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The In-Between based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
This is a strange and dark story with a narrator that I am not sure if I could trust since she was in a car accident and was seriously injured and had a history of depression. I feel like I have read something similar to this before but I still had a good time reading it. I had a lot of questions and as things changed more and more, I was still wondering what was going on even more. I had several ideas, but they were somewhat discredited as it continued. I was back and forth a lot on if it was paranormal or contemporary while reading because of all that was being put into question I think that Ellie's depression was realistic, I have felt similar things in my battle with it. But I think that hers was a more unstable and severe form of mental illness, and I didn't know what it was, but there was obviously something coming from. Thought it dealt with so much that was emotional, I feel like I didn't connect with her on that level that I really wanted to. I wanted to feel her pain, desperation and confusion rather than feel like it was 2nd hand. Madeline was just as mysterious, but I appreciated the acceptance that Ellie felt with her. Their friendship felt really fast and deep, but I know that is the nature of things with teens, intense and deep all happening quickly. The pace is somewhat slow because it is a psychological build up and character driven. The ending didn't really answer all of the questions that I wanted to, but it pieced it together as well as could be I guess. I just wanted more healing, or hope. But I guess if you look at it sideways, that will be what's brings her peace. She did realize a lot about herself, and I think she was on that road to realizing that she needs to take steps for healing and her mental health. Bottom Line: Dark book that had me questioning everything I read.
'The In-Between' is a creepy and mind-bending young adult debut novel. It follows main character Elanor "Ellie" Moss as she and her parents set out for a fresh start in a new state. On the way there, Ellie and her parents are in a terrible car accident. When Ellie wakes, she learns that her father survived the wreck but her mother did not. Ellie and her father move into the new house and try to move on with their lives, with Ellie's father growing more and more despondent and Ellie growing lonelier and sadder every day. That is, until Madeline shows up one day at Ellie's house. Madeline is everything that Ellie wants to be - thin, beautiful, outgoing, brave. She can't understand why someone like Madeline would want to be friends with a girl like her. But Madeline understands Ellie better than anyone else in the world and Ellie feels like she has been completed. Things begin to turn even stranger when Ellie wakes again to another life - one where her mother survived the crash and her father did not. She remembers bits of her life while she was "in-between" - her life with her dad, things that happened at their house, and Madeline. Ellie tries to remember more about the mysterious girl from this other place and eventually Madeline comes back to her. Ellie begins to experience strange happenings and occurrences, which makes her doubt her own sanity as well as Madeline's intent. Is she really crazy like everyone thinks? Or is Madeline right about the two of them and their unusual connection? This book is a hard one for me to review. It was really different and unique - like nothing I've ever read before. I didn't know what to expect and I was kind of confused the majority of the time. It was hard to tell what was real and what wasn't - what was true and what was imagined. I suppose that was part of the author's plan for the book, in which case it was executed with great precision. The plot was truly original and mind bending - a blend of paranormal, contemporary, and thriller all at once. The relationship between Ellie and Madeline is fascinating and really intriguing - I really loved how the author took it somewhere unexpected. The ending blew my mind - Madeline's plan and the events that take place - it all fit perfectly with the rest of the book. The characters were well written and had great personalities with distinct flaws and strengths, which helped them to be realistic and accessible to me as a reader. The author used vivid details and descriptions to really engage the reader and bring them into Ellie's world and mind - so much so that it was hard to get back out after the book was over. There's so much to this story - some makes sense, some doesn't until after you've finished, and some continue to puzzle me long after finishing. I know this review sounds really vague and confusing, but I don't want to have any spoilers or ruin anything for readers. Overall, this was an exceptional debut and an author you'll definitely want to be watching. Definitely recommended for fans of strange and creepy thrillers along with paranormal fiction. Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.