Monday, July 16, 2012

Between Here and Forever Review

Author: Elizabeth Scott
Release date: May 24, 2011

Pages: 250

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.
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  1. I can tell I'd feel for Abby too, but you're right about the repetitiveness, it can get a bit much if the character doesn't have some other thoughts every now and then but I would really like to read something by Elizabeth Scott and this is on my list. Great review, as usual ;)

  2. Great review! It sounds like a nice book, I'm going to put it on my wish list. New follower :)

  3. Sadness, hope and complexity? You've got my attention! This sounds like such an interesting book, although I can understand where there would be moments you'd put it down (and possibly consider walking away...)

    Thanks for the great review!
    -Jac @ For Love and Books

  4. This sounds like a beautiful read, I love the cover. Thanks for the great review! :)
    PS. I found your blog through your interview on GReads and I'm a new follower! Love your blog, especially the name :D x

  5. Hey there! I remember reading this one in close to one sitting. (Maybe I was off from work that day?) But you are so right abotu Abby. I wanted to say BUCK UP GIRL. YOU ARE MORE THAN WHAT YOU THINK. I'm a fan of Elizabeth Scott though. And I still liked this story. I liked the mystery surrounding her sister. It was kind of like... The Sky is Everywhere in a way?

    Great review!


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