Between by Jessica Warman.
Elizabeth Valchar-pretty, popular, and perfect-wakes up the morning after her eighteenth birthday party on her family’s yacht, where she’d been celebrating with her six closest friends. A persistent thumping noise has roused her. When she goes to investigate, what she finds will change everything she thought she knew about her life, her friends, and everything in between. As Liz begins to unravel the circumstances surrounding her birthday night, she will find that no one around her, least of all Liz herself, was perfect-or innocent. Critically acclaimed author Jessica Warman brings readers along on a roller-coaster ride of a mystery, one that is also a heartbreaking character study, a touching romance, and ultimately a hopeful tale of redemption, love, and letting go.
Summary from Goodreads
I finished it today, and here is what I thought:
As always I will start with the things I didn’t like (you guys know the drill by now, right?).
- This book was so disappointing (to me). I was expecting great things, seeing as the person who let me borrow it was so obsessed with it.
- First, the book is long. It’s 464 pages…of blah. Again, this is just my opinion. I think I felt this was mostly because I was ticked off with the writing. I don’t think I’ve ever hated first person present until now. Even when other people in my English classes go on and on about present being a terrible tense to write in, I’ve always do it anyway. I have also loved books and read books that successfully use this POV + tense combo…and I couldn’t stand it in this book. It was driving me insane. OK, so I thought it was blah…because, well, I was annoyed and the author didn’t manage to capture my attention enough for me to really like the book.
- The characters are so flat. Not Liz, but everyone else? With the exception of Liz’s dad and Richie, all the rest were flat. I don’t think any of them changed or developed and I can’t live with that. NOT even Alex. He was a key character, and he felt flat to me for the most part. And only a few of the characters were likeable (likeable means that I’d put up with a lot to read the book), which isn’t a requirement but helps.
- The plot. Oh dear cheez-its. Really? In the first 200 pages nothing really happens. The pacing is very Slow. I kept reading because I wanted to know the how/why of the birthday night incident BUT I was able to figure it out…still, I kept reading and hoping that I was wrong, that please-God-don’t-let-this-be-true but it was. It all was and I figured it out and after I figured it out, I was bored (and only reading to confirm my theory).
- Oh, and the bad guy (because there’s a bad guy to every story)…It was too easy, it was a “duh, bitches” kind of moment. I didn’t appreciate that. And yes, there is a bad guy speech in this book too. Ick.
HOWEVER, if those don’t sound like things that could bother you then by all means read the book.
- Liz was cool. She was annoying, but at least she owned her flaws, you know? I appreciated that. Also, Alex was quite awesome (as much as he’s in this book).
- I think that the book is shows the dynamics of a family in such a way that readers can be entertained by the complexity/feelings of all the family members. I thought it was a nice addition to the book.
- Also, the cover art is very pretty. At least, this particular cover is nice. I’m not entirely sure as to how it relates to the content of the book (I guess) but it’s still nice.
Have any of you read this book? If so, did you enjoy it (it does have four stars in Goodreads, after all)?