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A heartbreaking story of love and loss -- perfect for fans of If I Stay and Five Feet Apart. Soon to be a motion picture starring Joey King. After bouncing around in foster homes for most of her childhood, seventeen-year-old Tessa Jacobs doesn't believe she deserves love -- not from her adoptive parents, and certainly not from anyone at school. But everything changes when sh A heartbreaking story of love and loss -- perfect for fans of If I Stay and Five Feet Apart. Soon to be a motion picture starring Joey King. After bouncing around in foster homes for most of her childhood, seventeen-year-old Tessa Jacobs doesn't believe she deserves love -- not from her adoptive parents, and certainly not from anyone at school. But everything changes when she has a chance encounter at the local movie theater with Skylar, a senior from a neighboring town who's a true romantic. Their budding relationship quickly leads to the kind of passionate love you only see in the movies. And Tessa starts to believe she might be deserving of a happy ending after all. When tragedy strikes, Tessa wakes up alone in the hospital with no memory of how she got there. And Skylar has passed away. As Tessa begins her relentless search for answers, Skylar's spirit reaches out to her from the other side. Desperate to see him one last time, Tessa must unravel the pieces of their relationship -- and the truth might even lead her into the afterlife itself.


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A heartbreaking story of love and loss -- perfect for fans of If I Stay and Five Feet Apart. Soon to be a motion picture starring Joey King. After bouncing around in foster homes for most of her childhood, seventeen-year-old Tessa Jacobs doesn't believe she deserves love -- not from her adoptive parents, and certainly not from anyone at school. But everything changes when sh A heartbreaking story of love and loss -- perfect for fans of If I Stay and Five Feet Apart. Soon to be a motion picture starring Joey King. After bouncing around in foster homes for most of her childhood, seventeen-year-old Tessa Jacobs doesn't believe she deserves love -- not from her adoptive parents, and certainly not from anyone at school. But everything changes when she has a chance encounter at the local movie theater with Skylar, a senior from a neighboring town who's a true romantic. Their budding relationship quickly leads to the kind of passionate love you only see in the movies. And Tessa starts to believe she might be deserving of a happy ending after all. When tragedy strikes, Tessa wakes up alone in the hospital with no memory of how she got there. And Skylar has passed away. As Tessa begins her relentless search for answers, Skylar's spirit reaches out to her from the other side. Desperate to see him one last time, Tessa must unravel the pieces of their relationship -- and the truth might even lead her into the afterlife itself.

30 review for The In Between

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest I dithered a little on how to rate this. I loved the set-up but ultimately THE IN BETWEEN ended up all over the place. It's dual-timeline, with both past and present storylines. In the past, the heroine, Tessa, is falling in love with a jock-y manic pixie dream-boy named Skylar, who is good at sports but also speaks like five languages, is into 80s music, and watches arthouse cinema and French films. In the present, Tessa is recovering f Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest I dithered a little on how to rate this. I loved the set-up but ultimately THE IN BETWEEN ended up all over the place. It's dual-timeline, with both past and present storylines. In the past, the heroine, Tessa, is falling in love with a jock-y manic pixie dream-boy named Skylar, who is good at sports but also speaks like five languages, is into 80s music, and watches arthouse cinema and French films. In the present, Tessa is recovering from the accident that killed Skylar and ruptured her heart, nearly killing her as well. There's a bit of a magic-realism element in this book, like BEFORE I FALL and IF I STAY and all of those other books that rode on the coattails of LOVELY BONES. But it doesn't really work super well here because it feels so undefined. The dialogue and the slang don't really feel authentic (lots of "bros" and "yos") and it seemed like the younger characters were super precocious and annoying, not really into the sorts of things kids would be into but more into the things that an adult who watches a lot of Woody Allen and John Hughes movies would be into while also trying to channel John Green. I was invested enough to read to the end, but ultimately the story fell kind of flat for me. I didn't really relate to any of the characters and while I thought most of the cultural references-- 80s new wave, 90s alt-rock, French and indie films, getting drunk on soju-- were fun, I'm a pretentious snob in my 30s and I'm not sure a lot of teens would get the appeal. I think it's trying to be too high brow and meaningful for what it is, and I'm not really sure who the target audience for this book would even be. It does kind of remind me of those pretentious hipster teen movies that were coming out in the mid/late-2000s so I guess if you're into that, you might like this. 2 stars

  2. 5 out of 5

    Melissa ~ Missy (FrayedBooks)

    read this and more reviews on Frayed Books: http://frayedbooks.wordpress.com Get ready for a quick and emotional ride. The In Between is told in alternating times – before the accident, and after the accident and Skylar’s death. Tessa has been shuffled around foster homes her entire life, never feeling like she was enough after her mother abandoned her, feeling as if she doesn’t deserve anyones love. I don’t see many young adult novels dealing with foster homes and foster parents/relationships, so read this and more reviews on Frayed Books: http://frayedbooks.wordpress.com Get ready for a quick and emotional ride. The In Between is told in alternating times – before the accident, and after the accident and Skylar’s death. Tessa has been shuffled around foster homes her entire life, never feeling like she was enough after her mother abandoned her, feeling as if she doesn’t deserve anyones love. I don’t see many young adult novels dealing with foster homes and foster parents/relationships, so that was a nice change of pace. Tessa never leaves the house without her 35mm film camera around her neck, and that’s how she first sees Skylar. She captures him on film after a snowstorm on the beach, and she wonders who this mystery boy is. They both end up in the local indie movie theater to get out of the snowy cold and instantly connect. This is a story of insta-love, and the timeline moves fast, with chapters alternating between the “before” and “after” in a series of countdowns. It’s a summer love of two young people. Reading it, you already know the outcome, and that makes it all the more bittersweet knowing how it will end. There is a paranormal element to this in that Tessa knows Skylar is trying to reach her from the afterlife and tell her something. I loved this supernatural element to a contemporary story – I was curious to see the ways Skylar would (or could) communicate with the living world. Tessa’s passion for photography plays an important role in this story and as a photographer myself, I really appreciated and connected with that aspect – Tessa even develops her own film in her darkroom attic. She only shoots in black and white film and will do anything for her art to get the perfect shot, but going along with her feeling of undeserving of love, she only shows her photos when required in school. The chapters of this book are short, making it an easy and fast paced read at just over 300 pages. Reading this story, I could easily envision it as a movie and I think a lot of people will enjoy this story – even if it breaks your heart in the process. It shows love is worth it above all else, even if you end up hurt in the end – as they say, ‘Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.’ Frayed Books - blog | twitter | bookstagram | fb

  3. 4 out of 5

    Bree Dawn

    The In Between is a delicious little novel about grief, love, and learning to let go. I don't support the premise of communicating with the dead, but it was still an interesting concept (one that I choose to enjoy in a more allegorical sense). What I Liked: • Tessa's struggle to believe that she is lovable. I think this is a very human thing to struggle with...and the author portrayed that struggle in a really beautiful way. • Mel and Vickie. Obviously they aren't perfect people, but they really l The In Between is a delicious little novel about grief, love, and learning to let go. I don't support the premise of communicating with the dead, but it was still an interesting concept (one that I choose to enjoy in a more allegorical sense). What I Liked: • Tessa's struggle to believe that she is lovable. I think this is a very human thing to struggle with...and the author portrayed that struggle in a really beautiful way. • Mel and Vickie. Obviously they aren't perfect people, but they really love Tessa and it was nice to see how they're relationship with her progressed over the course of the story. • Tessa's bestie, Shannon. Everyone needs a Shannon. Shannon was the best. #westanshannon • The photography. I LOVED this part of the story so so much. Tessa as a photographer felt so right and her pictures were just *chef's kiss* • Skylar? Idk, I have mixed feelings about him. On one hand, I really like him. But on the other hand, I can't actually tell you why I like him, so...do with that what you will. What I Disliked: • The communicating with the dead (but I knew that was gonna be a thing going into the book). • How casually the teenage characters hooked up. Like, there were literally no consequences or repercussions for that, which I generally dislike because it could be seen as encouraging that kind of behavior, which I'm against outside of marriage. • The insta-love vibes. Skylar and Tessa's relationship escalated so fast that it was hard for me to believe that they could really fall in love that fast. I eventually gave in and accepted it and that increased my enjoyment, but it was still really fast. Overall, it was a fun summer read that delved into some really difficult topics in a way that was (mostly) enjoyable. Listen to the playlist I made for this book: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1HR.... Content: Language: The f-word, bull****, bi***, ass****, s***, damn, and hell are sprinkled throughout. God's name is taken in vain multiple times. Violence/Frightening: A car accident is described briefly. Sex: It is mentioned that two characters "make love" multiple times throughout the book (not graphic); a male side character kisses another man (not detailed); some passionate kisses (not graphic); the main character notices another woman's boobs and describes them as "voluptuous." Substance Abuse: At a party, the characters drink soju. One of the characters is shown drunk (not detailed). Other: This book contains many scenes involving interaction with, or an attempt to interact with, someone in the afterlife. The content of these scenes include an attempted séance, interactions with an unofficial medium, the use of a planchette, scrying, after-death communications (ADCs), a brief mention of minghuns, and short discussions of reincarnation.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    Read this book! I finished in one sitting. I loved it. Like they say in the book - all good love stories must come to an end and I was so sad when this one did.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    All my reviews can be found at: http://jessicasreadingroom.com ~~~~ This review will appear on my site on July 13, 2021. ~~~~ The In Between is a sweet YA story that deals with first love and the loss of that love. Tessa has gone from foster home to foster home and feels she doesn’t deserve any kind of love and she has built up walls. One morning after snow has fallen, Tessa decides to go out and take photos with her ‘vintage’ 35 mm camera versus today’s digital camera. Photography is Tessa’s passio All my reviews can be found at: http://jessicasreadingroom.com ~~~~ This review will appear on my site on July 13, 2021. ~~~~ The In Between is a sweet YA story that deals with first love and the loss of that love. Tessa has gone from foster home to foster home and feels she doesn’t deserve any kind of love and she has built up walls. One morning after snow has fallen, Tessa decides to go out and take photos with her ‘vintage’ 35 mm camera versus today’s digital camera. Photography is Tessa’s passion and she even develops the photos herself. And yes, she only takes black and white photos. Taking a break from the cold, Tessa goes to the old movie theater to watch a film… That ends up being in French… And Tessa doesn’t know French…One other person comes into the theater who ends up sitting next to her and says he will translate for her. He’s a teenage boy around her age. His name is Skylar and this is the start of what will end up becoming first love for Tessa. But this first love isn’t to last, as we know from the book description that Tessa wakes in the hospital with no memory and then has to be told that Skylar has died in an accident. And Tessa literally died and was brought back. She has a literal and figurative broken heart. This is just the beginning of The In Between. The novel jumps back and forth from before the accident and just days after the accident. We see the relationship between Tessa and Skylar grow, and we also get some possible paranormal activity: Skylar is seemingly trying to reach out to Tessa from beyond the grave. Yes, this story is an ‘insta-love’ one that mainly takes place over a summer, but it is a YA story and don’t most of those novels deal with insta-love? The chapters are short and this is a quick moving story that is a short novel at just over 300 pages. It appears that it will become a movie at some point, and I will see it. No, I did not cry reading the book though I wondered if I was going to as we already know the end of Tessa’s and Skylar’s story from the start. I do see myself crying when the film is released. I really enjoyed this novel and look forward to the future film. Many thanks to the publisher for granting me a copy to read and review through Amazon Vine.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Michele

    When this book says it’s perfect for fans of If I Stay and Five Feet Apart, it’s not kidding! Loved this book! • Tessa has been in an accident and works her way through what happened by showing you two story lines: before the accident and after the accident. This is both a love story and a tragedy, just as Tessa would have predicted. • Tessa is also a photographer and we learn quite a bit about taking and developing old school film. It adds to the story; it doesn’t bog it down. • Will definitely be When this book says it’s perfect for fans of If I Stay and Five Feet Apart, it’s not kidding! Loved this book! • Tessa has been in an accident and works her way through what happened by showing you two story lines: before the accident and after the accident. This is both a love story and a tragedy, just as Tessa would have predicted. • Tessa is also a photographer and we learn quite a bit about taking and developing old school film. It adds to the story; it doesn’t bog it down. • Will definitely be purchasing this for my HS library and I already know who to recommend it to! • Thank you @littlebrownyoungreaders for the ARC!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Brandi Collins

    This is a heartbreaking YA novel about Tessa as she recovers from the loss of her boyfriend Skylar. As a former foster child, Tessa has been through a lot of pain in her 17 years. Finally in a stable home, Tessa is exploring her photography art as she discovers things about herself in the process. Meeting Skylar wasn't part of her plan, nor was falling in love. Grieving for Skylar takes over Tessa's life after their car accident, and she's soon convinced he's still around trying to contact her f This is a heartbreaking YA novel about Tessa as she recovers from the loss of her boyfriend Skylar. As a former foster child, Tessa has been through a lot of pain in her 17 years. Finally in a stable home, Tessa is exploring her photography art as she discovers things about herself in the process. Meeting Skylar wasn't part of her plan, nor was falling in love. Grieving for Skylar takes over Tessa's life after their car accident, and she's soon convinced he's still around trying to contact her from beyond the grave. This novel was well-written and engaging. I'm looking forward to seeing the movie when it comes out, especially since the author is also a screenwriter.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Daniela E

    Wow. This book was beautifully written. A tragic story of star-crossed lovers. The imagery and the sensory details brought linear words on paper to life. The dual timeline enhanced the plot and amplified its depth. I was able to feel what the characters were feeling; as Skylar and Tessa fell in love, so did I. It was bittersweet in the most poetic way; knowing a love so profound could exist was touching, but knowing the tragic outcome of this love story was heart wrenching. I definitely cried a Wow. This book was beautifully written. A tragic story of star-crossed lovers. The imagery and the sensory details brought linear words on paper to life. The dual timeline enhanced the plot and amplified its depth. I was able to feel what the characters were feeling; as Skylar and Tessa fell in love, so did I. It was bittersweet in the most poetic way; knowing a love so profound could exist was touching, but knowing the tragic outcome of this love story was heart wrenching. I definitely cried a couple of times. :’) 5 stars !

  9. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    Marc Klein’s The In Between tugs at all the right young adult emotions. The paranormal aspect was a little difficult to get into, but I liked the pacing and dual timelines. I can easily see this as a movie. Full of both heart and heartbreak The In Between was a fun read. A big thank you to Little, Brown You g Readers for the ARC!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Krista Novak

    I liked the book. YA book. Something different but I didn’t love it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Janie R.

    Such a beautiful story of love, loss, and life! I won't forget this story anytime soon! Do have some tissues, ready, folks! Such a beautiful story of love, loss, and life! I won't forget this story anytime soon! Do have some tissues, ready, folks!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Janaina

    I don't usually write reviews but I really loved this book. Yes it's meant to be sad but it is also so hopeful. It was beautiful and relatable. I don't usually write reviews but I really loved this book. Yes it's meant to be sad but it is also so hopeful. It was beautiful and relatable.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Isabelle

    Absolutely amazing, I am emotionally attached to each character, and the little movie theater will always be my favorite book setting

  14. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Interesting. The In Between will resonate with fans of If I Stay.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Carla Sosa

    I got so emotional when reading this book. I feel like what Tessa went through in this book is really relatable(at least to me it was). Like loosing someone who meant so much to you is heartbreaking and it's something we have all gone through. But that is something we have to find a way to live through and I think this book did a really good job at showing the struggle to get to the point where it's ok and to treasure the moments you had with them. Which is why this book will forever hold a plac I got so emotional when reading this book. I feel like what Tessa went through in this book is really relatable(at least to me it was). Like loosing someone who meant so much to you is heartbreaking and it's something we have all gone through. But that is something we have to find a way to live through and I think this book did a really good job at showing the struggle to get to the point where it's ok and to treasure the moments you had with them. Which is why this book will forever hold a place in my heart. And I hope you give this book a read and I hope you like this book as much as I do! I actually had no idea that this book was going to be made into a movie so I'm so excited to see the adaption! Thank You The Novl for the ARC!

  16. 5 out of 5

    XYCZ

    This book is what happens when a middle-aged man watches a teen romance drama in 1992 and, thirty years later, decides that's all the research he needed to do to write his own. This book is, to a tee, every horrible cliche about hipsters who think they're better than everyone else because they shoot B&W photos on film and think "shopping" is "boring," but somehow everyone around them loves them and is desperate to be their friend. But no, they're too cool to love anyone but each other, and when This book is what happens when a middle-aged man watches a teen romance drama in 1992 and, thirty years later, decides that's all the research he needed to do to write his own. This book is, to a tee, every horrible cliche about hipsters who think they're better than everyone else because they shoot B&W photos on film and think "shopping" is "boring," but somehow everyone around them loves them and is desperate to be their friend. But no, they're too cool to love anyone but each other, and when tragedy strikes, it is the worst thing that has ever happened to anyone else. Not only was this stupid set of cliches relevant about fifteen years ago, but MAKING FUN OF IT was relevant about 10 years ago. This book is too dated to even be worth mocking. Think TWILIGHT--whiny Mary Sue protagonist who treats everyone like garbage, has no personality besides victimhood, and yet still exists at the center of everyone's worlds, along with her Hipster Ken Doll boyfriend and overdramatic angst--but without the sparkly vampires and problematic shirtless werewolves that at least made TWILIGHT semi-entertaining. Clearly, I hated this book. But not because it's horribly offensive or because the (pedestrian, overwrought, middle-school-esque) prose is really so hard to read. I hate it because it's the kind of book that has no business being published, not when there's a massive wave of new YA books that, while not all fantastic, are at least trying to do something new and modern that actually speaks to what their audience is dealing with and feeling, not to mention addressing the blandness and unforgivable lack of diversity that the YA world was guilty of for so many years. The author is a failed screenwriter whose biggest claim to fame is a very meh rom-com from the 1990s, and I can only assume that his connection to Hollywood is the reason this book is on shelves. He doesn't appear to have ever met a 21st-century teenager, or really even a female human, yet he writes this book and markets it as a modern love story. There's also a movie coming out, btw. I can only hope that both iterations flop spectacularly, and I can't imagine they won't, because dear God, this is an unbearable book that would have been ridiculed in 2007, let alone today.

  17. 5 out of 5

    B

    A very lackluster story that had little progress and made no sense time wise, along with a fucking obnoxious MC who is a complete asshole and the perfect example of why men should stop writing from women’s POVs.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Georgia Krall

  19. 5 out of 5

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  20. 5 out of 5

    Becky

  21. 4 out of 5

    Josh

  22. 4 out of 5

    Manoella

  23. 4 out of 5

    Shayla Nelson

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Krooswyk

  25. 5 out of 5

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  26. 4 out of 5

    Priscilla Torres

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany Vasquez

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mariana Dávila

  29. 4 out of 5

    Erica Gabriel Keeley

  30. 4 out of 5

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