Abby accepted that she can’t measure up to her beautiful, magnetic sister Tess a long time ago, and knows exactly what she is: Second best. Invisible.
Until the accident.
Now Tess is in a coma, and Abby’s life is on hold. It may have been hard living with Tess, but it’s nothing compared to living without her.
She’s got a plan to bring Tess back though, involving the gorgeous and mysterious Eli, but then Abby learns something about Tess, something that was always there, but that she’d never seen.
Abby is about to find out that truth isn’t always what you think it is, and that life holds more than she ever thought it could…
I won’t give Between Here and Forever one star, even though maybe it deserves it. I’m giving the extra star for good writing. I really do like the way Elizabeth Scott writes. But I think the subject matter of the book and the way it was handled was utterly stupid.
When it comes to my reviews I try to be as positive as I can. But sometimes you just come across those novels that piss you off. And that’s what happened here for me.
In Between Here and Forever we have a stupid and unlikable protagonist named Abby who I could honestly care less about. Want to know why? It’s not just that she has low self-esteem. It’s that her hatred for herself reaches unbelievable levels. It goes above and beyond realistic. I was seriously waiting for her to kill herself it got that bad. And no I am not joking. I know suicide is a serious thing and not to be laughed about. I’m not laughing. This character was absolutely ridiculous. She was jealous of her sister, despised herself, and still managed to be self-centered and totally narcissistic. Sound impossible? It should be, but somehow it manages to happen in this novel and I hated it.
The only character to like in the entire novel was Eli and even he wasn’t that great. I do like the way his character conflict was portrayed, but that’s about it. Abby’s parents are unlikable. So is her sister who spends the entire book in a coma. I finished reading the book because it’s been awhile since I wrote a negative review and at least it was readable. I just found it infuriating.
That brings me to my next complaint. The plot twist. I could easily spoil it for you, but I won’t just in case you want to read the book for it’s awfulness. I figured out the plot twist after a couple of chapters. And the thing is, it wouldn’t be so bad that that happened if the author hadn’t made it appear like it was a huge deal to figure out. The book was pretentious to a point and I just didn’t get it. Someone with the IQ of 25 could’ve figured out what the issue was. I know the book was written for teens, but what does Elizabeth Scott think? That teenagers are that stupid?
I CAN compliment the writing. I appreciate the author’s voice. I like the way she writes. Maybe her other books aren’t so bad. I’m not going to totally write her off because she writes well. And I don’t mind reading novels about real issues. It’s not my favorite genre by any means, but I’ve read some that I’ve enjoyed. This is not one of them. Read at your own risk.
You can buy the book from Amazon here: Between Here and Forever, but I don’t recommend it.