Genre: Contemporary / Paranormal
Synopsis: When Elanor’s near-death experience opens a door to a world inhabited by bold, beautiful Madeline, she finds her life quickly spiraling out of control.
Fourteen-year-old Elanor Moss has always been an outcast who fails at everything she tries – she’s even got the fine, white scars to prove it. Moving was supposed to be a chance at a fresh start, a way to leave behind all the pain and ugliness of her old life. But, when a terrible car accident changes her life forever, her near-death experience opens a door to a world inhabited by Madeline Torus . . . Madeline is everything Elanor isn’t: beautiful, bold, brave. She is exactly what Elanor has always wanted in a best friend and more—their connection runs deeper than friendship. But Madeline is not like other girls, and Elanor has to keep her new friend a secret or risk being labeled “crazy.” Soon, though, even Elanor starts to doubt her own sanity. Madeline is her entire life, and that life is drastically spinning out of control. Elanor knows what happens when your best friend becomes your worst enemy. But what happens when your worst enemy is yourself?
200words (or less) review: The book begins with Elanor in a house with her father after the two of them walked away from there accident that killed her mother and cat. Or did it? The In-Between that blurs reality, as reader you’re left to decide which parts you think are true and which imagined by Ellie.
Elanor is depressed, she wants to be confident, pretty and popular. Everything Madeline, the girl she meets, is. Both girls are equally obsessed with each other and while the reality shifts the bond between the two is evident throughout the book.
Barbara Stewart has written a complex and fascinating book. Elanor’s narration engages the reader but there is a ‘detached’ element to it that mirrors Elanor’s disconnection from the world. Personally I actually loved the beginning diary best (the book is slit into three diaries) because it had such an eerie and haunting feel to it.
The In-Between is one of the more unusual books I’ve read this year and I have a feeling I’ll be thinking about it for a long while yet.