*This is a spoiler-free review.
♡ Book Title: You Before Anyone Else.
♡ Author: Julie Cross.
♡ Series: Standalone.
♡ Page Count: 400 Pages (Kindle Edition).
♡ Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary & Romance.
♡ Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 stars.
*I received a copy from Sourcebooks Fire via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Everything she wants. Everything he needs.
The supportive friend, the reliable daughter, the doting big-sister: Finley is used to being the glue that holds everyone together. But while her sweet demeanor makes her the perfect confidant, her wholesome look isn’t landing her the high paying modeling jobs, which are what Finley needs if she is going to reopen her mother’s dance studio.
Enter Eddie. He’s intense and driven, not to mention the life of every party, and he completely charms Finley. The last thing she wants is another commitment to stand in the way of her dreams, but when she’s with Eddie, their chemistry takes over and she can let go of her responsibilities and just be. After all, what’s so wrong about putting herself first once and a while?
Except Eddie is hiding a secret. A big secret. And when it surfaces, he and Finley are going to have to choose between their love for each other and everything else…
You Before Anyone Else started like any good contemporary should start – summer fling turned relationship, complicated family life and a few deep dark secrets. It really was a very good plot for a contemporary novel, with interesting and complex characters. It did have a few twists, that weren’t necessarily unwelcome, but they were a tad on the unexpected side. Not that I’m complaining as it just opens more and more doors and options for YA fiction.
I really did enjoy the plot and the writing. The plot was well executed and the twists excellently written, the characters also had body to them and were written in depth with great backstories that shaped them into the characters I got to know.
The characters and their interesting backgrounds definitely make this story, it is very much character driven. I really liked reading from Finley’s POV – she had a lot going on in her life, but despite that she was a very loving and selfless character who always put others before herself. I really identified with her on that aspects as well as her love for dancing especially ballet.
Eddie was a bit of a more mysterious character, but he also had a softer side due to his upbringing and home circumstances. The relationship started of as insta-love, one that I didn’t particularly mind, but it soon blossomed into something more. Something real and supportive and loving and it had me practically swooning over the pages.
This really had something different to it than your average, everyday contemporary and I really enjoyed that, plus it was a fast read that had me smiling most of the times.
- I really liked the plot and the writing.
- The characters were interesting and explained in depth.
- Brings something new to YA fiction.
- The two POV’s sometimes got a bit confusing, especially when we were reading from Eddie’s POV.
- It took a very sudden turn, that was a bit weird.
If you like summer romances and fluffy contemporaries then you’ll definitely enjoy this and I’d advise you to pick it up if you can.