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"He had nothing to lose, but I did. I let him take everything from me. My life before him was so simple and decided. Now . . . after him . . . it's just . . . after."
Theresa Young, presumingly known as, Tessa Young, is a fictional character and the main protagonist of the After series written by Anna Todd. Tessa Young is the love interest of the antagonist, Hardin Scott.

Background Edit

Early Life Edit

Tessa was born to Carol Young and Richard Young in a small town of the state of Washington. She had a troubled childhood because her father was a neglectful, alcoholic. She would hide inside the greenhouse of her backyard when her father would come home drunk and fight with her mom. Because of this, Tessa associates greenhouses with a safe place. During her childhood, Tessa befriended Noah Porter, the son of her mother’s two married friends that lived down her block. He would find her in the greenhouse and comfort her. Richard Young eventually abandoned little Tessa and Carol, resulting in Tessa's mother working twice as hard to support her. From then on, Tessa was taught and trained to prepare for her education so that she wouldn't have to rely on a man when she grew older. The necessity that required an overwhelming amount of preparation became an obsession. Every class Tessa chose, every assignment Tessa completed since her first day of high school revolved around her getting into college. When Tessa turned 16, she got a job to help support her mother. Tessa fell in love with English literature and reading books became her escape from the real world. Her favorite books are Pride and Prejudice and Wuthering Heights. During high school, her friendship with Noah evolved into a romantic relationship. When Tessa wasn't doing things for school or reading, she’d watch movies with Noah and ice-skate with Josie. Her mother picked the college she applied to her senior year of high school, Washington Central University, which is the same college Carol attended but never finished. Tessa’s hard work paid off and she was accepted.  

Early Adulthood Edit

Tessa began college at Washington Central University in the fall of 2013. She majored in English Literature, with hopes of becoming a publisher or author. She also had dreams of working and living in Seattle after obtaining her degree. She befriended her roommate, Steph, who couldn't be more of an opposite of her. Tessa also formed a friendship with Landon Gibson after meeting him in one of her classes. Landon grew to be her best friend. Tessa also grew close with Landon’s mom, Karen. Her roommate, Steph, coerced Tessa to attend fraternity parties with her and her group of punk friends. Tessa was resistant at first but gave into the peer pressure and started attending them with her. From this, Tessa developed a love-hate relationship with Steph's friend, Hardin. After a series of encounters and bonding moments, she fell for Hardin, the brooding bad-boy with a dark secret. She landed an internship at Vance Publishing with the help of Ken Scott, Hardin’s father. Her relationship with her mother became strained due to Carol’s disapproval of her relationship with Hardin. Her whole world fell apart when she uncovered Hardin’s dark secret that led them to be together. Hardin, however, made up for his mistakes and they embarked on a rocky relationship. After running into him leaving a tattoo parlor with Hardin, Tessa reconnects with her father, Richard Young. Their reconciliation is cut short when Tessa lands a position at Vance's Seattle branch. After a multitude of tradegy, chaos, and heartbreak, Tessa ends her relationship with Hardin Scott. She proposed that the two take some time apart to grow individually and recover from their loss and pain. Proceeding this, she reconciled with her mother then spontaneously moved to New York with Landon. While in New York, she worked as a host and waitress. She befriended her coworker, Sophia and briefly dated a man named Robert. After much effort, Tessa finally got accepted into New York University. She reunites with Hardin at Landon’s wedding and they renew their relationship. She graduated from NYU then realized that she didn’t want to work in the publishing industry anymore.

Late Adulthood Edit

In the future, Tessa shares an apartment with Hardin in New York and works as a wedding planner. The two have a daughter named Emery and a son named Auden. Emery is closer to Hardin while Auden is closer to Tessa. Hardin and Tessa are presumingly believed to have never married but Hardin stated that they are very much husband and wife without the marriage license.

Physical Appearance Edit

Tessa is described to have an innocent appearance. She is American and of white race with a tan complexion. She has naturally straight dirty blonde hair, blue-gray colored eyes, and full plump lips that resemble Jessica Rabbit's. Her mother prefers her to curl her hair but Tessa would rather wear it up in a ponytail or bun. Tessa is described to have a curvy body shape with wide hips and thick thighs. In the beginning of the first novel, Tessa dressed old fashioned and conservative, wearing over-sized shirts and long skirts. When dressing up for a college party, she wore a maroon dress that fell below her knees. Her signature shoes were her white toms. Tessa's fashion sense progressed in the series. She began to dress more modern with clothes that flattered her shape. Tessa wears minimal make up and is described to be a natural beauty. After pregnancy, her body changed in that her boobs got bigger and her hips got wider. In the original wattpad fan-fiction version, Tessa was imagined to look like actress, Indiana Evans . She will portrayed by Australian actress, Josephine Langford in the After movie.

Personality Edit

Tessa is altruistic, ambitious, empathetic, bright, studious, and well-behaved. She is described to be very shy, innocent, and soft-spoken, as well as, sensitive. She is an introvert, preferring to stay in to read or watch a movie than go out to a party. Due to being controlled and sheltered her whole childhood and adolescence, Tessa was rather naive to the dangers of the real world. While at Washington Central University, Tessa's got involved with the wrong people and gave into peer pressure many times. She struggled with making her own decisions and cared too much of what people thought of her. When her best friend Landon and his family went out of their way to help her, she'd overdo it with apologies and saying thanks. Her defining traits are her intuition, organization, and savior complex. Tessa is constantly reflecting on her life. She is idealistic. She seeks to make connections and determine the deeper meaning behind things (mostly Hardin Scott's behavior). Tessa can be too invasive with her questions, pushing Hardin where he doesn't want to go. When Tessa does uncover the ins and outs of Hardin Scott, she wants to fix him. She goes through great lengths to save him and help him become a healthier human being. She has a need for organization and being in control. She could not function without having things planned out or prepared. She would wake up every morning before class at 6 am to get ready even though her classes didn't begin until 9 am and would get flustered and anxious if her plans changed. She matures at the end of the series, not taking herself so seriously.  

Significant Relationships Edit

  1. Daughter of Carol and Richard Young.
  2. Childhood friend/ex-girlfriend of Noah Porter.
  3. Soulmate/fiancee of Hardin Scott.
  4. Mother of Emery and Auden Scott.
  5. Best friend to Landon Gibson.
  6. Former roommate/friend of Steph Jones.
  7. Former friend and crush of Zed Evans.
  8. Former coworker and crush of Trevor.
  9. Former love interest of Robert.
  10. Godmother to Addelyn Gibson.