By: Amber Hart
Release Date: July 29, 2014
"Beautiful . . . will settle deep in your heart." --Sophie Jordan
It will haunt me. It will claim me. It will shatter me. And I don't care.
Faith Watters has a picture-perfect life. She's captain of the dance team, popular, happy. She even spent her junior year traveling the world before returning to Oviedo High School for senior year. But she's living a lie.
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, and doesn't want to. His only concern is his secret past--a past, which if it were to surface, would cost him his life.
Everyone knows that Faith and Diego don't belong together. But fate has its own plan. All they want is to be free. What they get is something different entirely.
Love--it will ruin you. . .and save you.
"Will hook and hold you. . ." --K.A. Tucker New York Times bestselling author of Ten Tiny Breaths
“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
“[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
I haven’t read a book like this in a while, a book that made me feel sentimental on different levels. There are so many different issues in this book that it just makes you wonder if people are really still like that and unfortunately the answer is yes. Amber Hart really made me think and I really enjoy the experience these two main characters shared together, I will definitely be continuing the series. Especially after reading that sneak peek, has me more intrigued than anything.
We meet Diego who has recently left Cuba to move to Florida and here he meets Faith, who is his peer helper showing him around the school. From the second they meet there is a physical attraction and throughout their time in school it just seems to grow as they happen to run into one another more often than not, this of course is while Faith still has a boyfriend. Diego leaves behind in Cuba a life of violence but still hasn’t been able to get over this need to do what he is good at. This store reads a little west side story (but I love that movie). There are a lot of cultural differences between the two but they find a happy medium when they are together, they make each other happy and that is what counts.
"He is fluidity in every move. He is a boy with eyes like hope, with scars that tell stories, with muscle born of a hard life. It's plain to see, so long as you care to look."
They both struggle to find the freedom they so desire, and with each other they find it slowly. There are a lot of arguments in this book but it comes with the territory of a. stealing someone’s girlfriend, b. being from a former violent background and c. being the pastor’s daughter throw all those elements together and some really great writing and you have a really amazing book and start to a great series that I can’t wait to continue on.
Amber Hart did a great justice to this freshly made interracial couple that we don’t get to see very often, Latino and white. The struggles they have to go through to be together, the secrets they hold on each other and society as a whole, and of course the immense passion they have for one another. This book had a little bit of everything involved and I couldn’t put it down. Believe me if you enjoy a good young adult/new adult book you will definitely love this book. There is drama, fighting, romance and an all-encompassing love story.
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About the Author:
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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