The In Between

The In Between

by Olivia Pierce

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Overview

Tara Jenkins and Justin Westcroft used to be childhood BFFs. Now in high school, Justin’s a popular, all-star athlete, and Tara spends her days admiring him from afar. But when Tara saves Justin from nearly drowning in a freak accident, he’s unable to get her out of his mind. In no time at all, Tara and Justin fall deeply in love. And even though it’s only high school, they seem destined for a happily ever after.

Until tragedy strikes—and this time, Justin’s not so lucky. Tara passes through her days as a shell of her former self: Justin’s dead, but she can still feel his presence, and she can’t seem to let him go.

But there’s a reason for that, and it’s not just grief: Justin is in between, and he’s still holding on.

They say that when someone saves you, you’re tied to them for life. But what about in the afterlife?

Praise for The In Between:

“The question I keep asking myself is how have I never heard of this book before? How have I not heard of Olivia Pierce before? …keep on writing Olivia Pierce because I’ll be waiting for your next novel, and trust me when I say I will be the first one to buy it!” — My Bookish Things

“What I did like about this book was how Pierce manages to get the right balance between realism and fantasy. It combines conventional young adult themes along with themes that are more unusual.” — The Great Catsby

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633700185
Publisher: Full Fathom Five Digital
Publication date: 11/26/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 334
Sales rank: 1,069,840
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author


Olivia Pierce lives in between…the East and West Coast of the US.

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The In Between 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. A real page turner! I could not put this book down! A must read!
DavGrn More than 1 year ago
Just could not really care for the characters and the I saw how it was going to end 1/3 into the story.
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Full Fathom Five and NetGalley.) This was an okay story, but the pace was a little slow for me. Tara and Justin were characters that didn’t really make a big impression on me. Tara was ‘nice’, but I didn’t really feel strongly about her, Justin wasn’t a typical jock, and again was ‘nice’, there wasn’t really anything outstanding about either character for me though, and I didn’t really feel involved in their story. The storyline in this was basically about Justin dying, and his time in the ‘in-between’. I felt like I spent a big chunk of the book just waiting for Justin to die though (that sounds so horrible), and I didn’t feel sucked in by the romance the way I would have liked. I would have liked to have actually felt something other than relief when Justin eventually died, and I would have liked to have felt like I had some sort of desire for the couple to be reunited, which I didn’t. The ending didn’t really work for me. I don’t want to drop spoilers, but I just didn’t really like it, and while it was happy, it wasn’t necessarily the most believable ending in my opinion. Overall; slow paranormal romance, 6 out of 10
MorrisMorgan More than 1 year ago
I really did want to enjoy “The In Between”, with the description of a romance combined with a unique idea of the afterlife sounding very intriguing to me.  Unfortunately, after a promising beginning, it went off of the rails and turned into a chore to read. There were many inconsistencies in the plot and characters.  The age difference between the main character and her sister changed at least three times, and all of the qualities of the main character that were previously developed in the first two-thirds of the novel were completely thrown out to force her personality to fit in with the plot. Also, one of my pet peeves is any novel that portrays an overbearing love interest as something to aspire to in romance.  It’s bad enough in adult fiction, but I hate it even more in novels meant for young adults.  “The In Between” is a particular offender in this category, with an extremely selfish boy who is, quite literally, defined as the epitome of perfect and pure love.  I don’t want to spoil the plot, but he was pretty much willing to do anything for his own wants, and then the plot seemed to bend to make him the hero.  It was more than a little off-putting and the reason I gave the book one star instead of two. The plot itself is excessively busy.  Around the halfway mark the “in between” portion seems to turn into its own novel with a host of characters and various plotlines that are introduced and then either left unresolved or brought to an abrupt, not to mention contrived, conclusion.  It feels like the author wanted every story she ever thought of to be crammed into one book.  One plot had so little to do with the other that I do not think it would have even worked if stretched into an entire series. I cannot recommend “The In Between”.  The ideas in it could have made for two interesting novels, but the combination and execution simply did not work. This review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received this book via NetGalley. For some reason I just love these stories where you get two young people to fall in love then something tragic happens to one of them and we try to see if the one that survives will pick up the pieces of their heart and life and go on with it.  This book was no different we go back and forth between Tara and Justin's P.O.V.  Tara and Justin use to be childhood best friends. Their mom's knew each other and they even had a "pretend" wedding which I thought was cute and, I loved hearing about how they knew each other when they were little. That all changed when Tara and her family moved when she was seven. When Tara comes back to her home town everything has changed. Justin is this awesome soccer star, he has a girlfriend, he hangs out with the really cool people now. Tara just has her best friend Gabby.  When Tara ends up saving Justin one day their souls connect, and we see Justin and Tara end up together but then the unthinkable happens he dies. But can Tara move on? Where Justin ends up is a place called the In Between which is a place between Heaven and Hell. When Justin arrives he is given a guide to help him forget his life before he passed on so he can move on to Heaven. Sounds nice right? Well he has to complete a mission that will so the head honcho in charge of the In Between that he has said goodbye to those he cares about especially Tara. But we all know the book wouldn't be good if things just went great for him. Things tend to go down hill we go back and forth between Justin trying to figure out what is truly going on in the In Between world. We learn that his guide has her own past that she has to deal with as well.  Now the ending I kind of was like whaaaa (said in minion voice) it just didn't seem surreal to me, and I will leave it there I don't want to give anything away.