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  • Posted July 28, 2013

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    Between You and Me is a fast¿paced read with complex characters,

    Between You and Me is a fast–paced read with complex characters, a less than ideal family dynamic, heavy dialogue, and light sensibility. It showcases the good and evil of the media’s recognition of a celebrity’s success and pitfalls. .

    Some of the story was hard to follow and I found myself either turning back pages to figure out what was going on, or skimmed ahead hoping for clues. I couldn’t seem to get into the story, so I didn’t finish it.

    I wasn’t engrossed in this story. Perhaps it’s because it is written in present tense (I’m not a huge fan) or because I’m not interested in the media’s fascination with celebrities. If you’re one who follows famous public figures and enjoy following media’s hype of stardom, then you might like this book. It showcases the benefits and pitfalls of a famed life—much like what you see on TV.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a Review Copy free from the NetGalley book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The options I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 

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  • Posted July 27, 2013

    Between You and Me was a very moving and realistic tale about s

    Between You and Me was a very moving and realistic tale about second
    chances, forgiveness and letting go. The hint of a mystery hooked me from the
    beginning, and watching Kelsey and Logan relearn each other was an emotional
    ride. The twists and turns of the story kept me on my toes, and I often caught
    myself holding my breath because I wasn't sure what was going to show up on
    the next page.

    McLaughlin and Kraus wrote a riveting tale. From the opening scene to the
    epilogue of this story, I connected with Logan. Her story was quite palpable, and
    I felt tears running down my face numerous times. It was difficult watching her
    trying to navigate the waters of her friendship with an adult Kelsey. I wasn't sure
    what to think of Kelsey, at first. To be honest, I didn't like her at all in the
    beginning. But, as Logan's story began to evolve, I discovered that their lives
    were intrinsically linked by the secret that severed their ties. The reveal was 
    unexpected; it was a curve ball, though I am glad the incident was not what I
    was thinking it would be. I felt really bad for Kelsey by the end of the novel. 

    This books is rife with conflict, both external and internal. Logan was her
    worst antagonist, in the sense that she second guessed her very actions and
    thoughts, in my humble opinion. I understood her need to reconnect, but not at
    the risk of losing herself completely. I felt that, at times, she needed to be a lot
    stronger. However, the love she had for Kelsey was the foundation of her
    strength. I loved watching her change and grow throughout the novel, and it was
     because of her that I feel Kelsey might have learned a few things, which I think
    will aid her on the next go round with her family taking the lead. Logan was her
    saviour in a lot of ways, and I have to believe that she learned from her
    reappearance in her life. It was good to see that Kelsey's character grew a bit
    and changed throughout. It would be interesting to see what her story turns out
    to be after a few years.

    The only thing I was a bit confused about was Delia's "real" role in Kelsey and
    Logan's life. I feel there is something missing in the story to help clarify that. By
    the end, especially the scenes with the locket after Kelsey had to make a
    change, I want to delve more into her back story. Overall, the book was a great
    read, and I'm glad I requested it via Netgalley. I would have missed a gem.

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  • Posted July 9, 2013

    I was given an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC, my first one!) and I f

    I was given an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC, my first one!) and I felt obligated to rush it in to my reading list.  (because I want MORE...more ARC's please!)

    The authors of this book are the same who wrote "The Nanny Diaries" which was very popular and even made into a movie.  I never read that book, I had no interest.  And I probably wouldn't have picked up this one either.  The description alone just didn't interest me...
    I usually like to get recommendations from other people for new books.
    BUT....this one was pretty good.  Especially because I'm into celebrity gossip (I know, I know! I'm trying to quit!) and because it's story really closely paralleled one of my favorite pop singers, Britney Spears. 

    I was fascinated. I couldn't stop reading. It was like a train wreck that I just couldn't bring myself to look away!  Btw, that train wreck comment refers to the character's story and life...not the writing.
    I wasn't particularly attached to any of the characters, I don't see this as a book that I will pick up again and again. But it's definitely worth it to borrow from a friend or the library...or buy a copy and pass along to your girlfriend and then gossip about how it parallels the celebrities we love to gossip about.

    The writing style was pretty good.  There were a few points where I felt the story line all of a sudden jumped and I couldn't tell if time had passed (or how much time) but that might have been because I had an advanced copy...I'm not sure.  It was my first one, so I really don't know how that all works.

    If you want a nice easy summer book, go for this one. There's a bit of romance mixed in, but nothing too naughty. Safe for teenagers and admitting to your mom that you read it.

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  • Posted July 4, 2013

    In essence this more or less mirrors the story of Britney Spears

    In essence this more or less mirrors the story of Britney Spears with the exception of a few minor details of course. That isn't really an important factor, because it could be the story of any child star with a certain level of celebrity.
    The interesting aspects of this story were how we as a society believe that we own public figures. Singers, actors, stars or any type of public figure. Society believes they have a right to know every single detail about them at all times. The media provides the fodder for the feeding frenzy.
    I don't believe any person should be subjected to that kind of scrutiny. We do not own public figures even if they choose to live their life in the spotlight. They have a right to their privacy and to not have assumptions made about their characters or rumours produced about them to sell articles.
    In the fame game this is often the Achilles' heel. You need the media to make you a star and then the media becomes the weakness that can bring you down in one foul swoop.
    Anyway I digress.
    Aside from the basic mainframe of the plot the storyline and interaction was very over dramatic and in some scenes didn't make a lot of common sense.
    There was a very good lead up to why both main characters are connected to and feel responsible for each other. The solution or crescendo was realistic and made sense from a behavioural point of view.
    What happened after the great awakening didn't really gel well for me at all. No real confrontation or change in attitude. Everyone just carries on like before.
    How very depressing and disappointing.
    The story reminded me of a Jackie Collins minus the naughty scenes.
    I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley.

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  • Posted July 4, 2013

    I felt as if I was at the epicenter of a name-dropping universe

    I felt as if I was at the epicenter of a name-dropping universe with Rachel Zoe, Jessica Lange, Zoe Deschanel, Elton John, Annie Leibovitz, Madonna, Gwen Stefani, Fergie, Kanye, and to keep me company. And locations as diverse as Los Angeles, New York City, Rome, Munich, London, and Stockholm to help me in my travels.

    Needless to say, BETWEEN YOU AND ME reminded me of some sort of alternate universe with the Wade family bringing new meaning to the term dysfunctional family. If there was ever a family that could make the Lohans and Kardashians look good, the Wades would lead the parade with trombones, saxophones, and trumpets in tow. Let’s start with Andy and Michelle Wade who treat their only daughter Kelsey like some sort of moneymaking machine, redefine crazy, own her like she’s property, practically kidnap her, and yank her marionette strings hard enough to dislocate both shoulders and seriously realign her miniskirt. Kelsey, on the other hand, is a train wreck filled with enough nuclear devices to blow up Russia. *BEGIN SPOILER* She rips her bikini line during the European Music Awards in Stockholm. Her label drops her faster than a pair of panties on a college co-ed who consumed a Rohypnol and seven alcoholic beverages; her management e-faxes dissolution papers; her agency releases her; and her publicist becomes publicly vocal about quitting. She chooses to hang with a cocaine-snorting whore, screw a paparazzo with Logan asleep in the next room, and send divorce papers to her husband Aaron crammed in an envelope, hoping that’ll win him back. *END SPOILER* And she takes uncommunicative to a whole new level even with her cousin Logan, showing she can be both spoiled and self-absorbed in equal increments. Her concept of reality may be a little skewed, but she can thank her extremely screwed up parents for her current predicament.

    This novel made me thank my lucky stars that I’m not talented enough to be in the entertainment industry. From fame whores to assembly line interviews to back-to-back-to-back tour dates to conservatorship contests to telephoto lenses to unfeeling parents to attention-seeking doctors and ridiculous lawyers to stairwell sex, this novel had it all, and not always in a good way. But, in the end, nothing is as bad as it seems, especially if you can pop a few Vicodin.

    I received this book for free through NetGalley.

    Robert Downs
    Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator

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  • Posted August 25, 2012

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    Between You and Me

    My thoughts on audio:
    Between You and Me is read by Susan Bennett. Bennett did a great job reading the multiple characters in this book. She seemed to really have a feel for how the characters should sound. I enjoyed listening.

    My thoughts on the book:
    Pick any young celebrity, such as Lindsey Lohan, Britney Spears, or Paris Hilton and insert them as the main character, Kelsey Wade. Listening to this book was like listening to an E! True Hollywood Story. I would say for the most part, the authors were heavily influenced by Britney Spears during her train-wreck years. Logan Wade is the cousin of the famous singer, Kelsey Wade. They've lost touch over the years. However when Logan gets the call to come and visit her cousin, she does. Things happen and she becomes the personal assistant to Kelsey. The events that surround Kelsey are a circle of chaos. There are times that I felt sorry for her, but there were also times I wanted to scream 'you're an idiot'.
    Logan is shocked at how everyone pretty much caters to Kelsey. In all sense, she is kept like a child; not really being able to do things for her self. Logan has to deal with Kelsey as she makes mistake after mistake, and falling deeper and deeper into trouble. Logan has struggles as well in dealing with a past, she can't quite remember. Her family is torn apart and she doesn't understand why.
    The characters is this book are good, but sometimes very annoying. At times I wanted to slap them. Practically all of them. However the authors gave a pretty accurate portrayal of some of the celebrities out there today. The plot was like watching the slow downward spiral of a pop-star portrayed on any entertainment show or site. Overall the book is enjoyable, but I wasn't overly impressed with it. The ending was abrupt as well. I had hoped for more resolution.

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