Five Reasons to Read Before We Were Blue & Review


As part of TBR and Beyond Tours    Before We Were Blue Book Tour, I excited to share with you all my top 5 reasons to read this brilliant book.  Make sure to check out the Tour Schedule for this tour to see all the other amazing posts. 


About the book:

Get healthy on their own—or stay sick together?

At Recovery and Relief, a treatment center for girls with eating disorders, the first thing Shoshana Winnick does is attach herself to vibrant but troubled Rowan Parish. Shoshana—a cheerleader on a hit reality TV show—was admitted for starving herself to ensure her growth spurt didn’t ruin her infamous tumbling skills. Rowan, on the other hand, has known anorexia her entire life, thanks to her mother’s “chew and spit” guidance. Through the drudgery and drama of treatment life, Shoshana and Rowan develop a fierce intimacy—and for Rowan, a budding infatuation, that neither girl expects.

As “Gray Girls,” patients in the center’s Gray plan, Shoshana and Rowan are constantly under the nurses’ watchful eyes. They dream of being Blue, when they will enjoy more freedom and the knowledge that their days at the center are numbered. But going home means separating and returning to all the challenges they left behind. The closer Shoshana and Rowan become, the more they cling to each other—and their destructive patterns. Ultimately, the girls will have to choose: their recovery or their relationship.


Top 5 Reasons to Read Before We Were Blue:


  1. How multidimensional the characters were.
  2. The book got you hooked in easily.
  3. The relationships and journey of both Rowen and Shoshana.
  4. How well written the subject matter was.
  5. The diversity in this book.



This book was a very interesting read. This book did have get hard to read at times, but it was mostly because of what the book was about.

The plot was really great. It focuses on two different girl suffering eating disorders – Shoshana Winnick and Rowan Parish. I love how the book was done in in both their POVs. Schwartz made such a brilliant book about these two girls. The story dealt with a tough subject matter, however I grew to love reading this book.

The characters were so well developed. Both Shoshana Winnick and Rowan Parish were layered and had deep personalities. In the beginning it was hard to understand or even like Rowan, but the deeper I got into the story and the more you read, the more I started to like her.

Overall, I loved reading this book. I feel the subject matter was well written.


*I received this book in exchange for my honest review.*



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