Thursday, August 25, 2011

Review: Between by Jessica Warman


Elizabeth Valchar --- pretty, popular and rich --- wakes up the morning after her 18th birthday on the yacht where she’d been celebrating with her closest friends. A persistent thumping noise has roused her. When she goes to investigate, she finds her own drowned body is hitting the side of the boat. Liz is dead. She has no memory of what happened to her, and can only observe in horror the fallout of her death.

She’s also soon joined by Alex Berg, a quiet boy from her high school who was killed by a hit-and-run driver. The two keep each other company, floating in and out of memories and trying to piece together the details of what happened to each of them.

In her regular life, Liz was a runner. It wasn’t abnormal for her to run 8-10 miles per day. But as memories from closer to her death begin to surface, Liz finds that she’d been running much more than normal, and that she’d all but stopped eating. Liz’s mother, who died when Liz was nine, had battled with anorexia as well, and those around her worried that Liz was following in her mother’s footsteps. But something more sinister was consuming Liz from the inside out..
I don't know where to start with this review. This book was awesome. I mean, really, really awesome. I don't know why I didn't know about this book sooner or why I didn't read it sooner!

Liz is one of those main characters that you love to hate. She is one of those "popular" girls. What makes this different is that after she dies, she gets stuck with someone she and her crowd used to make fun of. Yeah, major twist in the story there! She is written wonderfully and by the end of the novel, you will be sympathetic toward her.

The plotline was very unique. I was really happy with it. If a book can have a few twists and turns in it that I don't see coming, it's wonderful. This book had many of those twists and turns. I figured out only one of them toward the middle of the book, but besides that, I was as clueless as Liz. I still can't get over how unique it was and how it was presented, as far as the timeline of it goes. I don't want to get into any spoilers, but it was just wonderful.

Though the subject is a serious one, this is a nice, fast read that everyone will enjoy. I am recommending this to everyone. Get your hands on it as quick as you can, it really is wonderful!
Grade: A+  

1 comment:

emily said...

It sounds amazing. You got me at the summary. Wonderfully written review (: