Title: Between Here and Forever
Author: Elizabeth Scott
Release Date: May 24, 2011
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Rating: 4 out of 5
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.
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.