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

December 9, 2016 Book review 2 ★★★★

From glancing at the cover of  You Before Anyone Else by Julie Cross and Mark Perini, you would be forgiven for dismissing this as a sweet and fluffy read.  And yes it is sweet, with charming characters.  But it’s so much more than that.  It’s all about not judging people by first impressions and about how much hidden crap people have going in their lives behind a seemingly glamorous wrapping.

Book Review: You Before Anyone Else by Julie Cross & Mark PeriniYou Before Anyone Else by Julie Cross, Mark Perini
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on August 2nd 2016
Genres: Love & Romance, Social Issues, YA Contemporary
Pages: 400
Format: eBook
Source: Library

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.

Refreshing Romance swoon! Young Adult

First Line of You Before Anyone Else by Julie Cross & Mark Perini


My Thoughts on You Before Anyone Else by Julie Cross & Mark Perini

Haha, well that first line above isn’t giving much away about the writing style!  So you’ll just have to take my word for it that I had no complaints on that score.

Basically this book had all the things I love in a young adult contemporary romance

  • A great message
  • Huge character growth
  • Authentic dialogue with lots of humour and sarcasm
  • Multi-dimensional characters
  • A sweet romance
  • No insta-love and no love triangle
  • An unpredictable plot

Both the main characters are models.  Eddie and Finley choose their current careers, as both need money, need it fast, and are blessed with the looks to make it in this field.  Behind the glitzy New York modelling scene lurks some very gritty real life issues that both are dealing with.  I’m saying no more about the issues beyond that they are realistic, relevant and uncertain.

It’s told in dual point-of-view, and as there are two authors I assume each author wrote one pov.  The voices come across as very distinctive and that is something I have to feel in a book like this.  Otherwise I get confused, frustrated and annoyed.

The chemistry between the main characters sizzled.  I’m shipping everything about them.  But mostly I was connected to how in tune with each other they were.  Due to their various complications, I wasn’t sure what way the plot would develop, but it felt realistic and bittersweet.  And the epilogue just melted my heart.

Huge thumbs up!

Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: four-stars


Who should read You Before Anyone Else by Julie Cross & Mark Perini

Highly recommended to you if you love adorable contemporary romances, that also have depth to them.  If you’ve enjoyed books by Julie Cross before, then you should also like this.  Or if you like authors such as Kasie West or Miranda Kenneally.


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