Aug 27, 2013
Title: Between You and Me
Author: Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
Publication Date: June 2012
Overall: Rating on 5
What happens when you are followed by millions . . . and loved by none? Twenty-seven-year-old Logan Wade is trying to build a life for herself far from her unhappy childhood in Oklahoma. Until she gets the call that her famous cousin needs a new assistant— an offer she can’t refuse.
Logan hasn’t seen Kelsey in person since their parents separated them as kids; in the meantime, Kelsey Wade has grown into Fortune Magazine’s most powerful celebrity. But their reunion is quickly overshadowed by the toxic dynamic between Kelsey and her parents as Logan discovers that, beneath the glossy façade, the wounds that caused them to be wrenched apart so many years ago have insidiously warped into a show-stopping family business.
As Kelsey tries desperately to break away and grasp at a “real” life, beyond the influence of her parents and managers, she makes one catastrophic misstep after another, and Logan must question if their childhood has left them both too broken to succeed. Logan risks everything to hold on, but when Kelsey unravels in the most horribly public way, Logan finds that she will ultimately have to choose between rescuing the girl she has always protected . . . and saving herself.
Review:*This book is for an adult audience.*
Between You and Me was not what I was expecting. At all. After reading the synopsis I expected it to be a form of chick lit/new adult. Fun, sexy, and with romance that was a little more mature than young adult. I got so much more from this book than light-hearted romance.
Logan was witty and sarcastic, but she really drew me in with her family loyalty. Between You and Me starts off with Logan dropping everything for Kelsey and never looking back. Logan had a good heart, and she only ever wanted to help Kelsey out. It was heartbreaking trying to watch Logan figure out who she was. Ultimately Logan went in as one person and came out as another. I’m glad because Logan didn’t know who she was at the beginning, but by the end she was getting the opportunity to figure it out. I did feel terrible that things ended the way they did.
Kelsey was just the saddest wreck of a girl. I wanted to scoop this girl up and give her the world’s biggest hug. I wanted to tell her that it was okay to sit down, it was okay to sleep, and it was okay to get sick. This poor girl has been run ragged by her parents. At first I found Michelle and Andy odd, but as Between You and Me wore on, I realized how selfish they were. I felt like her parents were manipulators and all they wanted was a little money making machine.
Andy didn’t get sober because he wanted his family. He got sober because he wanted the money. Michelle didn’t give him an ultimatum because she was worried about her daughter, she gave him an ultimatum because she was worried he was going to damage her ability to make money. It was just sick and wrong, and while I know that Kelsey said she would be okay I’m honestly STILL worried about her. Everything that happened to Kelsey, and all the poor decisions she made were a direct result of her parents manipulations. And Aaron, part of me understands why he did it, but the other part of me wanted him to pick up the phone. In a way, he was manipulated just as badly as Kelsey. In fact it wouldn’t surprise me to find out Michelle and Andy behind his poor sales and bad reception in the press. Kelsey broke my heart, because this poor girl never got a chance to be anything, she never got to figure herself out.
Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Krausa did a great job creating the tension that existed in every iota of this novel. They took a normal girl, and thrust her into a world of glitz and glamour and then gave us a damaged girl who wanted to be normal. They did a great job of giving us two characters who were not perfect but sympathetic. I think they created a believable world of celebrities and paparazzi.
My only criticism is that I would’ve liked to know what happened to Logan and Kelsey. The ending was abrupt and we never find out the resolution. After spending so much time seeing them miserable, I wanted at least one chapter where everything was being put back together. I would give this 3 out 5 stars, but this book is absolutely worth reading. It’s an intriguing look into side a world of child stars, and is absolutely believable.
3/5 – Worth Reading
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**
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