Between Here and Forever
By Elizabeth Scott
eGalley (256 pages)
Summary: Abby is used to being in her sister’s shadow. Tess is beautiful and vibrant and everyone loves her. Even after Tess gets in an accident and is in a coma, Abby can’t compare to her perfect sister. When she meets beautiful and shy Eli at the hospital, she thinks she’s found the ticket to waking up her sister and gaining her freedom. She can’t imagine that Eli would ever even notice someone like her, plain and imperfect. But as they bond over Tess, Abby starts to see that maybe she is someone special to people, including Eli.
Review: Scott always writes wonderful stories with fast pacing that are easy to fall into. Abby’s voice is authentic as she struggles with self-esteem issues. While it was a little much at times and I wished she would get over it, I think overall teens will be able to relate to feelings of sometimes being inadequate and invisible. Readers will be especially drawn to complex and beautiful Eli who is not what he seems. Scott does a great job at pulling the readers into the relationship between Eli and Abby. Cute side characters, such as Tess’ best friend Claire and Eli’s grandfather Celment, added spice and fun to a somewhat serious novel. Readers will also appreciate that Scott makes Tess a complicated and imperfect character, even in her coma. Overall, a great book that touches on many relevant issues.
Additional Info: There are some character overlaps between Bloom and Between Here and Forever.
Author website: http://www.elizabethwrites.com/
Grade Level Interest: JS