02 July 2011

Between; Jessica Warman

BetweenBetween by Jessica Warman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Liz is one of those Queen Bees - not just pretty and "popular", but also a total bitch to those she doesn't feel meet her standards. The daughter of an anorexic and a workaholic, the step-daughter of a committed spiritualist and step-sister to her BFF Josie, Liz has what appears to be the perfect life. Except that she's been killing herself running and counting fat grams... and on her 18th birthday, she dies.

Liz' ghost is met by Alex Berg, a non-entity at her school who was killed in a hit-and-run accident about a year prior to Liz' death. The two search through Liz' memories and her friends and family's reactions to her death to find out what happened. Did she die because she was slightly drunk, slightly high and having a hypoglycemic episode? Or did someone "help" her? Of course, during the course of their "investigation" Liz realizes what a bitch she was to others and what her friends and family were really like, although it's too late for her to do anything about it.

What happens in the afterlife doesn't quite figure in to this, as opposed to in Elsewhere, although the theme of finding out what happened after your death is like The Lovely Bones. Still the elements of both will appeal to readers.

ARC provided by publisher.

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