Friday, May 27, 2011

Review: Between Here and Forever by Elizabeth Scott

From Goodreads: 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 ...

My Rating: 3.5 hearts 

Thoughts on the Novel: One of my favourite YA contemporary authors is Elizabeth Scott. So when I heard that her new novel Between Here and Forever was available on Galley Grab, I knew I had to read it. Unfortunately, Between Here and Forever didn’t captivate me as much as some of Scott’s other books like Stealing Heaven or Perfect You because I didn’t really like the main character of Abby.

Scott made Abby a girl with self-esteem issues – a problem that anybody can relate to. But, Abby got annoying after awhile since a large portion of the book is spent reading about her bemoan how much she’s a nobody or hates her sister, Tess, for being so perfect. On top of that, Abby kept misinterpreting compliments; and when it’s blatantly obvious that Eli likes her, Abby repeatedly tells him to wait until Tess wakes up because then he’ll fall in love with her like everyone else.

Despite getting fed up of Abby, I found Between Here and Forever to be a fast read that tackled themes like appearance vs. reality, sexuality and racism very well. Scott’s portrayal of OCD as a disorder was also very realistic because it lets the reader grasp just how much severe OCD can affect daily living.   

Between Here and Forever was released on May 24, 2011 by Simon Pulse.
Comments About the Cover: It’s cute. The flower reminds me of the cover of Scott’s Bloom, which is great because two characters from Bloom appear in Between Here and Forever. 

In exchange for an honest review, this ARC was received from the publisher (Simon and Schuster) for free via Galley Grab.


  1. Oh, do we share the same sentiments! Abby is such an unlikeable character. She made me struggle to like the book. Great review!

  2. Too bad you didn't really like the MC. I know that it's crucial to my enjoyment of a book for me to like the MC. I've never read anything by Elizabeth Scott before so I'll have to read something else of hers sometime if you think so highly of her.


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