Monday, August 29, 2011

Review: Between by Jessica Warman

Book: Between by Jessica Warman
Pages: 447 Pages
Release Date: August 2nd, 2011
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Source: Publisher
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:
I haven’t read any of Jessica’s novels before, but I’d heard they were great so I decided to try this one and I really liked it.

The book starts out in an interesting way with the reader thinking that Elizabeth is alive until she finds her body bobbing in the cold, dark water. This story to me was a really good mystery. I seriously didn’t think about the killer being the real killer until three fourths into the book.

I liked how the author incorporated another dead boy from Elizabeth’s school into the book. It was interesting reading about his story and how it was intertwined with Elizabeth’s. Also, I liked how Elizabeth’s boyfriend actually loved her and thought about her after she died unlike a lot of guys in books.

Between was an exciting read for me and I believe that teens and adults will like this book. I can’t wait to read more of Jessica’s novels.

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