Title: The In Between
Author: Olivia Pierce
Publication Date: November 26th 2014
Rating: 2.5 stars
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?
Note: This eARC was provided by Full Fathom Five via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
The plot was semi-cliche and rather uncaptivating. The beginning also didn’t hook me so I quickly lost interest. Usually I love books with a little romance and cute relationships but Tara and Justin’s relationship just felt really cliche (cheesy) to me. The pace was also too slow for me and I felt like some of the scenes could be edited out.
The characters weren’t entirely 2D but even from the start, they just didn’t seem that interesting.. I mean Justin and Tara seemed to be another pair of teenagers trying to figure themselves out. And I didn’t mind that but I wanted more. Characters are usually what make a story come alive for me but these just didn’t appeal to me. I’d probably sum them up as just “nice.”
Would I recommend it? Sorry but no – I found it average at best.