Thursday, May 26, 2011

(77)Between Here & Forever by Elizabeth Scott

Teen literature sure has changed since I was a teen. I was a huge Christopher Pike, Sweet Valley High and honestly, Danielle Steele. Until the whole Twilight phenomenon I avoided teen lit like it was the plague. After reading the Twilight series I became a little more open to reading teen lit and I was a bit surprised to find out how much I was missing out on.

Between Here & Forever is the story of Abby and her sister Tess. Abby has lived in the shadow of Tess her whole life. Tess was always the "perfect" sister, loved by all. We, the reader, only know Tess after her accident. The accident that left her in a coma. Abby is struggling with Tess as she is now, she is desparate for the Tess she knew to come back. But as time goes on, Abby discovers that there was a whole side to Tess that she did not know.

Between Here and Forever is a teen lit novel packed full of the heavy stuff. There is self esteem issues, teen pregnancy,bullying, mental illness in the form of OCD, and same-sex teen relationships. By no stretch of the imagination could it could be considered "fluffy" because that is okay. Rarely is a teen's life all fluff. Don't be afraid to let your teen read this book though, Elizabeth Scott was very tasteful in addressing all of these issues without being graphic or gratuitous. I do think if you have a teen wanting to read this book, read it with them, the content is sure to lead to some wonderful conversation.

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