Tuesday, January 27, 2015

My Thoughts on After by Anna Todd

I participated in the After by Anna Todd blog program as a member of One2One Network. I received compensation but all opinions are my own. 

This was originally reprinted on feelingfit.info but I am reprinting it here.

I love stories about unexpected success, I don’t want to say “rags-to-riches” but a similar concept. Anna Todd’s story is one of those stories! Anna Todd was a novice author who wrote installments of her new adult, fan fiction series “After” during her lunch breaks using Wattpad, a free social reading and writing app and her mobile phone.  Her series was a viral hit among Wattpad readers and led to a book deal with a major publisher and a movie deal. Wow!


One2One Network and Simon and Schuster sent a review copy of Anna Todd’s first installment After. To be honest, I find Anna’s Cinderella success more inspiring than the book. However, I did enjoy reading After and immediately purchased the Kindle version of the second novel from the series. I say that with a little embarrassment as I had mixed feelings about this book. But I am eager to see how things develop (I promise no spoilers!).

After tells the tale of a rather volatile on again off again relationship between two college students. The characters include Tessa a straight-laced innocent and Hardin a damaged, edgy womanizer. I liked the engaging and conversational tone of the writing. The characters are nuanced and complicated and the chemistry steamy.  Overall it is a pleasurable read–a guilty pleasure that is.

Why guilty? To be honest, as a mature (or perhaps maturing) woman who has been in a few relationships and has seen mistakes made by friends… This relationship described in the book is a big mistake for both characters. It is basically a borderline abusive relationship. There is a little nuance to it, but it has the initial seeds of trouble.  I think the writer does an amazing job of making the characters sympathetic and I find myself wanting them to get help and to make it work. It is only the first book, so perhaps the characters will grow and evolve. (I haven’t read the Wattpad series yet). I am engaged enough that I purchased the second book, so we will see…

In the meantime, I am enjoying Wattpad as way to discover new writers and find new things to read. It is also an amazing platform for inspiring writers to share their work with others. If you haven’t already, be sure and check out Wattpad!

About Wattpad:

Wattpad is the world’s largest community of readers and writers. According to Wattpad,  they have connected over 40 million people around the world who share a love of reading and writing.  

Wattpad is a free storytelling experience that’s both mobile and social.   It works with various phones, tablets or computers both online and offline. Anyone can read a story on Wattpad for free and anyone can write one (whether previously published or not!).
For more information visit: Wattpad!

Where to Purchase After and Other Books by Anna Todd:

On Barnes and Noble:

On Various E-Reader and Audio Book Formats:
Includes links to Barnes & Noble, Audible, SouncCloud, Ibooks, iTunes, and more!
  • E-reader (and audio book download versions)

On Amazon:
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