eARC Review: You and Everything After by Ginger Scott

Today I’m partaking in the review tour for You and Everything After by Ginger Scott, which is organized and hosted by Wordsmith Publicity. Check out my review of You and Everything After and enter the giveaway! Oh and if you haven’t read book 1 in the Falling Series, This is Falling, be sure to check out my review of that as well. Although You and Everything After is book 2 of the series, it can be read as a standalone, meaning you do not have to read book 1 to read book 2.

I received this book for free from Wordsmith Publicity in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

eARC Review: You and Everything After by Ginger ScottYou and Everything After by Ginger Scott
Also by this author: Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, This is Falling, Wild Reckless, In Your Dreams
Series: Falling #2
Also in this series: This is Falling, In Your Dreams
on December 5th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Wordsmith Publicity
five-stars

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.

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My Review:

You and Everything After follows some of the same characters as book 1, This is Falling. However, with You and Everything After, the focus is on Ty and Cass. In This is Following we saw second-hand the relationship that they were in but now we get to read all about it first-hand. Cass is starting college fresh, leaving behind a troubled and controversial high school past and trying to live her life the way that she wants to. One thing that always comes back to Cass though is her struggle with MS. In an effort to stay healthy and workout without aggravating her disease, Cass signs up for a trainer and gets matched with none other than Tyson Preeter. Ty is no stranger to physical limitation, being confined to a wheel chair. When Ty discovers Cass’s love and talent for soccer he helps her train and make the school team. As they spend more time together they grow closer and become a couple but both Cass and Ty have demons that they’re running from and they’re not sure whether they can commit to one another without it all coming crashing down.

One thing I have to say about Ginger’s This is Falling series is YAY DIVERSITY. In book 1, we got diversity in the form of a disability of PTSD. In book 2 we have the two main characters having disabilities, MS and being paralyzed. The way that Ginger writes their disabilities is very admirable because it’s so honest, each and every struggle. I’m not an expert on MS but one of my friends in high school had it and even though she didn’t like to talk about it, there were things I picked up on and research I did on my own to understand so I can say that how Cass’s struggle is described is accurate.

Ginger writes such likeable characters. Similarly to This is Falling I found myself so invested in Cass and Ty and their personal struggles. Cass tries so hard to forget about a past that she used to let define her and when it comes back to basically bite her in the ass, she doesn’t let it. She stands up for herself and rights so many wrongs of how the situations in the past were handled. Ty. Ah Ty. You can’t help but feel for the guy when you find out more about his past. It makes his hesitancy to admit his love to Cass–his love to anyone really–so much more understandable.

You and Everything After wasn’t all heavy emotion though. There was a lot of humor! Cass and Ty have this banter similar to Rowe and Nate. The way that they tease each other is adorable. So much more adorable though is how they push each other. Ty pushes Cass with training and soccer because he knows that she needs the push or she’ll never try and she’ll always have regrets. Cass pushes Ty physically. There are things that he wants to do but he’s unsure if he can because of his paralysis. They’re both so patient with one another through everything.

Ginger did such a great job matching up the plot lines to This is Falling. I feel like her series of companion/stand-alone novels had more overlap in time than other new adult authors and there weren’t any inconsistencies that could be found. Everything matched up which for the OCD reader that I am, it was quite satisfying. With the overlap in time, we got to read a few of the same scenes as in This is Falling which meant we got to see Nate and Rowe’s relationship through Cass and Ty’s eyes which was wonderful. It was also very cool when you’d read about what Cass and Ty were doing while Nate and Rowe were off doing something and you’d be able to say that you knew what Nate and Rowe were doing. It really gives you this whole big world of characters all meshed together. The two books together, sort of read like a TV show in regards to getting so much out of each character. It’s quite enjoyable.

In You and Everything After we also learned about Cass’s relationship with her sister Paige. The relationship has its flaws and starts off very rocky. It has ups and downs and it’s so great to see Cass and Paige come to terms with their issues of the past and see them become close. Even better, is that this sets us up for a story from Paige, which we’ll see with book 3 in the Falling series. I am so in love with Ginger’s Falling series and recommend them to all who enjoy new adult contemporary romances. They’re so wonderful and I am eagerly awaiting Paige’s story in book 3!

Favorite Quote:

 “I had a great love, and then I had a great tragedy,” he says. “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.” -60% through eARC

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About the Author:

Author Photo of Ginger Scott

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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