I fell hopelessly in love with Nate and Rowe in This is Falling. Truly, I couldn’t stop. But throughout the book, you meet Nate’s brother Ty, and Rowe’s roommate/best friend Cass. You get glimpses, but you have NO IDEA what’s under the surface of their relationship. In You and Everything After, you dive head first into their world. The part of this entire journey that I loved the most is that she made it SO different. For me at least, I don’t love books that are rewritten within the same time frame but a different view as a previous book. It always seems so repetitive. I was beyond pleasantly surprised with this one, and it exceeded every single expectation I had. Although some scenes are duplicated, just feeling it from Ty or Cass’s view felt like an entirely different scene. There is SO much going on with them. Secrets kept, stories untold, lies of omission, and more romance than you saw before. I loved that, while she did retell the same time frame and certain situations, it never felt like it. It was a brand new story, through and through.
Their story isn’t easy, it’s not always sunshine and flowers, but it’s so addictive. Ginger Scott does a fabulous job of building this world, where you’ll find yourself rooting for them, laughing with them, and hurting with them. Your heart will soar, break, race, and be mended back together. To me, that’s when you know the author has done her job right, and Scott absolutely did hers exactly as I had hoped.
I also love the little tidbits that make this story pop. There’s no shortage of meaningful, intense, or even scary situations, but there’s a lot of fun too. The pranks, the quirky back and forth, and the one liners they trade. Ty is hilarious, and Cass keeps him on his toes. You’ll never want to skip a single paragraph or page, because you might miss something great. Also, the first time Ty finally gives in and says he loves her? I swear, I read that scene countless times, because I couldn’t get enough. It was so very Ty and Cass, and couldn’t have fit two people better.
Overall, I went in a bit nervous because it was a retelling from two different characters, but you’ll never know it. It’s unique from This is Falling. Where Nate and Rowe had issues, they were all about the romance. Ty and Cass are different, in that they have so many different sides to their story, but put each other first and work through them. This book is filled with so much hope, wit, heartbreak, support, and love. Lots of love.