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Experience the internet's most talked-about book, now a major motion picture, from Anna Todd, the writer Cosmopolitan called “the biggest literary phenomenon of her generation”. Now with a new bonus chapter read by the film’s Hero Fiennes Tiffin and a letter to listeners read by Anna Todd.

There was the time before Tessa met Hardin, and then there’s everything after.... Life will never be the same. #Hessa 

Tessa is a good girl with a sweet, reliable boyfriend back home. She’s got direction, ambition, and a mother who’s intent on keeping her that way. 

But she’s barely moved into her freshman dorm when she runs into Hardin. With his tousled brown hair, cocky British accent, and tattoos, Hardin is cute and different from what she’s used to. 

But he’s also rude - to the point of cruelty, even. For all his attitude, Tessa should hate Hardin. And she does - until she finds herself alone with him in his room. Something about his dark mood grabs her, and when they kiss, it ignites within her a passion she’s never known before. 

He'll call her beautiful, then insist he isn’t the one for her and disappear again and again. Despite the reckless way he treats her, Tessa is compelled to dig deeper and find the real Hardin beneath all his lies. He pushes her away again and again, yet every time she pushes back, he only pulls her in deeper. 

Tessa already has the perfect boyfriend. So why is she trying so hard to overcome her own hurt pride and Hardin's prejudice about nice girls like her? 

Unless...could this be love?

©2019 Anna Todd (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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AMAZING

this book sent me on an emotional rollercoaster! I am happy, sad, angry, I have cried at this book both is joy and sadness! I definitely recommend!!

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  • Ali
  • 2019-05-01

How to get into and stay in an obviously abusive relationship

On a positive note, the narrator was alright. Unfortunately, the story glamorizes unhealthy and emotionally abusive relationships. Everything the main character does to justify how she is being treated is incredibly sad. I would be fine with the story if it read as a commentary of how abuse cycles start and continue, but it is not written as an insightful or cautionary tale, but more as a fairy tale (albeit with a ending that is not positive but I would bet on the cycle continuing in the series). Also, while I felt bad for the main character, I found her quite unlikeable for the majority of the book because she was just a mean person (this is just a personal opinion, I know some people like typically unlikeable characters).

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great Listen

loved it. first 16h that I listened to in 4 days ! can't wait to read the rest

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Love it! love it! LOVE IT!

This book was so amazing. I did watch the movie first but honestly i much prefer the book everything was so much better and more creative. READ THIS BOOK!!!!!

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Great listen

This whole audiobook is Worth it for Hero’s chapter! He has the best voice. I could listen to him all day.

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Character too disrespectful towards women

Good read in the first few hours, but I really wanted Noah to be the one that ends up with Tessa. Hardin was too disrespectful to Tessa. His attitude was so negative and he was too rude of a character for my liking. I had to stop reading 9 hours in because I couldn’t stand that character! I didn’t care for the narration of the male characters done by the same women, I couldn’t get into seeing Hardin as a sexy man as the voice didn’t match the character.

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Brilliant!

dazzling love story that leaves you wanting more.. the plot thickens slowly but worth the wait. An exciting journey of two young lovers that find themselves torn between peer preasure their past and eveyday responsibilities.

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Amazing!!

I saw the movie and then I was like I need to listen to the book!! Omg this is amazing! 😍 Anna Todd is an amazing writer. I finished this book in 2 days!! Time to listen to the second book!!

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Great experience

As this was my frist time listening to an audio book, I think I picked a great book. I felt all possible emotions during the story. I finished it feeling destroyed, but at least I was feeling something. And you feel like you HAVE to read the next one.

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great read

loved all the firsts in here and the contrasts between tessa and hardin. theres a lot the reader can identify with, plus a lot to dream about. the last chapter read by hero is the perfect finish. his british accent😍

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  • 2019-05-11

abuse

this is not a love story. this is about a young girl who gets sucked in by an abusive boyfriend. he is controlling, manipulative and verbally abusive. he isolates her from her friends and family, gets angry if a guy talks to her, and even has her put her phone on speaker to listen to her calls. parents should have their young daughters read this book to open a conversation on why this behavior is not romantic and how even though this is not physical abuse it is still very much abuse. this poor girl thinks his temper and controlling tendencies are signs for how much he "loves" her. my hear breaks for the FMC, and I hope but doubt this series will end with her walking away.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-05-09

Complete waste of time and money.

Absolutely awful. I forced myself to listen to half the book telling myself it'd get better but it just kept getting worse and worse. There's no interesting plotline, the characters are boring and cliche, and the author keeps reusing the same scenario over and over again. Tessa is in an abusive relationship with this "bad boy" who she keeps expecting will change. Then one of them cheats on the other, they have a big fight and say they never want to see each other again, and then in the next chapter they act like nothing happened. I've never read 50 Shades of Grey but I can assure you this book is even worse than that one. Don't waste your money on this piece of trash.

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  • Martina Bruce
  • 2019-03-12

amazing!

In the chapter 100, the voice of Hero fits SOOO good:), I really can't wait to see the movie!!!!

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  • Tayln
  • 2019-04-24

Repetitive

We've all had bad relationships but other than steamy make up sex i kept wanting to stop the cycle of gas lighting and emotional abuse. i get to rapt in stories to suffer the next in the series.

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  • Pkl
  • 2019-10-17

The movie is way better.

I listened to this book after watching the movie. The movie was waaaaay better. However, the thing that worries me most about this book is how it romanticizes a horribly abusive relationship. It’s sad because stuff like this is teaching young girls that it is okay to be treated the way Hardin treats Tessa. There should be a warning label on this book. Hardin and Tessa’s relationship is in no way “cute” or “romantic.” It is abuse.

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  • Amelia Metcalf
  • 2019-04-11

I. Can’t. Even.

And you shouldn’t either. I’m a big fan of a good YA novel, but this nonsense is less YA novel escapism and more “Best Ways to Convince Yourself To Stay in an Abusive Relationship.” Y’all. It’s awful. The reader sounded like she was talented, but I honestly wonder how many times she needed to take a break during recording to gag. There was ZERO character development. Hardin was an idiot— I don’t care if he had a mysterious British accent. I’ll end this review here as I am heading to the ophthalmologist soon— I’m afraid I sprained my eyeballs from rolling them so many times trying to listen to this drivel.

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  • Berkel King
  • 2019-05-17

Hit close to home

Being a survivor of a toxic/abusive relationship this story hit close to home and made me want to yell at Tessa to run and hide. The dialogue was cheesy but the situations were so very real and most almost mirrored my past. I hope when people read this story it makes them realize why it’s so hard sometimes for people to leave a toxic relationship. When it’s bad it’s so so bad but when it’s good it’s so so good. Would had been 5 stars if it wasn’t for the cringy dialogue.

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  • Jared Greenberg
  • 2019-05-16

Lackluster...why did I listen to this book?

The story was very reminiscent of Fifty Shades of Gray with way less exciting sex scenes. Writing was sub par and there was too much repetition in Tessa and Harding’s interactions. There were 99 chapters in this book and it could have easily been told in 30. Elizabeth was not the most exciting reader and made the words of the books sound even less convincing. The last chapter was the most intriguing because Hero was a wonderful reader! The reader makes the biggest difference even when the book was poorly written.

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  • Amanda Hickey
  • 2019-03-24

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I totally understand all the rage from teens and young adults about this love story. My maturity as an older, sexually experienced woman, this novel is extremely unrealistic from a sexual POV. I actually finished this book because I was curious as to what Hardin’s secret was. The storyline is ok, but definitely could have been better put together. Sorry, no woman as inexperienced as Tess can actually orgasm that soon into a sexual relationship. As for Hardin, his sexual releases are on point (mere minutes) for his age. The writing was no Pulitzer winner but I’ll give this novel 3 stars. Anna Todd is clearly a new author but has excellent potential. I’ll go ahead and skip the next in the series, and look into more of her novels later in her career.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-06-12

Really unremarkable

I was very disappointed in this book. It was performed well, but the story itself is really just awful and uninteresting.

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