By Jessica Warman
Elizabeth Valchar — pretty, popular and rich — wakes up the morning after her 18th birthday on the yacht where she’d been celebrating with her closest friends. A persistent thumping noise has roused her. When she goes to investigate, she finds her own drowned body is hitting the side of the boat. Liz is dead. She has no memory of what happened to her, and can only observe in horror the fallout of her death.
She’s also soon joined by Alex Berg, a quiet boy from her high school who was killed by a hit-and-run driver. The two keep each other company, floating in and out of memories and trying to piece together the details of what happened to each of them.
In her regular life, Liz was a runner. It wasn’t abnormal for her to run 8-10 miles per day. But as memories from closer to her death begin to surface, Liz finds that she’d been running much more than normal, and that she’d all but stopped eating. Liz’s mother, who died when Liz was nine, had battled with anorexia as well, and those around her worried that Liz was following in her mother’s footsteps. But something more sinister was consuming Liz from the inside out..
This Blonde’s Review:
Elizabeth wakes up the morning of her birthday annoyed by a thumping sound. When she finds her own body she doesn’t believe it. How is it possible that she could be dead? What could have happened to her? Her life is a blur and she can’t remember how she died. Luckily for her a boy who died the year before in a hit-and-run accident, Alex, shows up to help her along with the things he’s learned since his death. He isn’t friendly to her at first, and she didn’t have any desire to know him in life, yet they become very close while navigating death together.
In death they are able to revisit memories from their lives, to see them in greater detail and be a part of that part of their live again. Alex refuses to show her many of his memories, but Liz shares most of hers with Alex since she doesn’t want to be alone.
Liz is confused by a lot of the things she sees and hears about herself, since she believes there is no way that she would have done some of the things she is accused of. Alex has a low opinion of Liz and her group of friends and can easily believe the things they say about her in the days following her death. As things become clearer for Liz she is still missing a vital piece of the puzzle. She needs to find out what caused all the changes that led up to her death in order to find out whether her death was an accident or a murder.
Alex claims to be close to discovering his killer, but refuses to share that information with Liz. When you look at the people in her life you can jump to some obvious conclusions about whether any of these people were a part of his death. I won’t share more with you on who could have had a hand, but I love the way the author connected their lives in ways they wouldn’t have expected.
The way this book ended was wonderful. When I first finished it I wasn’t really sure, but after thinking about it for a few days… that really was the best. I don’t want to give it away, but even though the book ends softly (no abrupt ending here), it is still big somehow. I loved it.
I’ve found myself reading a lot of books lately that I wasn’t sure about when I started them, and this is another that exceeded my expectations. If the description sounds interesting to you then pick this up soon. Between isn’t a tearjerker or a super heavy read, but it isn’t a happy go lucky story either. If you can handle the idea of teens in tough places, adults who aren’t there for them, and what happens with the people left behind… then this is going to be a great story for you.