You Before Anyone Else (Julie Cross & Mark Perini)


Everything she wants. Everything he needs. 

The supportive friend, the reliable daughter, the doting big-sister: Finley is used to being the glue that holds everyone together. But while her sweet demeanor makes her the perfect confidant, her wholesome look isn’t landing her the high paying modeling jobs, which are what Finley needs if she is going to reopen her mother’s dance studio.

Enter Eddie. He’s intense and driven, not to mention the life of every party, and he completely charms Finley. The last thing she wants is another commitment to stand in the way of her dreams, but when she’s with Eddie, their chemistry takes over and she can let go of her responsibilities and just be. After all, what’s so wrong about putting herself first once and a while?

Except Eddie is hiding a secret. A big secret. And when it surfaces, he and Finley are going to have to choose between their love for each other and everything else…

I am so glad that I requested this book, seriously, so so glad! First I would like to talk a bit about the book’s genre. While I requested it under Teens & YA, I have to say that for me this book is more a New Adult book than anything else.

With that out of the way, I loved this one! The writing is great, and I really liked how it flowed between the two POVs and how distinct Eddie and Fin’s voices were. I’ve read enough YA/NA dual POVs books to know that doesn’t always happen, so I was so glad that it went without a hitch here.

I don’t know exactly what I was expecting when I read the blurb, but Eddie and Finley were way better characters and way more developed than I thought possible. I found them both such strong people, who had to face some terrible things and tried to be better because of that. I really liked how Finley tried to help everyone and be there for her brothers and father, even if she put herself last in the process, and I loved how she little by little made herself a priority. And Eddie, I loved Eddie, he’s just such a great guy. I really liked that he was doing what he thought was the right thing, and I totally understood why he did it. He was fierce. He was strong enough to leave everything behind for what he thought was the best, that takes guts. Also, YAY for a gorgeous and privileged guy who is not cocky or decided, or a huge player.

I have to say, the relationship between Eddie and Finley is probably one of my favorites ever. It’s amazing how they are 100% acceptive of each other, and while they wanted what was best for the other one, they never judge or tried to change, or did anything other than support one another 110%. And another amazing thing was how it there’s never really a conflict between them, not really.

That’s one of the most amazing things about this book: it’s not really about the romance. It’s about both of them doing what is right for THEM – as Fin doing something for herself, and Eddie doing what is best for him (etc). Their relationship is just an added bonus. A support system. A family.

Speaking of family, I’m IN LOVE with Fin’s family. Seriously, she has the best dad. Sam is amazing, I don’t even have enough words to express how amazing he is. He’s supportive of her, but still pushes her to be her best self, he doesn’t judge anything she does, or who she associates with. And best of all, when she brings Eddie into their lives, he welcomes him, and becomes the support that Eddie needs as well… AMAZING! Then there’s the twins, and Eddie taking care of the twins, and my heart soaring reading this, because he’s perfect with those little guys… *sigh*.

I struggled with one of the main issues of this book, and I have to admit that it made me cry. But I think the resolution was perfect, and I was so glad that Eddie and Finley got what they wanted and needed.

I highly recommend this book, it’s such a beautiful story that balances teen and adult problems, and how to be yourself in a world where you’re expected to be anything but. This book has an amazing love story, a great family and great friendships. Read it!

5 thoughts on “You Before Anyone Else (Julie Cross & Mark Perini)

  1. Kat Impossible says:

    Apparently I totally missed this review oO I don’t know how but I guess I missed a lot last month ahahaha
    Such a great review! I think you really were on point about all your observations and I adore Fin’s family too. And Fin and Eddie as a couple – I just loved how they didn’t fight about silly things or had a ton of misunderstandings. They were great together but also knew how to do their own thing. And I like that the ending is idealistic and realistic t the same time.

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