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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 gorgeousAbby 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......

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Between Here and Forever Reviews

  • Lora
    2019-04-17 15:27

    Actual rating: 2.5 starsAbby's just a normal junior in high school - one who's always been used to living in her sister's shadow. With Tess around, Abby fades into the background until it as if she doesn't exist. It doesn't help that Abby is below average in the looks department and has virtually no confidence.And then there's Tess: perfect, pretty, popular Tess. Every one - male and female, young and old - loves Tess. She's always had the most friends and the most suitors.Until a tragic car accident on New Year's Day lands Tess in the hospital - and in a coma. Suddenly, Abby's life is more intertwined with Tess's than ever before - and all Abby wants is for Tess to wake up so that things can go back to normal, back to every one loving Tess and forgetting Abby exists.To do this, Abby believes that Eli, a beautiful, racially mixed boy who has more than his own share of issues, can help her wake Tess before it's too late.But what happens when Tess still isn't waking up? And what happens when Eli starts showing a romantic interest in Abby?Abby is unsure of a lot of things, and there's a lot that she's missing. But one thing is for certain: Abby's been burnt by a boy before, and she's not about to go through it again.Abby is the type of character that you'll either love or hate, understand or not understand. That's just the way she is; Abby's self-esteem is so low that it's like a hole in the earth that you can't go all the way to the bottom of, else you'll die from lack of oxygen.Her thoughts are almost constantly on how ugly she is and how unworthy she is of even being in Eli's presence; if Eli even gives her the slightest compliment or hints that he likes her, she bolts.There are also several instances where Abby blurts out her thoughts to Eli, ones that are probably better off left unsaid. Things like how she is not and never will be of the beauty or charismatic caliber of her sister; her being perfectly aware of how ugly she is; how she's just so shocked that Eli is even speaking to her. Abby is self-deprecating to the point of absurdity.That being said, I, myself, have dealt with self-esteem issues - so there were times when I sympathized with her character. But I still think that it was overdone and should've been handled differently in order to make her character more relatable and likable to more readers. (view spoiler)[Scott does deal with a lot of serious issues in this, though: OCD, lesbianism, racial discrimination, extreme self-loathing, etc. (hide spoiler)]I don't know if Scott's other novels are written like this, but if they are, I don't remember it. She has this---well, this way of---what I'm trying to say is---is that she writes it so that---so that there's so many---so many---damn dashes and breaks in peoples' sentences that I just wanted to scream at the characters to just SPIT IT OUT! Now, wasn't that last sentence annoying? Try reading 250 pages of it. I could understand if it were just one character, just some trait that they had, but it's not. Everyone - Abby, Abby's parents, Eli, Claire . . . they all speak---all speak that---that way. Hell, Tess probably would've talked like that had she been conscious!I don't know if the author thought that by having them talk this way it would make the characters seem confused and lost, that she could invoke more sympathy from her readers this way, but it makes reading a challenge when the characters constantly stop and start again in the middle of their sentences. I found it too annoying to be endearing.I also thought that the ending could've been done better; it seemed rushed and it didn't have the closure that I was hoping for with some of the characters. (view spoiler)[Tess is just sent off to a home for the comatose, and that's it? I'm not saying that I want a rainbows and sunshine ending, but I would've liked for there to have been at least some type of scene where she opens her eyes, maybe with Claire there, something. I think it would have even been better for Tess to have died than to leave it like the author did. There are only certain occasions where the "fill in the blank" thing works for me, and this wasn't one of them. (hide spoiler)]For me, Between Here and Forever just seemed too repetitive; the whole thing is just the same sentences/situations/stupidity repeated over and over again until the very end. But I'll continue to read Scott's novels, as long as Scott doesn't continue to write novels like this.

  • Vinaya
    2019-03-21 10:19

    Confession Time: I love books about angst-ridden, troubled teens who find true love and set their lives back on track. For me, it's the best kind of escapist fiction, even better than the blandness-is-me white bread of most romance novels these days. These characters are tortured and disturbed and have more issues than a political manifesto, but they eventually emerge triumphant, proving to one and all that true love can surmount any barrier. It's cheesy as hell, but great entertainment. Nobody does this kind of happily-ever-after better than Sarah Dessen and Elizabeth Scott. They specialize in troubled, insecure teens with truly terrible lives and dark secrets of the soul who eventually manage to straighten themselves out and find the boy of their dreams in the process. My very first Elizabeth Scott book was Bloom, so it was a little weird now to read about Lauren and Katie having kids, not least because chronologically, it has only been four years since Bloom's release. But moving past the weirdness, Between Here and Forever is the story of Abby and Tess, the children of Katie (Lauren's best friend in Bloom) and Dave (Lauren's ex-boyfriend). As the story opens Tess has been in a coma for six weeks, and the only person still holding out hope that she will wake up and things will go back to normal, is Abby. When Abby finds reason to hope that the gorgeous Eli, a junior working at the hospital, may be the person to draw her sister out of the coma, she involves him in her desperate attempt to bring her sister back. If you guys have been following our blog, The Book Lantern, over the last few weeks, you would have noticed that the one thing that disturbs us is the lack of realism in YA novels. Race, sexuality, sexual orientation, they all get set in default mode (as Ceilidh would say), without any more than a token acknowledgement of the diversity present in real life. For me, reading Between Here and Forever felt like Elizabeth Scott read all our posts on the Book Lantern and decided to write a book that answered all our demands. (view spoiler)[So you have a love interest who is part white, part Japanese and part black. You have a sister who is a lesbian, and a teenage protagonist who *gasp* is not a virgin. (hide spoiler)] And all of these issues are dealt with sensitively and realistically. Abby has severely low self-esteem. She's spent her whole life feeling like a shadow of her sister, and one of the reasons she wants Tess to wake up so badly is so that she won't feel like she's going to spend the rest of her life trying to live up to Tess's potential, instead of leading her own life. She's convinced herself that anybody who knows or even sees Tess wouldn't be willing to give her time of the day, and that she's plain, possibly even ugly, and not very interesting. It is with Abby's portrayal, however, that I first truly lost interest in the book. Her low self-esteem is wielded like a hammer throughout the book, hitting you on the head over and over with her belief in her inferiority. Nothing happens for over half the book except for excessive Abby-angst over the perfection that is Tess, how much she hated the perfection that is Tess, how much everyone else loved the perfection that is Tess, how she is nothing compared to the perfection that is Tess, how she should know better than to have any feelings for a boy she has arbitrarily earmarked for Tess, and who could not, of course, help but fall in love with Tess, because she is perfection. About ten pages in, this became annoying. By fifty, it was giving me a headache, and a feeling of leaden exhaustion. And really, I understand that Abby was suffering from low esteem issues, but boy, was the girl deaf! Every time Eli asks her a question, she responds with a snippet about Tess. Even when Eli makes it clear that he doesn't find Tess very interesting, she dismisses him, saying that he only has to wait for Tess to wake up. If I were in his place, I would have given up on her after the first ten times she informed me, without taking my opinion into consideration, that I was meant to be with Tess, the girl who was lying brain-dead in a coma. But in a minor redemption, though, Scott does a beautiful job with the character of Eli. She conveys in two lines a better sense of his OCD and the disruption it causes in his life, than she does in the 300-odd pages of painful description of Abby's low self-esteem. I know people who just like to toss the word OCD around. They think it's funny that I fold my clothes in a particular way, that my bathroom has to be cleaned just so, and they tell me I have OCD. The truth is, most people have NO idea how debilitating full-blown OCD can be. How it's impossible to sleep at night if you haven't brushed your teeth ten times. How you can't force your body to move if you haven't stepped out on the correct foot. How you can't eat your dinner if the various items on the plate are touching each other. I've met people with severe OCD who literally cannot function because acceding to the demands of their compulsion absorbs so much of their lives. So in this matter, I give Scott very many, many brownie points. Unlike some books where authors describe a character as having OCD because they wash their hands a lot, or like to fold clothes neatly, Eli is an actual, believable victim of obsessive-compulsive disorder. And Tess. Tess is the spectre who looms over everything, who takes up more attention and creates more drama, even when she is in a coma. To be honest, I could totally understand why Tess would intimidate a younger sister, because even as a character in a book, I found her more interesting than Abby the moaner. I like teens with angst, sure, but I can't stand moaners, and boy, is Abby a world-class one! The book proceeds along expected lines, with Abby getting know Eli, falling for him, then feeling guilty that she is snatching at happiness, then discovering more about her sister's secret life, etc, etc,.To be honest, this book was a disappointment. I think I might actually like The Unwritten Rule better than this book! I just felt so disconnected from Abby; her constant assertion that she was unworthy of notice just alienated me, and I had a hard time mustering sympathy, let alone empathy, for her. The book really didn't get very interesting until the last quarter, and everybody knows how I feel about slow starters! There was a feeling of dullness to the issues in the book, as if Scott had run out of steam by the time she sat down to write this story.All-in-all a frustratingly average read, one that makes me look forward to the next Sarah Dessen more than ever because, so far, Sarah Dessen has NOT disappointed! Note: An ARC of this book was provided to me by the publisher for review purposes. No external considerations affected this review.

  • Glass
    2019-03-27 12:15

    Uh, uh... She was in the car accident on New Year's night, she's in coma, everybody loves her, she's clinically depressed, and she's lesbian. Only thing which is missing is third leg growing from her neck.... Boy is gorgeous and he has OCD...OK... Did you ever hear that less is more?

  • Michael
    2019-04-20 15:42

    After listening to a couple of other novels by Elizabeth Scott on audio, I decided to go the old fashioned way and actually read her latest novel, "Between Here and Forever." In the interest of full disclosure, I'll say that I'm not the target audience for Ms. Scott's novels, but I have found the audio books to be a nice distraction while doing other things. Her female characters struck me as flawed but authentic characters.And then there's "Between Here and Forever."Maybe the experience of listening to the audio novels hid the flaws in Scott's other works. Or it could be that "Between Here and Forever" is just a bit too much of a good thing.Abby's the younger sister of Tess, the seemingly perfect girl who is every guy's fantasy woman and every female's best friend. Abby is in the shadow and it's hurt her in the past, including getting romantically and physically entangled with a guy who is pursuing Tess. The flashbacks of how Abby got her heart stomped on are both awkward and pretty devastating. (The guy actually calls her by Tess' name during an extremely intimate moment!).But now Tess is in a coma from a car crash while heading home on New Year's morning. Desperate for her sister to wake up, Abby clings to any shred of hope that her sister might magically wake-up and life will return to "normal." So when the hot guy named Eli comes into the room and Abby thinks she sees Tess' eyes moving under her eyelids when Eli talks, Abby hatches a plan. She'll have Eli talk to Tess and bring her out of the coma. Tess will then fall madly in love with Eli and everyone will live happily ever after.It's a bit like the premise to "While You Were Sleeping." It makes a little less sense here, as does the fact that Eli goes along with it. Of course, given where the story goes, maybe it's not too big a shock that Eli goes along with it for motives other than bringing Tess back.However, that's not all that's in play here. Before the car crash and the coma, Tess had a HUGE secret....only it's the most obvious huge secret ever. This secret is one of the bigger sticking points of "Between Here and Forever" since it was fairly obvious what it was the first time Abby mentions it. (view spoiler)[Seems that Tess had a good friend in high school and they were very close....very, very close until they had a huge falling out and Tess was depressed a lot. Now Tess is in college and has her roommate...who seems to be around a whole lot of the time. Only the clues in the book are far less obvious than I've made them here. (hide spoiler)]. The only thing I can figure is that Abby is so convinced for Tess' perfectness that the reality of the situation doesn't occur to her until it's pretty much spelled out for her by Tess's former best friend. Along those lines, Scott seems to be hinting that there could be some connection between Tess's wreck and her big secret. Or maybe I was looking too hard for something to be there that wasn't or I've seen one too many melodramas. Another big issue with the book is Abby herself. In previous novels, I was struck by the fact that Scott created flawed but authentic female characters. Again, this may go back to the narration of the books in audio form. But Abby seems stuck in a rut where she refuses to believe anyone would find her interesting in any way, shape or form for far too long in the story. At certain points in the book, you just want to reach into the page and shake Abby. Again, it's not until someone points out that Abby is being just like Tess and alienating those who want to love her than any change occurs. And it happens so late in the story that it feels a bit tacked on and rushed.It all adds up to a book that disappoints more than it should. Even though the ending leaves Abby in a better place, there are still too many threads and questions left open. It may be that was Scott's point to make it feel like real life...but it's just too bad the chapters leading up to that didn't ring as authentic.

  • Isamlq
    2019-03-22 15:22

    ABBY is yet another MC that I want to shake some sense into. Are all Elizabeth Scott’s leads this insecure? Abby truly believes and thus behaves as if she deserves no happiness! Abby behaves exactly as the girl in Perfect You does, only her life is a tad bit more complicated. See, she’s grown up in with a sister who she thinks perfect, whom she thinks everyone thinks perfect. She truly believes she doesn’t and will never measure up. This belief shapes her interactions with others turning her into this girl who is resigned to being the not so pretty, not so smart little sister. She was simply dismissive of herself! My biggest problem is that she really is quite sensitive about somethings but incredibly dense about other things:But with Tess in a coma, Abby makes some discoveries (that, honestly, were pretty obvious to me) about this older sister who isn’t so perfect after all BUT even with all these revelations, and this is the depressing thing, Abby still needs someone to tell her that she deserves to be happy. Again: for such a sensitive person, Abby could be really dense sometimes.All said, there were some pretty interesting things going on in neck of the woods: A love interest, gifted with looks, and like Abby, with problems of his own (an Obsessive compulsive disorder being one of them.) A cool grandfather, guardian angel type who is just always around. Then Claire, who helps brings about some of her revelations. None of them are perfect though.. and I enjoyed that.

  • Yan
    2019-04-15 16:37

    Before picking up Between Here and Forever, I urge readers to read or reread Bloom, Scott’s debut novel. No, it’s not because I love that book (well partially yes), but because Lauren (Lauren’s Crammed Bookshelf) pointed that the characters from Bloom make a reappearance. After making that connection, Between Here and Forever became so much…more in a way. Anyway I’ll gush about that later on.Between Here and Forever focuses on Abby and her relationship with her sister Tess. Abby is always in the shadow of perfect, prefect Tess. Tess is always so careful, but fate decides to be ironic. Tess decides to leave a bit later from a party to avoid riding with a drunk, but on her way home she gets into a car accident. The car slips on black ice. Now Tess is in a coma and Abby is desperate to wake her up even if it means asking a random stranger, Eli, to talk to Tess. Only so Tess can leave.Between Here and Forever rekindled by love for Scott’s works. This is really similar to Bloom where the main character has low self-esteem, somewhat overshadowed, and is afraid to be happy for the sake of happiness. Abby is constantly in the shadow of Tess even when Tess is in a coma. Her sister is perfect in Abby’s eyes and she’s nothing much in comparison. Between Here and Forever uses simple words to express dark feelings that pulls readers in. While Abby doesn’t turn to cutting, starving herself, or other very serious actions, she lives invisibly. Without a real goal, very close friends, or the drive to be who she can be, Abby isn’t truly living. Between Here and Forever emphasizes that no one is perfect—not Tess, not Abby—but there will be someone who thinks you are. And when you find that person be happy.Another important element in Between Here and Forever is Eli. Eli has OCD and has a mix heritage: “I’m half Japanese, part black—and this is what counts in Milford—part white….I don’t like being divided into little pieces of color” (101). That last line speaks for itself; it’s a strong sentence but comprised of very simple words. Eli’s OCD is part of Eli but doesn’t make him, him. I think Scott does a great job of depicting his life and his hardships and how it affects others’ viewpoints of him. Eli is a great hero for all his faults because he’s a supportive character who’s nice, gentle, and flusters easily. Elizabeth Scott also doesn’t poke lightly on sexuality—particularly lesbianism—and death and teenage pregnancy. These two things build up the foundation of some of the side plots and characteristics. In ways I don’t appreciate living in a big city for all its advantages until someone points it.Okay so going back to Bloom and its connection to Between Here and Forever. I really urge you to be familiar with the book because it brings to light some minor details that will cast Between Here and Forever that will elevate the book. At first I really liked the book but now I love the book. My heart broke more than once, but it also fluttered because you get a sort of happily ever after that I wasn’t expecting. For all its dark elements I can’t help but smile. And be giddy. And reread the book like a million times over again.

  • Aleeeeeza
    2019-04-01 15:43

    *3.5 stars*Now I know I don’t really talk about my writing a lot, but it makes sense to do so in relation to this review. Since I’ve always been into sibling dynamics, especially of the sister kind, I’ve been writing this novel in which there’s an older sister who’s an overachiever, and a younger sister who’s been forever compared and longs to break free of her shadow. That might sound like the most unoriginal concept ever, but I think I can safely say that the book is a LOT more than that, despite the sister-rivalry theme present in it.And so it was no surprise Between Here and Forever sounded kickass when I read it’s summary:Sister-rivalry theme goin’ on? Check.Prospect of really hot dude in book? Check.Esteem issues? Check.Add to that list the fact that this book’s penned by Elizabeth Scott, a contemporary author I’ve been wanting to read forever, and I’m all over this one when I get it on GalleyGrab. I wish I could say I’m still all over this book…but alas, no. I mean, I did definitely like it, but just not as much as I hoped. So I’m gonna do a list of pros and cons to express my thoughts on it…First of all, we have cons!:1) This book had what I liked to call the My-Sister’s-Keeper Syndrome. Basically, it’s when authors try to deal with an issue in their book and bonk you in the head over and over again, trying to get you to understand it. In My Sister’s Keeper, it was with the constant flashbacks in which we’re shown how Kate’s constant medical condition has left her family unraveled.In this book, it’s the never-ending inferiority Abby feels compared to her ever-shining sister Tess. Thing, I myself am the oldest sister in my fam, and I have a sis who’s just three years younger than me, which is also how much younger Abby is than Tess. However, I’m no Tess, and so there’s thankfully no intense sort of rivalry/inferiority issues between us. But I still sometimes envy in her in little things—because it’s just natural to do so. So I get that whole I-wish-I-would-do-that-the-way-she-does-it thing.In Abby’s case, it’s with how effortlessly Tess won everyone ever, including dudes. It gets much worse when Abby has a crush on a guy who dates her mostly just to be able to meet Tess regularly. I don’t even need to be told how much that sucks, because dude, that’s heartbreaking. And I also don’t really need to be told how terrible that’d be for my self-worth. So I totally understand why Abby feels like total shit, but…Elizabeth Scott really seems to think we definitely need to be shown this over and over again. It’s in every gesture Abby seems to make, but especially when she’s with Eli, who she’s roped in to get her sister to wake up from her coma. And the constant but-how-can-he-ever-like-ME-when-there’s-Tess? vibe really put me off after a while. Especially after Eli seemed to make it clear that he did like her. And the neverending stream of if-only-I-were-Tess-so-I-could-handle-this-situation-better thoughts that flit through Abby’s head really grated on my nerves as well.2) This book was a bit of an angst-overload. Don’t get me wrong: I am a huge sucker for well-done teen angst. Case in point: Andi’s pain in Revolution—while it depressed the crap outta me, I really felt for her. Her angst was balanced out with her snark, so it wasn’t a constant mope-fest. This book, however, is loaded with Abby’s constant apathy to everything else except getting Tess awake or just Tess-related thoughts. Very annoying.And now to the pros:1) This book has a very bleak feeling to it—the plot is bleak, the small-town setting, the emotions…so it’s fitting that the writing be the same way too. It's written in present tense, in very sparse prose, and I think it suited the tone of the book very well. Sometimes, though, the book had this internal monologue thing where Abby would think in dialogue-style. For e.g.,: Like I don’t know that Tess is easy for anyone and everyone to love and I’m—I’m not. They were a bit distracting, to be honest.2) ELI! Okay, that sounds very shallow of me—but besides the fact that he was utterly gorgeous—he was a really interesting character. A welcome diversion to Abby’s angsty frame-of-mind. While his mysteriousness in the beginning turned me off a bit, by the end I was totally in love with him. But not really cause he’s incredibly good-looking, but more so because he’s so realistically flawed. It added a great dimension to the ongoing theme of people-are-rarely-who-they-seem/look-like in the book. Which brings me to…3) I really quite dug that theme, especially as we find out so much about the seemingly perfect Tess. She was definitely a very layered character and I loved exploring who the heck she really was. The secrets in the end are further proof to that. (I actually guessed it a lil’ bit—and I NEVER guess anything. Whoo-hoo! Anyway…)Despite its flaws book was a very short, introspective read that I enjoyed reading. It took me a while to get into it, but from then on I coasted along and finished it pretty quickly. I’m still really looking forward to reading other books by Elizabeth Scott, and hope they’re a bit more…winsome than this one.

  • April
    2019-03-25 14:15

    I learned several important things after reading Between Here And Forever by Elizabeth Scott. Number 1) A coma and a persistent vegetative state are not the same thing. Number 2) I am the master at figuring out ‘secrets’ by the 20th page. Number 3) I want to read more Elizabeth Scott, but not for the reasons you might think.Read the rest of my review here

  • Grace
    2019-04-04 11:33

    This book was amazing, uplifting, inspiring...so many words that could descibe it. The author truly created a masterpiece with this one. I picked it up earlier today and just couldn't tear myself away from it. I finished it in one sitting and boy was it an emotional ride. I've read several books by Elizabeth Scott now, and I just have to say that she really has a gift of making the reader connect with the character. Especially in this book. Never have I been so aware of a main characters' personal feelings or perceptions like I have with the character of Abby. The way she perceived herself and her position in the community made me want to weep. She was such a strong person for others, but she was very down on herself. Even though she was quite a pessimistic character, I didn't dislike her. I valued her take on the world around her but as the story progressed I had hope that she would come to the realization that she is just as valuable and important as her sister. The book opens with Abby in her sister's hospital room. Her sister was in a tragic car accident the day after New Years Eve and she's been in a coma since. Abby visits her on a continuous basis, eager for her sister to wake up. Not just so that her sister can be well again but so that the community will have their role model back. Abby has always lived in Tess's perfect shadow. She never considered herself as pretty or outgoing as Tess but when the accident happened, she felt as though the community wished it were her that got into the wreck and she almost blames herself for fact that she's the one awake and not in a coma. So Abby goes out of her way to try and get Tess to wake back up so the guilt or shame will no longer be a factor. She even goes so far as to find a boy, a perfect boy. Which would be the ideal boy for perfect Tess. But when she finds herself opening up to him more and more, she starts to realize her own place in the world and she discovers a strength and character in her that she didn't know she possessed. I can't even find words to describe how amazing this book was. I was in a rut about two years ago myself, and when I started reading this book, the character of Abby just reminded me so much of the person I used to be, so pessimistic and negative about myself. I ached for her to see that she was so much more than she was giving herself credit for and it just hit a very personal note when she started to realize that. This is the best book Scott has written yet and I can't wait to see what she has coming out next!

  • Lisa Schensted
    2019-03-26 15:43

    in a sentence or so: Abby's sister Tess was in a car accident that's left Tess in a coma and left Abby wondering who she is beyond the little sister living in her perfect older sister's shadow.Abby visits her sister every day. and every day, things stay the same. Tess doesn't move. Abby doesn't know what to feel doesn't know what to do. Abby's parents don't know what to feel and don't know what to do. after Eli, the boy from the gift shop, walks by and says something in passing, Abby swears she sees Tess's eyes move. she knows what she has to do to wake her sister up and get things back to the way they were before. there are several snags with this plan, however. Abby has always been in her sister's shadow...does she want to go back to that? Does she want to be the not-as-pretty or not-as-talented sister? does Abby really want Eli to fall for Tess?allow me to open with the fact that i've never read a book by Elizabeth Scott. obviously, i've heard of her, but i just haven't picked up one of her books. not for any particular reason - it just hasn't happened.allow me to now share with you that i'm kicking myself about that. i was floored. i was completely and utterly invested emotionally with this story. i literally finished this book like, 4 minutes ago and i had to hammer out my review right now because that's how excited and amazed i am.to put it into words that might actually be helpful (beyond my blathering and omgitssoawesome chatter), Abby is a broken character. she doesn't give herself enough credit and she doesn't see things the same way everyone else does...but she also sees things that others miss. she knows she's not her sister and that everyone loves Tess, but she takes that to mean she's not worthy of adoration or affection or love. the worst part is, she accepts these as fact.i know.what's worse is, this happens. in real life. we are down on ourselves and tell ourselves we don't deserve something because that's just who we are. it takes someone like Clement, the adorable old man at the hospital, or someone like Claire, Tess's former best friend, or someone like Eli, the smexy boy from the gift shop, to invest in us and show us that we DO matter. that we ARE worthy of love.this book is about so much. it's about loss. it's about hope. it's about how friggin complicated all of our relationships can be. it's about finding out who we are. but mostly it's about knowing that we matter and that we are someone worth being cared about. this is a message we all need to hear, and thank goodness for Elizabeth Scott for framing that message in a book with a totally swoonworthy boy, mysterious circumstances and a twisty-turny plot that sucked me in, heart and soul.fave quote: "I'm not saying I want to run around hugging everyone or skipping through fields of flowers, but the hard knot of anger - the one that's lived and breathed across and around my heart - has loosened." (180 | 262 Nook)fix er up: i've been using this one a lot lately, but i'm not in love with this cover. and by not in love with it i mean i don't like it at all...but seriously the writing and the experience more than makes up for that biz.

  • Rachel Star
    2019-03-22 10:43

    I'll start with the good, because I am a massive fan of Elizabeth Scott's books. Crisp, cutting prose and clearly defined characters make this an exemplar piece of contemporary YA fiction. I loved the way that nothing was stereotypically left in a default romance position; Scott isn't afraid to mix it up and create characters that are original, but also doesn't use labels and "issues" merely to create tension and excitement, instead crafting characters whose flaws alter them and their lives, and not just including the token mental health problem to say "hey. I'm a diverse YA book.", which happens so frequently and disappoints me so often. And so for that reason alone, I have incredible admiration for Elizabeth Scott's writing. The characters were, as mentioned above, very much people. No flat "filler" characters here, thank you. However, that in itself does present some problems; I did find the main character, Abby, whose eyes the book is told through, stubborn to a point where I was frustrated with her continued refusal to view situations differently, as her horribly low self esteem caused by her opinion of her sister, Tess, as perfect and infinitely superior to her, results in a skewed view of the world. This is undeniably a feeling that many younger sisters possess, and it would be ignorant to suggest that there is a quick fix, and as such Abby's perceptions do not alter as rapidly as a reader might want. Eli, oh gorgeous Eli, fulfils the role of love interest superbly, being a well rounded character in his own right.The plot, unfortunately, is where I felt Between Here and Forever let itself down. In keeping with the realistic tone, nothing earth-shattering happens, and it is predictable in places, and possibly slow to start. But I felt that the addictive nature of Elizabeth Scott's writing style overcame this; I wanted to read more because I love the way she writes. Not because of sensational plot twists or gripping storylines, but through a wonderful prose that managed to make the characters dance across the pages. Between Here and Forever is a shining example of what can be achieved if you care enough to create real, insecure people in YA fiction. True, it's not going to appeal to everyone, particularly not to those who seek escapism through fiction (and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that), because Between Here and Forever doesn't transform Abby's life into something extraordinary, or amazing, or exciting. But it does make Abby's life real, and poignant, and that is why Between Here and Forever is an extraordinary book.

  • kari
    2019-03-26 11:20

    I've waited a few days after finishing this one to write a review, wasn't quite sure how I felt about it. So here goes.While I understood Abby's feelings about herself, always being in her older sister's shadow, I didn't quite get how she could see herself as a complete nothing. At least at first that's how I saw her, but then I realized that she had set out to make herself into nothing, so no one would notice her. Her reasons for doing this were sad, but she had made decisions that were not in her best interest and as she says, she broke her own heart. So, she's now all about self-preservation and not getting herself in that position again.Her perfect sister, Tess, is in a coma after a car accident and what Abby wants most is for Tess to wake up so that her life (Abby's)can be out of her shadow. She wants her sister to get well so she can go back to college and Abby's life will not continue to revolve around her sister. I could absolutely understand the push and pull of her feelings. She loves her sister, feels worthless compared to her and actually loves her best at a safe distance. Tess has always brought the drama while Abby tried to have anything but drama in her life. Eli, the boy Abby's befriends in the hopes of helping her sister, is an intersting character and his issues brought some different aspects to the story of what it is to not quite fit in and to actually be a disappointment to one's family instead of only believing you are.I did get what Tess and Eli's secrets were pretty early on so there wasn't much surprise when all is revealed, but it isn't the mysteries that actually drive the plot so it didn't much matter.The ending was a bit of a disappointment. Still, a good read.

  • Melanie
    2019-04-13 17:17

    Ugh, I really feel for people who have zero self esteem, but I can't stand it. Abbey is my least favourite kind of self hater, she's the kind that figures she better hate herself the most so that no one else can make her feel as crappy as she already makes herself feel. This book makes me wonder if I was this annoying; I don't think I was, because I was too self conscious to be so cavalier and forward, the way Abbey is. I love Eli. His character makes me giggle a bit though, because the idea of his blood is so wild! A white male United Stater marries a black English woman, and then their son marries a Japanese woman (Clements made it sound as though she were from Japan). So wild. I didn't enjoy this book. I liked Eli and his OCD, and I liked when Abbey was around him, I liked Clement and Eli, but I didn't like anything else, especially Abbeys constant interrupting; she would finish everyone's sentences in the most self deprecating ways, and as if she knew everything. Very annoying. I hated the writing style; in Abbeys head, what a horrible place to be. It was hard for me to start this book because of the style. It didn't even end well. I guess this book is for all the Abbeys of the world.

  • Maggie61
    2019-04-14 12:31

    I didn`t enjoy this one as much as Living Dead Girl, but it was still a pretty good read. I felt so bad for Abby who for her whole life has felt invisible living in the shadow of her older sister. After her sister is in a coma, she only wants her sister to wake up, so she isn`t tied to her for the rest of her life and isn`t unimportant to everyone who compares her with her perfect sister. Towards the end of the book, Abby realizes that behind that perfect exterior, there were secrets about her sister that she didn`t know. She realizes that she does want Eli but thought no one else could love her when her sister was always the one everyone flocked to and gradually realizes that Eli loves her for her and doesn`t even see her sister. It`s an interesting study of Abby who is so damaged by living in her sister`s shadow and feeling without value that she doesn`t see that she could be happy with someone and that not everything is as she sees.

  • Tara
    2019-04-08 10:22

    Well, this one wasn't what I was expecting. I was expecting great characters, a great story and a good dose of swoon. Instead, I felt sad a lot of the time. The characters were still very real, the swoon wasn't really there for me and while I knew the story had a 'sister in coma', it wasn't that which was the the sad part. The MC Abby, well she just broke my heart. She had such low self-esteem and didn't think very much of herself, apart from just being her sister's shadow and while she was confident and had her own style, her own way of doing things, she just couldn't see that she was worth anything to anyone. While it was sad to read, the story developed nicely and we found out a few things not only about Abby, but also about her sister and at the end, I felt satisfied.

  • Lilibeth
    2019-03-21 14:35

    Right off, you're introduced to Tess and Abby; and their seemingly opposite worlds while still being sisters only in the technical sense. When Abby spots the most minimal response in Tess when she hears Eli's voice in the hospital, she resolves to use him in order to make her sister wake up so she can finally get out from her shadow. However, what Abby soon discovers is the shield she's used to protect herself--from being hurt, from the capability of letting herself want--disappears as she get to physically see that the girl Eli is admiring is not her perfect sister but the tiny, intense bundle that dragged from working in the gift shop because she believes he's the solution to waking her sister up, once and for all. As with most of Elizabeth Scott's books--since they're so freaking tiny--I read half of the book--which was 114 pages this time--in one sitting. Why is so addictive, you ask? Well, I can't answer this for every book I've read by her, but I can for Between Here and Forever--which I now just realize is a worthy title for its contents. Anyway, to give some background as to Abby's current predicament: after Tess's car crashed into a tree, she fell into a coma. Abby is currently visiting her at the hospital every afternoon to do anything she can think of to try to wake her up. Her next door neighbor, who used to be Tess's best friend before she was disowned for getting pregnant, is now Abby's best friend. (Yes, Ferrisville--their hometown--is the smallest thing ever.) Claire also works at the hospital Tess is staying at. Later, when Eli does his rounds for delivering desired magazines to patients, his voice triggers an eye twitch from Tess; which, of course, Abby considers it to be a sign of her potential awareness. Moving on, to let you see what I saw when reading Between Here and Forever, Scott really touches a lot of nerves with this not-even-260-page book. Abby acts as if nothing about her matters, at all...to anyone. All she believes people see is her sister, always her sister. To get out from beneath her shadow, Abby will go--and did go--to great lengths to awaken Tess. Overall, as a character, Abby is a "slow" developer in the deductive department. A lot of the "revelations" that she discovered in the end were quite obvious to me from the beginning just by the re-tellings of her memories of Tess. The fact was that Tess was afraid and Abby was afraid. In that, they were completely the same, and I didn't necessarily appreciate the lack of creativity there. These are the things that I disliked or was completely perplexed by: why did Abby want her sister to wake up if she felt so much resentment? What was with Eli's bizarre background? I understand that in order for him to have any relationship with Abby whatsoever he had to have some similarities to her but to combine racism and OCD? It seemed like Eli was artificially made for Abby, not a natural character at all. And if we're going the psychological route, I would have definitely deducted Tess to be bipolar according to Abby's memories of her many mood swings in and out of their house. In the end, I actually thought that was going to be part of the "secrets" she was hiding. (Plus it would have made a lot more sense in explaining off all the things she did regarding her ex-best friend Claire.)As for what I did like about Between Here and Forever...Well, while I could have done without a lot of the confusion and muddled thought processes of Abby, Scott wrote a smoothly flowing narrative that made this book addictive and unputdownable. And even though it was hard for Abby to grasp the obvious she was such a strong character that I wanted her to have the "happily ever after" ending. I think what shocked me the most even though it shouldn't have is that Tess was in coma when all of the conflicts and revelations were happening. Frankly, this entire book was about her being in a coma and how it was affecting the people around her; and the fact that she's not awake to see all this happening made me want to laugh. Inappropriate but true. And, in all honesty, but I thought through the majority of this book that if Tess had never gone into a coma, none of this would have transpired. Which I also found hilarious for the wrong reasons. But at the same time, I also think that that in itself is what made Between Here and Forever so realistic. That the one little accident inspired such a chain of events as to avoid the same mistake from happening again. It had that whole "if you don't know your history, your doomed to repeat it" factor going on.And two nuggets of random I thought I'd include:--the last page of Chapter 31 was my favorite --and, "Hate That I Love You" by Rihanna ft. Ne-yo should be listened to while reading BHaFGrade: B-

  • Sherry Thompson
    2019-03-26 16:44

    Between Here and Forever by Elizabeth Scott. Simon & Schuster, 2011.For years, Abby has worshiped her “perfect” older sister, Tess, whom everyone loves. But now Tess is lying in a hospital bed in a coma, the result of a car accident. Abby just wants Tess to wake up and get on with her life so that Abby can get on with hers. Abby’s daily visits to Tess’s bedside to talk to her and wait for her to wake up consume Abby’s life. Enter Eli, the most gorgeous boy Abby has ever seen; even his voice is beautiful.Abby comes up with a plan to help Tess wake up. She enlists the help of Eli, whom she asks to spend time talking to Tess. Surely, his wonderful voice will jerk Tess out of her coma. Of course, when Tess wakes up, she will see Eli, and it will be love at first sight. Everyone will then live happily ever after.But things don’t always work out like they’ve been planned. Abby never counted on having feelings for Eli, and she always thought Tess would wake up. She didn’t know that Tess and their neighbor, Claire, were carrying around secrets that had affected both their lives and their futures. What Abby comes to realize is that no one is really perfect; perfection is in the eyes of the beholder.Elizabeth Scott has touched on many sensitive subjects—self-perception, sexuality, racial discrimination, and OCD—in her lovely story. Abby feels she has always been overshadowed by her older sister, nearly to the point of invisibility. Everyone loves Tess, wants to be around Tess, wants to date Tess. Abby feels she will never measure up to Tess, even when Tess is in a coma. Even though Abby says she hates Tess, it is apparent that is exactly the opposite. Why else would Abby try so hard to wake her up?The way that Eli’s OCD is presented is both touching and believable. Many people with OCD cannot live a normal life, even on medication. Although Eli still exhibits some symptoms, he is able to cope in a fairly normal way. However, on top of his disorder, he also has to deal with the fact that his parents consider him damaged goods, and send him to live with his grandfather. Additionally, Eli is half Japanese, part black, and part white. While he is taunted and ostracized by the students at his school for his disorder, he is accepted at the school for his ethnicity. While this makes for a heavy burden, Eli is still sensitive, caring, and even gets ruffled at times. I loved Eli; he was a “knight in shining armor” for Abby!Claire, Abby’s neighbor, now works at the hospital where Tess is. Much to her surprise, Abby discovers that Tess and Claire had been much more than best friends. When they had their falling out, Claire wanted Tess to “come out” so that they could be seen as a couple. Tess was afraid that everyone’s perception and expectations of her would change; she would no longer be perfect in everyone’s eyes. Claire was wounded by Tess’s actions, got pregnant and had a baby boy. Tess could not forgive Claire and, thus, ruined her senior year. This part of the book was extremely interesting, especially seeing these events unfold, in retrospect, through Abby’s eyes. She finally was able to understand that her sister was very unhappy, and possibly depressed. Of course, this was not how everyone else saw Tess!I found out, after reading the book, that Abby’s parents had actually been teenagers in another of Elizabeth Scott’s novels, Bloom. While Between Here and Forever is a stand-alone book, if readers want some background information, they might want to read Bloom first.This novel is a sensitive, flowing read. I recommend it for high school and public libraries!*Note: I read an advanced readers’ copy of Between Here and Forever that I received from Simon & Schuster’s Galley Grab on nook. The book will be released on May 24. 2011.

  • Tina
    2019-03-25 12:26

    Original post at One More PageTotally honest moment? This is one book I judged by its cover -- the sunflower on the cover called me the moment I laid my eyes on it. I squee over anything with sunflowers and stars (if it's not obvious with my header image), so the giant sunflower on this cover is a big plus on me. I'm just not sure where this really fits in the story, though.Between Here and Forever is a story of sisters and family. Abby has always lived under the shadow of her popular sister, Tess. Everyone loves Tess, and Abby never felt like she could measure up to her. So she lives in that way -- always putting her sister first, always saying Tess is better, Tess deserves more, even after Tess gets into an accident that puts her in a coma. On a mission to bring back Tess, Abby involves Eli, the mysterious guy she meets in the hospital. But as Abby tries her hardest to bring Tess back, she finds out things that she never knew about her sister, the truth that she never even thought was possible for her beautiful sister.Elizabeth Scott is kind of a hit-or-miss author for me. I really liked Stealing Heaven and Grace, but Perfect You and Bloom were just so-so for me. Unfortunately, Between Here and Forever fell in the "miss" category. It's not that the story or the writing is bad -- I just had a hard time relating to the characters or the story. I did think the characters were all fleshed out, especially Abby. I felt bad at how low her self-esteem was after living in the shadow of her sister, and I felt happy for her when she's finally standing up for herself. And even in a coma, Tess' presence was palpable in the entire story - which is the way is should be since the story is all about her too.But maybe that's why I had a hard time connecting with this. I only have an older brother, and I never really had close girl cousins that I could almost consider as sister. While I did have some inferiority issues back in high school with some close girl friends, it was never in the way that Abby was with Tess. Maybe it was just that, the lack of common ground that made me a bit distant with this novel.So if you've read this and you have a sister -- tell me, did this book feel more real to you? I'd like to know. But even if I didn't like Elizabeth Scott's newest release, I'm still going to read her other books. She's one YA author who has grown on me. :) Did you see her next book? Not only is the cover curious, but the premise sounds very interesting, too.Thanks to Simon & Schuster Galley Grab for the e-galley of this book. Now where can I find a sunflower that big without going to Baguio again?

  • Cynthia (A Blog about Nothing)
    2019-03-24 13:30

    I've become a bit obsessed with contemporary novels lately, I do love me some really great paranormals but somehow contemporaries have become a little more personal to me, so much more closer to home. Elizabeth Scott’s writing in Between Here and Forever was easy flowing and very realistic to me which made it much easier to get sucked into the story and feel the emotional turmoil that Abby goes through. Abby has a really low self-esteem, probably one of the lowest that I've seen in a long time and this might be annoying to some people while they read this story because she is constantly putting herself down. I could totally understand why anybody would be annoyed with her at the beginning but this didn't really bother me though, because it's definitely something that I can relate to. I am a little bit like Abby probably not to that extreme and I’ve gotten better over the years, but I was able to understand where she was coming from and was able to overlook it and see the great plot surrounding her. Abby’s sister Tess, is this beautiful girl that seems to be perfect to everyone and Abby was never able or even given a chance to compete with her, she always felt like her shadow, she was overlooked or not good enough even to her own friends. So when her sister comes home from college and suffers a tragic accident that puts her into a coma Abby feels even worse, not for the reasons that you might think, but because every time someone sees her they ask about Tess and all they think about is Tess. Now it somehow has gotten worse for Abby and all she wants is for her sister to wake up and leave again so she can continue living her own life, it seems a little selfish and wrong, I know, but I could somehow understand Abby's anger, sorrow and fear. Between Here and Forever was way more than just Abby feeling insecure, as the story progresses we find things about Tess that she kept hidden from everyone. Abby finds that Tess was not the person she thought she was and that she never really knew her sister at all. I loved the different issues in this novel, there's not just the insecurity and the loss, there's lies and secrets, some that I won't mention because they're spoilers. We also have Eli who's amazing and described as this gorgeous guy but has issues and insecurities of his own and I thought Scott did a great job touching on some sensitive topics in this novel. Even though I was able to figure out the big secret a lot sooner than Abby did, I enjoyed seeing her journey and changing very slowly but finally changing from the way she was at the beginning of the novel, seeing her finally letting go and doing the things she wants to do and learning to believe that she can be loved. I don’t think Between Here and Forever will be everyone’s favorite because it’s not a happy contemp, but it’s a great novel that can touch people’s emotions and that a lot of people will be able to relate to.

  • Kelsey
    2019-04-14 17:15

    Elizabeth Scott long ago landed on my favorite author's list and Between Here and Forever only sealed the deal. Beautifully written, heartbreaking, and full of hope; this is one novel that will stay with me for a long time.Abby has always lived in the shadow of her beautiful and charismatic older sister, Tess. For years things have always been Tess, Tess, Tess and Abby has always felt inferior to her. But suddenly Tess's light is blown out when she gets in a terrible accident and ends up in a coma. Abby's life is changed forever. Now Abby is dealing with everyone asking her about Tess, visiting her sister, and, most importantly, learning that she really didn't know her older sister at all.As in many of Elizabeth Scott's books, Abby was a likable and relatable protagonist. Her emotions and struggles were obvious and my heart went out to her when things got tough. I was constantly hoping she would realize that she was her own person; beautiful in her own way. Even though the novel begins with Tess in a coma, readers get to see some flashbacks and learn a lot about the mysterious older girl. There were a variety of secondary characters, all of which played some role in the book, and no matter how minor that role was, each made an impact. Claire and Eli especially. Eli was a haunting and lovable character. While at first you don't really understand him, as the book progresses, his true personality comes to light and he was a fabulous guy. He helped Abby a lot, both with Tess and with herself.Many secrets are revealed over the course of Between Here and Forever, particularly towards the end. Many of the characters are harboring secrets and Abby is astounded to find she may not have known the people around her as well as she originally thought.Elizabeth Scott has a great writing style and combined with the unique premise of the story and fantastic characters, Between Here and Forever has landed on my favorites list. Characters from her earlier release, Bloom, make a reappearance so be sure to keep your eyes open for that. It made this book that much for impactful for me.Overall, I highly recommend picking up this book. It's poignant and dark, with lighter undertones seeping through that makes it perfect to read as the weather turns warmer. Between Here and Forever will make you think and, even more, will reiterate the message that no one person can make you feel less than you are and that each and every person is beautiful in their own way. Elizabeth Scott has done it again and I'm sure she has many more masterpieces to come!Overall: 5 out of 5 stars

  • Greta is Erikasbuddy
    2019-04-11 12:36

    I super loved this book! And I don't say that very often so you know you can trust me ;) (note: I wouldn't trust her on everything. She cheats at put put golf)When I got the feel of this story all I could think of was that this was a modern "Sleeping Beauty". Imagine that your sister is the bees knees. Everybody loves her, then one day she's taken away, slapped into a coma, and your stuck standing in her shadow. Kinda sounds like Sleeping Beauty, right? Ok ok.. not exactly... but I thought so. ;)Abby's sister Tess WAS the bees knees. Every boy wanted to date her and all her friends wanted to be her. Mom and Dad uber loved her and Abby... well, Abby just wanted to get away from being Tess's sister for a while and just be Abby. Then on New Years Day her sister Tess gets into a car accident and lands into a coma. Now, Abby is on a mission to wake up her sister. It seems like just like before she's stuck back in Tess's shadow but this time its even harder because she's asleep.Every day Abby visits her sister. Talks to her. Alerts the nurses and badgers the doctors when she sees the slightest movements in her eyes. And then one day she meets a boy who she thinks will have the power to wake her sister. A beautiful boy with a beautiful voice who works in the gift shop at the hospital. She convinces the boy to come up and talk to the Sleeping Beauty... and to Abby's surprise... Tess's eyes move once he speaks. We go from there on Abby's adventure in trying to wake her sister, learns about life, and realizes she is more than just a shadow of a sister in a coma.Its a great book! I loved the way it was written. There were a ton of times where I laughed out loud. I haven't had a book do that to me in ages. Abby almost reminded me of myself which is probably why I liked it so much. She didn't dig super model girls, was kinda pushy, and a little naive. In my opinion... that made the book for me. Super loves! I actually would have hung out with this character. There aren't many characters in books out there that I would say that about.The bonus to the story is that there are also a couple twists and turns at the end that will keep you glued to your seat. Loved that too! I'm not sure if a boy would like this story but I definitely would recommend it to any girl 12 years old and older.A great read that will leave you wanting more ,,,because the way it ended WILL leave you wanting more and screaming Sequel. Fingers Crossed!

  • Lucy
    2019-03-27 14:44

    Abby’s older sister Tess is in a coma after a car accident. Abby has always felt less worthy than Tess and is jealous of her sister’s beauty and charisma. Now that she lies in a hospital bed, Abby visits Tess daily to try to help her wake up. Her motives are not entirely selfless though. Abby wants Tess to get better so that she can leave town with a free conscience after high school. She does not want to have to stay in town out of guilt. She is not having much luck reviving Tess until handsome Eli comes in. Abby swears she sees Tess’s eyelids flutter at the sound of his voice. She decides to bring him in to try to help wake the comatose Tess, even if it means he falls in love with Tess the way so many others have before. As she accepts the fact that Tess may never be the same, she starts to see value in herself and being able to see those closest to her as they really are.This book is an emotional read and covers issues galore. It is satisfying to read a book with so many rich and layered characters and to see the character’s growth throughout the book. Abby starts out with low self esteem to the extreme. She can’t imagine anyone would take notice of her when her sister’s around, and that if they did it’s only to get close to her sister. Abby is barely holding it together, and doing the best she can to manage her family crisis. However, her lack of self worth comes off as frustrating and irritating at times, especially in the first half of the book. She definitely has some stumbling blocks to overcome. Eli is sweet as the love interest. He is much more than the gorgeous guy that Abby idealizes under the surface.Everyone has something to hide in this book. As the story unfolds we find out secrets about all the characters. The book came together for me in the second half when the secrets and issues come to light. The book does not shy away from hard-hitting issues and this gives the story more depth and interest.This book is a fast read with interesting and layered characters and a compelling story. Fans of Elizabeth Scott’s other contemporary books should enjoy this one as well. I haven’t read the author’s first book, Bloom, but apparently there are some familiar characters in this book from Bloom. I’m curious to read that one next. This is the third book I’ve read by Elizabeth Scott, and I’m impressed by her writing and flawed and realistic characters. Her next book As I Wake is due out September 15 2011.

  • Kat
    2019-04-20 12:19

    Elizabeth Scott has become well known for her strong writing. Her books Living Dead Girl, Stealing Heaven, and Love You, Hate You Miss You have all been included on YALSA's Best Books for Young Adults lists.Between Here and Forever includes characters from Scott's first book: Bloom. These characters are secondary characters though, and you do not need to have read Bloom to read Between Here and Forever. This book focuses on Abby, who has lived in her sister Tess's shadow. Tess now lies in a coma, and Abby is hoping for Tess to wake up so that Abby can escape from her, and live her own life. Abby hatches a plan to get Eli, a beautiful young man who works at the hospital, to wake her sister up by making Tess fall in love with his voice. As Abby and Eli spend time with Tess though, Abby starts to fall for Eli herself.One of the main things with Abby is that she feels as though she is not good enough, that does not deserve to be happy and that no one can see her because Tess always outshown her. I've read some reviews that complained about Abby's lack of self esteem and whining, and I can see where they are coming from. But, for any girl who has been constantly over looked, Abby's personality rings true. Even I, at 31, still feel at times the way Abby feels. Because of this, I was really able to relate to Abby. Elizabeth Scott has a way of writing characters that I can relate to, or putting them in situations I really understand. She did so in Bloom and Perfect You and now Between Here and Forever is no exception. I think girls will be able to relate to Abby, and girls with low self esteem might start to realize that they too deserve to let themselves be happy.Some of the secondary plots don't work as well in this book. Specifically the big secret that Tess has been keeping for years. I was able to figure that out pretty quickly, but it did not diminish from my enjoyment of the story. Secondary characters in this book, specifically Eli and Claire, are engaging and sympathetic.This isn't my favorite book by Scott (that be a tie between Stealing Heaven and The Unwritten Rule), but I enjoyed reading it, and finished it quickly. I'd recommend it to Elizabeth Scott and Sarah Dessen fans.This review was based off an ARC that I received for free in the mail.

  • Sonia
    2019-03-28 11:35

    This was my first Elizabeth Scott novel, and after reading it, I can wholeheartedly say that I'm eager to read another.Between Here and Forever tells the story of a girl with rock bottom self-esteem put into a difficult situation that she tries her very hardest to change. It is unique, haunting and touches on a lot of tough topics. Abby... is a difficult main character to love. This girl literally has no sense of self-worth and spends a lot of time comparing herself to her older sister, Tess, who to her is like perfection personified. Just when I thought her character was going to build a little confidence, the notion was knocked down immediately. It was scary for me to read about Abby because I do know people like her. It's terrifying for me to believe that people could think that lowly of themselves, but there are those that do just as much as Abby.In terms of the writing, I really liked it. There is some quality that I just can't put my finger on that made me want to keep reading. It was a great combination of dialogue and description - something that can be difficult to balance.The characters in this story were so diverse. I'm talking personality, race, sexuality... you name it. There were multiple issues looked at and I really appreciated that aspect of the story. It* makes for a story that sticks out in my mind and stays close to my heart. I appreciate my diversity in YA. Overall, I think Between Here and Forever was a really great book. Act now and there may or may not be a hot boy in the deal - read and find out!***Yes, that's right - IT. Spoilerspoilerspoiler if I elaborate. **Okay, you caught me. There is a hot boy. Cover Comments: I like it. My brain hurts too much right now to decode the symbolism behind the flower but whatever it is, I'm sure it's brilliant and meaningful. Unless it's just a pretty flower, in which case I would have gone with a blue one because clearly, blue flowers are magnificently more attractive than yellow ones. Yes, I'm tired. Yes, I need to sleep. Good night. -This review is also posted at http://thestoryqueen.blogspot.com/

  • Harmony Beaufort
    2019-04-03 15:16

    Between Here and Forever is my first foray into Elizabeth Scott's writing, so I went in with some pretty high expectations. I've heard amazing things about Scott and while I didn't get what I was expecting, I did enjoy reading Between Here and Forever.Abby is a kind of conflicting character for me and let me just take a moment to explain why. I know what it's like being the youngest sibling to a sister that seems to be successful in everything she does. Seriously, I do. But Abby's personality just bomb-dropped into the negative numbers because of Tessa and I really hated the fact that every time Eli tried to approach her or something, she'd be like: "Why you even talking to me? Bleh. I'm not Tessa. Bleh. Everyone hates me. I can't be loved, etc, etc". But by the end of the novel, she did become more of a realistic character for me once Clarie gives her a good talking too, especially. I just waited to smack her across the head sometimes for being so down on herself all the time. (But that might just be me, because I have a very low toleration for people who are constantly putting themselves down and saying that no one wants to be their friend.)The plot wasn't really a big surprise to me, considering I knew all of Tessa's big secrets by the third or four chapter while it takes Abby nearly the entire novel to figure things out. But, in context, Abby does live a pretty sheltered life on this small island where they are only white people so I can imagine that Tessa's problems probably don't happen too often there and so it was some huge big surprise for her.Eli was a really, really nice guy. Seriously, he has some mega-patience because when a girl comes up to you and says: "Your voice can wake up my comatose sister"? Your first reaction isn't usually to agree. And it wasn't his either, but he went nonetheless and that was pretty impressive. Also, the whole "being the most gorgeous thing in the universe" thing? I actually didn't mind because I imagine they don't get half-black, half-white, half-asian people walking around there everyday.Overall, a contemporary fluff with some serious issues and a relatable voice.

  • Jasprit
    2019-04-17 15:18

    Between here and forever is the story of two very different sisters Tessa and Abby. Tessa in Abby’s eyes is the “perfect sister”, she’s beautiful, has a pretty smile, has all the guys after her and everyone knows who she is. Abby is just known as Tessa’s sister, no one really notices her much unless they’re asking after Tessa and she’s basically lived in the shadow of her sister. That is until Tessa moves away to college and Abby can finally live her own life. However everything changes when Tessa has a car accident and ends up in a coma. Abby’s life becomes complicated again; she begins getting into the same routine; going school, visiting Tessa and then back home, not living her life and everyone’s always concerned with Tessa getting better. Abby becomes so determined to bring Tessa out of her coma she comes up with the plan to have the new gorgeous guy Eli at the hospital to talk to Tessa and that as Eli is really good looking, this may wake Tessa up. As ludicrous as this plan sounded I really wanted to find out if it would actually work. However my fascination with this story was short-lived, because as the story progressed Abby really started to get on my nerves; she was just always too down on herself, whenever Eli tried to pay her a compliment she was either too oblivious or started babbling about Tessa; how Tessa would love that or she was so happy that he was doing this for Tessa. It was just so frustrating! Despite this, the story did have some unexpected surprises which I did enjoy (view spoiler)[ Eli having OCD and Tessa being a lesbian! I definitely didn’t see that one coming! I’m glad the story behind this made Abby realise that Tessa wasn’t so perfect after all. Also she was able to find someone who liked her for being her and for not just being Tessa’s sister. (hide spoiler)]This was my second book I’d read by Elizabeth Scott, she did a great job with Between here and forever, it’s a shame that I just wasn’t feeling this one and that I didn’t enjoy it as much as Stealing Heaven

  • Liz at Midnight Bloom Reads
    2019-03-21 12:23

    It's no secret that Elizabeth Scott is among one of my favourite YA contemporary authors. She can take an ordinary plot and make it her own in a very special way. And all the while, it seems so easy for her to do so. I always get excited reading a new novel of hers because I always know she's going to offer her own little twists that could leave me laughing in stitches or really sympathetic to her characters.Between Here and Forever leans toward the sad and serious side this time around, but there are definitely small moments that lighten the mood to break the tension. Abby's sibling relationship with Tess is a very complicated one. Half of Abby hates Tess for always being the one with all the attention while she remains in the shadows... and the other half just wants her big sister back. But the bottom line is that Abby is an insecure teenage girl who can't seem to stop measuring and comparing herself to Tess. She has always thought of her sister as the perfect, golden child... but as the novel progresses, we learn that Tess has been keeping secrets from everyone in ways that will shock both Abby and readers alike.Almost every day, Abby visits her older sister, Tess, at the hospital where she spends much of her time urging Tess to somehow awaken from the coma she's fallen into after she was in a car accident. It's also at the hospital that Abby meets the gorgeous Eli, who has some of his own problems troubling him as well. It was heartwarming and sweet to see these two support each other as their relationship- and self-esteem's- slowly grew stronger.If you've never read a novel by Elizabeth Scott, I think that's a fact which should change very soon. Her previous novels, like Perfect You, Bloom, and Stealing Heaven, are among my favourites of hers and are a great place to start. (And if you've read Bloom before, I'm sure you'll be able to recognize the return of some of the characters in this novel too.) I consider Between Here and Forever as just another welcome addition to the wonderful and heartfelt novels Elizabeth Scott consistently writes!

  • Kahli
    2019-04-12 18:27

    The book Between Here and Forever is in my opinion a great book. This book should be read by girls mostly but anyone can read it. This book can be read by any age range. I think the author Elizabeth Scott did a great job writing it as well. The fact that Abby's sister Tess got into a terrible accident I think that Abby will learn a life lesson and learn how to let go but, also learn from looking up to the impact her sister had on people. Abby visits her sister in the hospital but, I think after a while she is going to have to give up because it’s been months. She has to deal with people talking about Tess which I think is sort of harsh because she doesn't want to assume the worst is going to happen, she wants the best for her sister and family. I think that everyone struggles with family and things but her sister is in a coma and I think she feels that her friends and family are letting go. When Abby met Eli hoping that if he talked to her sister she would wake up, because Eli looked like the type of guy hanging around Tess. I believe that if Abby has more self-confidence she won’t look up to her sister so much and, her actions because she is a very beautiful, young, girl. Abby has people around to impact her life other than her sister, Tess, she has Eli now, Claire, and her parents. I think that having people there for them is a great for hardships like this. Throughout the book Abby realizes that more people know her than she thinks and she and Eli become better friends and soon more than that. Eli helps Abby with Tess and also herself, where Abby becomes more open. In conclusion Abby is a new, but great new person and feels like she has a lot more in life other than living in the shadows of her older sister. This book was a great book by Elizabeth Scott with very many life lessons to teach and hopefully many others don’t have to learn about the world like Abby had too through her sister.

  • Lauren
    2019-04-06 12:15

    What a shit book.The protagonist, Abby, was literally one of the most annoying characters I’ve ever read about. She’s extremely insecure because she’s been living in her ‘perfect’ sister’s shadow her whole life. I feel like Elizabeth Scott made her extremely insecure just for the character development to be more obvious, and it just wasn’t believable. Abby brushes off every compliment she gets, constantly whines about how much she hates herself, and how she’ll never be as perfect as her sister, who—surprise!—isn’t actually the happy-go-lucky girl everyone thinks she is.Then Abby has the ridiculous idea that a very attractive guy she sees at the hospital is going to wake her sister from her coma, because she saw an eye twitch while he was talking. And she’s convinced that when Tess wakes up, she and Eli are going to fall madly in love, because that’s what attractive people do: fall in love with other attractive people.About halfway through the book, she starts discovering that all the people around her that she thought were perfect, were in fact just human beings. The secrets that she found out about, were so predictable that even I—someone who can never guess the ending to the ever so formulaic American crime shows—managed to predict what was going to happen.I ended up giving it a generous 2 star rating because I did want to keep reading the book. About halfway through is when the secrets I already knew were coming out and for some reason I was intrigued enough to find out how it was going to be executed. And I have to admit, I was quite excited to write a rage review.I do not recommend this book, unless you feel like wasting a day or two (or however long it will take you to read it) of your life.

  • Wanda
    2019-04-20 15:39

    This is my second book by Elizabeth Scott and I must say I enjoyed this one a lot more than the first one. Maybe the first one was a little too YA for me. But this one touched me because Elizabeth made sure we felt what her characters felt. And I can see how some young sisters would go through what Abby goes through in this book. By being in the shadow of their older, much prettier, much talented and popular older sibling. So Abby has always been in her sister's shadow and she has come to terms with that. But when her older sister got into a car accident and ended up in a coma, her focus shifted to her older sister and what she can do to wake her up. Trying to bring her family back to the way it was before Tess' (Abby's sister) accident. Looking for ways to get her sister to open her eyes, she comes across a guy named Eli. When Eli went into Tess room and spoke, Abby swear she saw Tess' eyes moved behind her lids. So she comes up with a plan thats she's sure would wake Tess. But little did she know that, that plan of hers "wake" things up inside of her. All the while, while she focus on Tess, her friendship with Tess' former best friend progresses. And her friendship with Eli takes another step too. But what she never expected was to find things out about her sister that she never thought possible. That's when she becomes aware that she never really knew her sister the way she thought she did. I think this is a good book for those who have younger or older siblings. Maybe this book can make you see things a bit from their eyes. "Between Here And Forever" is a fast paced and easy read. I read this in about twenty four hours. This is a sad story, but Abby somehow finds exactly what she needs.I give this book 4 out of 5 Stars, and as I like to say, a "Good Choice for Reading."