Between Me and You

Between Me and You

by Allison Winn Scotch
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Between Me and You by Allison Winn Scotch

“A smart, thoughtful look at marriage and love.” —POPSUGAR

“Through alternating views (and years), Allison Winn Scotch crafts a heart-wrenching tale.” —Us Weekly

When their paths first cross, Ben Livingston is a fledgling screenwriter on the brink of success; Tatum Connelly is a struggling actress tending bar in a New York City dive. They fall in love, they marry, they become parents, and they think only of the future. But as the years go by, Tatum’s stardom rises while Ben’s fades. In a marriage that bears the fallout of ambition and fame, Ben and Tatum are at a crossroads. Now all they can do is think back…

A life of passion, joy, tragedy, and loss—once shared—becomes one as shifting and unpredictable as a memory. As the pieces of their past come together, as they explore the ways love can bend and break, Ben and Tatum come to see how it all went wrong—and wonder what they can do now to make it all right.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781503941229
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 01/09/2018
Pages: 364
Sales rank: 67,667
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

A New York Times bestselling author, Allison Winn Scotch has published The Department of Lost and Found, Time of My Life, The One That I Want, The Song Remains the Same, The Theory of Opposites, and In Twenty Years, a Library Journal Best Books of 2016 selection. Her novels have been translated into twelve different languages. A freelance writer for many years, Allison has contributed to Brides, Family Circle, Fitness, Glamour, InStyle, Men’s Health, Parents, Redbook, Self, Shape, and Women’s Health. A cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied history and marketing, Winn Scotch now lives in Los Angeles, where she enjoys hiking, reading, running, yoga, and the company of her two dogs, when she’s not “serving as an Uber service” for her kids.

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Between Me and You 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
BookLoverinFlorida 21 days ago
What a thoughtful look into the married life and how things can change over the years. As one may be the rainmaker in the beginning, things can change with roles reversed. It was interesting to read the different views of the marriage throughout the book, as well as the alternating time frames. As a reader, you don't want to see a marriage unravel but you are able to appreciate what the couple may be going through. A heart-provoking read for your next long weekend.
Marlene976 More than 1 year ago
The premise was an interesting one and certainly different, not only two POVs but also writing one forward and the other backward. I did get confused at times and wanted them in the same year and that was frustrating. I did not like Ben, he was ok if it was all about him but when Tatum starts to shine he seems to sulk. I am not sure that he grew or learned anything from this experience.
AmberK1120 More than 1 year ago
Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. Holy cats, that was a punch to the feels! I know Allison said that writing this disjointed timeline was exhausting and she’ll never do it again, but I thought it was fantastic. It really forced me to slow down and pay attention, which also led to my savoring the story and characters. I really, really liked that I didn’t get a straightforward, linear layout of their story. Each chapter felt like a new puzzle piece and I had to search for the matching pattern and colors to find its place on the board. And it solidified Between Me and You as my favorite Allison Winn Scotch book to-date. I’m finding myself fumbling over words, trying to come up with a coherent and poetic way to express my love for Tatum and Ben and their journey. The best phrase I can come up with is “perfectly imperfect”. Their path together was far from straight or easy, and they kept letting themselves get in the way of their consideration for the other. And yet I could always sense their love and their pull to each other lying under the surface. If I don’t reign it in, I’m just going to keep blathering on about my love for their imperfections. So instead I’ll just say that you should go read Between Me and You. Carve out some time and curl up with this book. And maybe bring some Kleenex along. Because you’re going to feel all the feels.
JHSEsq More than 1 year ago
Allison Winn Scotch is among my favorite authors so I am also happy and excited when she publishes a new book as her work never disappoints. Between Me and You is no exception. In fact, with this latest release, Scotch demonstrates again that her work grows increasingly richer, deeper, and more resonant with each successive book she writes. Between Me and You is narrated from the two perspectives of Ben and Tatum, but one tells the story of their relationship in reverse (starting from the present) while the other relates the tale in chronological order. They meet in NYC as part of a bet when they are both students. Ben is a screenwriter from a privileged background who is teetering on the brink of his big break, and Tatum is a bartender and would-be actress. in a New York City dive. Their meeting and early days together are charming and relatable. They relocate to Hollywood, have a child,. and both are wildly successful in their careers but, typically, not in equal proportions or duration. Although Scotch tells their story against the backdrop of show business, the stressors that threaten their marriage are universal -- ambition, jealousy, insecurity and feelings of inadequacy. (With the impact of fame and being surrounded by sycophants thrown in for good measure.), Add lingering affection for a prior lover and infidelity. Scotch's account is an insightful, poignant, and touching examination of a relationship that has all the ingredients for success but still falters. Ben and Tatum contemplate their futures, their own roles in the making and undoing of a loving relationship, and whether they can forgive each other and themselves. Scotch demonstrates skillful control of a story that could have veered into maudlin cliches but, instead, plays out in a steady, measured, and, most critically, believable manner. And miraculously, there is no villain in this story. Scotch also manages, despite all of their flaws and the trappings with which they are surrounded, to craft two extremely likable, endearing characters for whom reader will find themselves cheering. Still . . . as the disparate narratives converge and ultimately merge in the present day, readers may long to hear the swell of violins, signifying a classic Hollywood-style happy ending. Will Scotch deliver? (Thanks to NetGalley for an Advance Reader's Copy of the book!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Between You and Me is a clever book about love, relationships, and life. Ben is a struggling screenwriter while Tatum longs to be an actress. Their lives intertwine and they fall in love, marry and move to LA where their lives begin to take different paths. One finds success while the other struggles and such an imbalance challenges their relationship. Allison Winn Scotch cleverly tells the same story from two perspectives, but begins one storyline (Ben’s) in the present and work backwards, and the other (Tatum’s) at the start and move to the present. While there is some overlapping between the two narratives, you’re seeing those same events through the other character’s eyes, which makes the retelling fresh. I found both Ben and Tatum as likable characters, even when they make frustrating choices. The reader knowing certain events (like deaths of important people in Tatum and Ben’s lives) doesn’t take away from the suspense. For any fan of Allison Winn Scotch, I highly recommend this book. Thanks to Net Gallery for an advanced copy of this book.
Tracey_L More than 1 year ago
Let me just say that I think the story itself was a solid 4 stars. I wish I could have loved it more and rated it higher, but the back and forth of the years was just too confusing and I kept getting lost in what was going on.. I think it was a brave thing to try to accomplish, but it just didn't work for me. I'd love to read another book from this author, because I believe she has a great ability to tell a story, but not in this format. I was provided an advance copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
teachlz More than 1 year ago
“Between Me and You” by Allison Winn Scotch Kudos to Allison Winn Scotch, Author of “Between Me and You’ for such an enjoyable and heartwarming novel. The genres of this story are Fiction and Contemporary Fiction. The timeline of the story is within a twenty year period, going back only if it pertains to the events and characters, I appreciate the way Allison Winn Scotch makes her colorful cast of characters so appealing and easy to relate to. The characters are complex and complicated. The main two characters Ben and Tatum meet in a bar. As two young adults, both are madly in love, very idealistic, and supportive. Tatum is working in the bar and hopes to become an actress. and Ben is hoping to write screenplays and scripts for movies and television. Tatum comes from a dysfunctional family, with certain problems. Ben also comes from a family with a demanding father, and certain family responsibilities. The chapters in the book alternate between Ben’s and Tatum’s perspective, and a difference in the timeline, the past and the present. The author describes how life is easier when the couple is younger, and how they are challenged with adversity and fame. As the couple marries, and becomes more successful there are new struggles and balances within the marriage. Troubling family situations, and the balance of fame and power occur throughout the years. There are secrets and betrayals. Is it possible to rewrite the past? Is is possible for two people once strongly in love find themselves together again? I appreciate that the author writes about current problems as drug and alcohol dependency and getting the proper therapy. I also find that the author discusses the importance of family relationships, friendships, trust , honest, forgiveness, hope and love. I would highly recommend this novel for readers who appreciate Contemporary fiction. I received An Advanced Reading Copy for my honest review.