***This novel contains graphic sexual content and harsh language. It is only appropriate for adult readers age 18+.
Have you ever been so angry that hitting things felt good? Or so numb that you actually felt high? The past few years have been like that for me. Traveling between fury and indifference with no stops in between.
Some people hate me for it, while others are scared of me. But none of them can hurt me, because I don’t care about anything or anyone.
I love her so much that I hate her. We used to be friends, but I found out that I couldn’t trust her or anyone else.
So I hurt her. I pushed her away.
But I still need her. The sight of her centers me, and I can pool all of my anger into her. Engaging her, challenging her, bullying her…they are my food, my air, and the last part of me that feels anything human.
But she left. She went to France for a year, and came back a different girl.
Now, when I push, she pushes back.
If you already read my review of the first book, you might already know that I was apprehensive before starting this series, but I am glad that in the end I decided to do so despite my feelings regarding bullying. Reading a story from someone else’s perspective can be a great thing if the content is new, it gives you the opportunity to understand both sides because every story has to sides in the end, does it not? It allows you to understand the how and most importantly the why; why did a character do what he/she did. Such books stop us from reaching the wrong conclusions, if only it were that easy in real life… On the other hand, there are those books that present the same story, making the reader want to cry from boredom most likely, if not for the money they spent. Well, Until You is not one of those that will make you regret buying it.
Until You beautifully presents Jader’s point of view making the reader understand some of the underlying reasons that determined his actions. The book makes you understand and helps you start to forgive Jared, but not completely. You get to know the real him, to see him interact with different people, observe his behaviour and read his deepest thought, but yet what he did is unforgettable in my book. No one should be allowed to make someone else suffer just because they are hurt or frustrated. A person should be able to deal with whatever issues they might have on their own or with the help of a therapist, but definitely not by hurting others. That is just not right, despite understanding their reason, or in this case Jared’s reasons.
While some of the storyline coincides with the one we encountered in the first novel, the additional content makes it a whole book, a book worth reading. While learning Jared’s story without passing it though Tate’s filter is entertaining and gives us a glimpse to what he is truly thinking and experiencing, the book does have another purpose. This book introduces in more details two plot lines which will be developed further in the next books of the series.
Overall, Until You was a great read, something I learnt to expect from Penelope Douglas and I wholeheartedly recommend giving the book and the series the chance to convince you that you are not making a mistake.
Book Score: ****
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