[ARC Review] The In-Between by Barbara Stewart

Friday, November 15, 2013

Title: The In-Between
Author: Barbara Stewart
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Format: Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date: November 5, 2013
Source: ARC received from publisher in exchange for an honest review

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When Elanor’s near-death experience opens a door to a world inhabited by bold, beautiful Madeline, she finds her life quickly spiraling out of control

Fourteen-year-old Elanor Moss has always been an outcast who fails at everything she tries—she's even got the fine, white scars to prove it. Moving was supposed to be a chance at a fresh start, a way to leave behind all the pain and ugliness of her old life. But, when a terrible car accident changes her life forever, her near-death experience opens a door to a world inhabited by Madeline Torus . . . Madeline is everything Elanor isn’t: beautiful, bold, brave. She is exactly what Elanor has always wanted in a best friend and more—their connection runs deeper than friendship. But Madeline is not like other girls, and Elanor has to keep her new friend a secret or risk being labeled “crazy.” Soon, though, even Elanor starts to doubt her own sanity. Madeline is her entire life, and that life is drastically spinning out of control. Elanor knows what happens when your best friend becomes your worst enemy. But what happens when your worst enemy is yourself?

With her debut novel, The In-Between, Barbara Stewart presents a bold new voice in teen fiction.

I am going to start off by saying this was not my favorite book and i was very confused, more than once, while reading it because I really had no idea what was going on or what the motivation was for the main character. The concept of this book was great, and the back cover blurb made me want to read it ASAP, but to be frank. This book was just not for me.

The narrator is Elanor Moss who was in a very bad car accident that took the life of her father and it is this story, her dealing with that loss and its effects that innitally drew me to the book. But what got me confused was the beginning. The story starts off with her in an alternate universe where it was her mother that was killed and not her father. And it is in this world that she meets a very weird and strange girl the soon becomes the beacon of this story.

In the end, everything made sense, why we met this very strange girl that seemed to have an unnatural hold over Elanor, but honestly I just did not get it. And of any pf you readers out there who have read this book and see something I do not then please let me know! Because I just did not enjoy this story.

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