Sunday, 24 June 2012

Review: Between You and Me by Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus

Title: Between You and Me
Author: Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus
Author Info: Website|Blog|Twitter|Facebook
Genre: Chick Lit
Source: Netgalley
Format: eGalley
Publication Date: June 12th 2012

Tell Me About It
Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus have proven again and again that they are masters at exploring the nuances of family relationships—as they intersect with the current trends in the culture at large.

In Between You and Me, twenty-seven-year-old Logan Wade has built a life for herself in New York City, far from her unhappy childhood in Oklahoma. But when she gets the call that her famous cousin needs a new assistant, it’s an offer she can’t refuse. Logan hasn’t seen Kelsey since they were separated as kids; in the meantime, Kelsey Wade has become one of Fortune Magazine’s most powerful celebrities and carrion for the paparazzi. But the joy at their reunion is overshadowed by the toxic dynamic between Kelsey and her controlling parents. As Kelsey grasps desperately at a “real” life, Logan risks everything to try and give her cousin the one thing she has never known—happiness. As Kelsey unravels in the most horribly public way Logan finds that she will ultimately have to choose between saving her cousin and saving herself.

My Thoughts
Between You and Me has one of the most unique introductions to the main character that I have ever read.  We are introduced to Logan as she is participating in a spinning class, and trying her best not to collapse.  As the chapter progress we find out she lives with her friend Charlotte and has a sort of boyfriend who doesn't always turn up like he says her will.  This is shown during her birthday party, where she spends most of the night waiting for him to arrive, when she finally gives up and makes her way home he arrives, only to end his visit quickly.  By the time Logan gets home she has a message from her cousins assistant inviting Logan to come and visit.  Logan wastes not time in accepting the offer and soon finds herself on and aeroplane flying to her cousin. The time spent in her cousin's house at first is completely different than her life in New York and although she likes it, feels disappointment at lost years between Kelsey and her family.  This is more obvious as she peruses the family photographs. Upon meeting her cousin, Kelsey, things are not what they seem and Logan soon finds herself being hired as Kelsey's assistant

I loved getting to see life on the road and the amount of detail that went into each show.  I can not imagine the research that went into just writing these parts alone.  Although I am very organised I doubt that I would be able to do that job.  The amount of meetings, and organising hotels for every single person was all left for Logan and although you could see the crack begining to show she holds it together amazingly well.

As Between You and Me progresses you get to see the strain it causes, not only in the relationships between kelsey and Logan, but also between parents of both girls, love interests and it soon breaks apart and crumbles before your eyes. You can see it happening, and even though you expect it to, it still leaves you shocked and speechless at how far things are taken.

I have never read any previous books by either of these authors and I found myself really enjoying Between You and Me.  The characters, even the famous ones, are believable and I found myself feeling sorry for both Logan and Kelsey at various parts in the book.  Logan has been thrown in at the deep end yet somehow manages to keep her head above water, whilst Kelsey has had a somewhat sheltered upbringing and isn't ready to be thrown into real life.  When it all starts to fall apart at the seams, even though you knew it was happening you didn't want it to actually happen, and all I could do was sit and read about how they try to make it better. Although we don't get to see exactly what happens with Kelsey, we do get a glimpse into Logan's future.

I really enjoyed Between You and Me and I will definitely be looking at more books by these great authors.

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