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Before (Beyond) Paperback – September 11, 2018
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From the Back Cover
PRESLEY AND LANDON finally have a chance at a real relationship when they travel back in time to two months before Landon's fatal accident. But their leap backward has altered reality: Landon has no memory of Presley, no memory of his death, and no memory of anything that happened when he was a spirit.
HURT AND ALONE, Presley is still determined to save his life, even as Landon's death-date looms. But true love doesn't always mean a happy ending, and not all the dangers they faced together were left in the future. Landon's alive for now, but nothing is like it was . . . Before.
About the Author
A #1 best-selling author, Catina Haverlock is a journalist turned marketing director turned author. She worked her way through college as a TV reporter and a dating game show host. A sucker for young adult romance stories (both real and make-believe), she has a panache for matchmaking and loves that many of her ""setups"" have resulted in marriages. After spending most of her adult life in Las Vegas, Catina traded in tumbleweeds for earthquakes and now lives with her husband and four children near San Diego, California. If she's not home, chances are you can find her at the beach, Disneyland, or In-N-Out. Author Residence: Temecula, CA
- Publisher : Sweetwater Books (September 11, 2018)
- Language: : English
- Paperback : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1462122051
- ISBN-13 : 978-1462122059
- Grade level : 7 - 9
- Item Weight : 12 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.9 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,061,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
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Wait…aren't they YA Romance?
Yep. Paranormal romance, actually.
And aren't you a 42-year-old dad with 6 kids?
Well, dang. I guess I'm just a mushy romantic after all.
Hi everyone. My name is Dan. I like to read romance novels.
But I have rules:
1) No shirtless guys on the cover. Or shirtless girls for that matter...but for some reason the girls always have their clothes on. Huh.
2) I must be able to read it out loud to my teenage daughter without her (or me) getting embarrassed.
3) The romance must be age appropriate for the characters.
4) There must be other stuff happening in the book that interests me.
5) It must make me remember how much fun it was falling in love with my wife for the first time.
6) No one can sparkle in the sun.
Check. Check, check, check, check, and check.
Beyond and Before are a little bit Twilight with a MUCH better female lead, a little bit The Sixth Sense without the blood and jump scares, and little bit Ghost without the pottery. They are a lot bit sweet and romantic, and have some legit, white-knuckle anxiety moments mixed in as well.
Honestly, this story did everything right for me.
Set in real-life locations around Lake Tahoe, the story follows 17-year-old Presley as she tries to fit in as the new girl at the school where her single mom has just been hired as Principal. She makes some friends, deals with bully's, takes care of her younger brother who has autism, and falls in love with a cute boy.
Who happens to be dead.
The romance is sweet. The female lead is strong, independent, and a great example for my daughters (I especially liked when she punched her bully in the face. Yep.) The why-can-Presley-see-dead-people mystery is fun. The paranormal elements are a good kind of creepy. The anticipation of figuring out how a story about a girl who falls in love with a ghost can possibly have a happy ending? Outstanding.
There are some of the usual YA pitfalls—insta-love that borders on insta-obsession, a boy with no flaws, a love triangle—but they weren’t obnoxious, and they blended in well with the story. Not a concern.
I was particularly touched by how the story treated Presley's autistic brother, Chase, who is a very present character in both books. If autism touches your life, you have an ally in Beyond and Before. Chase's character was inspired by co-author Catina's own child who has autism, and Chase and Presley's sibling relationship is patterned after Catina's own children. As a dad I can't even think of the tenderness these siblings have for their brother without feeling teary and emotional. Because of Catina's personal experience, she can write about living with autism in a very raw, real, and eye-opening way. It's as much a tribute as it is an effort to generate awareness. It's an outstanding addition to this story and is very, very well done.
I appreciated the responsible, age appropriate, and realistic romance between the high-school aged main characters. The female lead is strong in the right places and vulnerable in the right places. The male lead is respectful, thoughtful, and kind. They are physically romantic with each other while communicating boundaries and acknowledging there is a point of no return they choose to avoid instead of trying to get as close as they can. These elements are all very meaningful to me as a dad who wants to help my children understand how to have their own age-appropriate relationships, and to find this in a YA romance book is exceedingly rare. This is a big deal, folks, and it makes Beyond and Before treasures. I'd be happy to have my teenagers read these books.
So ya, if romance books are like these, sign me up. I don't think I'll find many that fit my requirements, though. The rest are barf.
No sex, no language, no violence. You will find teens kissing, the value of surrounding yourself with good friends, how to be a good friend, family love, dealing with grief and death, the challenges of living with autism, taking responsibility for your actions, and discussions about doing what’s right even when it's the harder choice.
Oh, and you’ll also learn what has to happen before you can make out with a ghost. Hopefully that won’t come up too often though…
Mature 12 and up, probably more like 14 and up.
There is no question that Angela and Catina are naturally gifted writers. They write #cleansteam like no one else. I was immediately immersed in the story of Presley and Landon before, and felt the whole gamut of emotion reading this book. I loved the banter between characters, the blossoming relationships, the gorgeous, vivid descriptions. I feel like I know the characters personally because the authors have depicted them in such a way that they feel real to me. I cheer when they triumph and cry when they fail. It was an absolute pleasure to spend more time with these characters, especially Chase and James. I think James was a favorite character for me this time around, and Chase is always such a sweetheart. I applaud the authors for bringing attention to autism, and also for creating such a fascinating background and story.
I’m a sucker for happy endings and had a huge smile on my face upon completion of Before. So good!