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- Print Length: 368 pages
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- Publication Date: September 30, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00NQL0LRC
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The Girl In Between: The Girl In Between Series Book 1 Kindle Edition
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Sadly, the book just ended. I realize this is a great technique for readers to purchase the second in the series, but.... meh. In my opinion, a story/novel/whatever should be able to stand alone, otherwise it isn't a completed story. Perhaps this was a publisher's ploy? Either way, it sort of turned me off- enough so that I won't seek out any sequels.
As a person who has mixed headaches ( Migraine + Tension headache), I almost cried upon reading the quote above. I missed out on a lot of University events because of my headaches, which obviously made me upset. But then I have to call someone to apologize about missing an outing,etc..Now that always made feel so much worse. I remember missing out on our senior photoshoot day because I literally couldn't get out of bed, and the number of people who called me, or asked me the day after why didn't just come.... Ugh, it makes it so much worse because now guilt, that is not supposed to exist, takes over my thoughts and emotions for a while.
So this is a story about Bryn, a girl with KLS ; aka, Sleeping Beauty Syndrome. When she is sleeping (not the type of sleep that we usually have because yes, she can also sleep like everyone else), she lives in a house that is created from her memories. No-one but her goes to that place. When she is awake, she is torn between hustling all of the schoolwork that she missed, and visiting her Dr & trying new treatments. Oh, and she has to deal with her annoying on-again- off-again ex boyfriend.
Okay, but what is KLS?
A rare sleep disorder characterized by persistent episodic hypersomnia and cognitive or mood changes.
But then someone ends up on the shore of her memory land, a boy who doesn't remember anything. Scary Shadows begin to follow her. Is her KLS getting worse, and will she fall in love with boy that lives in her dreams? Maybe...
The book is for free on kindle by the way, so if this sounds like your cup of tea, the get it. Beginning this series would cost you nothing.
I like how MH was integrated into a Fantasy novel. I believe that we really need more MC with Mental Illness that participate in all sorts of genres.
The book doesn't ignore how the illness is probably going to affect Bryn as she grows up. The Discussion of applying for college, and enrolling as a college student was done in a really good way.
Having high hopes isn't healthy; being realistic is the best thing to do, but never stop trying or dreaming . This is me summarizing that part of the book, and it hits home so hard.
When I finished this, I didn't feel like I read a MH book. But as I write this review, I can see how strongly this book has affected me.
I was disappointed to know that the rest of the series almost completely ditches the MH concept, but I am still interested to see where the story goes.
I’d never heard of Klein-Levin Syndrome prior to reading The Girl In Between. Being a part of Bryn’s story was eye opening, and more often than not, heart breaking. It was inspiring to see Bryn preserver through the challenges thrown her way both by her disease and by those around her. I found it thought provoking and incredibly painful to see the way Bryn was treated by some of the people in her life. Her ex, Drew, makes her feel guilty for her KLS episodes and manipulates her when she’s at her weakest. There’s a general misunderstanding about what she goes through having KLS, leaving her classmates ignorant and frustrated, and Bryn grasping for a chance to lead a “normal” life. On the other hand, Bryn has a strong support system in her family and childhood friends, Dani and Felix.
Laekan Zea Kemp does a wonderful job of portraying a raw adolescent story without allowing it to fall victim to angst. She doesn’t shy away from the reality of life for most teenagers, which often includes sex, drinking, and depression. It was refreshing to read a story told from the perspective of a young woman who rarely, if not ever, gives in to melodrama or self-pity, no matter how warranted. Bryn has every right to be angry at the hand she was dealt, but rarely exercises that right.
*Spoiler (sort of…)
While the writing was beautiful, there were times the scene was lost to me. Roman’s “powers” were an especially confusing component. I’m not sure if that’s what they even were. Does he glow? Does he light on fire? Is he a human space heater? Kemp sort of scratched the surface for me on that one, and while I’m sure it will be explained further into the series, I felt the scenes in which his “powers” were introduced could have been written with more clarity. This goes hand in hand with Bryn’s premonitions. She sees things in the dream world prior to them happening in reality, which was fine, but I had a hard time recognizing them in real time. The issue here is that Kemp had three different instances in which Bryn had a premonition (the kites, the deer, and one more I can’t remember.) I think one would have been sufficient for the reader to pick up on without getting confused, as they occurred in such a short time span.
Despite these issues I truly enjoyed The Girl In Between. It wasn’t something I would’ve usually picked up, but I’m glad I did. The love story between Bryn and Roman, though new and not yet fully explored, was full of heartfelt emotion and unconditional understanding. The Girl In Between is an unconventional coming of age story that is guaranteed to blow your mind and leave your heart hammering. 4 stars!
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