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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; 1 edition (June 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439188181
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439188187
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #463,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"McLaughlin and Kraus explore the dark side of fame...and provide an empathetic backstory to the sorts of salacious tales that readers see in the tabloids." —Publishers Weekly

“Pop culture aficionados will see plenty of parallels to Britney Spears’ meteoric rise and downward
spiral in Kelsey’s story, and they’ll enjoy McLaughlin and Kraus’ unflinching look at the price of fame." —Booklist

About the Author

Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus are the authors of The Nanny Diaries, which was made into a major motion picture, and three New York Times bestselling novels: Dedication, Citizen Girl, and Nanny Returns. They live in New York City.

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Customer Reviews

The only good thing I pulled away from this is that I would never want my child to be a Hollywood megastar, if that's what it's really like to be one.
Jennifer
By the end I was just so disappointed in all of the characters and in their inability to get control of their lives that I really didn't like them very much.
Courtney~MustReadBooksOrDie
Kelsey didn't even know that Logan was invited, but on one of Kelsey's "sneak out" trips for some alone time Logan follows her and they start to reconnect.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mary J. Gramlich VINE VOICE on August 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Living your life in the spotlight to everyone on the outside always looks glamorous. To the person in the ring of fire it is anything but a nightmare waiting to happen. Kelsey feels old at the age of 25 since her life career began as a child. Her parents control her, the handlers manipulate her, and the true friends are non-existent.

When Kelsey is reunited with Logan, a long estranged cousin the life that was barely hanging on by a thread snaps. Logan becomes her personal assistant trying to maintain Kelsey's professional life and get her some personal space. Logan thinks the solutions to Kelsey's problem are love, less work would help out, and letting Kelsey live her own life. Yet no one is going to let that happen, as the money train needs to keep moving to fulfill the dreams everyone is living through Kelsey.

As the story unfolds and the dark secrets of the past are revealed the small tears become rips and there is no forgiving life altering mistakes.

The journey that you are taken on by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus is so realistically detailed you get the sense of standing in the room as a witness not a reader. You want to yell at all the people destroying this life in order to make their own better and at times, the tears are running down your cheeks as well as Kelsey's.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dii TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 3, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Between You & Me is an emotionally haunting look into the lives of two cousins, separated by time and reunited by circumstance. Logan Wade is struggling to keep her head above water in New York after escaping her life in a tiny Oklahoma town. Kelsey Wade is the hottest thing on the popstar scene. When the opportunity arises for Logan to visit her cousin and former best friend who vanished mysteriously out of her life many years prior, she heads to California and "falls" into a new job and a new life, which could be compared to falling down the rabbit hole!

Ever wonder about what the private life of a celebrity might be like? I mean beyond the glitz, the hype, the glamor, the money, but behind the scenes, the reality of living in a fish bowl, your every move controlled by someone who is probably making money off your public persona. Take it a step further, make those "handlers" your over-bearing, over-controlling and quite possibly not quite stable parents. Kelsey is on the verge of breaking and Logan becomes her solid grounding point, as well as part of the damage control team. As Kelsey becomes more unstable, Logan finds she is too caught up in the drama and yet, cannot help from wanting to save her cousin from both herself and the poisonous relationship she has with her parents. But can she, or will she, too get lost in the abyss Kelsey is spiraling down into? Who's to blame? How far back does the damage go? What skeletons from the past lie in wait, ready to pounce? How will they affect the relationship between Logan and Kelsey?

Authors Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus have created a blistering tale of both the dynamics of a dysfunctional family and the pressures of living life in a fishbowl, the lone guppy among the sharks.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chels on November 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Logan Wade did not expect the call that changed her life. Logan's famous cousin, Kelsey, needs a personal assistant. The two had been best friends as children, but they were torn apart by events outside their control. Accepting the job means Logan and Kelsey can rebuild their relationship, but constant problems plague them as Logan tries to help Kelsey succeed and live a happy life.
McLaughlin and Kraus draw their readers into Logan's world. By page three, a restless determination overtook me. I could feel Logan's dissatisfaction with her life, her desire for change. Logan finds her change in Kelsey, her famous cousin that she has not seen in years. Kelsey needs change, as well. Smothered by her parents and always overworked, Kelsey's life is not glamorous. The two girls respond to each other and rekindle their friendship, but problems from their childhood threaten their abilities to move forward and live.
McLaughlin and Kraus are creative and fashioned interesting characters. Young adult adult readers would enjoy this book. I give this book four out of five stars. I do not love this novel, but definitely think it is worth a read. Between You and Me has the flavor of a reality TV show, but with better characters and a better storyline.

*I received a copy for review, this in no way affects my review*
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Catherine McKenzie on September 4, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
If you'd like an insider's perspective into what it might have been like for Britney behind the madness, this is the book for you.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Writer's Corner on August 11, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus came very highly recommended. I am excited and eager to share their latest work.
Synopsis:
Logan has not seen her cousin Kelsey since one fateful night in her childhood. She flashes back to those events periodically wanting to find meaning from the past. Life takes Logan to New York and NYU and then a job. Life couldn't be more perfect but on the night of her birthday her boyfriend leaves her wanting more. Then her aunt and uncle offer the job of a lifetime to assist her cousin Kelsey who is a famous celebrity with her on entourage and parents. Logan is excited to spend time with Kelsey but can she really help her?

My Thoughts:
Whew! What a book! I finished the book yesterday and still have thoughts about the characters and their actions. I don't know that I saw much of the humor. I did feel for Kelsey and her situation. I felt Logan's frustration at the drama in her job. Great authors can convey great emotion through their characters! I feel that Ms. McLaughlin and Ms. Kraus have a formula that works for plotting great stories. I did enjoy the book!
Conflict is what drives a story. McLaughlin and Kraus use the family dynamic to drive this story. I think we can all relate to family drama. I have had so many questions going through my mind concerning this story. How would you feel about Kelsey? Do her parents deserve to be in the position that they are in her life? What do you think?

Please visit Emma and Nicola on their website.
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