Book Review! A Blogging Reader’s ARC Review after reading ‘You and Everything After’ (The Falling Series-Book #2) by Ginger Scott.
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Title: YOU AND EVERYTHING AFTER
Author: Ginger Scott
Series: The Falling Series (book #2)
Publishing date: December 5th, 2014 (Review is based on an early ARC copy)
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The Synopsis for ‘YOU AND EVERYTHING AFTER’:
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.
“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 is the second book in the Falling Series, and it is scheduled to release Dec. 5. Book 1, This Is Falling, is out now. Each book can be read as a standalone and will focus on a different couple.
My ‘Blogging Reader’s ARC Review’ after reading ‘YOU AND EVERYTHING AFTER’ (The Falling Series book #2):
In the second novel of The Falling Series by Ginger Scott, we get to follow the story from Nate’s older brother Ty and Rowe’s dorm mate, Cass. This story is wonderful, touching and the love story is truly delightful. We get the story from the P.O.V.’s(point of views) of the two main characters: Tyson “Ty” Preeter and Cassidy “Cass” Owens.
When Cass Owens moves from her home town in Arizona to attend the college of her choice, McConnell, with her twin sister Paige. Both are beautiful and blonde but very different when it comes to characteristics. Cass was ready to leave the past behind and the mistakes she made during a tough time in her life. Cass used to be all about soccer and training hard but when she was diagnosed with MS, her life changed. Now living in a dorm room with her sister Paige and her new friend Rowe, she is ready to just try and live her life while walking the straight and narrow that her parents want her to follow. But when she meets the guy down the hall named Ty, the straight and narrow doesn’t seem to be the road she wants to continue. But unfortunately, bumps on the unknown path to living the way she wants to- will test her along the way.
Ty Preeter was great at baseball just like his younger brother Nate, his love for the sport is unmistakable but one bad accident left him wheelchair bound. Regardless, he’s always kept a pretty positive view and has continued to train constantly. He is a personal trainer now for those who may have a little medical hurdle or two and this gives him the chance to learn more about the pretty cool blonde girl he saw at a party and again when he was out with his brother. Ty works hard to keep a strong upper body and does his best to never let anything stop him from what he is capable of doing with a little more hard work. Something about Cass draws him to her and his womanizing ways may have finally met their final days. Or have they?
In You and Everything After, Cass and Ty are both faced with choices and obstacles that could detour them from one another. Can they make it through together or are they better off apart? This was a wonderful story about two people trying to get past their own personal limits and issues. When outside problem arise, they must decide on whether or not they can trust each other to get past it all. Can someone really make you stronger? These characters are faced with that question and the answer to that question in this novel. I do recommend this remarkable story and the series it belongs to. Cass and Ty are strong characters even when faced with anything that comes their way. Check this one out! 🙂
MY BLOGGING READER’S STAR RATING: ‘YOU AND EVERYTHING AFTER’ 4 out of 5 stars:
How I imagined Cass and Ty while reading ‘YOU AND EVERYTHING AFTER’:
★★★MEMORABLE QUOTES & LINES FROM ‘YOU AND EVERYTHING AFTER’★★★
Cass’s thoughts: It was like hypnosis. But there’s something else when I’m near him, and I can’t quite put my finger on it. It’s like we’re playing this intense game of chess, studying one another to find strengths and weaknesses. Only, I don’t want to exploit his. I only want to understand them.
Ty’s thoughts: It feels like minutes pass, but I know it’s only seconds ticking by before I feel the tickle of her hair along my arm and the warm touch of her hand sliding flat over my chest until she’s completely cradled against me. I need to know what I did to deserve this moment. I need to know so that way as soon as the sun comes up, I can go do it again.
Ty and Cass: “You can kiss me again…”
I move toward her on instinct, but she’s quick to put her hand against my chest to stop me. “But not until you mean it.”
There’s a fire in her eyes when she says this—one that I don’t disrespect, and don’t dare cross. It’s not threatening, but it’s serious, and I have this feeling churning in my stomach that Cass Owens is what Nate and I like to call a game changer. Her words have my heart racing, my mind worried that I can’t mean it enough, at least not yet.
Ty’s thoughts: I’m starting to realize there’s a difference between wanting her and needing her. Problem is, I’m victim to both. I want her, God do I want her. But lately, I need her too. I like needing her. It feels…I don’t know. It just feels. But if I blow one side of the deal, I’ll lose the other.
Cass’s thoughts: For the first time ever, I’m completely alone. I used to wish for this. I think maybe all twins do. What I realize, though, is maybe I was confusing my craving for individuality with my desire to be alone. Individuality is liberating. Alone leads to one thing—loneliness.
Ty’s words: “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.”
Cass’s thoughts: He’s like magic. That’s the only way to describe what Ty does when I’m feeling…less. He takes it all away. He doesn’t think he’s romantic, but my god. I don’t like grand gestures. I’m not the girl who wants the proposal in front of thousands at the hockey game one day—not that I don’t love watching that happen for someone else, because I do! I just don’t want my face on that Jumbotron, not for anything other than scoring a goal.
I like simple. There’s potency in simple. There’s…magic in simple. And these simple moments are just for me and Ty, and nobody else.
★★★Character Q&A with the Preeter Brothers★★★
It’s a quarter till two in the afternoon, the sun is shining brightly and the Astroturf on the baseball field looks freshly groomed. I just arrived a few minutes ago and am waiting in the bleachers, second row from the bottom, directly behind first base. I’m nervous and excited because I will be interviewing two fascinating men who also happen to be brothers. I thought it would be nice to interview them at the location that I’ve been told is their favorite place to be, by the baseball field.
The Preeter brothers, Nathan and Tyson, have both agreed to be interviewed and I’m hoping to get to know the juicy details behind these two driven, talented and let’s not forget, attractive brothers. I see them now in the distance, walking toward the field from the dorms. There’s Nathan, who goes by Nate, he’s the younger brother and absolutely great at baseball. He’s flashing me a warm-friendly smile and I am starting to feel at ease. I can tell he’s a sweetheart. Then there’s Tyson, who I was told prefers to go by Ty. I can tell he’s going to bring on the humor and charm by that nice but mischievous grin he’s flashing my way. I bet he’s ready to have fun with this Q&A.
I’m getting a better look at them as they approach the bleachers. Wow! Ty and Nate are both great looking guys, words don’t do either of them justice and now I’m hoping not to trip on my words and mess up this interview. My pen is in my hand, my notebook is tucked under my arm and it’s show time as I step down to greet them both. I reach my hand out to introduce myself so we can get this interview underway…
Q: *Shakes hands* (Nate takes a seat on the bottom bleacher row, turns to face me and Ty rolls up with such ease to position himself to face in my direction.) Thank you both for meeting with me and for agreeing to be interviewed. I just want to get straight to it with you guys. Nate, Ty, when was the first time you knew you loved baseball? Is there a moment you both can recall where you were just like “this is it; this is the sport I love?”
Nate: Well, for me, it was really watching Ty play. He was older, so I ended up going to all of his Little League games, and I remember how he was this big hitter. The other kids would lift him up and high five him every time he hit. I thought that was the coolest thing ever. I made mom sign me up for tee ball as soon as I was old enough. The best part was that Ty would come to my games, and when I started hitting the ball harder, he was always the first person to give me a high five.
Ty: Well crap, now I’m going to sound like a royal asshole. But basically, when Nate was a baby, he cried all the time. I played a little pee wee football before, but it was only available a few months each year. I needed to get out of the damn house, away from my little brother, so I had my dad sign me up to play. I was addicted the second I hit the ball, though. And eventually Nate quit crying.
Nate: Nice, man. Real nice.
Ty: Just being honesty, dude.
Q: Nate, how are things with Rowe going? You two make such a lovely couple and after what I read in This Is Falling, it seems like you both have such a strong relationship, especially after the Josh/Nate letter you wrote to Rowe. I have to say, that pulled at my heart strings. That was such a beautiful thing you did for her. What made you think of doing such a touching act for Rowe?
Nate: I know I tease Ty about being mom’s favorite, a mama’s boy, but we’re both pretty close with our mom. We always tell her everything, at least…almost everything. Anyways, my mom always told me to treat girls with respect and honesty, and I just hated that I had to keep a secret from Rowe. I needed to be completely honest with her, in a way that she’d have to listen. A letter just felt right, and it felt like I was respecting Josh and everything they had. I poured it all out in that letter, and I knew she’d read it when she was ready.
Q: Now Ty, after reading You and Everything After, I’ve come to realize that you are one charismatically-humorous guy but you also have a heart of gold. Plus, you always have an interesting way with words. On that note, when you first found out that you were going to be Cass’s trainer and that she had MS, what made you respond to her admission of having MS the way you did? You were pretty nonchalant about it in a “tough love” kind of way. Was that your way of getting Cass to look beyond her limits and to get her to see that there was still more to her than just the MS?
Ty: Yeah, in a way. I think I responded the way I wish people responded to me early on. I got a lot of coddling, a lot of people setting limits, telling me to be okay with limits. It always made me mad. My mom was always straight with me, though. She called bullshit whenever I said “can’t.” It was such a great gift she gave me, and I guess I just wanted to give that same gift to Cass. You know…call bullshit on her can’t.
Q: Ty and Nate, this question is for both of you. What is your favorite baseball team and who would you say is your all-time favorite MVP?
Ty: Oh, this is easy for me. I’m a Red Sox guy. I love the history there, and I’m not so crazy about the Yankees. And I love power hitters, the guys you can count on to put it in the cheap seats when the team needs it most. Nobody does it better than “Big Papi” David Ortiz.
Nate: Yeah, Ortiz is awesome. But I’m a Posey guy. I learn from him, and I watch everything he does. He’s got such a great sense of the game, the way he reads every play. I want to own the plate like that guy. I grew up watching the Rangers, and LSU games, but I think I’d have to say my team is the Giants, only because of Posey.
Q: Nate, where do you hope to see yourself in ten years? And Ty, same question goes for you, too?
Nate: I hope I’m playing in the majors. I know it’s tough to break in, and I know I have to pay my dues with the minors, but I want it. I want it so bad. I also hope Rowe is there with me. If it doesn’t work, I want to work with my brother, work in sports management. That’s always been our plan.
Ty: This one’s easy. I’ll be running my own sports management firm, making a ton of dough, managing my brother and my hot-shot girlfriend while she gets ready for the US Olympic women’s soccer team.
Q: Another duel question for the both of you guys. Ty, what song would you say is your all time favorite to train to? And Nate, what is the song that you would say helps motivate you for game time?
Ty: He’s arrogant as hell, but I love Kanye and “Stronger.” There’s something about his confidence in that song, the way he wills himself to be the best. I like that.
Nate: I’m really digging Imagine Dragon. I love that
“Radio Active” song. It has all of the right ingredients. For a while, whenever I listened to that song before a game, I hit a home run. I’m a little superstitious, so I listened to that song over and over until it quite working.
Q: Ty, do you think that a time will ever come when you will get along with Cass’s twin sister Paige or do you think that is highly unlikely? (Lol)
Ty: You know, Paige and I have come a long way. She’s a little deeper than I gave her credit for, and I can’t help but admire her spirit—even if it’s for selfish reasons sometimes. She’s done some things for her sister, to support her, things that I know Cass doesn’t know about. Things I’m pretty sure Paige doesn’t think I know. But I’ve figured it out. If she could just talk less, and maybe watch more football. I think we could be left alone in a room without me wanting to kill her.
Q: Nate, if you could ask your favorite baseball player one question, past or present, who would you ask and what would be your question?
Nate: Cal Ripken, Jr. In a heart beat. I’d ask him how he made it so long, how he stayed healthy. He’s one of those classy players that everyone loves. I’d like to be that.
Q: First I’m going to ask you this question. Ty, tell us two things that fans and readers may not know about you and would be surprised to learn about you?
Ty: I get scared sometimes. I’m afraid of failing. I want things out of life, and sometimes I push myself so hard that I’m afraid I won’t be able to hit that next goal. Also, if I had my choice, I’d sleep with a light on. It’s not that I’m afraid of the Boogie Man or anything like that. I just kind of like being able to see when I open my eyes. I don’t like darkness. I think because I realize how close I came to it.
Q: And now your turn Nate, what are the two things the fans and readers would be surprised to discover about you?
Nate: Rowe made me nervous. I mean, like super nervous. I was afraid to ask her out, not sure how to act in front of her on our first date. I’m not the suave guy Ty is, but I can usually keep my shit together. Rowe threw me off though. And the second thing…I suck at football. Seriously, I suck. I thought about going out for it my senior year in high school. You know, just for fun? I went to two practices, and the coach told me he’d really appreciate it if I “changed my mind.” We told everyone it was because the baseball coaches didn’t want to see me get hurt, but really…I just sucked.
Q: Now time for a couple of silly questions. Nate and Ty, if this series were to be optioned to be a film, who would you love to see cast as your character and why?
Nate: Oh, this always makes me feel weird. But, Rowe always says I look like that guy Chace Crawford. He seems like an alright guy, so I’d go with him.
Ty: Liam Hemsworth, because face it, he looks almost exactly like me. And…he’s Thor’s little brother. I mean, come on! That’s me.
Q: Ty, what do you like best about Cass? And Nate, what do you like most about Rowe?
Nate: She is so smart, and her bravery is admirable. Her wit is so quick, too—she’s the funniest girl I’ve ever met. And I love the way she trusts me. She’s got this vulnerable side, and it’s so beautiful. I just want to take care of it for always.
Ty: That was really beautiful, man. Really (sniff, sniff).
Nate: You’re such a dick. (punching Ty on the arm)
Ty: Shhhhhh, you’re interrupting my turn. Cass. I could list enough things here that you’d actually run out of storage space on your blog. But, to keep it simple, I love that she’s a fighter. She’s honest and strong and is exactly who she is, no pretense about it. With Cass, you get what you get—and it’s the strongest, toughest, smartest, sexiest ray of sunshine I’ve ever seen.
Q: Now guys, let’s have some fun to finish off this interview. I’m going to say a phrase and you guys answer with the first response that comes to your mind at that moment. Ready? Let’s go!
Favorite Movie: Nate: Ironman —Ty: The Departed
Favorite Song: Nate: Thunderstruck — Ty: Same. Thunderstruck. Can’t go wrong with AC/DC
Favorite Holiday: Nate: Christmas — Ty: Thanksgiving. We do it right in the Preeter house.
Least Favorite Holiday: Nate: It used to be Valentine’s Day, but now I’m going to go with Halloween. Had to see Ty’s junk last time, thanks to his tutu. — Ty: Flag Day. Really, what’s the point?
Favorite food: Nate: Cheeseburger — Ty: Fries. You can dip them in anything.
Biggest Fear: Nate: Losing my brother. — Ty: Failing someone I love.
Boxers, Briefs or Birthday Suit: Nate: Boxers — Ty: Boxers or birthday – depends on my mood.
Suit and Tie or T-shirt and Jeans: Nate: T-shirt and jeans — Ty: definitely cotton and denim.
Dream Job: Nate: MLB catcher — Ty: My brother’s manager/agent.
Happiest memory with the opposite sex: Nate: The moment I recognized Rowe’s voice and knew she’d forgiven me at that baseball tournament. — Ty: The first time I slept with Cass. I slept with her in my arms, and for once, I didn’t want to run away from someone or something. I wanted to stay.
Q: Thank you so much Nate and Ty for taking the time out of your busy day to have this little Q&A with me. Is there anything you’d like to say to your fans out there? Nate? Ty?
Nate: Thanks for having us here, and thank you for behaving, Ty.
Ty: You’re welcome, nut-sucker.
Nate: And there it is.
NOTE: A huge thank you to Author Ginger Scott for getting me an interview with Nate and Ty. This was so much fun and now readers have some fun tidbits from the Preeter Brothers themselves. Thanks guys, I had fun doing this interview with you both! Make sure to check out their stories in the Falling Series: This Is Falling (Book #1 out now) and You and Everything After (Book #2 out Dec.5th)! 🙂
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