- Series: The Before And After Series (Book 2)
- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Kensington -Teen (December 30, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1617731188
- ISBN-13: 978-1617731181
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 27 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,010,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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PRAISE FOR AMBER HART:
“Fast-paced action, plenty of heartfelt love scenes, and a series of shocking twists make this debut from Hart a surefire pick for fans of Simone Elkeles' Perfect Chemistry series. The planned sequel, featuring Faith’s best friend, Melissa, should be eagerly awaited.” – BOOKLIST on BEFORE YOU
“Hart debuts with a steamy romance about affirming love…As Hart alternates between Faith and Diego's self-aware and expressive first-person narratives, readers will be invested in the couple's intense cross-cultural relationship as they persevere despite an onslaught of personal and societal pressures.” – Publishers Weekly on BEFORE YOU
“This super-romantic opposites-attract love story is a guaranteed homerun for fans of swoonworthy romances like Perfect Chemistry and Crash Into You.” – Justine Magazine on BEFORE YOU
“Faith Watters plans to spend her senior year living up to everyone else’s expectations... However, her facade is challenged while serving as a student ambassador for a Cuban transfer student, Diego Alvarez.” – School Library Journal on BEFORE YOU
“Fans who loved the premise behind Simone Eldele’s Perfect Chemistry will want to give Before You a try. Using alternating points of view, Hart weaves a touching love story sure to capture readers’ hearts. What separates this “boy from the wrong side of the tracks” romance is the inclusion of the hero’s perspective, which will build a deeper connection with readers.” – RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars for BEFORE YOU
“[A] sexy romance…Hart’s writing in this debut conveys a lot of physical and emotional feeling…This riff on West Side Story is torrid and heartfelt.” – Kirkus Reviews on BEFORE YOU
About the Author
Amber Hart grew up in Orlando, Florida, and Atlanta, Georgia. She now resides on the Florida coastline with family and animals including, but not limited to, bulldogs, a cat, and dragons. When unable to find a book, she can be found writing, daydreaming, or with her toes in the sand. You can visit her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/amberhartbooks.
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Melissa was a character I loved in Before You. She was always watching out for Faith and supporting her when she needed it. That made this so much harder because Faith has ran off. She left because she couldn't take Diego's death and now she's not answering Melissa's calls. Right when Melissa needs her, Faith has shut her off. Leaving Melissa to deal with her problems alone. It's not that she blames Faith, but she needs her best friend. Those of us who read Before You, we know why Faith is avoiding Melissa. We know the truth Faith is hiding, but that doesn't make this any less heartbreaking. Melissa is hard not to sympathize with. What she is going through is traumatizing and she just carries on like nothing is wrong. She gets up and goes to work and tries to take care of her debts.
Javier was a character I was on the fence about. On one hand, he has lost his best friend and that is hard to take. On the other, he is a darned moron. How is taking out Wink going to solve anything? Diego will still be dead. It won't bring him back and it won't bring you closure. It'll just get you enlisted in a gang with the naive assumption you can get out with no consequences. His one shining point is his loyalty to his family.
His family, by the way, astounded me. The idea that any one woman would willing submit herself to the trauma of giving birth to 12 children is just crazy. Not to mention how much it costs to raise that many children. 12 mouths to feed plus Mom and Dad? How do you do that? The thought of the extra expense of a single child sends me into a mini-panic attack, much less 12. Beyond that, the pure racism and sexist nature of the household infuriated me. Javier's mom flat out refuses to allow any of her children to date anyone who is not Latina. She will not accept a white girl or a black girl or a Native American or anyone but a Hispanic girl for her sons. Period. That is appalling. People have the right to love who they love, period. Love doesn't know age (though relationships with a big age gap do kinda weird me out) or race or gender. The other thing is the fact that the girls are all pushed into the role of care-giver. It is the daughters responsibility to take care of the boys. Excuse me? Do we not live in the 21st century? Javier's mom needs a serious reality check. Though the girls don't seem to complain, I was floored by the role they were pushed into. What if the girls don't want to cook and clean and serve the food? What if the girls want to play soccer instead? What if one of the boys wants to learn to cook? What is wrong with that?!?!?
This novel a great sequel to the first, though it doesn't quite live up to the awesomeness that was Faith and Diego. I think that may have been because I wasn't as big of a Javier fan as I was a Diego fan. It might also be because I know that everything Javier was doing was in vain. There is no reason to do these things. Plus, I think it's incredibly stupid to believe there will be no consequences for joining a gang. To truly believe that you can join a gang and expect to get out without putting your family and friends at risk is freaking idiotic.
Besides being appalled with his family and not loving Javier quiet as much as I did Diego, this was a wonderful novel. Melissa and Javier have just enough tension to keep you begging for more. It's a novel that is hard to put down, even when you are disagreeing with what the characters are doing. I recommend it to anyone who likes contemporary YA or fans of Simon Elkekes Perfect Chemistry series.
****Thank you to K Teen for providing me with an eARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review****
My heart goes out for the girl who has experienced so many bad things in life in such a short time. She had lost her best friend - Faith (as we remembered), had to go away to grieve her broken heart, and there was her secret which made me ache. Aw. She was young, and she had to suffer this. Although it makes me wonder what Javier thinks of the effects of her secret. Because it will affect him too, as much as it affected her.
As for Javier, this smooth-speaking hot guy might not have my vote at first. I knew family is important to him, but to do that to Melissa almost twice?! OMG. You need to grovel hard if you wanted to convey your apology. On the other hand, he made up for it big time, and I loved him triple for it. I didn't think he was capable of it. As for his secret - there is danger lurking in there, and although I didn't think it was necessary or important, Javier thought otherwise. He needed to do it, needed to get his revenge. I was just seriously hoping he knew what he was doing...
Amber Hart once again proved to us that love can surpass diversity, secrets, dangers, and even betrayals.
Oh, don't worry, you'll know what they're keeping - I was glad I knew, but it was killing me that the other doesn't know about it. They were perfect for each other, despite the circumstances, and the cultural differences. The chemistry was there, it was sizzling, the page was steaming, and yet, before it gets any hotter, Melissa will diffuse it - because of her secret.
I fell in love with the first book, and fell harder with her second book. I have been looking forward for Melissa's story ever since I have finished reading Faith's, and it was worth waiting - every freaking page of it. It will give you all the highs, the lows, the swoons, the heartaches that you need. I love how the story progressed, the development of the characters, and even how each secret was spilled. This is something so worth reading.
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Melissa smiles. She flirts. She jokes. But she never shows her scars.Read more
I went into AU already having a soft spot for Diego and Faith and tried to keep an open mind because sometimes I...Read more