August 23, 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...

          My Thoughts 

     Wow this is one of those books that once you pick up, you won't be able to put down. I think I finished this book in less than 48 hours. And the reason for that is because I had to sleep, if not I would have finished it faster. I love picking up a book that I can't put down. This book kind of reminds me of that book called "If I stay". But in a different light.

     Elizabeth a.k.a. Liz is one of those girls from your typical high school movies that is just a popular rich, spoiled girl. Everyone wants to be like her or be her best friend. She can basically get anything she wants from her dad. However she wasn't always like that. She became a spoiled brat when her mom died and her father had started giving her everything she wanted.

     For her eighteenth birthday, her father let her have a small party on their boat. And you can be sure that in that party, there was alcohol and drugs. So instead of waking up with a hangover the next day. They woke up to find Liz was floating dead in the water. But the key to this story is the person that found Liz was actually Liz herself.

     Liz woke up to a thumping sound and went out to investigate it. To only find a body in the water but little did she know as she try to find the identity of the body, it was her very own. In her frazzled mind, she couldn't remember what happened that she ended up dead. She only remembered fragments of the previous nights events.

     Now Liz is basically a spirit watching everything around her. She watches as her friends deal with her death and how her father handles losing yet another person in his life. But most of all she can go back into the past and see what she did and see the kind of person she was. So that changes everything. Being an outsider looking in, she can see how she wasn't the person she thought she was. In fact she was a person that she didn't like at all.

     There's more missing in this review, but I feel I gave you enough spoilers. Yes this book comes to a good end but it's the road the characters take to get to the end that makes this the book it is. I absolutely loved this book. I feel it's a good book for all teens to read, because due to drinking alcohol and doing drugs a tragedy happens. So it's kind of setting an example. One of my best this year! 5 stars for sure! And a definite "Good Choice for Reading"!


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  1. Hmm, this book sounds very promising! I must get it. Thanks for the review Wanda!

  2. Hey Savannah! It's a really good book. I really enjoyed it. It's a must read!

  3. I have this sitting in my TBR pile.. it seems the reviews have been mixed.. but I'm SO glad you enjoyed it!! I'll def have to pick it up soon!! :D

  4. I loved this book! Glad to see you enjoyed it too.

  5. I enjoyed it. There's another ghost with her while she goes through the realization of her death. It's a really good read. I hope you like it.

  6. Oh? Another ghost?!
    When I read the synopsis you posted of the book a while ago, I was anxious to read your review! I really liked the synopsis, but once I finished reading your review, the first thing I thought was "I NEED to get this book!" lol

  7. I keep seeing this at the book store but haven't seen very many reviews for it. I may have to pick it up now!

  8. Honestly, the synopsis of this book did nothing for me, but I do like stories that involve the protagonist undergoing a transformation and becoming a better, stronger, more mature person. Thanks for the review!

  9. This is the first time I have heard about this book, but it sounds really interesting and very haunting.

  10. I can't wait to read this one! I heard about it on Twitter, looked it up on Goodreads and then I knew I had to read it! Great review!

  11. This sounds awesome!! I still have to get to this book, waiting by its lonesome on the shelf. I kind of suffered through cover judgement and wasn't really eager to read it yet. But great review now I'm curious to read it. but I hope it doesn't end up her being able to go back to fix everything it turns out for the worst. It seems too ABC Family for me if that happens. =\ Only one way to find out right =)
    Thanks for the review!!

  12. @SpadesHigh- Why wouldn't you like that? It'll make it worth while. However I can't tell you guys how it ended. But I can tell you this. It's a great read. Once I picked it up I couldn't put it down. And that's the truth. Thank you guys for your comments.

  13. This one looks really interesting. I have only recently started reading the occasional ghost story, and I think I would like this one. :) Thank you for the great review!


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