Book Review — Corrupt by Penelope Douglas

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Book Review — Corrupt by Penelope Douglas Title: Corrupt
Author: Penelope Douglas
Publisher by: Independent
Published on: November 17, 2015

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Related Books: Falling Away, Aflame, Punk 57


I was told that dreams were our heart’s desires. My nightmares, however, became my obsession.

His name is Michael Crist.

My boyfriend’s older brother is like that scary movie that you peek through your hand to watch. He is handsome, strong, and completely terrifying. The star of his college’s basketball team and now gone pro, he’s more concerned with the dirt on his shoe than me.

But I noticed him.

I saw him. I heard him. The things that he did, and the deeds that he hid…For years, I bit my nails, unable to look away.

Now, I’ve graduated high school and moved on to college, but I haven’t stopped watching Michael. He’s bad, and the dirt I’ve seen isn’t content to stay in my head anymore.

Because he’s finally noticed me.


Her name is Erika Fane, but everyone calls her Rika.

My brother’s girlfriend grew up hanging around my house and is always at our dinner table. She looks down when I enter a room and stills when I am close. I can always feel the fear rolling off of her, and while I haven’t had her body, I know that I have her mind. That’s all I really want anyway.

Until my brother leaves for the military, and I find Rika alone at college.

In my city.


The opportunity is too good to be true as well as the timing. Because you see, three years ago she put a few of my high school friends in prison, and now they’re out.

We’ve waited. We’ve been patient. And now every last one of her nightmares will come true.

You know that saying, “no two persons ever read the same book”? Well, that was me with Corrupt. Many of my friends loved this novel but it was just not for me. I have so many issues with this story. I wanted to like it, I really I did. I mean it’s Penelope Douglas, how could this go wrong? Right? Sigh, but it did.

To me Corrupt was like a darker version of Bully but without the prior friendship or likability. I don’t want to compare the two books but there were some basic similarities. And no, it’s wasn’t necessarily the subject matter that bothered with this story, I can do dark, I just didn’t care for the overall premise. The cliquish mentality and the irrational behaviors was  just not something  that I could get with.

I couldn’t connect with these characters no matter how hard I tried. I felt indifferent to Rika. I didn’t like or dislike her, I just felt nada. Sigh, and Michael. I just not find his brooding, aggressive demeanor to be sexy, it was just annoying. I didn’t understand his rationale at all. Michael and his Four Horseman crew came across as immature, self-entitled little you know whats. They were down right pests to me. They blamed Rika for getting them in trouble there years ago and even with their assumptions about what Rika had done, I still did not think it justified their actions. They were just extremely cruel. I just could not understand them.

I initially DNF finished this book at 45%, but I eventually went back to skim to the end. I had some assumptions about what really happened and I was right. There were twists to the story and one hot scene but it still didn’t grab me. I have no doubt that Penelope Douglas is a great author but this book was not for moi.

About Penelope Douglas

Penelope Douglas is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her books have been translated into ten languages and include the Fall Away Series (Bully, Until You, Rival, Falling Away, and Aflame), as well as Corrupt and Misconduct. Her New Adult romance, Punk 57, releases October 21, 2016, and Next to Never (A Fall Away Novella) is coming in January 2017.