Review: The In Between by Olivia Pierce
Tara Jenkins and Justin Westcroft used to be childhood BFFs. Now in high school, Justin’s a popular, all-star athlete, and Tara spends her days admiring him from afar. But when Tara saves Justin from nearly drowning in a freak accident, he’s unable to get her out of his mind. In no time at all, Tara and Justin fall deeply in love. And even though it’s only high school, they seem destined for a Happily Ever After.
Until tragedy strikes—and this time, Justin’s not so lucky. Tara passes through her days as a shell of her former self: Justin’s dead, but she can still feel his presence, and she can’t seem to let him go.
But there’s a reason for that, and it’s not just grief: Justin is In Between, and he’s still holding on.
They say that when someone saves you, you’re tied to them for life. But what about in the afterlife?
I received this book via NetGalley.
For some reason I just love these stories where you get two young people to fall in love then something tragic happens to one of them and we try to see if the one that survives will pick up the pieces of their heart and life and go on with it.
This book was no different we go back and forth between Tara and Justin's P.O.V.
Tara and Justin use to be childhood best friends. Their mom's knew each other and they even had a "pretend" wedding which I thought was cute and, I loved hearing about how they knew each other when they were little. That all changed when Tara and her family moved when she was seven. When Tara comes back to her home town everything has changed. Justin is this awesome soccer star, he has a girlfriend, he hangs out with the really cool people now. Tara just has her best friend Gabby.
When Tara ends up saving Justin one day their souls connect, and we see Justin and Tara end up together but then the unthinkable happens he dies. But can Tara move on?
Where Justin ends up is a place called the In Between which is a place between Heaven and Hell.
When Justin arrives he is given a guide to help him forget his life before he passed on so he can move on to Heaven. Sounds nice right? Well he has to complete a mission that will so the head honcho in charge of the In Between that he has said goodbye to those he cares about especially Tara. But we all know the book wouldn't be good if things just went great for him. Things tend to go down hill we go back and forth between Justin trying to figure out what is truly going on in the In Between world. We learn that his guide has her own past that she has to deal with as well.
Now the ending I kind of was like whaaaa (said in minion voice) it just didn't seem surreal to me, and I will leave it there I don't want to give anything away.