Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Book Review of Before You (Before & After #1) by Amber Hart

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.

So for the past four months I've been super busy with work and going back to school. My reading has slowed down drastically. To the point where I haven't completed a book since August. 

So I'm here on winter break, searching for the right one to pull me back into the book world. There's this book I ALWAYS see and pick up at the book store.  I love the cover and the synopsis catches my eye. The other day I decided to look it up on goodreads and I read a review by one of my blogger friends Genesis from Gen Gen's Book Blog that said "if you're a fan of Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elekeles then you'll love this book"

I one clicked, because I LOVE PERFECT CHEMISTRY.  It's one of my all time favorite books. Plus, in Before You, the main boy is Cuban (and so am I). Helllllllooooo, yes please! I have read plenty of books with hispanic characters, but never Cuban.  So I was extra excited.  

Ok I'm ranting. 

I loved this book. It had some similarities to Perfect Chemistry but I didn't mind. I actually enjoyed the similarities. They also had major differences. The Spanish dialect was really good. That's something Betsy and I can't stand when reading spanish dialogue. Because we are hispanic and speak/read spanish, when the spanish dialogue is clearly copy and pasted from google translate, it is very disappointing.  

I loved Faith, I loved Diego, I loved the story.  All there is to say is:


1 comment:

  1. love your review! And the author knows Spanish very well. Amber and I have talked in Spanish. Her husband and his family are Mexican :) I didn't know you were Cuban! That is so cool!