Title & Author: You Before Anyone Else by Julie Cross and Mark Perini
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary
Release Date: August 2nd 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Source: eARC via Netgalley
Description: Model Finley needs someone to help her shed her “good girl” persona, so she’ll try Eddie on for size.
New York City model Finley is fed up with hearing the same feedback at castings: she needs to take some serious action to wipe the “good girl” stamp from her resume if she wants to launch to stardom.
Enter Eddie Wells. He’s shallow, predictable…and just as lost as Finley feels. Deep down, Finley is drawn to Eddie’s bravado, his intensity. Except Eddie is hiding something. A big something. And when it surfaces, both loving and leaving Finley will become so much harder.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review
This book broke my heart and mended it in so many ways. The realistic expectations of today’s youth when faced with extremely hard decisions paired with a slow burning love just blew all my expectations out of the water. I could not stop raving about this book to my coworkers and instantly wanted to read it again when I had finished.
I put off writing my review since I was planning to reread it and enjoy it a bit more but I think it’s time to finally put words down. First of all I don’t think the blurb really does the book justice. Finley really never sets out to just “use” Eddie for her image. It just sort of happens and the two roll with it. As for Eddie I feel its important to know what the “big something” is that he’s hiding.
Eddie got his best friend pregnant. Not only that but he comes from a super wealthy and very powerful family that sees teen pregnancy as the biggest mistake on the planet and forces the two to keep it hidden from the world. The mother is secluded to her home to be home schooled so no one can see her pregnant while Eddie is wrestling with the knowledge that she is going to put the baby up for adoption. Going against his families wishes Eddie sets out on his own devoid of any of his families help to figure out how he can get custody of his child. All signs point against Eddie given his age, lack of home/job/financial stability but still he fights to plead his case.
Eventually Finley is privy to this knowledge and instead of running screaming she dives head first into helping Eddie any way she can. Finely is simultaneously trying to get over her ex while battling with the knowledge that while she doesn’t necessarily want to be back together, she just craves the comfort of something that is normal and constant in her life.
Cute and fresh this story is everything I love about contemporary books. It touches on tough subject matter while still being very enjoyable and entertaining. All characters were well developed and likeable.