Review: Before You by Amber Hart

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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.
Ash's Review:
I've never read anything by Amber Hart before, but after reading this one you can bet I'll be checking out her other stuff as well.  I received Before You as an arc for review and I loved it!  I'm a big fan of YA and so this was right up my alley.

Before You is a story about two young people broken by their pasts.  We have Diego, a good looking boy that recently escaped from a terrible life in Cuba.  He's got a chip on his shoulder, and rightfully so.  After everything he's been through, he doesn't take any crap from people at his new high school.  And he definitely doesn't have time for the chick showing him around school.  

Faith seems to have the perfect life.  Popular, smart, and down to earth, she's exactly what Diego doesn't want.  How could she ever understand him?  But she's got secrets too.  Faith tries to be the perfect daughter to her pastor father.  She dresses conservatively and has quite the facade.  Only her best friend Melissa knows the true her.

But their attraction to one another is undeniable.  And soon, they both stop fighting it.  But being accepted by others is as hard as they thought it would be.  And we see their struggle to find a way to stay together despite all of the seemingly impossible obstacles in their way.

My only complaint with the book was that sometimes Faith seemed ungrateful and a bit bratty.  And some times the chip on Diego's shoulder was a bit excessive.  But these were really very minor complaints that I was able to easily overlook.

I'm giving Before You by Amber Hart 4 glasses of White Zin.  I really loved this story and I am so excited she's planning to write Melissa's story.  The twist at the end had my jaw dropping and me both tearing up and then grinning broadly.  Go grab your copy of this awesome book as fast as you can!!
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About Amber Hart
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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