Monday, April 11, 2011
Between Here and Forever by Elizabeth Scott
Book: Between Here and Forever
Author: Elizabeth Scott
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: 5/24/2011
Date Read: April 4, 2011
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...
Hey everyone, I am recently reading a pre-advanced Arc from the S&S Gallery- copy of Between Here and Forever by Elizabeth Scott. I have read a few other books by the author, and I loved each one, so I can't wait to read the novel and tell them how much I will like it. In the beginning of the novel we learn what happened to Abbey's older sister Tess. From learning more about the sisters, I find that the characters really similar to me and my sisters relationship because we aren't really close. The book really hit sisterly relationships and how they can get closer. When Abbey meets a new boy in the hospital, she realizes that his voice can make Tess' eye twitch, so it make Abbey have hope that her sister will wake up from her coma, from a New Years Eve party, and the car slipped on ice and hit a tree. We also learn through flashbacks of how happy Tess' life was before she got in the accident.
Throughout the whole book we see Abbey grow, and the process of everyday visiting her sister in the hospital. 3x a day. We also get to learn more about Eli as a character, who is the love interest for Abbey. I am not gonna give too much away because I don't want to ruin too much of the book. I really did like the similarities that Abbey and Eli both have in common because you can see that they both like each other, but she wont really admit it right away. She thinks that she is not like her sister and that she doesn't matter because Tess is not awake.
Near chapter 34 of the book I was shocked about the relationship that her sister, Tess had with her roommate.. not gonna say, but is was Abbey who put it together in the end to discover what her sister was hiding. SHOCKED. by this new development to the plot. :P I really liked this quote: "He is too beautiful for me, someone else will see that and worse, see that inside he is gorgeous too, and am all thorns and loss and anger with bony knees and then-- And then he kisses me." I thought this was really a great sentence because Eli wants her for who she is, and he likes that she is different, because they have that in common. Such a cute scene.
Abbey learns many new things that Tess has hidden, like past relationships, that were kept secret, and I can feel Abbeys reaction to some of the messages that she finds on her sisters laptop. It gives an insight of Tess' life before the accident, and a new side to Abbey because she know why her sister had to hide it. Abbey lets her heart open to Eli in the end because he was the only one to see her for who she is and vice versa, and they are so alike and they understand each other
Overall, I found the book to be very touching, full of normal teenage problems that can sometimes it home. Scott really does a great job of this throughout her novels. I loved how see could make the characters to be so real, and that it happens everyday. It had a true message that makes you see that you can't always be perfect, and lie about who you are truly as a person, and in the end Abbey is ready to move on with her life and also be with Eli and she's ready to believe in herself.
Overall 4.5/5- took me 2 days to read!