Series: Before & After #1
Publication Date: July 29th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Source: K-Teen, NetGalley
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Some say love is deadly. Some say love is beautiful. I say it is both.
Faith Watters spent her junior year traveling the world, studying in exquisite places, before returning to Oviedo High School. From the outside her life is picture-perfect. Captain of the dance team. Popular. Happy. Too bad it’s all a lie.
It will haunt me. It will claim me. It will shatter me. And I don't care.
Eighteen-year-old Diego Alvarez hates his new life in the States, but staying in Cuba is not an option. Covered in tattoos and scars, Diego doesn’t stand a chance of fitting in. Nor does he want to. His only concern is staying hidden from his past—a past, which if it were to surface, would cost him everything. Including his life.
At Oviedo High School, it seems that Faith Watters and Diego Alvarez do not belong together. But fate is as tricky as it is lovely. Freedom with no restraint is what they long for. What they get is something different entirely.
Love—it will ruin you and save you, both.
Hours after finishing Before You and Im still thinking about that WTF moment. Stories that impact you like that are stories worth telling, and thats precisely the case with this book. Before You may seem like just another cliche, and while it does have its moments, Amber Hart brings something else to the table thats definitely her own.
Faith Watters is the epitome of the perfect preachers daughter. Shes popular, shes pretty, shes dating the star quarterbackyou name it. On the outside, Faith doesnt have a care in the world. But on the inside? Shes barely keeping the broken pieces of herself together. Diego Alvarez is the exact opposite of Faith: an immigrant, rebellious, dangerous. Such opposites shouldnt have so much in common. Yet as they spend more and more time together, Faith and Diego come to realize that the peace they find in each other is worth fighting forno matter what anyone else says.
I debated for along time whether to give this book 3 or 4 stars. The story itself is beautiful. It was the writing that I had a bit of trouble with. While the book is told in dual POVs, I felt like the writing style was a bit stale in some parts. However, the writing style seem fitting for a reason. Perhaps its because the persona Faith shows the world is a fake one, and the tone mirrored that. Who knows. What I do know, however, is that Harts charactersFaith, Diego, Melissa (who Im dying to read about)contribute a lot to the story.
Before You really is a powerful story with prominent issues at hand; most of all, though, this story is painstakingly real. Youll laugh, youll ache, youll cry, youll probably get mad, but trust me when I say: it will all be worth it in the end.