The Silver Lining | Guestanista post: Between Here and Forever

Welcome Guestanista, Chandler Craig!

Today for the Bookanistas, instead of doing a normal review, I’m hosting my awesome critique partner, Chandler Craig, to share her thoughts on BETWEEN HERE AND FOREVER by Elizabeth Scott.

Not only is Chandler in law school, but she’s repped by Dan Lazar at Writer’s House for her kickass YA and she’s ghost writing two books in a popular MG series. I seriously don’t know how she has time to sleep! Let alone critique or read!

Since her critiques are as awesome as she is, I knew her critiques would be fabulous as well! I loved what she had to say about BETWEEN HERE AND FOREVER. Take a look below!

For more info on Chandler, head over to her blog.

What it’s about:

Abby accepted that she can’t measure up to her beautiful, magnetic sister Tess a long time ago, and knows exactly what she is: Second best. Invisible.

Until the accident.

Now Tess is in a coma, and Abby’s life is on hold. It may have been hard living with Tess, but it’s nothing compared to living without her.

She’s got a plan to bring Tess back though, involving the gorgeous and mysterious Eli, but then Abby learns something about Tess, something that was always there, but that she’d never seen.

Abby is about to find out that truth isn’t always what you think it is, and that life holds more than she ever thought it could…

Chandler’s thoughts:

You know when you really want dirt on that seemingly perfect girl? Like you shouldn’t, but you totally do and it would completely make your day to find out that some piece of her was a façade. That is the magic of Between Here and Forever.

I don’t have a sister, so at first I was wary of reading a book where that was truly the driving relationship of the story. But I was floored by the compelling, yet cracked relationship between Abby and Tess. Abby’s view of her sister is convincingly complicated. She believes her sister is perfect and that the community views her that way, but still has a hard time liking Tess. The mystery of what demons must be resting within the history of the comatose Tess kept me turning the pages, hoping all the while that Abby would see the truth about her sister and thus come to terms with herself.

And there’s a boy. Of course there’s a boy! He’s beautiful, like tall, dark, and handsome beautiful with honey-colored skin and great hair and his name is Eli. Although Eli has his own struggles to confront, he is a genuinely good guy and you can’t help but root for the Eli-Abby romance (or, perhaps to hope for an Eli in your own life). Still, at least for me, the romance takes a back seat to the Tess mystery.

But the beauty of an Elizabeth Scott book is in the writing—sharp, clean, and unexpected. She walks the fine line of writing with absolutely stunning prose while maintaining the teen voice.

Elizabeth Scott, I will continue to love you. This book was beautiful.

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Carolina Valdez Miller interviews Invincible Summer author Hannah Moskowitz
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Bethany Wiggins delves into Divergent
Shana Silver presents a Guestanista gushing over Between Here and Forever
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  2. This book sounds amazing! I’m a new fan of Elizabeth Scott and impressed with how she can go from writing Living Dead Girl to a dystopian to a contemporary so flawlessly. Can’t wait to read this one.

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