Book Review: Between Here and Forever – Elizabeth Scott

Title: Between Here and Forever
Author: Elizabeth Scott
ISBN: 9781416994848
Pages: 256
Release Date: May 24, 2011
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre: Teen/YA
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary:

Abby has always lived in the shadow of her older sister, Tess.  Tess is beautiful, charismatic, and every boy in town is in love with her.  Abby has accepted that no one will ever notice her, that is, until Tess’s accident.  Now Tess is in a coma, and Abby is desperate for her to wake up.  She doesn’t know how to live in a world without Tess in it, and hatches a plan to wake Tess up with a gorgeous boy she meets at the hospital, Eli.

Review:

Elizabeth Scott is an engaging and dynamic writer.  Though she writes books that are classified as YA, they have universal truths and are accessible to teenagers and adults alike.  I’ve enjoyed all the books I’ve read by her (reviews of Love You Hate You Miss You, Living Dead Girl, and The Unwritten Rule), so when I heard she had a new book coming out, I didn’t hesitate to pick it up.

Abby was an absolutely heartbreaking character that appealed to me from the very first page.  She truly believes that she is nothing and that Tess is everything.  She can’t see anything good about herself because her self-worth is wrapped up in other people.  Boys love Tess, not Abby, therefore Abby isn’t worth loving.  It’s a problem that many teenage girls suffer from, and Elizabeth Scott writes it incredibly well.  As Abby begins to realize that Tess wasn’t perfect and had her own issues, she comes into her own.  It’s a beautiful thing to watch.

Tess’s problems take center stage towards the end of the novel, and I really appreciated how Scott played everything out.  Though I guessed the big twists before they actually presented themselves, I thought they were handled beautifully.  I don’t want to give any significant plot points away, so I won’t say anything else, just that I loved how Scott wrote both Abby and Tess.

Between Here and Forever is a beautifully written and powerful novel.  Abby is an appealing main character; though her self-doubt can sometimes be frustrating, it is pitch perfect for a teenager and readers will really root for her to work through her issues.  I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and can’t wait to see what Scott does next.

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Comments

  1. I like books that appeal to the YA audience as well as the adult audience, so this book sounds interesting to me. It seems like this book deals with some of the realities of being a teenager, and I bet it’s a book that my daughter and I could both share.

  2. I like books that appeal to the YA audience as well as the adult audience, so this book sounds interesting to me. It seems like this book deals with some of the realities of being a teenager, and I bet it’s a book that my daughter and I could both share.

  3. Elizabeth Scott is an author I’ve heard so much about — and someone I really, really need to read! I love books about sisters and think I’d enjoy this one.

  4. Elizabeth Scott is an author I’ve heard so much about — and someone I really, really need to read! I love books about sisters and think I’d enjoy this one.

  5. This definitely sounds like a book I’d enjoy and be able to relate to.

  6. This definitely sounds like a book I’d enjoy and be able to relate to.

  7. No offence, but I just want to add something. I don’t honestly think that this is a good book. It started out fine, but it got really bland as the story progresses. I almost stopped reading at chapter 7. But because i was real bored, i decided to just finish it off. When I reached the end I almost wished I hadn’t.

    Firstly, I find it really irritating that whenever someone mentions something to Abby, she would go, “Tess does.” “Tess will like it.” “If only Tess was here.” “When Tess wakes up..” “Tess said.”
    If it’s a few times, never mind, but she does it so many times. Even I get annoyed at the way she pushes everything to Tess, but somehow the characters take it like it’s something normal, they don’t get a least be angry at her.

    Next, i think the climax wasn’t fully developed enough. I couldn’t feel the excitement. Also I thought the romance between Eli & Abby could be heavier. I almost didn’t smile or felt happy for them everytime they were together.

  8. No offence, but I just want to add something. I don’t honestly think that this is a good book. It started out fine, but it got really bland as the story progresses. I almost stopped reading at chapter 7. But because i was real bored, i decided to just finish it off. When I reached the end I almost wished I hadn’t.

    Firstly, I find it really irritating that whenever someone mentions something to Abby, she would go, “Tess does.” “Tess will like it.” “If only Tess was here.” “When Tess wakes up..” “Tess said.”
    If it’s a few times, never mind, but she does it so many times. Even I get annoyed at the way she pushes everything to Tess, but somehow the characters take it like it’s something normal, they don’t get a least be angry at her.

    Next, i think the climax wasn’t fully developed enough. I couldn’t feel the excitement. Also I thought the romance between Eli & Abby could be heavier. I almost didn’t smile or felt happy for them everytime they were together.

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