by Jessica Warman


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Elizabeth Valchar-pretty, popular, perfect- wakes up after spending her eighteenth birthday party on her family's yacht to investigate a thumping noise. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802733863
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 08/07/2012
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 478,400
Product dimensions: 5.62(w) x 8.08(h) x 1.27(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

JESSICA WARMAN is also the author of Breathless, which received three starred reviews and was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and Where the Truth Lies. The idea for Between came from an incident in her childhood, when a local boy went missing after a party on a yacht (he was eventually found, alive).

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Between 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 78 reviews.
Shelby262 More than 1 year ago
Wow. Where do i begin? I dont have one bad thing to say about this book. I was pulled in on the very first page and didnt put it dont till it was finished, and even when it was finished i went back and re-read parts of it. This book is a must read. The story has everything you could want in a book, those cute sappy romantic moments and plenty of humor. Between was heartbreaking at times and made me want to be able to confort the characters. The end will leave you breathless and above all things i think, shoked. Im usually pretty good at figuring out how books will end, but not with Between. I had no idea what so ever where the book was going to go, but when i did, i was beyond shocked and i actually think i felt my heart break. This is a MUST read to anyone who hasnt read it, i would deffinently go back and read Between a 3rd and 4th time. Deffinently 5 stars, i wish i could give it 6!
DanceBree17 More than 1 year ago
Between was a book that had me sucked in from the very beginning and I could not put it down!!! Normally I am not into the ghost story idea, but this is more than a soul finding her peace. You have the romance, between Liz and Richie, and you have also Liz and Alex there for a while too. I liked how Alex helped her find her memories and really fill in the gaps in her back story. I was seriously not expeting the twists this story gave and I had many "Ohemgee" moments. The finish leaves you with a breathless feeling, and i am already starting it over again. If you like stories that have romance, mystery and some comedy moments thrown in the mix, this is the perfect book for you. Apperances arent everything, and this book proves it, to the very last page.
dayzd89 More than 1 year ago
I picked up Between at the library last week randomly, liking the cover and finding myself intrigued by the summary. Now that I've finished the book, though, I feel like the summary doesn't give the novel any justice at all. I really, really like this book. I love the story. I think it's excellently done, in a profound, sensitive way. I found myself tearing up throughout the story, finding it hard to keep my emotions at bay. Even though Liz and I are quite different, I found myself liking her strong resolve and willingness to change for the better. At first, it may seem that Liz is nothing but a vapid, shallow teenager, but that changes as more is revealed in the story. Also, the other characters are well developed, and bring a lot of depth to the plot. I really like the message of the story, too. No one in this world is purely good or bad. We've all done things that are questionable or wrong. We've all hurt someone or lied. Sometimes it's intentional, other times it's not. I strongly believe in the fact that life isn't purely black or white. Nothing in life works like that. I think that applies to this novel as well. I recommend this book to anyone who loves mystery, a good ghost story, a love story, or just a damn good novel in general.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is mainly written for young adult readers and readers who like suspense
Ewriter22 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! In the beginning of the book I didn't know what to think of Liz....In the end though she came through. The story line was so good! It really is a mystery the whole book, in the end it all comes to together. More then half of the book lets you hang there waiting for something amazing to happen. And it does...When it does, you will be so shocked. Usually when I read the last page of the book I'm disappointed. They never end the way I want them to . This time though....was almost like closure. Overall Between is a great book! Worth 5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i could not put this book down. Its so different and intresting. The mysterys will keep you guessing and once you put it together your mind will be blown. Its an amazingg book a definte read. One of my favories a must read.
BookPortrait More than 1 year ago
I've read a lot of ghost stories lately, but Between is not your typical ghost story. Instead, it is the story of a girl, her life, her love, and her choices, and how they lead to her untimely death. Told in alternating past and present tense, Between shows how events can shape lives and that all actions have consequences. On her eighteenth birthday, Liz Valchar is awoken by a thumping sound. When she goes to find out what it is, she sees her own body, face down in the water, obviously dead. Thinking that she is dreaming, she desperately tries to wake up, but to no avail. She is dead, with no real memories of what happened the night before. Fortunately, she isn't left to wander in this strange semi-existence alone; Alex Berg, a boy from her high school who died the previous year, comes to meet her. Together they weave in and out of memories, trying to piece together what happened the night that Liz died. Alex is insistent that there is a reason they were brought together and that they have to figure out what it might be. As the memories become stronger, it is soon clear that despite the perfect facades of so many high school students, nothing was really as it seemed... In some ways, Between is almost a story within a story - there is the overall mystery of how Liz died, but there is also her time with Alex, which she spends reinterpreting her memories and learning about herself and about human nature. While the mystery is interesting, it is Liz's journey that really makes this story. Liz may not always be the easiest character to like, but I enjoyed watching her grow. There are some heartbreaking moments in this book, especially when Liz is longing for just a little more time with Richie, her boyfriend. In addition, I loved the way that she and Alex finally came to an understanding about one another. They were simply friends, and the lack of an overt romance was refreshing. Even though I didn't live in the Northeast, I did go to high school in a small town where everyone knew most everyone else, and so in some ways reading this book was like a trip through my own memories. I will admit that Between reminded me of a few other novels I've read, but I think that within the first few chapters this story did develop its own unique identity. While this book is of a more reflective nature, the underlying mystery of how Liz died, combined with character exploration, made for an intriguing read. Although some of the characters are frustrating at times, the book as a whole is very realistic and very powerful. Between is by no means a light book. It is a book that makes you think, a book with messages, and a book that will stick with you. I will definitely be reading more by Jessica Warman in the future.
Christy Mottshaw More than 1 year ago
I loved this book i couldnt put it down i read it in two days. Its one of those books you have to finish before you go to bed... you'll be up all night.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im usually really good at predicting endings but not this one. I loved this book with all my heart.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first read this book becsuse I had been chosen to get an advanced reader's copy, and it has haunted me ever since. A great read, paired with a new compeling story line. You won't regret reading it, and when it's done you'll want to devour the rest of the author's books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reeading through the life of Liz, puzzling pieces of here life alongside her and Alex. Would definatly recomend this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So intense. Didn't even see some of the events come so caught up in the book. A loving dead book
Suzie_Beth17 More than 1 year ago
Must read! Heartbreaking and shocking. You will never guess how it ends
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked the book up in my high school library. I couldnt put it sown i lived it that much. I have never found a book i like this.
KDH_Reviews More than 1 year ago
I always love it when books turn out better than I expect them to be. Between just so happens to be one of those books. From the very beginning, I had a hard time putting the book down. This is the first Jessica Warman book I've ever read, but it's clear to me that she's a fantastic writer. Her characters are very well done. I really enjoyed watching Liz grow and transform, even given her current circumstances. Between's storyline was great. I loved how Warman switched between present day events and the past. It really worked well for building the entire story. I don't want to give too much away (in case it's not clear, I try to avoid spoilers at all costs in my reviews), but I definitely recommend giving Between a read. It's a fantastic book that I believe many people can enjoy. Favorite Quote: "I realize now that I wanted to disappear. To get so lost that nobody ever found me. To go so far away that I'd never be able to make my way home again. But I have no idea why."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. It is a great story about love, redemption, forgiveness, and moving on. The B&N summary is not for this book not sure what happened I read a review on goodreads and decided to purchase, so don't let the summary mislead you; it's a must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So, im in junoir high and where do i begin im only on Chapter 11 and its been great i havent taken my eyes off of it just got it yesturday and trust me im not a reader!! And this book is great but the Caption it gives is wrong. None of thoose names r in the book. So yeah hope i could help. BEST BOOK!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is soooo good!!! I got it yesterday and just finished it! You will not be able to put it down! Here is the overview on the back cover: Elizabrth 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 herfive closest friends. A persistent thunping noise has roused her. When she goes to investigate, what she discovers will change everything she thought she knew about her past, her future, and what lies in between. As Liz begins to unravel the circumstances surrounding her birthday night, she finds that no one, least of all Liz herself, was perfect- or innocent. And that somememories never stop following you, no matter how hard you run.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! Got me hooked from the first chapter and was so hard to put down! Throughout the whole story it makes you keep wanting to know the truth and at the end everything fits together! If you like mysreries you will love this!:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is thrilling and has unexpcted twists
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First of all i am reading this book right now and it is awsome. I am only 11yrs old and it is a really good book. So good that my sister wants to read it after me. (She is 19yrs old) Another thing is that this book is only $11 which isnt really that much. I pay much more than that all the time. EVEN FOR APPS and i am NOWHERE CLOSE TO RICH IF ANYTHING I AM POOR. I had saved money all my life and barely had enough money for this nook.
Goldenfurproductions 10 months ago
My Thoughts For some reason, I find books about the afterlife interesting. This book isn't quite about the afterlife, but it has been sitting in the TBR pile for a long time and I'm surprised that I hadn't picked it up until now. The book focuses on Elizabeth. On the morning of her eighteenth birthday, Elizabeth wakes to find that she's dead, her body fallen over the side of the yacht. She doesn't remember how she died or even the last few months of her life. Her death seems like an accident, but Elizabeth isn't sure. With the help of another ghost, Alex, Elizabeth tries to remember her life up until her death. Elizabeth was a hard character to understand at first. She's pretty, popular, and rich. Her personality sometimes came out bratty and I found her a bit frustrating. As the story continued, I grew to understand Elizabeth's character and what exactly was going on in her mind leading up to her death. This book is interesting because even though it has paranormal elements, such as having someone walk on earth after their death and entering their memories, this book was also a mystery. The mystery was also surprising for the most part. There were a few elements I guessed ahead of time, even though I wished they weren't true, but there was also enough to keep me guessing. This book gets very dark and emotional. This was to be expected since it deals with death, but it also dealt with other tough subjects such as guilt, blackmail, mental health, etc. It was very hard reading this book as it got closer to the end because even though Elizabeth got on my nerves at first when I started to understand what she went through, I had to realize that no matter what, Elizabeth is dead and did not get a happy end in life. Alex didn't get a happy end in life either, but gosh, I can't even articulate how much change he went through. IN CONCLUSION I thought this was an interesting read. I'm not sure what prevented me from giving this book 4 stars. While I thought this was a very interesting, albeit dark, read, I think part of my misgivings with Elizabeth in the beginning, as well as parts of the end (which felt off), affected my rating. I do think that this book is worth a read. I have not read any other books by Warman, but I may need to read more from this author in the future.
Susan_Gregerson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
On the surface, it seems that Elizabeth Valchar has the perfect life. She's perfectly pretty and perfectly popular, a perfectly spoiled little rich girl. But her 18th birthday party on her daddy's yacht is less than perfect. In fact, she wakes up and sees her own body in the water between the boat and the dock. She has woken up dead. As Liz struggles to make sense of her death, she is thrown into solving the mystery of it all with a very unlikely partner that is also stuck in the "between" of life and death - a boy that she and her snobby posse have verbally abused at their local high school for years. Liz needs to come to terms with her life and her death in order to move on...
ahandfulofconfetti on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Liz Valchar is one of those annoyingly beautiful, popular and perfect girls you meet in high school. However, on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, when she and her equally popular and good-looking friends are partying it up on her father's boat (which is named after her, of course), Liz is roused from her sleep by a thumping sound that irritates her so much she gets up to see what it is, and is completely shocked when she finds her own body face down in the water, dead. Soon after, she meets Alex, a schoolmate (but not a friend) who was killed the previous year in a mysterious hit-and-run accident, and the two of them set out to discover the truth behind Liz's death. How did she die? Who is responsible? Throughout it all, Liz must come to terms with the fact that she really wasn't as perfect as she wanted everyone to believe.This book grabbed me from the get-go, especially once Liz sees her own body in the water. Liz is not a nice girl: there are several instances throughout this book where we get to see just how awful she really was. And then there's Alex, whom Liz doesn't like, mostly because he was a "nobody" in school: poor, nerdy, and a loner. I especially liked how he stood up to her in death (in a way he never could have in life) and made her realize exactly what type of person she was. I liked their growing relationship, as Liz had to come to terms with not only her death, but having to spend this "between" stage with someone she treated horribly in life. This was very much a coming of age book, in that Liz has a lot of growing up to do in order to figure out what exactly happened to her that night on the boat.There were lots of twists and turns in this story; I was constantly guessing about what had happened, and who was responsible, and why Liz died in the first place. The pacing and writing in this book were really first-rate; there was never a moment where things slowed down or lulled, but at the same time it wasn't non-stop, can't catch my breath action, either. Once I hit the midway point I simply didn't want to stop reading until everything was figured out. It was gripping and intense, and I enjoyed every bit of it.I do want to point out that Liz is suffering from anorexia in this book, though, and the scenes when she's talking about calorie intake or her nonstop need for control might be triggering for people who are suffering from the disease, so just a heads-up regarding that bit of the story.Also, it was really nice to see a stand-alone book! So much of what's released nowadays are series books that it was great to see a title that managed an entire plot arc in one volume.
ShaEliPar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Between is a haunting, all-consuming character study of how one girl chose to live her life and the things she discovers after her death.At the start of the novel we're introduced to Liz, a snotty, rich, mean girl who's life seems all but perfect till she discovers her own dead body floating in the water. Together with Alex, another ghost, Liz must figure out what happened the night she died and what kind of person she truly was.I have NEVER, EVER liked a mean girl in a YA book before. Even after her death Liz is rude, selfish and entitled, I shouldn't care that she died, but I do. Through the use of flashbacks, which are interwoven throughout the novel, we get a deeper understand of Liz and how she ended up the way she did. It doesn't really justify the awful things she said or did to people, but I do think it helps you understand her better. There is a redeeming quality to Liz (you do root for her) and its wonderful to see how she starts to listen and learn from Alex.Alex is shy, sensitive and ackward, everything Liz is not. He's the perfect companion for her, showing her how her actions in life effected others, most notably him. He isn't afraid to be tough on her and though their interactions could be hostile at times, there's also a nice kinship there.While she was alive Liz surrounded herself by a popular clique of friends and a wealthy family. After her death everyone begin to fall apart revealing their secrets, lies and betrayals. Richie (Liz's boyfriend and Caroline (best friend) held the biggest surprises for me and through their eyes you get a much larger picture of who Liz was.The novel's pacing isn't very quick focusing more on character interaction then building up suspense, though there are plenty of twists and turns. Although one key plot point was easy to predict, it didn't ruin my enjoyment of the novel. The ending was wrapped up well and felt perfect for this kind of story.Between is so much more then just a mystery about a dead girl. Its about the people who shape use, the decisions we make and the ability to change. I look forward to reading more books by Jessica Warman, she has a distinct YA voice and an incredible knack for encompassing you in her novel's world. I would highly recommend the book to fans of Lauren Oliver, Gayle Forman or any who enjoys YA contemps. Its not a contemporary but it sure reads like one.