

Hardin has not changed in this book from the first. Maybe the only change is that he is slowly becoming self-aware, but if anything that makes his character worse. Multiple times he tries to manipulate Tessa for sex, physically attacking her friends and family, putting her in danger and showing traits in a young man that makes him seem ‘tortured’ and ‘redeemable’ to the young female audience. The ideal male love interest.

And as for the plot, I mean, I had low expectations – look at the rest of the series – but God, this book disappoints. There is even less plot, but suddenly we are exposed to both the climax and ending of every single character in the series. Molly and Steph? They start kind of being nice to Tessa again. Landon? He moves to New York to go to school and become a full rounded character who gets married. Kim and Vance? They get their happily ever after, with the perfect dramatic tale of why they stayed together. And then we have Hessa. Hardin seemed to both start and finish his book, and get it published, and become a New York Bestseller. Tessa gave up on wanting to go into literature, choosing instead to waitress and become an event planner. They both struggled through Tessa’s sudden infertility and miscarriages before getting married and having two kids. Of course, they never fought anymore at this point, but they were still spit-firey enough to keep the pure sexual tension.

Oh, and did I mention that the last 50 pages or so takes place over about five years? No? Whoops!

I was hoping for so much more from this book. Maybe some final development before slowly letting the story go. Instead, I found myself stuck with pages of nonsensical plot and character redemption, entire character arcs for everyone in the series, and an even more disappointing ending than the series as a whole.

( These are just my opinions and of course everyone is welcome to disagree! I would love to hear your thoughts on Hessa! )

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I’ll see you between the pages.

12 thoughts on “

  1. HHAHHA, I loved how blunt and honest you were!!! What a great review, and yes I agree with you. I’ve only read the first book and I didn’t even know it was an entire series. Have you seen the Netflix movie After?

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    1. Thank you! I was worried that I was gonna come across too harsh but the general reception seems to be pretty good!
      I haven’t, yet! I forced my friend to read it and now we are gonna watch the movie together – cue awkwardness!

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  2. HAHAHA THE SALT IS HONESTLY TOO MUCH – I mean you basically ripped After Ever Happy to SHREDS and danced on the ashes. 😂😂😂

    As much as I found the first book addicting, the series was such a mess. I think these books have value but that’s based purely on their entertainment. This last book is an actual train wreck. The way it jumps ahead is such a cop-out. It’s basically lazy writing not to flesh the time line out.

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    1. I did, I honestly had too much fun being this salty.

      It was such a mess! And a cop-out, you’re right, I mean I was hoping for redemption but this took it way too far and completely missed the mark.

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  3. Emma, I’ll be honest I laughed when I saw that you gave it a half of a star. I finished the first book last year and haven’t moved forward with the series. I’m glad to see I haven’t missed much.

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  4. Oh wow this sounds awful. Yet for some bizarre reason I kind of want to read it to see if I find it as bad?? 😂🙈 Although I doubt I will anytime soon as I have way too many amazing sounding books to get to first. The content sounds pretty problematic and I don’t get how you cover five years in fifty pages if things are changing for the character over those five years?? Weird. Anyway I hope you enjoy whatever you read next A LOT more.

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