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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. www.jessicawarman.com

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: #185,640 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
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
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book for teens November 19, 2011
Format:Hardcover
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Phenomenal Ghost Story August 18, 2011
By Chels
Format:Hardcover
The amazing cover doesn't disappoint, this book was a phenomenal ghost story. The main character, Liz, discovers that she is dead in a very unusual way-she wakes up on the boat with her friends by a tapping sound...only to follow the sound to her own dead foot, hitting the side of the boat. From there, she meets Alex, a very resentful boy...the reader may initially dislike him, but it doesn't take long for the reader to be outraged by the injustice done to him during his very short life.

Liz acts as the readers' guide. She takes the reader through her death scene, her funeral, her friends' lives as they continue without her, her families lives, and her own past...even some of Alex's past is viewed. Some scenes are painful, even to the reader. The mark of a good writer is evoking emotions in his/her readers...this author did a terrific job of it. The reader will cycle through concern, outrage, hatred, and happiness.

How would your life be after you died? Liz does not have an easy time finding out. Her boyfriend and love of her life is dating her stepsister who believes she is the daughter of Liz's father...who married that stepsister's mother and his past high school love; this book is a mess of relationships and how they affect people and gossip. Liz's friends have a variety of problems, from stealing to parents losing jobs to mourning to drugs/alcohol. The most notable character with a problem turns out to be Liz herself. She suffered from anorexia, like her late mother, when she was alive; she has deep-seated abandonment issues with regards to her mother...as well as eating issues, she was a perfectionist, she was blackmailed, she had several very bad friends, etc... Liz's character is incredibly dynamic, the reader will find her a pleasure to read about.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Eh.
I love stories of the after death, but I thought this one lacked depth. It was a lot of "this happened" and then "that happened" and not a lot of interesting... Read more
Published 4 days ago by ilovebabyblue
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Couldn't put it down
Published 13 days ago by Michelle Hafer
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the book it was a refreshing view of afterlife
I enjoyed the book it was a refreshing view of afterlife, I would recommended it to young adult readers
Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read!
Never wanted to stop reading; great to the end! Engaging for both young and old. Would recommend it to all.
Published 24 days ago by JEAN M TAKAKI
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy read
Between was a nice, easy read. Although not normally the type of book I read, it was enjoyable and kept my interest until the end.
Published 1 month ago by Maria Wilkerson
4.0 out of 5 stars I loved that it's an ending you can piece together yourself ...
This book will not bore you. Not a single moment of it. I think it mostly has to do with the fact that a lot of it is flashbacks to important points in her life. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Erica Coslop
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 3 months 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 3 months 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 teenreads.com I received a very early sneak peek copy of Jessica Warman’s upcoming book Between. Read more
Published 4 months 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 4 months ago by Megan Hites
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