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Between [Kindle Edition]

Jessica Warman
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Book Description

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.

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About the Author

Jessica Warman writes poetry and short stories, as well as young adult fiction. Between is her third novel for young adults. She lives in Pittsburgh, USA, with her husband and children and has a passion for long-distance running.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2154 KB
  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0802721826
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens; 1 edition (August 2, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ERL4C2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #207,511 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Elizabeth Valchar has the perfect life. Pretty, popular and privileged--the world is hers for the taking. Even her eighteenth birthday party is ideal: a night on her father's boat spent with her friends, her boyfriend, alcohol and maybe just a little pot.

Unfortunately when Liz wakes up the day after her party it's obvious that her perfect life is over in every sense of the word.

Liz is dead. Left staring over the side of the boat at her own dead body and watching the horrible fallout as news of her death spreads to her family and friends, Liz has no clear memory of how she died. She doesn't even remember much of her own life.

As Liz struggles to make sense of the person she used to be and what led to her drowning on her birthday, Liz realizes there are some things that are best left forgotten in Between (2011) by Jessica Warman.

Between is an uneasy blend of mystery and paranormal with the smallest dose of suspense thrown in. While the bones of the story are promising as Liz tries to decipher the events leading to her own murder, the execution was inelegant at best.

First and foremost, Liz is not a likable heroine. While she is at pains to tell readers she is a "good kid" Liz's actions often speak louder. Even her transformation over the course of the book does little to make her an approachable narrator. Her sidekick throughout the story remains similarly one dimensional.

While Between has some interesting aspects the writing felt repetitive as Liz explains things repeatedly at different intervals of the story in the exact same way. Other aspects of the story (particularly "Famous Richie" and why he is so famous) felt like gimmicks that added very little to the story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mysterious, thrilling, and oh, so good! October 17, 2011
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Such a mysterious read! This one has a surprise towards the end that you'll never see coming. I love that! Full of questions you'll be eager to uncover, you'll find yourself flying through this one!

It's Elizabeth's birthday party, and her father has allowed her, along with her friends to have a party on their boat. All was well. Great in fact, except that nobody managed to stay up until she actually turned another year older. Apparently everyone drank too much and passed out. Liz can't seem to remember a thing that went on. All she does know is that there is a highly obnoxious thumping noise and everyone seems to be sleeping through it. Trying to rouse someone with no efforts, Liz finally goes to see just where the noise is coming from.

That's when she sees her. The dead body floating in the water bumping against the boat. That person in the water? That's Liz. But how? Suddenly, Liz realizes someone is next to her staring along with her at her dead body. That's where it gets all the more interesting. Because that boy, well he died a year ago in a hit and run accident. With Liz questioning him, Alex decides to explain why she can't wake her friends and that it is indeed her in that cold water.

Not sure as to why Alex hasn't passed over yet, he starts to explain to her what it is that he does know, as well as what they can do. Once everyone wakes up, Liz knows it's only a matter of time before they find her body and that she needs to go see her father before he finds out. And once she is discovered, Liz watches to see how everyone reacts. Alex has told her that it's not good to see all her friends and family in mourning but she doesn't care.

As time goes by, Liz watches everyone to see if there are any clues as to just how she died.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful, thought-provoking read September 4, 2011
I picked up this book because of the gorgeous cover, and the story did not disappoint! BETWEEN is the story of Elizabeth Valchar, who wakes up on her 18th birthday to find her life has changed dramatically. As she tries to piece together the events leading up to her birthday, she is forced to face some heartbreaking truths about herself and her privileged life.

I found this to be a beautifully-written, suspenseful story. It is thought-provoking, romantic, and poignant, and I highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book for teens November 19, 2011
What happens when you wake up to an annoying noise and find out that noise is actually you, floating in the water? Well, you have to figure out why you are down there. This is what happens to Liz, on her birthday even. Yes, she is the popular, perfect 18 year old senior with the love of her life boyfriend. That doesn't mean she really is perfect. She remembers a lot of things, but she doesn't remember it all. Through watching her friends and family and having flashbacks, she will learn what really happened on her birthday.

I enjoyed this quick read, but it wasn't phenomenal. Sometimes I wish the books wouldn't be about either the lowest, least popular kids or the most popular, most beautiful kids. Most teens fall somewhere in the middle in real life. Also I did figure out what happened pretty early, something I am usually not very good at. Thankfully I still wanted to make sure I was right, and I enjoyed watching Liz grow, so I stuck with the story. Unfortunately it was obvious Liz wouldn't become a better person and live happily ever after. Good, predictable book that isn't really anything new but is still a good lesson.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome read!
Awesome book....definitely not what I expected to happen at the end. I really loved it!
Published 16 days ago by Patty
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!!
This has definitely been one of the best books I have read in awhile. Jessica Warman is a beautiful writer and I hope to read many more of her books!
Published 18 days ago by Ash
4.0 out of 5 stars This book is well written and drew me into the story from the first...
Thanks to I received a very early sneak peek copy of Jessica Warman’s upcoming book Between. Read more
Published 1 month ago by toobusyreading
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book!
At first I had no idea that the main character was dead.
Then BAM I realized she was.
At first I wasn't sure how I felt about that, but I continued reading anyways, and I... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Megan Hites
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed this book
I don't know where to start with this review. This book was awesome. I mean, really, really awesome. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Hope LaGrois (from Hope's Bookshelf)
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book!
This book was great. I highly recommend reading it. The plot is interesting and the characters well developed. The entire story was believable.
Published 1 month ago by Victoria Kaufmann
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
This is an interesting mystery, but it also has a philosophical life lesson to teach. I also enjoyed that it had allusions to major literary works in allegorical way.
Published 2 months ago by Beverly
5.0 out of 5 stars Vivid!
This tale about learning lessons too late is a haunting one. Popular Eliizabeth Valchar straddles the line between privileged brat and abandoned soul. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Daisie Deanne
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good
I really liked this book. it kept me coming bk to finish it. it was not my normal read but I recommend it.
Published 2 months ago by Ronald Piwowarczyk
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!!
Wow, this was a great book! I love how the book description doesn't give away the twist so it's a huge surprise to find out what the deal is with Elizabeth. Read more
Published 4 months ago by ecole
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