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Title:
Before you
Author:
Hart, Amber, author.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Kensington Publishing Corp., 2014.
Physical Description:
312 pages ; 21 cm
Summary:
"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"--Page [4] of cover.
General Note:
Includes preview to the sequel, After you (pages [305]-309), and Reader questions.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
HL 490 Lexile.
ISBN:
9781617731167
Format :
Book

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"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


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 www.facebook.com/amberhartbooks.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Sparks fly immediately between high-school senior Faith Watters and Diego Alvarez, a transfer student from Cuba she is assigned to show around school. Diego becomes convinced that Faith is exactly what her carefully arranged mask is designed to portray: a bland, snobby pastor's daughter who takes no chances. Faith, meanwhile, finds Diego's cocky attitude, along with his tattoos and scars, irritating and vaguely alarming. The physical attraction between them is undeniable, however, and in alternating chapters of this steamy romance, they slowly reveal themselves to each other. Faith has a secret past of substance abuse and a stint in rehab, stemming from her mother's abandonment, while he is on the run from the drug cartel he worked for in Cuba. Fast-paced action, plenty of heartfelt love scenes, and a series of shocking twists make this debut from Hart a surefire pick for fans of Simone Elkeles' Perfect Chemistry series. The planned sequel, featuring Faith's best friend, Melissa, should be eagerly awaited.--Szwarek, Magan Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Hart debuts with a steamy romance about affirming love. Faith Watters, 18, returns for her senior year in Oviedo, Fla., after a year in rehab that no one knows about except for her family and best friend, Melissa. Ever since Faith was abandoned by her drug-addicted mother 10 years earlier, she has felt compelled to act the part of her pastor father's perfect daughter. Every aspect of Faith's life feels stifling, including her relationship with her bland boyfriend of four years that resembles an "arranged marriage." When she's assigned to be a "peer helper" to cocky new student Diego Alvarez, the physical attraction between them is immediate. Their inaccurate assumptions about one another and defensive personalities cause conflicts, yet as trust builds, Faith reveals her family history, and Diego confesses his involvement with a drug cartel. As Hart alternates between Faith and Diego's self-aware and expressive first-person narratives, readers will be invested in the couple's intense cross-cultural relationship as they persevere despite an onslaught of personal and societal pressures. Ages 14-up. Agent: Beth Miller, Writers House. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-Faith Watters plans to spend her senior year living up to everyone else's expectations. She'll keep the same boyfriend she's had for three years, wear the same conservative clothes, and maintain her social status as the popular queen bee at her high school. However, her facade is challenged while serving as a student ambassador for a Cuban transfer student, Diego Alvarez.  Despite being an unlikely couple, Faith and Diego find themselves instantly drawn to each other. Their steamy attraction quickly, almost too conveniently, becomes a hidden relationship. Faith's father, a pastor at a local church, was almost ruined professionally and personally when Faith's mother abandoned them for a drug habit. The protagonist believes a relationship with a scarred, tattooed boy from another culture would not only be frowned upon by her friends, but also be completely unacceptable to her father and their congregation. As their pasts are revealed, the teens are drawn together by all that they have in common. It isn't until their relationship finally goes public that Diego's past threatens their safety. The story is told in the alternating, indistinguishable voices of Faith and Diego. The narrative has more than a few convenient plot elements as well as some potential flaws, including the boy's English skills originating from his summers in the U.S., despite the long-standing travel restrictions between the two countries. Indiscriminate readers might be willing to overlook these inconsistencies, but even die-hard romance fans may still find the teens' relationship overly cliched.-Lynn Rashid, Marriotts Ridge High School, Marriottsville, MD (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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