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You Before Anyone Else

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  645 ratings  ·  170 reviews
Model Finley needs someone to help her shed her "good girl" persona, so she'll try Eddie on for size.

New York City model Finley is fed up with hearing the same feedback at castings: she needs to take some serious action to wipe the "good girl" stamp from her resume if she wants to launch to stardom.

Enter Eddie Wells. He's shallow, predictable…and just as lost as Finley fee
Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 2nd 2016 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Cristen Two, it switches between the main characters (Finley and Eddie).

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Jun 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, home-ref
I don't get it.
I just don't.


How do you go from the beginning of a beautifully crafted romance to... this.

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It begins with a girl, Finley, and a boy, Eddie. Both are models (aka gorgeous).
Finely is trying to become edgier.
Eddie is hiding something.

They meet at a party in an apartment building where models from a certain agency stay at.. both are in weird places in their lives, and end up having a one-night stand. *cue awkward morning afters,
Fun, flirty, endearing and touching. Not what I was expecting but I completely enjoyed this story about self-discovery and breaking the mold.
Eddie picks up a lock of my hair. Slowly, he slides it between his fingers. “You’re not my type either. Too pretty. Too nice. Too smart. Too perfect. I’d hate to go after someone I could actually fall for…”

Finley has a goal no one knows about. To achieve it she needs big bucks and therefore better contracts which usually go to edgier, rebellious mode
Aug 20, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance, arc, young-adult
“Why is your mouth so easy to stare at? And why do I want to kiss you so badly?”

Cue another young adult romance that is so desperately trying to follow the path of every new adult book, complete with casual sex, a good girl falling for a bad boy, and a hidden past… ooh, I'm so intrigued. No, I'm actually not, because I've read this exact same scenario way too many times.

As if there aren't enough of these books. Honestly, I wouldn't mind this type of story, even though it's unbelievably predi
Jessica  (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)
This book kind of blew me away. From beginning to end I was consumed. The first half of this story is a sweet, refreshing YA romance that pulled me right in. Eddie and Finley's dynamic is everything I love about watching young love blossom. It's intense but sweet, uncertain but profound, and it's unexpectedly sexy without being overt. The build and the chemistry and the banter between all of the characters was just perfection. I didn't expect to be so immersed, so captivated by this story. I did ...more
Jul 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Finley is a model who is tired of getting the cold shoulder at casting calls because of her "good girl" reputation. After all, she's close with her family, helps out with her younger twin brothers and knits (of all things!). Looking to shed her goody goody image, she decides to let lose and have a one night stand with bad boy Eddie Wells.

No, really.

But if you can get past the silliness that a model can somehow get booked for jobs by hooking up with a stranger, there's a lot to like about this bo
Nemo (The Moonlight Library)

Model Finley needs to shed her ‘good girl’ image, so she takes in mysterious newcomer Eddie for a one night stand. But the two can’t seem to stay away from each other, and as their relationship grows, Eddie’s secrets threaten to tear them apart.


This book straddles the line between YA and NA. The characters are eighteen but are facing some Very Grown Up Problems as well as some regular teen issues such as work and family. Finley’s trying to change her image, so she keeps dismissing Edd
Jul 06, 2016 marked it as never-ever-ever

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Cristina (My Tiny Obsessions)
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I am so glad that I requested this book, seriously, so so glad! First I would like to talk a bit about the book’s genre. While I requested it under Teens & YA, I have to say that for me this book is more a New Adult book than anything else.

With that out of the way, I loved this one! The writing is great, and I really liked how it flowed between the two POVs and how distinct Eddie and Fin’s voices were. I’ve read enough YA/NA dual POVs books to know that doesn’t always happen
Jun 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is adorable. I would say it's on the high end of YA. I've read some New Adult that was on par with this, so it's geared towards the older crowd of YA. Not saying a 14 year old couldn't read it or that it's super mature, but there are Grown Up Problems(tm) in this book.

Writing this review is difficult because talking about my favourite part of the book would be a huge spoiler. So I will talk about it without talking about it.

Somehow, lately, I've read three different books set with thi
Katja (Life and Other Disasters)
**I was provided with an eArc via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!**

I was really excited when I got approved for this arc and I am even more happy that it held up to the hype I made for it myself. You Before Anyone Else is one of those books that kind of defy a certain categorization. On the one hand it is definitely YA – Finley and Eddie are around 18 years old, their romance is hot with sparks flying rather quickly but it is never explicit or anything like that. Then again, it also
Jul 14, 2016 rated it liked it
**I was provided with an eArc via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

The book started off really good but then it became a torture and I was really close to dnf-ing it.

No, I don't hate this book but this book is dragged.. a lot. It's 400 pages long and I think that the authors (It's written by two authors) could wind up the story in 200 or maximum 300 pages. I got bored of reading this book and that's one of the reasons why it took me 3-4 days to finish it.


I don't like Finley's charact
May 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
You Before Anyone Else was such a cute story! At first I was skeptical because I thought the storyline and characters would not be relatable but it definitely exceeded my expectations! We have our main characters Finley, a good girl who moves to NYC to pursue a modeling career and Eddie, a boy who lies to his family to get away from the rich lifestyle and start his life on his own. Finley and Eddie meet at party and after some time and getting to know each other decide to turn their friendship i ...more
May 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
**I received an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review**

** 3.5 stars **

Full review will be posted on August 3 2016.
Mar 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
My thanks to Sourcebooks Fire via Netgalley for the free review copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

It's been awhile since I read the first book in this series, but I remember really liking it and that's why I requested "You Before Anyone Else". This installment did not disappoint - the strong chemistry between the two main characters, the pacing that flows seamlessly throughout the book, and the glimpses we get into the world of modeling are some of the things I loved about the first book,
May 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this so much so that I refused to put it down except maybe to eat and watch The Flash season finale. I just had to know what they were both hiding and what was going to happen between the two. At first I did not like how each chapter had a heading of either EDDIE or FINLEY, but they quickly became a non-factor the more I read. I liked how the authors introduced bother characters and how they introduced either to one another. The flow of the story was well written as well ...more
Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
First of all, I think the summary of YBAE does the book a gross disservice because it's really deceptive. Indeed, Eddie has a big secret, HUGE, but the summary makes such a big deal about Eddie and Finley's modeling, and it's really a tiny part of the book. The first 20% of the book was frustrating. It seemed shallow and not well developed with little action plot-wise and little information character-wise, but I was pleasantly surprised when Julie and Mark really delved into their characters. I ...more
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There was so much about YOU BEFORE ANYONE ELSE  that I loved.  The characters, the storyline and even the backdrop for this story were perfect.  But what I loved most about this book were Finley and Eddie.  Their unmistakable draw to each other.  The uncanny way they knew when the other needed them, even when they were trying to stay away.  It was remarkable that two people so young could know exactly what they wanted from the other...even
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Life gets in the way."

I really enjoyed this one. Alternating POV, this is the story of Eddie and Finley. They meet at a party in the midst of the modeling world chaos. But they are both at a weird crossroad. Each has their own struggles and have enough drama. Neither of them have the time for a relationship but how can you avoid each other when you both model and keep getting thrown together.

The chemistry is there, even if they don't have the time for it.

I really appreciated that this story was
May 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
"And even though today sucked, it was nice to be good at something. To feel like I belonged, even if my consultant position as made up on the spot."

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When I first started reading this book, I didn’t really enjoy it, but as time went on and we actually got to know the characters outside of what they were both pretending to be I started liking it and them together.
First, we have Finley who is a young model who has been labeled as sweet and innocent and because of that bar
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Consider this a standing ovation. This book was a million times better than I expected. I fell totally in love with the story, with the romance, with all of the characters, but most especially with Eddie and Finley.

Okay, so there is the summary for this book and then there is what I consider to be a whole story underneath that. In the book's summary, Finley is a model who is trying to break out of her 'good girl' shell. And yes, that's true, but Finley is also the girl who loves and supports her
Lauren (My Expanding Bookshelf)
You Before Anyone Else is a lovely, quick contemporary YA with such important messages. It's about family and learning when it is okay to do things for yourself and for others. It;s about becoming responsible in a way.

The setting is certainly different to anything else I've read. The majority of the story is set in apartments belonging to a model agency in New York. Therefore, all the tenants are very young and not always the most responsible. It's actually a bit like high school without the cla
Paula  Phillips
Aug 11, 2016 rated it liked it
The world of modelling can be a difficult one , some people have the skills and looks to pull it off whereas others will never have the chance. For two people, this world is just a temporary fix and a way to achieve their actual goals in life. Modelling is a stepping stone to get to where they want to end up and they have been blessed with the looks and body to pull it off. For Finley, all she ever wanted to be was a dancer ballerina like her mother until tragedy hit which left her brothers and ...more
This is a very sweet story - a bit predictable but with really likable characters and a story that sucks you in. I read this in just a couple of sittings - it would have been one if I hadn't had to stop and do something else.

It's written from dual POV's, alternating chapters. And it works because there's no break in the continuity; every chapter picks up right where the last one left off, even in the middle of a scene. This really works to the advantage of the story in that it kept me interested
Aug 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I've wanted to read a book by Julie Cross for quite a while now, ever since her books were recommended to me by Heather at The Turning Pages, and YOU BEFORE ANYONE ELSE is a great one to start with.

This book had my attention from the very beginning and kept it throughout. I enjoyed the dual narrative, reading the story from both Finley and Eddie's perspectives.

I loved the playfulness between Finley and Eddie. Together they seemed young (because they are) and carefree, but they both are carrying
Review Originally Posted on Books & Prejudice

I'm not totally sure what to say about this one. I've been going back and forth trying to figure out how to review this, and I'm honestly not sure what to say.

How realistic is this book? Probably not particularly. I don't see really anyone walking along the street and then modeling for really huge names the next day. But I still enjoyed the story. There are things that happen that would cause some people I know to put it down and never pick it up
May 23, 2016 rated it liked it
New York City model Finley is trying to shed her good girl image so she decides to give Eddie a go. Finley is fed up with hearing the same thing at castings and auditions; that she needs to get rid of her "good girl persona". Eddie on the other hand is shallow and predictable, but in the end, feels just as lost in his world as Finley does in hers. Finley is drawn to Eddie's intensity, but Eddie is hiding something and when it comes to light, both loving and leaving Finley will become much harder ...more
Mar 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Todd DiAngelo
Apr 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
First let me start with how I got to this book. I absolutely loved Tempest, there was something about Holly and Jackson that I couldn't get enough of. Then I read Whatever Life Throws at You and I absolutely love that books too. So I decided to give this book a go from NetGalley. This book was such a happy surprise for me! I didn't think I was interested in modeling at all but this book has changed my opinion (mind you all I knew beforehand was what I could glean from Zoolander and Project Runwa ...more
Aug 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book! I received it as an ARC from NetGalley and thought that it was going to be a light YA romance type of book and was pleasantly surprised to find it was more than that. This story has the romance but also some soul searching for the characters. I feel like this would be a good book club book because of the discussions that could stem from it.

My full review is posted at:
Mar 18, 2016 rated it liked it

It's cute, yet deep. I love Eddie!! I enjoyed the romance, the huge issues and the writing- but it felt a bit long wound at time. Still beautiful unique story.
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Julie Cross is a NYT and USA Today bestselling author of New Adult and Young Adult fiction, including the Tempest series, a young adult science fiction trilogy which includes Tempest, Vortex, Timestorm (St. Martin's Press). She's also the author of Letters to Nowhere series, Whatever Life Throws at You, Third Degree, Halfway Perfect, and many more to come!

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