Thursday, April 21, 2011

Between Here and Forever by Elizabeth Scott

Elizabeth Scott has become well known for her strong writing.  Her books Living Dead Girl, Stealing Heaven, and Love You, Hate You Miss You have all been included on YALSA's Best Books for Young Adults lists.

Between Here and Forever includes characters from Scott's first book: Bloom.  These characters are secondary characters though, and you do not need to have read Bloom to read Between Here and Forever.  This book focuses on Abby, who has lived in her sister Tess's shadow.  Tess now lies in a coma, and Abby is hoping for Tess to wake up so that Abby can escape from her, and live her own life.  Abby hatches a plan to get Eli, a beautiful young man who works at the hospital, to wake her sister up by making Tess fall in love with his voice.  As Abby and Eli spend time with Tess though, Abby starts to fall for Eli herself.

One of the main things with Abby is that she feels as though she is not good enough, that does not deserve to be happy and that no one can see her because Tess always outshown her.  I've read some reviews that complained about Abby's lack of self esteem and whining, and I can see where they are coming from.  But, for any girl who has been constantly over looked, Abby's personality rings true.  Even I, at 31, still feel at times the way Abby feels.  Because of this, I was really able to relate to Abby.  Elizabeth Scott has a way of writing characters that I can relate to, or putting them in situations I really understand.  She did so in Bloom and Perfect You and now Between Here and Forever is no exception.  I think girls will be able to relate to Abby, and girls with low self esteem might start to realize that they too deserve to let themselves be happy.

Some of the secondary plots don't work as well in this book. Specifically the big secret that Tess has been keeping for years.  I was able to figure that out pretty quickly, but it did not diminish from my enjoyment of the story.  Secondary characters in this book, specifically Eli and Claire, are engaging and sympathetic.

This isn't my favorite book by Scott (that be a tie between Stealing Heaven and The Unwritten Rule), but I enjoyed reading it, and finished it quickly.  I'd recommend it to Elizabeth Scott and Sarah Dessen fans.

This review was based off an ARC that I received for free in the mail.


April (BooksandWine) said...

I feel like it's normal to be self-conscious and feel overshadowed as a teenager. I know I did.

I think, like you, that won't bother me.

Glad to hear that Between Here And Forever is a good read! :-D

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Great review! I think the same! :) Ms. Alice

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