Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Review: Between Here and Forever

This review is part of Elizabeth Scott Week. I found out about this through some awesome (host) bloggers. I'd been wanting to read works by E. Scott, so this was the perfect motivation. Click [here] for all of the juicy details about this fun author week.

PUB: 5/24/11
SYNOPSIS: Abby accepted that she can’t measure up to her beautiful, magnetic sister Tess a long time ago, and knows exactly what she is: Second best. Invisible.
Until the accident.
Now Tess is in a coma, and Abby’s life is on hold. It may have been hard living with Tess, but it's nothing compared to living without her.
She's got a plan to bring Tess back though, involving the gorgeous and mysterious Eli, but then Abby learns something about Tess, something that was always there, but that she’d never seen.
Abby is about to find out that truth isn't always what you think it is, and that life holds more than she ever thought it could...

My Review: This is one of those books that I started off loving but just liking in the end. It had everything going for it, until that one thing just pushed me away from giving this a full 5 of 5 review.

Between Here and Forever by Elizabeth Scott is written in Scott’s heartbreakingly brilliant way of storytelling. I couldn’t help finding a deep connection to Abby from the very beginning. She’s lost, angry, depressed, and just wanting to be loved. I’ve definitely felt that way. Scott’s amazing attention to details is so beyond what I’d expect for a Young Adult book. I typically find this style of writing in the adult books I review, so I’m completely blown away that Scott dares to go “there” in younger aged books. She definitely went there with this work. So many of the subplots were brazen on their own, yet Scott once again bypassed the norm and wrote a book that dares to be different, and dares to be challenged for its content.

Teen angst, sexuality, mental illness, bullying, sex, loss, and forgiveness; all of these topics are covered in Between Here and Forever.  Did I forget to mention love? I guess I did. That was also tossed into the mix. Each one of these could fill their own book, but Scott nicely weaved a story that could easily and understandably fit into one girl’s life. I enjoyed hearing from main character and protagonist, Abby. Since Between Here and Forever was from her point-of-view, I was able to see firsthand how she dealt with the world around her in full on chaos. However, at times the plot material was a little too heavy for my liking.

In typical Scott fashion, she made me fall in love with her leading male character. Mysterious, and super sexy, Eli is a dream boat. Swoon-a-worthy is this tall hunk of burning love. I thought he was the sweetest male character I’ve almost ever read. I couldn’t help but fall for his shy approach to life. He’s mysterious, full of his own problems, heartbreaking, but so easy to love. Every reader will want their very own Eli!

Overall, I did love this book, but then Abby’s overwhelming lack of self-esteem turned me off. After about half way through Between Here and Forever I wanted to shake her, shake some sense in to her, and then shake her again. I felt so heavy-laden with her lack of confidence that I went from sympathizing/empathizing, to just being annoyed by her. I honestly like Abby, I do, but there’s only so much one person can take of listening to another drone on and being a downer. However, after a while, Abby did lighten up, so I did like her again. Thankfully!

Elizabeth Scott once again proves herself to be one of the best YA writers of today. Her work with Between Here and Forever will not disappoint her fans, and anyone else at that. Be sure to pick up a copy of this one!


1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for this review. I am going to read it soon. 


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