Author: Elizabeth Scott
Release date: May 24, 2011
Publishers: Simon Pulse
How I got it: For review from publisher
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...
Full of sadness, hope, and complexity, Between Here and Forever definitely proved Scott's abilities to me that I've heard so much about. Of course, I still had some issues with it, but the good outweighed the bad.
My main issue was definitely Abby. She was constantly down on herself because she wasn't pretty enough, wasn't charming enough, wasn't fun enough, etc. I understood where Abby was coming from and it felt realistic most of the time, but Abby's constant put-downs of herself started to become too frequent and too repetitive after a while.
Eli, however, I loved. I love it when there's more to a character than I initially thought, and that was definitely the case with Eli. In fact, it was the case with a lot of the characters, like Tess and Claire. Both of the characters ended up surprising me in the best way.
This impressive story of not letting your worst things or past define you was both touching and entertaining. Definitely recommended to those looking for a good, fast contemporary read.
Plot: Very Lifetime-movie-esque, but it was handled in a classy way.
Characters: Didn't love Abby, but I liked Eli a lot.
Writing: Very light and easy to read.
Ending: I wanted more closure, but it wasn't bad.
Mature content: Very brief mentions of sex, some swearing.
I might've put this down once or twice, but not just for anything.
Between Here and Forever will not go down as one of my favorites or anything, but it was enjoyable nonetheless.