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

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Release date: August 2, 2016

Publisher: Sourcebooks

Genre: Contemporary YA/NA

Goodreads blurb:

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. 


This book starts out like many YA/NA romance novels do; good girl meets bad boy and there’s sparks, then they hook up. Nothing wrong with that formula, clearly it sells, but it’s pretty typical nonetheless. What saves this book from being too clichéd is that the two main characters are so fun and likable.

Finley is a young model who is constantly playing the role of the good girl, both in her personal life and in her professional life as a model. She’s ready to ditch that label and what better way than to hook up with a hot guy? Eddie is also a model, albeit a reluctant one. He needs cash, fast but why? There is definitely a secret buried but will it harm the fragile new friends with benefits type relationship the two have started?

Yes Finley is the typical good girl, but I still really liked her. She’s sweet, but she has a sassy side and her personality is fun loving and relatable. I think most young girls would love to have a friend like her. Eddie is just downright adorable and clueless but he has a charm about him. These two have an undeniable chemistry that made for some fun banter throughout the book.

There is of course a twist, one that deals with what Eddie is hiding. This could have been resolved in several ways and I’m really pleased with the direction the authors took it. It could’ve went south and been totally and unrealistically “perfect” but it wasn’t.

Finley’s character especially goes through tremendous growth and maturity. I loved this aspect as character development is everything to me. I also really liked the fact that both Finley and Eddie refused to sacrifice their own personal goals for each other. So many YA/NA books show the girl or guy throw away their hopes and dreams in the name of love and that wasn’t the case here.

This book kept me entertained with its warm and endearing characters and their own separate personal journeys. It beautifully showcased a healthy and stable young relationship which is always so refreshing.

Overall rating: 3.5/5

Thanks to Sourcebooks for my copy in exchange for an honest review.

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