You Before Anyone Else

You Before Anyone Else

by Julie Cross, Mark Perini


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Everything she wants. Everything he needs.

The supportive friend, the reliable daughter, the doting big-sister: Finley is used to being the glue that holds everyone together. But while her sweet demeanor makes her the perfect confidant, her wholesome look isn't landing her the high paying modeling jobs, which are what Finley needs if she is going to reopen her mother's dance studio.

Enter Eddie. He's intense and driven, not to mention the life of every party, and he completely charms Finley. The last thing she wants is another commitment to stand in the way of her dreams, but when she's with Eddie, their chemistry takes over and she can let go of her responsibilities and just be. After all, what's so wrong about putting herself first once and a while?

Except Eddie is hiding a secret. A big secret. And when it surfaces, he and Finley are going to have to choose between their love for each other and everything else...

"Halfway Perfect reaches deep into inner truths while stripping away the shine of outer beauty." —New York Times bestselling author Jay Crownover

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492604921
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 08/02/2016
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 247,051
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile: HL700L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Julie Cross is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Tempest series. Julie lives in Champaign, Illinois. She can be found online at

Mark Perini began his career as an international fashion model, while earning a business degree from Seton Hall University. Mark lives in New York City. He can be found at

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You Before Anyone Else 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
A story that straddles the line between YA and NA – it felt more to me like a YA with characters thrown into adulthood a bit too fast, or trying to be ‘grown up’ when they weren’t quite emotionally ready for it. Still, acceptable for the 16 and older crowd I would expect. As in Halfway Perfect, Cross and Perini are dealing with models and modeling, and for this story- rich in family dramas, budding romance and growth, it works quite well. Finley is a model without the ‘edge’ or experience of others: even her agency has commented on her squeaky clean reputation. In an effort to improve her marketability, she pushes her own boundaries and engages with Eddie, the prototypical devil-may-care edgy boy, for one night. Eddie is still in the finding himself mode, but his choices have left him without family support or connection, and he’s really floundering a bit. He likes Finley, and doesn’t want to accept her not seeing him again. So he appears. Everywhere. Friendly and mostly non-threatening. And Finley is at heart, sweet and kind, and is intrigued so their relationship starts at square one and one-half, as friends. Dual narration takes this story into a deeper perspective as we see the characters’ true feelings and concerns, and their actual desires. Finley’s first love is dance, but her family and particularly the twins, need what help she can provide with her modeling. A series of family tragedies means that her life was never entirely simple, carefree or worry free: but she is surprisingly well-adjusted and determined to find a way to make everything work. Eddie comes from money, but his secrets lead to the reasons for the estrangement, and just may be a deal breaker for Finley. Characters are well developed, the twists are striking and the story is engaging, if not completely gripping. Most striking is the demonstrated insecurities and issues that Finley and Eddie deal with: both more adult situations and expected typical self-doubts and insecurities. Easy to relate to, the story is a solid afternoon read. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
FayTannerr More than 1 year ago
You Before Anyone Else was an interesting and enlightening read that takes us into the model world. Narrated through the eyes of Finley and Eddie, this novel was fun and enjoyable. I loved the plot of the novel and the relationship between Finley and Eddie. I would recommend this novel to fans of contemporary romance.
onemused More than 1 year ago
"You Before Anyone Else" builds the romantic relationship between two aspiring models, Finley and Eddie. The book is told in alternating point of views between the two. Both are working towards larger goals and modeling is a financial step towards doing so. Finley is close with her family, helping to fill the hole her mother's death left behind with her two young brothers. She wants to save up enough money to re-open her mother's ballet studio and teach ballet. Eddie is on a quest for financial independence from his wealthy parents. Finley is tired of being the good, boring girl- she needs the big jobs that come with being edgier. Eddie needs to stay away from drugs/bad decisions and be more of a good, boring guy. Their story begins with a game of beer pong and a one-night stand. It slowly grows from there, as they seem fated to continue to run into each other. The book has a very slow and confusing beginning. I found Eddie's secret to be quite obvious and was expecting a bigger secret/reveal from the synopsis. It was also somewhat difficult to bounce between the two as their voices seemed quite similar. Neither was in a very great place and both had a lot of anger and frustration. However, they both seemed to have no shortage of modeling jobs. Around a third of the way through the book, things came together and the plot emerged. Their relationship grew some legs and the foundation was built. Each of them gained some dimensions to their personality. The story got better from there. My favorite characters were Finley's brothers, who gave a taste for her family and also Eddie's adorable soft side. They had some really great roles in the story and were just too cute. They also served an important function in both Finley and Eddie's lives. I liked how both Finley and Eddie were reaching towards their dreams. Eddie was all work towards it, but Finley seemed to have things fall into her lap a bit (e.g. helping her friend at a ballet-themed photoshoot and then having it go from there). That was okay for me, as I was happy it was working out for her/sometimes things happen in lucky/random-seeming ways. I am not sure if I would consider this a YA book- maybe only for much older teens; I'd definitely classify it as a new adult book. It has a lot of intense topics such as sex, drug/alcohol abuse, etc. In summary, loved the later 2/3 of the book but wish the first third was a bit clearer/faster paced. It reads very slowly like a character study through only their interactions. Please note that I received this book from the publisher through netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
shannschoice More than 1 year ago
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 when they didn't know what they wanted from themselves. Finley and Eddie find themselves, at the tender age of 18, trying to breakaway. Eddie from his controlling family, desperate to have something that is his. And Finley, desperate to make money to re-open the one place that always brought her happiness...her parents' dance studio. They both turn to modeling and suddenly are running in the same circles, living in the same building and finding themselves drawn to each other. Both these characters have pieces of them that are broken, but Eddie is by far the wrose off of the two of them. Modeling for him is a way to runaway from his family and the nightmare that has been his life for several months. Typecast as a "bad boy" by the modeling agencies, Eddie is anything but. He's thoughtful, sweet and determined to do the right thing no matter what the cost. When Eddie's full story is revealed, it's hard to not admire a kid who was so willing to stand up for what he wanted, even if that meant leaving the comforts he had known before behind. Finley was instantly likable and as we got to know her, we understand why she carried the burdens that she did. But as she carried those burdens, she also forgot what it was that she loved before her world fell apart. It took Eddie's belief in her, his gentle pushing and a good friend with a camera to show Finley that she could follow her dream and still achieve the goal she set out for herself. This was such a great story and it's one I know I'll be telling people to read. The book is charming and sticks with you well after you turned to the last page.