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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?
Anna Renee Todd (born March 20, 1989) is an American author and screenwriter, who is best known for her After series. She started publishing on the social storytelling platform Wattpad. The print edition of the series was published in 2014 by Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, and has been translated into several languages. The film adaptation of the first book was released on April 12, 2019, by Aviron Pictures, and the second in September 2020.
Todd’s writing was initially inspired by the music and fandom of One Direction, and the singer Harry Styles is a model for the protagonist in her After series, under the name Hardin Scott. She started by writing stories on her phone with the Wattpad app in 2013, publishing a chapter almost daily for over a year. Todd wrote three books in the After series on Wattpad.
The series has sometimes been compared to the Fifty Shades trilogy as both series had their start as fan fiction. Reviewers at the website Jezebel criticized the series and stated that it “echoes the troubling dynamics of 50 Shades,” as they felt that Hardin’s character “behaves at best like a prick, at worst like an abusive boyfriend in the making.”
In 2015, Todd announced that she would be publishing Before, a prequel novel that tells the events of After from the perspective of Hardin Scott. Her next book, The Spring Girls, a re-telling of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, was published in 2018.
In October 2014, Paramount Pictures acquired film rights to the After series with Offspring Entertainment (Step Up franchise, Rock of Ages) set to produce. The film, based on her first book, was eventually released by Aviron Pictures on April 12, 2019. Josephine Langford portrays Tessa, the female protagonist, and Hero Fiennes Tiffin portrays Hardin, the male protagonist.
Todd grew up in Dayton, Ohio. She married her husband Jordan, an American soldier, when she was 18 years old, and the two moved to Fort Hood, Texas, where she worked at a Waffle House and the makeup counter of ULTA Beauty. She has a son named Asher with her husband. She also has an older brother and younger sister.
Todd briefly shared a mailbox with Austin film critic Korey Coleman. Years later, he would review the film adaptation of her novel After, though he gave it a negative review.