Book: The In Between by Olivia Pierce
Pages: N/A- Ebook
Publisher: Full Fathom Five Digital
Date Published: November 26th, 2014
Date Started: November 17th, 2014
Date Finished: November 20th, 2014
Tara Jenkins and Justin Westcroft used to be childhood BFFs. Now in high school, Justin’s a popular, all-star athlete, and Tara spends her days admiring him from afar. But when Tara saves Justin from nearly drowning in a freak accident, he’s unable to get her out of his mind. In no time at all, Tara and Justin fall deeply in love. And even though it’s only high school, they seem destined for a Happily Ever After.
Until tragedy strikes—and this time, Justin’s not so lucky. Tara passes through her days as a shell of her former self: Justin’s dead, but she can still feel his presence, and she can’t seem to let him go.
But there’s a reason for that, and it’s not just grief: Justin is In Between, and he’s still holding on.
They say that when someone saves you, you’re tied to them for life. But what about in the afterlife?
*I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.*
I’ve got a yet to be release book for you guys! I requested this book, hoping to take a chance on it. The premise sounded really interesting. This story is about a girl named Tara who has been in love with a boy named Justin for a long time. One day at the beach, he almost drowns and Tara saves his life. After then, Justin can’t get his mind off of Tara, and eventually he falls in love with her. After a few months of dating, Justin and Tara are in a terrible car accident, but this time Justin doesn’t make it. Tara is left alive, while Justin is on the other side, in the in between. The question is, can death still separate them?
I was up and down with this book. My emotions were all over the place. When Justin dies, I felt like I had lost someone myself. It was pretty intense, but I’ve been reading this really late at night when I’m tired, and I might have been in one of those super exhausted modes where you get emotional. I still believe, however, that this book will have your emotions all over the place. I mean one moment I’m sad at Justin’s death, and the next I want to slap his ex-girlfriend’s face!
When I first started reading this book, I thought it would be more on the contemporary side. It definitely starts off that way, but once Justin enters the in between, things start to go towards the paranormal. I liked the contemporary aspect of it much better than the paranormal. The paranormal side wasn’t as strong, and I felt myself wishing the story would get back to the contemporary aspect.
I also had a few problems with Tara and Justin’s relationship. Its not revealed until long after Justin dies, how long they were exactly dating. I know the hurt of losing someone was just as bad, no matter how long they were dating. But in the book, I had originally thought they had been dating for like three weeks. I wanted more depth from their relationship. I wanted to believe that their love was that deep, because they kept professing it over and over again. But because I didn’t find it that believable, I found some parts to be a bit cheesy.
There were a few things that were left unresolved, and it left me feeling like I wanted more. But the book ended in a way where those things didn’t matter anymore. I still wanted them resolved, but theres no need to. I’m torn on that aspect.
If you like stories where death can’t even stop true love, then this book may be the one for you!