Book Review: Between Here and Forever by Elizabeth Scott

Publication Date: May 24th 2011 by Simon Pulse

Summary: 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 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…

Review Overview:

  • Main character Abby was irritating at first but I grew to tolerate her
  • A spoiler I read online (by accident!) made leading boy, Eli, lack mystery :(
  • Tess’s big secret was not all that surprising
  • Recommended to younger sisters and fans of more serious contemporary reads

Prior to reading BETWEEN HERE AND FOREVER, I hadn’t read any other Elizabeth Scott books other than Living Dead Girl. Since that was a completely different novel, I didn’t know what to expect before picking this up. Loreal, my best friend (and fellow guest blogger), has been nagging me for years to read more of her work so after just a brief glance of the summary, I decided to pick it up.

While I like light, contemporary reads, more serious novels like this one doesn’t really appeal to me much – which is probably one of the reasons why I had a hard time getting into this book. Another was the fact that I couldn’t get to Abby. Abby likes to complain and compare herself to her sister. Maybe it’s the fact that I’m the eldest in my family so I couldn’t quite relate to what Abby was feeling. (If my sister read this book, I wonder if she would have a better time relating to Abby….) But then again, she makes it so difficult for readers to like her because she is always putting herself down by saying things like, Oh, but Tess is the fun one. She’s the one that people wants to hang out with.

Gah, I’m pretty sure I stumbled upon a spoiler of BETWEEN HERE AND FOREVER from another review on someone’s blog. I don’t know if they meant to do it on purpose, but a tiny fact about Eli was in the review, and as a result there was really no mystery behind him. I like my leading guys at least a bit mysterious so there was really nothing appealing to him for me other than the fact that he was nice, sweet, and very patient.

He and I probably had the same thoughts running through our minds when Abby had proposed that he should talk to Tess to wake her up from the coma. Like for some unknown reason, Eli’s voice will make Tess want to wake up. What? Seriously? It seemed really silly to me, especially because Abby was just so determined for it to work.

As to Tess, I had a hard time believing that a girl could just be so perfect…. And it ends up that she did have a secret. I pretty much was able to figure out her big secret that was pivotal to the plot with the tiniest bit of hints in the beginning. I wasn’t sure of it at the time, but as the story progressed, I figured that I was right. This really didn’t bother me when I read since so much character development with Abby had to go through before she had a chance to figure it out. And once she did, she ended up being a like more likeable. It’s a shame really that it took me maybe 2/3 of the book to finally start liking the main character.

BETWEEN HERE AND FOREVER is just an okay read for me. The first third of the book moved really slow since nothing really happens throughout the whole book. It’s a lot of character development. Despite the fact that the main character was irritating when I initially started reading, Abby grew more tolerable as the story progressed. The ending was just right and provided enough closure for the reader.

I can’t really compare this to other Elizabeth Scott novels since Living Dead Girl was just completely different, and the fact that I haven’t read any other of her novels. I can’t say exactly that fans of Scott will enjoy this book, but if the premise sounds appealing to you and you do enjoy contemporary reads, you’ll probably enjoy this a lot more than I did. If you’re a younger sister feeling over-shadowed by your older sibling, pick this one up.


  1. Finally a less-than-stellar review! All I’ve seen is 5 star reviews for this, but I like to check out the pros AND cons. So thank you for giving me that other insight. :]

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