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What happens when you are followed by millions . . . and loved by none?

Twenty-seven-year-old Logan Wade is trying to build a life for herself far from her unhappy childhood in Oklahoma. Until she gets the call that her famous cousin needs a new assistant— an offer she can’t refuse.

Logan hasn’t seen Kelsey in person since their parents separa...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published June 12th 2012 by Atria Books (first published June 1st 2012)
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Robert
I felt as if I was at the epicenter of a name-dropping universe with Rachel Zoe, Jessica Lange, Zoe Deschanel, Elton John, Annie Leibovitz, Madonna, Gwen Stefani, Fergie, Kanye, and will.i.am to keep me company. And locations as diverse as Los Angeles, New York City, Rome, Munich, London, and Stockholm to help me in my travels.

Needless to say, BETWEEN YOU AND ME reminded me of some sort of alternate universe with the Wade family bringing new meaning to the term dysfunctional family. If there was...more
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
Nope. Can't do it. Won't do it. I made it to 160 out of 288 pages and disliked everyone; some for being patently unlikeable (the parents of both Logan and Kelsey, the on/off boyfriend) or for being a complete milquetoast pushover (Logan).

I should've realized that this wasn't a book for me when the plot of the book reminded me of: A. The Nanny Diaries which I also disliked and DNF'd and B. Was an obvious, uncomfortable "interpretation" of the life of Britney Spears.

Pass.
Jasprit
This book has left me utterly flabbergasted, I don’t know if I will be able to form a coherent review, it was such a raw, achy, and a heartfelt read. The entire time I felt like I was in an intense tug of war between the two main characters; Logan and Kelsey, being yanked one way one minute and then the other way the next.

Between You and Me centres around Kelsey, a famous singer and cousin to Logan. Logan and Kelsey haven’t spoken since they were younger and Kelsey’s family abruptly left. You’re...more
Nancy
I started out thinking it was a light, easy read. Listen to the big buzzer. Definitely not what I thought it would be but definitely much more meaty than I had anticipated.

What the story achieves is allowing the reader into the world of the rich and famous without all the glitz. Of course, there is glitz, but I found myself thinking about this novel for days afterward. Lindsay Lohan, Michael Jackson, and so many other stars trying to transition into the adult and also normal world have so many m...more
Jessica
Jun 25, 2012 Jessica rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: someone with time to kill who wants to feel discomfort at the sadness that is Britney's life
Recommended to Jessica by: Us Weekly, which means I should have known better
This book is very obviously loosely based on Britney Spears' life (or what the authors think Britney's life is), which I wasn't aware of when I started it and would have avoided because who wants to be depressed like that? However, once I realized what was happening, I was already invested in finding out what happened in the story, so I kept on keeping on.

The premise was interesting and fairly timely given our obsession with celebrities and all of their head-shaking mistakes (Lindsey Lohan come...more
Book Him Danno
I love to read books that initially come across as light material, a summer read so to speak, but by the end I find it has changed my way of looking at the world. Between You and Me starts off as a look at the excesses of being a young, mega-successful pop star and slowly turns around to a deeply moving statement about the unquenchable thirst the public has for celebrity, and cost in real lives that has. You will not look at the tabloids quite the same way again after this book.

Much like readin...more
Vox
Remember a few years ago when Britney Spears dumped her husband, shaved her head and lost her mind? Remember how the courts instated her father as her legal custodian, rendering her - the mother of two children - a child with no rights? Did you ever wonder what was really going on in the Spears home?

When you read Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus's engrossing book Between You and Me, you might get some answers.

Logan Wade is twenty-seven and struggling to carve out a happy life for herself in New...more
Tracy
Here is the thing: I loved The Nanny Diaries. I have such a fondness for that book that, until now, I have tried all of the authors' other books. And the other thing is: they have all sucked. I can't even get through them. It's as if, in editing, entire chunks of the story were edited out. I'm never quite sure what is going on. I consider in an achievement that I got through about 100 pages, but I am not wasting one more minute on it.

I need to remember NOT to read the next one. No matter what....more
Jennifer

I am a fan of the authors' other books including the Nanny Diaries. So I was super excited when I saw that they had written another book together.

The version I read was not the finished product (so I'm not sure if any changes were made). But in the version I read there were a number of instances when the book jumped time from paragraph to paragraph. For instance one minute someone was talking about going to London. And the next paragraph out of the blue they had been there for 2 months. I don't...more
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
Between You and Me by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus follows the career of Kelsey Wade through the narration of her cousin, Logan. Logan hasn't had contact with Kelsey for years and suddenly is flown out to be with Kelsey and instantly becomes her assistant. Kelsey is loosely modeled after Britney Spears - the meteoric rise to fame, dysfunctional family, controlling parents, and spectacular meltdown and fall from grace.

Between you and me, Between You and Me was all over the place and not much...more
Michelle (Much Loved Books)
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 mak...more
Paula  Phillips
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Kaley
I was a little behind on The Nanny Diaries. I didn't watch the movie until about two years ago and didn't read the book until after that (this was backwards for me as I'm normally a read-the-book-then-watch-the-movie kind of girl). It's really unfortunate that it took me so long to get around to reading Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus' first novel because that meant it was awhile before I discovered how much I enjoyed their work. Because I did like the two Nanny books I was very happy to have h...more
Cheryl M-M
In essence this more or less mirrors the story of Britney Spears with the exception of a few minor details of course. That isn't really an important factor, because it could be the story of any child star with a certain level of celebrity.
The interesting aspects of this story were how we as a society believe that we own public figures. Singers, actors, stars or any type of public figure. Society believes they have a right to know every single detail about them at all times. The media provides th...more
Laura
Audiobook Review:

I've just recently started getting into listening to audiobooks, now that I have a longer commute to work I have more time to be able to listen to them and this is only the third one i've listened too, but I really enjoyed it. The narrators voice was easy to listen too and easy to follow. If I don't like a narrators voice I sometimes feel it's that much harder to get into a story, but that wasn't the case with this audiobook at all.


Between You and Me was really good, and if on...more
Rebecca
I liked the concept of this book a lot, but the execution could have used some work. Girl's cousin is a Britney Spears-like singer whom she hasn't spoken to since they were kids due to an incident that Girl can not remember. Their other cousin is Britney's (not her name, but I'm gonna use it for here) assistant and invites Girl out to LA to visit. Girls life is going horribly bad so she accepts. Cousin gets fired and Girl takes over her job in a matter of days. The story is told from Girls point...more
Cheryl
Logan has just celebrated her twenty seventh birthday. It was not anything to really cheer about. Logan kind of has a boring life. This probably would explain why she does not think twice when she receives an offer she can not refuse. Logan's cousin, Kelsey is a celebrity. She is going to join Kelsey on tour as her assistant. Logan will be in for the ride of her life.

I was intrigued to want to read this book. When I read the words Britney Spears, I admit that caught my attention. This book did...more
Jenna
I quite enjoyed this novel. This isn't my typical type of book, but like I said, I was in need of a lighter read. The characters in this novel were bratty, but I liked them (for the most part) anyway. Logan is whiny and Kelsey is spoiled yet kept under her parents thumb. Add the fact that they are all family- Lo included- and then toss in the ridiculousness that is fame, and you've got a fun and engaging read. The authors wrote a fairly convincing story, especially all the aspects of fame and ov...more
Liz
This is one of those books you get through quickly. What looked like typical pseudo-real fiction with lots of brand name dropping turned out to be a fair bit deeper.

Your mileage will vary on this, of course, and you may not get past the first chapter. I mean, the main character is positively annoying at first. But you slowly get a sense as to why she is that way, and why her world is the way it is. I really loved the ending, and felt like it was a good way to come full circle with everything. I...more
Suzanne
I would not have bought this, but I received a free ARC (I don't really read much chick lit, but this reminded me that I do enjoy it on occasion). Since I loved the Nanny Diaries, I was pleased to receive it, and ended up enjoying it quite a bit. As other reviewers have mentioned, some of the characters are quite unlikable--but I actually think that is to the book's benefit. It's a good look at what money, fame, and addiction can do to a person and a family, and I zoomed through it as I was curi...more
Erin
You can think of Between You and Me as a fictionalized, compulsively readable account of the life of Britney Spears - complete with a Justin Timberlake character, a (more sympathetic) Kevin Federline character, and a cringe-worthy public downward spiral. As a long-time Brit Brit fan who gobbles up tabloid magazines with zero guilt, I thought Between You and Me was fascinating.

At its heart, it's the story of a dysfunctional family - a famous pop star and her abusive, manipulative parents - and h...more
Julie Barrett
Between You and Me by Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus
This is a story of Kelsey who has now become a rock star and her cousin Logan. She does come to visit in Hollywood and gets to see how Kelsey's life is-so different than her job behind the desk in Oklahoma.
When it becomes apparent the assistant is not going to work out Kelsey wants Logan to work for her and she accepts. We travel with them and the details are so well described that I felt like I was there with them.
All the little details co...more
Talk Supe
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The story had no resolution, I can't even say the ending was a cliffhanger, it just fell of the cliff.

There were a couple of funny interludes and the writing isn't that bad. The character interactions were OK and since the story is familiar, the scenes that played out were convincing enough. I'm disappointed because aside from the names, the story obviously isn't original. I find it hard to believe that this is a COLLABORATION! How can TWO PEOPLE came up with this and agr...more
Lorri
This book was a look into the life of a star and it's not so happy existence. Logan and Kelsey grew up together and were inseparable until something happened and they moved away. Logan seems very immature and lets her parents pretty much run everything. When Kelsey comes to help her cousin out, she finds out how mixed up they really are and wonders if she has made a mistake. They eventually grow closer once again, but things can never be the same. And some people can't be helped, no matter how m...more
Jennifer McLean
Feb 05, 2014 Jennifer McLean rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: chic lit lovers
Recommended to Jennifer by: net galley
Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus are famous for co-writing The Nanny Diaries. Happily for readers, the duo have continued to write together and I got the opportunity to review Between You & Me. As you'll notice, this book came out last year. I read it on my Kindle in the middle of the time where I was so sick and unfortunately promptly forgot to review it. I'm therefore correcting my egregious mistake and reviewing it now.

The novel opens by introducing us to Logan, a smart but unfulfilled...more
Joy
7/5/12 I started this book on vacation and I'm not really liking it - I almost gave up, but will try to finish.

7/9/12 I hate this book - the characters are so annoying. The constant drama makes the book stressful and not enjoyable. There is nothing positive in this book - just crap after crap happening to these girls.

I keep reading these author's books because of the Nanny Diaries - but ND was a long time ago and I think I am over these girls. Sorry. :(
Gretchen
I think at one point or another in the book I both loved and hated every character in this book. There are definitely parts that remind you of watching someone's life unfold on E!News, but at the same time it makes you think about what a celebrities life may actually be like. This book was a perfect mix of chic-lit & Hollywood gossip. I found it hard to put down and read through it very quickly. A good summer read!
Jaye
After just finishing a book that was clearly a fictionalized Trent Reznor, I picked this up to read a story about a clearly fictionalized Britney Spears. I mean, seriously, this was about as thinly veiled as The Devil Wears Prada was about Anna Wintour. Still, it was a fast, easy summer read and the writing is decent, so it gets a solid 3 stars from me.
Katie
This book is like an accident that you have to slow down to see. The main character is Britney Spears and it chronicles her touring, meeting/marrying K-Fed and breakdown/mental health issues. The beginning about the touring and business was interesting, but the 2nd half was depressing.
Bekka
Thanks to Netgalley.com and Simon & Schuster for early access to this title.

This was a pretty interesting book. Its an examination of the lives of the tabloid rich - Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan - from the inside. What a totally messed up world! The plot is interesting, but really drops the ball at the end. The epilogue doesn't really fit the rest of the story in my opinion. I did enjoy the character of Logan and her wit. I had a bit of a hard time understanding why she was quite so tied to...more
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