Book Review: You Before Anyone Else by Julie Cross and Mark Perini

You Before Anyone Else by Julie Cross and Mark Perini

e-ARC, 400 pages

Published by Sourcebooks Fire

Expected Publication Date: August 2, 2016

Rating:  ★★★1/2 (3.5 stars)

Pre-order it: Amazon/ B&N / Book Depository


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…

Thank you NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for providing me with an e-ARC of this book!

Going into the book, I didn’t have high expectations because it was my first time reading Julie Cross’s and Mark Perini’s work. I’m happy to say that I really enjoyed it. It was cute and easy to read. I especially appreciated the fact that the authors didn’t push too hard on the “mystery” factor of the book. The book flowed effortlessly.

The two main characters, Finley and Eddie, had two distinct personalities. What I mean by that is, they both have their own voice and their characters compliment one another. I really liked them as a pair as well as individuals.

Finley was a really great protagonist to read about because you really see her progress and growth develop throughout the story. She becomes independent and strong. I didn’t like her in the beginning of the story because I was a bit put off on how she kept overthinking things and stressing how important her one night stand was to her desired “edgy” persona. Thankfully, it faded and her character was more well-rounded. As for Eddie, I really felt for him. His story just felt so real and relatable because of how heartfelt it was. His character struggled and you can’t help but root for him.

Although the pacing was a bit slow at times, I really enjoyed this book. I definitely recommend it to contemporary fans. It is such a unique read.


Until next time,

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