Book 5 of the After series—Anna Todd’s Wattpad fanfiction that racked up 1 billion reads online and captivated romance readers across the globe! Before explores Hardin Scott’s life before Tessa, reveals what happens after After, and gives new insights on their turbulent #Hessa romance.
Cosmopolitan called Anna Todd “the biggest literary phenom of her generation.” That’s Normal declared Hardin and Tessa “The Mr. Darcy and Lizzy Bennet of our time.” Revel in the awesome, messy power of true love.
BEFORE Hardin met Tessa he was a raging storm. DURING those first moments they met, he realized he needed to keep her for himself—his life depended on it. AFTER they got together, the world would never be the same.
Hardin and Tessa’s dramatic love affair became a vortex pulling in everyone around them. For the first time these others are given voice as they appear before, during, and after the events in original After novels. Alongside them, Hardin’s account of his first encounters with Tessa—which will change what you thought you knew about the brooding boy and the angel who loved him.
This series is by far one of the greatest things I have ever lost sleep for.
Loved revisiting these characters
This book leaves many questions unanswered that you would expect with Harden’s POV during After and insight in other side character’s histories. In addition, this book is internationally inconsistent and inconsistent with After in ways that are just lazy editing. The Hardin POV chapters spend far to much time on the obvious, even going so far as to have him think something before he paraphrases the exact same thought - making it so that the scene from Hardin’s perspective adds nothing to what we know from After.
This book is absurdly short, yet still the same price as all of the other books in the series. The author needs to provide an automatically updated version that is more consistent and covers key moments from Harden’s POV.
Key missing scenes: SPOILERS IF YOU HAVEN’T READ AFTER. Morning after destroying his dad’s house, his discussions about Tessa and his progress on the bet with his friends, Blind Bob’s (was that planned?), 3rd party (w/ Zed kiss & ‘I love you’), fake drunk on vodka plan, before and after the bonfire, second Tessa, Noah, Hardin confrontation, him proving he won the bet (and whatever led up to that), and just many other scenes between Hardin denying his feelings for Tessa and being obsessively in love with her.