Between by Jessica Warman.
Book Summary: Elizabeth Valchar-pretty, popular, and perfect-wakes up the morning after her eighteenth birthday party on her family's yacht, where she'd been celebrating with her six closest friends. A persistent thumping noise has roused her. When she goes to investigate, what she finds will change everything she thought she knew about her life, her friends, and everything in between. As Liz begins to unravel the circumstances surrounding her birthday night, she will find that no one around her, least of all Liz herself, was perfect-or innocent. Critically acclaimed author Jessica Warman brings readers along on a roller-coaster ride of a mystery, one that is also a heartbreaking character study, a touching romance, and ultimately a hopeful tale of redemption, love, and letting go.
Liana's Summary: Eighteen-year-old Elizabeth Valchar wakes up the day of her birthday, thinking she's still alive. But she's not. It's confirmed that she's dead as a rock when Alex Berg comes up to her. And that wouldn't be possible, because he's dead. And so it means that she's dead too. But she doesn't remember much. It all comes back slowly, though, and in the end, she realizes that she has to let go and move on.
So here's a story: Cindy came over that one day, and started raving about a book, telling me ALL about it, spoiling the WHOLE entire storyline for me. It sounded complicated. (But, God forbid, not as complicated as Katie Dale's Someone Else's Life. Give that book a try if you haven't read it, btw. It has a killer plot.) And then, a few weeks ago, she handed me this book and said, "Liana, this was the book I was talking about." And so I took it. The good thing was I forgot everything she rambled about, so the story remained a mystery. (Well, until I accidentally remembered something. Ugh.)
I thought this was a pretty good book, actually. It has what a reader looks for in a book:
I was about to put romance, but then it occurred to me that I'm one of the few people in this book-reading universe that actually looks for romance in every single book..
On the very first page, I knew that the main character was a bitch. And yes, she is a spoiled, prissy bitch, but, what I absolutely LOVED the fact that she went through so much character development and she finally realized what was and what wasn't important; what's right or wrong.
So, the thing is, the main character, Liz, is dead. No, that's not a spoiler, because you find out that she's dead in the first freakin' chapter. And she can't really remember anything except that her name is Elizabeth Valchar, and that she's rich and, ahem, pretty. And so she goes through all these memories, because they come back one at a time, and she sees her past self and she realizes how much of a bitch she really was. It's seeing herself from 'someone else's' eyes. Even though that someone else is basically her ghost.
And there's this guy, Alex. He's the one who can see her. The one who's dead as well. At first, I thought he wasn't important, that he didn't need to be there at all, but oh-ho, WAS I WRONG.
Which just leads me to the plot twists. I can't even. The plot twists are just so... TWISTED. LOL. But I kind of guessed most of them, like, a page before they happened. But you know.
Definitely a page turner. Even if the beginning wasn't that gripping, this book is still pretty great.
Note: This is an ARC copy, so the quotes might not match those of the final print's.
"I'm pretty. Beautiful, actually."
Oh, get over yourself.
"Oh, you're a big help. Thanks a whole lot."
Gee, and you're such a great main character. Thanks a whole lot.
"On my freaking birthday."
No one really gives a shit
Really? You're dead and that's all you care about?
"What do they know?"
Well, what do you know?
"Josie's a good person."
"This isn't fair."
Sure as hell it is. Now shut up.
That's that. What do you think of this review?(: