Book Review: Before You by Amber Hart

Before You (Before and After #1)
Amber Hart
YA, Romance
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Some say love is deadly. Some say love is beautiful. I say it is both.

Faith Watters spent her junior year traveling the world, studying in exquisite places, before returning to Oviedo High School. From the outside her life is picture-perfect. Captain of the dance team. Popular. Happy. Too bad it’s all a lie.

It will haunt me. It will claim me. It will shatter me. And I don't care.

Eighteen-year-old Diego Alvarez hates his new life in the States, but staying in Cuba is not an option. Covered in tattoos and scars, Diego doesn't stand a chance of fitting in. Nor does he want to. His only concern is staying hidden from his past—a past, which if it were to surface, would cost him everything. Including his life.

At Oviedo High School, it seems that Faith Watters and Diego Alvarez do not belong together. But fate is as tricky as it is lovely. Freedom with no restraint is what they long for. What they get is something different entirely.

Love—it will ruin you and save you, both.
 She wants to not let her past rule her.
And he wants to forget it but couldn't. 

Will they let these demons of their past consume them..
Or would be able to fight through these, together?

Diego and Faith may believe that they belong to two different worlds when in reality, their worlds are very similar with one another. 
Both worlds cast judgement on the other. 
But the story doesn't entirely focus on that aspect. 
It focuses on how these two people, despite their worlds, met and were brought together. 
This story tells of how these two were able to break the walls that kept them apart. 

Personally, the book is a good enough read and yet, for me, nothing makes it stand out from the other books with similar plots. 
Its saving grace, however, was the the ending. 
The author has shocked me (a little) with the second chapter to the last. I thought she was going to break out from the norm as is commonly seen in stories like this but that wasn't the case. 
And I can honestly say that I am not disappointed. 

Before You is a story on accepting oneself; your flaws, the decisions you've made and the things you've done. It is only through this that you'd be able to open yourself to others, be able to connect with them by being who you truly are. 
 "There are moments in life set apart from the rest. The before this moment, and the after this moment. Diego is one of those moments for me."

"She is the key that unlocked my darkness. She poured in millions and millions of kilowatts of sunshine."

Amber Hart is the author of:

BEFORE YOU, edgy YA contemporary romance, Kensington 2014.
AFTER US, sequel to BEFORE YOU, Kensington 2015.
ECHOES, NA contemporary romantic thriller, Penguin Random House/Flirt 2014.
TBA, sequel to ECHOES, Penguin Random House/Flirt 2015.
Rep'd by Beth Miller of Writers House.

Amber Hart grew up in Orlando, Florida and Atlanta, Georgia. She now resides on the Florida coastline with family. When unable to find a book, she can be found writing, daydreaming, or with her toes in the sand. She's the author of BEFORE YOU, AFTER US, UNTIL YOU FIND ME, and sequel to UNTIL YOU FIND ME (untitled as of yet). Represented by Beth Miller of Writers House. 

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