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Between by [Warman, Jessica]
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Length: 464 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Age Level: 12 and up Grade Level: 7 - 12

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About the Author

JESSICA WARMAN is also the author of Breathless, which received three starred reviews and was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and Where the Truth Lies. The idea for Between came from an incident in her childhood, when a local boy went missing after a party on a yacht (he was eventually found, alive).

Product Details

  • File Size: 2303 KB
  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens; 1 edition (August 2, 2011)
  • Publication Date: August 2, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ERL4C2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #240,030 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Miss Print VINE VOICE on August 9, 2011
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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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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By ilovebabyblue on October 17, 2014
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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 dialog, or inner monologue, or anything really. It was a tell, not show kind of book. It was also very similar to a book I read in junior high, so similar that I was able to figure out the mystery of her death pretty quickly - because it was the same. I won't name the book because that might give away the ending for anyone who has read the other. I would consider reading more from this author, but I won't be screaming from the rooftops about this one.
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Grade: A-

Snobby, popular rich Queen Bee Liz wakes up on the morning of her eighteenth birthday to discover she's lying dead in the water, drowned after a night of partying with her best friends. Was her death an accident, or something more sinister? She encounters a former classmate, Alex, who died a year before in an accident. He shows Liz how to revisit her past memories in order to glean insight into the type of person she truly was, underneath the mean-girl exterior, and ultimately to the mystery of how she ended up in the water that night.

I never read books with supernatural premises. I like my fiction contemporary and realistic. The premise to BETWEEN seemed so interesting, and at $1.99 I figured I'd give it a try. I don't remember the last time I was so pleasantly surprised about a novel. I finished the 400+ page novel in one day. Jessica Warman had me hooked from the first page to the last page. Even though a lot of the characters, especially narrator Liz, were unkind, shallow and vapid, most had positive and negative qualities. Liz traveled an emotional journey of insight from narcissistic self indulgence, to generosity and graciousness. Her arc wasn't linear, as in life.

The plot was intriguing and held my interest. Warman gave Liz a great voice, even when Liz was unlikable, and she often was in the beginning of the book, I still routes for her, especially as we learned more about her childhood and how she because a mean girl. I loved that the ending gave closure. I figured out many not the twists early, but that didn't detract from my overall enjoyment.

Themes: friendship, sisters, family, drugs & alcohol, rich kids, mean girls, death, afterlife, exploitation, romance, loyalty.
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