Before & After by Nazarea Andrews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Book Description: Rike and Peyton fell in love in college.
A boy from the wrong side of the tracks, covered
in ink and crooning in a bar is the last person a straight laced girl with an art major should fall for, but his rough edges made her jagged, alive, shaving
away the coddled southern princess and revealing a soul wild and brilliant.
They fell in love, despite her family and his past and all the reasons why it
wouldn’t work–and with their best friends, they made a life. Everyone was
supposed to live happily ever after. They, more than anyone, knows that life doesn’t
go according to plan. Rike and Peyton fell in love in college. A boy with a
guitar, and a poet’s heart, and a girl with freckles dusted over her nose, a
perfect fucking fairy tale. But what happens when the fairy tale doesn’t fall
apart–but is forgotten?
Plot/Characters: The description says it all, but let’s go
below the surface. Our two main characters are Rike and Peyton, and their best
friends are Lindsey and Scott. Rike loves Peyton; Scott and Lindsey are a
THING. I love the flow of the plot, the chapters that go to the before bring out the best of the
characters in the after. As all
awesome books do, there are many UPs and DOWNs. Fair warning: there are F-bombs
in here. So I would not suggest this book for anyone under-age. Also, I love
Peyton’s brother, Brody. I wish he were a real person. I wish Rike and Scott
were real! Rike and Scott’s brotherly relationship brings out how much they
care about each other, and their girlfriends.. Boy will be boys. Girls will be
girls. I love how the book switches from Peyton’s perspective to Rike’s. Being
in both of their heads helped me to understand both points of view.
My Honest Opinion/Thoughts: I would just like to start this off by saying,
I LOVED THIS BOOK! Not only is the cover beautiful, but the actual content is
exemplary. I love the characters; the plot just brought on a bunch of feels! I
felt slightly uncomfortable about certain scenes and details in the dialogue.
Granted, this is the first real New Adult novel I have read in my life,
so I shoved it aside. This was a book I could not put down, except to each
lunch. And it left me wanting more!! As it should.
Disclaimer: I have received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author: Nazarea Andrews is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. She loves chocolate and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, and overgrown dog.