You Before Anyone Else
By Julie Cross and Mark Perini
Published August 2nd, 2016 by Sourcebooks Fire
4 stars - Thoughtful and emotional read!
* An e-arc of this book was provided by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!*
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Summary from Goodreads.com:
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 wasn't too sure what to expect from You Before Anyone Else when I requested it and when I started reading it. I haven't actually read too many books about models or modeling so that was definitely something that intrigued me. The beginning actually took a little bit for me to get into. Once I became used to Finley's and Eddie's voices and their surroundings I was pretty intrigued.
I enjoyed both Finley and Eddie as characters and I loved when they interacted with each other. Neither of them were what I expected them to be and I liked that. Eddie was definitely a surprise and even more so once I figured out what he was hiding.
The whole story had a pretty nice flow to it but the ending was definitely this big surprise and, honestly, something I didn't see coming. Either way I was cheering for Finley and Eddie. :)
This was definitely a great summer read and a book that kept me hooked until the very end. It was sweet and thoughtful but it was also emotional and serious near the end. I shed a few tears here and there but also smiled and laughed as well. I enjoyed my time reading this book and I enjoyed the fact that these characters defied the stereotypes that some might think of.
Definitely give this one a try this summer!