Book Review: You Before Anyone Else

I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

For a moment, can we just talk about the awesomeness that is NetGalley? This is my first EVER NetGalley book, so I believe it will always have a special place in my heart. So, here we go!

You Before Anyone Else

Firstly, things I loved:

THE COVER: It feels sleek and current and reminds me a lot of the Burn for Burn series. The styling drew me in instantly, and I think a lot of readers will pick up this book based on the cover alone.

SUMMER: To me, Summer was the most complex character, and that made her the most interesting. I adored her bluntness.

THE WRITING STYLE: The writing is super smooth and goes down easy—the perfect style for a beach or back-to-school read.

THE SETTING: New York City! Need I say more?

THE MODELING: If you love America’s Next Top Model, then you’ll probably like aspects of this book. I read Nina LaCour’s Everything Leads to You earlier this year, and Finley and Eddie’s story does a similar thing for modeling that LaCour does for set design.

Things I didn’t like as much:

FINLEY AND EDDIE’S RELATIONSHIP: Finley and Eddie are likable characters on their own—she’s trying to shake her “good girl” image, and he’s an intense boy with a secret. I did feel, though, that the character development was slightly forced in places, and although they worked as separate people, the pair didn’t really work together. Perhaps this is a side effect of having two distinct authors. At times, I also felt myself yearning for something a little deeper.

SLOW PACING: For example, the beer pong scene—the longest beer pong scene in history.

Overall, it was a fun read, but not something I’ll be thinking about later this year. The main characters weren’t gripping enough for me.


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