Title: Between Here and Forever
Author: Elizabeth Scott
Expected publication: May 24th 2011 by Simon Pulse (today!)
Source: ARC provided by Simon &Schuster
Summary: "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..."
Thoughts:Wow, what an emotional roller coaster. I never thought a contemporary YA book could have so many twists and turns, but this one did, and I loved every minute of it.
Ever since Elizabeth announced her upcoming book (Between Here And Forever) would have some special appearances from a couple of characters in Bloom, I kept trying to guess who they were going to be. Who is going to make the grand cameo appearance? Which characters were going to be recycled? After reading the first couple chapters, I must say that I never saw THAT coming. In all honesty, while I enjoyed Abby's story, I was more invested in the secondary characters' story. Maybe it's because I loved them in Bloom, or because I enjoyed how everything played out, but whatever the case, I enjoyed every minute of *insert Bloom characters' names here*'s lives.
To me, Between Here And Forever wasn't exactly a light hearted read. It deals with things like keeping secrets, acceptance, tragedy, the complexities of, well, families, and everything in between. Needless to say, this isn't exactly an "easy read", but still a good one. Though the ending is a bit bittersweet, it still leaves you with a sense of hope. I'm secretly hoping there may be some sort of sequel in the future, but if not, I'm satisfied with the way things turned out.
I must admit, I think I enjoyed this book more because I'm a fan of Bloom. While you don't have to read Bloom to read Between Here And Forever, I would highly recommend doing so. It's like milk and cookies. You CAN have one without the other, but why would you want to?
Overall, I really enjoyed this novel. It might not give you the warm fuzzie nor butterflies in your stomach, but it will make you think. After all, no family is perfect, but in the end, you still want and need them, plus the ones you love the most in your corner.
Rating: 4/5 Stars