Monday, December 8, 2014

5 STAR REVIEW... You And Everything After by Ginger Scott

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review*





I am so excited to share my review in honor of the release of 
YOU AND EVERYTHING AFTER by Ginger Scott. 
Before we get to the review let's run through all the info you need to know...


I’m that teenaged girl who has MS. You haven’t met me, but you’ve seen me around. You probably know my sister. We’re twins, and she’s the pretty one. Maybe you’ve heard about my reputation, how much I like to hook up at parties—how easy it is to get me in bed, get what you want, and forget about me after. 

Forget what you think you know. I’m leaving that girl behind. 

College is all about new beginnings. So from now on—I’m just Cass. And the rest…it isn’t written yet. And no one else gets to write my story for me.

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“Tyson Preeter doesn’t do can’t.” 

That’s exactly what I want people to think when they see me. I am strong, invincible, confident, intelligent—arrogant. I’m the man who always finds a way around, over and through—until there’s nothing left. Since losing my ability to walk six years ago, I’ve relearned life. I don’t need sympathy. I don’t want charity. And I don’t do love. 

It’s better this way, saves my disappointments for me, and me alone, and it saves my strength for everything I want. 

But Cass Owens is about to wreck everything. She’s about to steal all of my strength away from me, because she needs it more. She’s about to break all of my rules, and break down all of my walls. She’s about to own me…completely.

And I’m about to let her.






THIS BOOK NERD SAYS: 
I just finished this book like an hour ago, once all my initial thoughts feels and squeals dimmed to a minimum, I was dying to talk to someone about the book, but I read this as an ARC so I came here to write my review instead. 
I should start by saying that this is the second book in the FALLING series (Book 1 is entitled THIS IS FALLING -- it also got a FIVE STAR rating and a book boyfriend award. I'll include a link below for my review of that one). Both books are written to be read as a standalone, however, having read both- I personally enjoyed having the background knowledge of what was going on with the other characters (Nate, Rowe, Paige) that we get to see again in YOU AND EVERYTHING AFTER. 

Tyson Preeter comes to McConnell as a graduate student, though his main reason to be there has nothing to do with academics. Tyson has come to be there for his brother. He knows as the older brother he can be the motivator to make sure Nate gets to and through college, making the best of his natural gift on the baseball diamond. Little does Nate know, Ty comes to McConnell dealing with his own broken feelings that he can't seem to get past, feelings that threaten his chance at any kind of genuine contentment. After an accident six years prior took the use of Ty's legs from him, he's been trying to find his way through it all, even if he has to do it with a fake smile on his face, because the last thing he wants is anyone's pity. 
This story is told from a dual POV, but it's Ty who speaks to us first in the prologue. The same prologue that instantly took my heart into the story. I found it impossible to try and even play hard to get, because in those few pages, Ty Preeter stole my heart. 

"I know if I go where he goes, we'll both make it through- through life. He doesn't know this but I need him, probably more than he needs me. But I'm the strong one... I take care of Nate, no matter what." 

Also arriving at McConnell is Cass Owens.
Starting her first year Cass is ready for a new identity. She's ready to leave behind the hurt she experienced in high school, along with the label of "the girl with MS". She's at McConnell to pursue her new dream of getting into Sports Medicine and Rehab work. 
It's quick to realize that Cass is so much more than the MS that lies hiding in her body. And Ty Preeter is smart enough to see it right away, even though it's clear that Cass doesn't. 

After several random run ins, a scorchingly sweet kiss and a quickly ditched plan to just be friends, Ty realizes that Cass is a game changer for him. She's the girl that makes him want the one thing he'd never have again. A relationship. 
Cass finds herself opening up to Ty. Revealing herself layer by layer, continuously stunned by his ability to make her feel comfortable in her own skin and soon she's on the path to reclaiming a passion she thought was lost to her. I swear when she stood up for herself in the locker room, I wanted to clap and cheer for her. 

Because I read THIS IS FALLING, I had a small inclination of the trouble that was to come between Ty and Cass- but nothing about this was predictable, at all. My heart was racing and I couldn't seem to turn the page fast enough. But what I loved most about the conflict (I know that sounds weird-to love the conflict but I digress...) was that it was handled so well. It wasn't long and drawn out, and it was a reflection of the true maturity of the characters. 

"I had a great love, and then I had a great tragedy...That love, it put me right again, sent me on my way to where I am now. To you. And as far as I'm concerned, from now on, there is just you... and everything after." 

In addition to this, there's still the matter of Paige. 
I mentioned in my review of THIS IS FALLING, that Paige ended up surprising me and being the star of one of my favorite aww-inspiring moments. Her role in YOU AND EVERYTHING AFTER is definitely enlightening. As Cass's sister I naturally assumed we'd see a bit more of her and maybe get a better picture of her from the inside-out. She's so intriguing. All the character's we've met via these two books are beautifully complex, Paige Owens is no different. While we don't really get to see all her layers, this book proves without a doubt that Paige has some serious complexities and now I want to get to know her. Especially after that epilogue...

The Pretter Brothers are 100% book boyfriend material... 
Cass joins Rowe on my list of Book Besties in my head... 
5 STARS!

This book has become a standout favorite of mine and I absolutely can't wait to see what Ginger Scott has in store for us next. 


In case you want to check it out, here is my review for the first book in the series THIS IS FALLING

YOU AND EVERYTHING AFTER is available now!
Buy it here!!


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About The Author: 
Ginger Scott is a writer and journalist from Peoria, Arizona. She is the author of five young and new adult romances, with her sixth title, You and Everything After, set to release in December 2014.

Scott has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.

When she's not writing, the odds are high that she's somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Scott is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork 'em, Devils).

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