Between Here and Forever
By Elizabeth Scott
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…
This Blonde’s Review:
Abby has always felt like she is second to her sister. Tess was always more vibrant, more expressive, and people noticed her more. When we meet the sisters Tess has already been in a coma for quite some time, but Abby is still second to Tess. When people see her they ask about Tess. Tess isn’t there, but she isn’t gone either.
Abby wants to move on with her life and not live in her big sister’s shadow any longer. She believes that means she has to find a way to wake Tess up. Abby believes Eli, the new cute boy at the hospital, will be the perfect motivation for Tess to open her eyes. Since she’ s been burned in the past Abby doesn’t believe any boy could like her over Tess. Even Tess in a coma is better than Abby awake.
Abby uses her insecurities and belief that everyone will like Tess better as a hammer. She repeats it to herself and beats Eli with it any time he shows interest in Abby herself. I’m surprised Eli stuck around as long as he did when Abby would constantly redirect conversation to Tess.
As Abby interacts with other people who loved Tess she starts to notice things she hadn’t noticed before. That’s when she starts to wonder what was really going on with Tess. As Abby learns a few things about Tess she is able to see the rest of the people in her life more clearly.
Abby had incredibly low self-esteem, yet she still had spirit. That spirit is what made her attractive to the people in her life, even if she didn’t see it herself. I enjoyed her character even if she annoyed me at times when she’d refuse to believe anyone could care for her.
We didn’t know much about Eli until we learned about his imperfections, then suddenly it was like he opened up as a character and became someone we could care about. Abby was the perfect girl for Eli since she was so strong spirited. I never would have imagined a character with his difficulties for Abby, yet somehow they are perfect for each other.
The ending may annoy some characters, yet it seemed right to me. There were three ways things could have obviously gone. Tess could wake, die, or continue as she has. But this story isn’t about Tess. It’s about Abby. With that, there was no other way it could have gone.
I enjoyed this story, but I didn’t get as drawn into it as I have with other books by Elizabeth Scott. If you’re already a fan of her work you’ll likely still enjoy it and should pick up a copy. If you think the description sounds good then be sure to pick up a copy.