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After us
Hart, Amber, author.
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Publication Information:
New York, NY : Kensington Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2015]
Physical Description:
viii, 356 pages ; 21 cm
Scarred by their respective tragedies, Melissa and Javier find potential healing in a relationship that is threatened by Javier's violent gang members.
General Note:
Includes reader questions.
Reading Level:
HL 450 Lexile.
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Audubon Library Y FICTION Young Adult Fiction Young Adult
Clarence Library Y FICTION Young Adult Fiction Young Adult
Lancaster Library Y FICTION Young Adult Fiction Open Shelf
Niagara Branch Library Y FICTION Young Adult Fiction Young Adult
Orchard Park Library Y FICTION Young Adult Fiction Young Adult
Riverside Branch Library Y FICTION Young Adult Fiction Young Adult

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"Beautiful, lyrical writing and a dangerously suspenseful plot. . .an unforgettable novel that readers will love." --Lucy Connors, author of The Lonesome Young

Sometimes secrets kill. Maybe slowly, maybe painfully. Maybe all at once.

Melissa smiles. She flirts. She jokes. But she never shows her scars. Eight months after tragedy ripped her from her closest friend, Melissa is broken. Inside her grows a tumor, fed by grief, rage, and the painful memory of a single forbidden kiss.

Javier has scars of his own: a bullet wound, and the memory of a cousin shot in the heart. Life in the States was supposed to be a new beginning, but a boy obsessed by vengeance has no time for the American dream. To honor his familia, Javier joins the gang who set up his cousin's murder. The entrance price is blood. Death is the only escape.

These two broken souls could make each other whole again--or be shattered forever.

Our time will come. And we'll be ready.

Praise for Before You

"Beautiful. . .will settle deep in your heart." -- New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan

"Will hook and hold you. . ." --National bestselling author K.A. Tucker

Author Notes

Amber Hart grew up in Orlando, Florida, and Atlanta, Georgia. She now resides on the Florida coastline with family and animals including, but not limited to, bulldogs, a cat, and dragons. When unable to find a book, she can be found writing, daydreaming, or with her toes in the sand. You can visit her on Facebook at

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Booklist Review

Hart's sizzling follow up to Before You (2014) takes up the story of Diego's cousin Javier and Faith's best friend Melissa, shortly after Diego is shot by gang members and Faith flees to Nicaragua to grieve. Javier, who is consumed with grief and rage and determined to avenge Diego, and Melissa, devastated by Faith's absence and facing a health crisis, run into each other on the beach and quickly fall in love, despite the secrets they are keeping from each other. Chapters alternate between Melissa's and Javier's perspectives, and emotions run high as the novel races towards its dramatic and ultimately satisfying climax.--Szwarek, Magan Copyright 2015 Booklist

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