Book Review: Between by Jessica Warman

Between by Jessica Warman:

Elizabeth Valchar — pretty, popular and rich — wakes up the morning after her 18th birthday on the yacht where she’d been celebrating with her closest friends. A persistent thumping noise has roused her. When she goes to investigate, she finds her own drowned body is hitting the side of the boat. Liz is dead. She has no memory of what happened to her, and can only observe in horror the fallout of her death.

She’s also soon joined by Alex Berg, a quiet boy from her high school who was killed by a hit-and-run driver. The two keep each other company, floating in and out of memories and trying to piece together the details of what happened to each of them.

In her regular life, Liz was a runner. It wasn’t abnormal for her to run 8-10 miles per day. But as memories from closer to her death begin to surface, Liz finds that she’d been running much more than normal, and that she’d all but stopped eating. Liz’s mother, who died when Liz was nine, had battled with anorexia as well, and those around her worried that Liz was following in her mother’s footsteps. But something more sinister was consuming Liz from the inside out…

Thanks to teenreads.com I received a very early sneak peek copy of Jessica Warman’s upcoming book Between.

In return I had to fill out a questionnaire with my reaction to the book. I’m not sure if there will be changes made to the book prior to its release later this year. If there are I’m sure they will be minor.

Since I don’t want to give out any spoilers I’m just going to say this book is well written and drew me into the story from the first chapter. There is some content that would make me hesitate to recommend it to conservative readers. I liked the mystery element to this book and it’s not until the very end that the pieces of the puzzle all come together. Often I know exactly where a book is going. I did figure out much of the story early on but there were enough twists and turns to keep me wondering.

The characters in this book are nothing like me but I could still relate to them and the struggles they were going through. The teen characters and their parents were very flawed and made many poor choices. I enjoyed this book despite the content I could have done without.

Between will be released in August or September of 2011.
http://jessicawarman.com/2011/02/sneak-peek-at-between/

Content: Without giving away any spoilers I would say this book is not for younger teens. There is a lots of content: drinking, drugs, smoking, language (including a half dozen F words), talk of sex (although no sex scene) and topics too mature for a younger audience.

Rating: 4 Stars

Source: Sneak Peek received via teenreads.com