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Betwixt (Betwixt #1)

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  662 ratings  ·  158 reviews
Beautiful, wild-child Nicole Tepper is hit by a car and left for dead. But when she wakes the next morning, Nicole finds herself in bed without a scratch. Perhaps she was more intoxicated than usual, as her mother is giving her the silent treatment and her friends are ignoring her as well.

Things take a turn for the weird when Nicole soon discovers she is actually hovering...more
ebook, 203 pages
Published November 5th 2012 (first published October 31st 2012)
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Kristin (KC)
*3 Stars*

A decent read, but didn't work for me quite as much as I'd hoped. Although its concept was intriguing enough — A desperate spirit in a state of limbo battling time to find her "killer" as her physical body teeters on the brink of death — I found that I never fully connected or committed to this story.

Nicole goes to a party one night and wakes up the next morning to find she's dead. Well, not really...

But almost.

Her gravely injured body lies dying in an obscure forest, but she has no re...more
Melissa Pearl
Nov 28, 2012 Melissa Pearl rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
It's here. It's finally here!

I feel so privileged to share this book with everybody. It's been an amazing project to work on and it feels SO good to have it out in the world.

My aim for writing this book was to pull a few heart strings, make my readers laugh a little, cry a little and hopefully catch a glimpse of what unconditional love looks like.

I hope you all enjoy Betwixt :)

Wow. Increíble. Una vez que empecé a leer este libro no pude parar. A pesar de que la historia es algo trágica y triste también es entretenida y fácil de leer.

En Betwixt nos encontramos con la historia de Nicole, la típica chica popular. Tiene un novio y un grupo de amigas que siempre están con ella. Una noche va a la fiesta de Matt y tras pelear con Trent, su novio, Nicole decide caminar por la carretera hasta su casa, hasta que un auto la atropella abandonándola en el bosque. Ella piensa que m...more
Betwixt is a quick engaging read about a girl named Nicole who was stranded by her boyfriend in the middle of no where and gets hit by a car, leaving her for dead.
Nicole is in between living and dying. While her body is on the forest floor, her mind wanders to her usual life of home and school. But no one can hear her, that is, no one but Dale Finnigan, the guy she humiliated by calling him scarface, a nickname that rapidly spread throughout the entire school. A guy that was suppose to hate her,...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Betwixt is one of those stories that tares at your heart. Man I have to say I laughed and I cried. In this day and age their is so much bullying going on in schools it is scary. If you are not part of the popular group then you are treated like you don't exist. You are picked on and tormented by the kids who have more and that is just not right. In this case we meet a girl who has it all. She is beautiful,smart, and has the best jock boyfriend a girl could ask for. Her friends are just as cruel...more
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Nicole's boyfriend was getting too frisky so she gets out of the car and starts to walk home, on a dark desolate road. She gets hit by a car and falls into a ditch. No one knows where she is and they think maybe she ran away. Nicole leaves her body in a ghost like state and no one can see or hear her but Dale hears her. The one boy who was nice to her and she called him Scarface. Now it is up to him to figure out what happened to her and where he...more
What a book! I read “Betwixt” in one sitting. When Nicole, the main character, leaves her body after she had been hit by a car, she becomes the proverbial fly on the wall. Not only does she discover some upsetting truths about her cool, wild friends, but she also realizes that things in her own home are not at all what she thought them to be. Dale Finnigan, whom she had nastily labeled Scarface, appears to be the only one who can hear and possibly help her; a fact that forces her to reconsider h...more
♥ Sarah
Mean girl Nicole’s body is lost in the woods, hovering between life and death. But somehow her consciousness or soul finds Dale, the “weirdo” loner she dubbed Scar Face (on account of the huge jagged scar running across his face). For better or worse, he’s her only hope at a second chance in life.

As she travels back and forth, in and out of consciousness, she discovers who her true friends are, what led her on such a destructive mean girl path, and what she may truly want in life, if given a se...more
Simply brilliant!
Melissa Pearl's Betwixt is an intensely emotional ride. This is a book that will stay on my shelves to be read over and over again.
I loved Nicole, in both her darkness and her joy. And Dale? Oh my...Dale was poor Nicole's saving grace through and through.
I loved this book, Melissa Pearl's writing made you feel like you were Nikki/Nicole and kept you drawn in so much that I couldnt put it down! The raw emotion and it's sincerity blew me away.

This is an amazing book! The story is told through the main character Nicole's voice. After being hit by a car her body is lying somewhere and only her spirit is able to roam around. Through this form Nicole learns truths about her life and bonds with Dale the only person who can hear her. She also learns a...more
Amel Armeliana
"I don't believe in God" (Nicole Tepper)
"But He believes in you" (Dale Finnigan)

Just imagine, in one moment you're a very populer girl with very populer friends and a hot boy friend. But then you're hitting by a car, you're "betwixt", you're not dead but you're soul outside your body, looking for help, and the only one who can hear you is the guy that you publicly humiliated.

Nicole Tepper adalah cewek cantik dan populer dengan "click" yang super populer juga. Nicole hanya mengencani cowok-cowok...more
Even though Betwixt is little over 200 pages long, it managed to stir up some very intense emotions inside me. The story begins when Nicole was out partying as usual but then things turned from bad to worse when her boyfriend Trent leaves her stranded in the middle of nowhere. More annoyed than frightened, she starts walking down the road cursing, gets hit by a car and wakes up invisible to everyone but Dale Finnegan. With no memory of what happened last night, Nicole really thinks she is doomed...more
Betwixt is a fantastic, sweet and endearing tale of mean girls, friendship and a family ripped apart by heartache. It’s about overcoming what you think you deserve and making changes to become the person deserving.

The synopsis says more than I can, it will get you just as curious as I was to get some answers. The book was a lovely read and had me clinging to the edge of my chair with one hand and my kindle with the other. I needed to know if they would make it in time. I needed to know if Nicole...more
Melissa Pearl is an author that I have read a few books from now, and I am happy to say that I think I like each one of her books more and more. If you have not read anything from her yet, you need to check her out because she is an awesome writer. I absolutely loved Betwixt. I wish it was a series or that we would get a little novella to check in on the characters because I wasn't ready to leave them when I finished the book. I had already fallen in love with them by that point.

I think my secr...more
Jeff LaFerney
Every once in a while I come across a book that affects me personally. Betwixt is one of those books. I didn't have the time to just sit and consume this book, I had to feed on it with small bites over nearly two weeks, and I found that I was thinking about it all the time. I wanted to get back to it to read more, and my mind worked overtime even while I was reading it. I found myself not liking Nicole, and then liking her oh so much. I found myself obsessed with her problems and worried for her...more
Emily Anne
I really enjoyed Betwixt! With realistic, flawed characters and a super cool plot, the book will definitely enthrall reader's and keep them up past their bedtime.

Nicole is in a little bit of a tough spot. Her body is in the middle of nowhere, seriously injured. Thankfully, Nicole’s spirit is free to roam around and get help. Easy, right? Nope. Dale is the only person that can hear her, and the two of them have a bit of unpleasant history. Dale was an intriguing character. He seemed to have his p...more
wow melissa sure knows how to make you feel so much emotion when reading a book. i think i spent most of my time reading this book thru a haze of tears. it wasnt that it was sad all the time, but the things the main character went thru, and what happened to her for her to become who she was, was just heartbreaking, and the main man in the book, his story was tormenting too.
i definitly think this is my fave book from melissa, it definitly outshines her time spirit trilogy for me.
i read this boo...more
Wow, this was brilliant! The story kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time and even moved me to tears. What a pleasant surprise! :)
Oh this was such an addicting, suspense-filled read!! I picked up Betwixt because I needed a quick change of pace for my reading this week, and this was the perfect choice!
***************4.5 stars!!****************
Betwixt is part psychological suspense and part YA romance, with a little ghost action thrown in the mix! Nicole is a girl broken by the guilt from a traumatic event in her past, and lives her life avoiding emotions and attachments as much as possible. Surrounded by friends who deep d...more
There are a lot of things that I loved about this book. It made me cry quite a few times. It's a book about second chances, how sometimes when things are at the lowest possible point, we are given a chance to change things, to make a decision, to make it all better. I am an optimist and I love such stories. So it made me happy.

The characters are very well developed. Even the secondary characters have depth and I so love it when an author puts effort into the characters. That's one thing that can...more
Alexia Purdy
4.5 stars

Loved this book! And the cover is awesome! This story follows Nicole, the main character who is a stuck up, cold teen who parties all the time and thrives in the self-destruction that is her life. One day, after rejecting her boyfriend Trent when he wants to go too far, she finds herself stranded in the forest after dark when he leaves her there. Great boyfriend, right? Trying to make her way home, she gets hit by a drunk driver and left for dead.

The next morning she finds herself in he...more
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Meaning of Betwixt (between), neither the one nor the other; in a middle or unresolved position

Betwixt by Melissa Pearl was kindly provided to me by the author in exchange for my honest review.

16 year-old Nicole Tepper seems to be on a downward spiral, partying too much, drinking and mixing with the wrong crowd until one fateful night she is hit by a car and left for dead. Upon waking the next morning she realizes she is lurking between lif...more
BETWIXT is a perfect combination of supernatural young adult and straight up incredible 5 star read.

Nicole has spent the last few years surrounding herself with people too shallow to bother getting to know the real her. This is just how she wants it and all she can handle after a tragedy turned her life upside down and made her hate the real her. What starts as a typical Tuesday night quickly turns south when she isn’t in the mood to pretend with her boyfriend and finds herself abandoned far fro...more
J.C. Hart
4.5 stars. this book was fabulous, and that's coming from someone who isn't a huge YA fan!! I am, however, a pretty big fan of ghost type stories, of which I think this classifies. There is a lot to love about this one.

Nicole is a truly flawed character, she's self obsessed, she is popular and does what it takes to maintain her social status, the thing is, that doesn't really mesh with what would make her truly happy. And she knows it. I love this internal conflict as I think it's one that just...more
Dual Review from Derinda & Jodie

This book was so sensitive and so beautiful at the same time. Jodie and I wanted to offer you a
review together.

Against bullies. This is what first enter my mind! I fully think this should be in the hands of everyone. We totally agree that Melissa Pearl is simply brilliant and creative.The compassion and emotion
shows through her writing throughout this entire book!

Derinda, I personally think Betwixt is a fantastic, sweet and endearing tale of mean girls, fr...more
Nickle Love (Night Owl Reads)
Originally posted in Night Owl Reads

I received an e-ARC copy of this as part of the book tour. First of all, I have no idea what the title has to do with the whole story. Maybe I missed something, or maybe I should check the dictionary for its definition.

Anyway, I liked the simplicity of the story. It's almost like a contemporary novel but with the added twist of being ghostlike. That's where the paranormal sets in.

Nicole has a past she doesn't want to dwell in, and as she avoids the topic, sh...more
Betwixt is another fantastic novel by Melissa Pearl. I think Melissa Pearl has tackled this sub-genre marvelously. In Betwixt, Nicole was on the receiving end of a hit and run and is thrown down the hill from the impact of the car. When she wakes up she finds out that no one can hear or see her, except for Dale. Dale, the neighbor who she always liked as a friend but couldn't really hang out with because she is at the top of the social ladder and being associated with him is like social suicide....more
Jodie & Bree - Fab Fun & Tantalizing Reads
Betwixt is a fantastic, sweet and endearing tale of mean girls, friendship and a family ripped apart by heartache. It's about overcoming what you think you deserve and making changes to become the person deserving.

The synopsis says more than I can, it will get you just as curious as I was to get some answers. The book was a lovely read and had me clinging to the edge of my chair with one hand and my kindle with the other. I needed to know if they would make it in time. I needed to know if Nicole...more
Book Chatter-Cath
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*Short moment of fangirl behaviour required*

I was blown away by its emotion and sincerity. Simply beautiful.
I loved, loved, loved it!! I could not put it down, didn't want it to be over, loved it!

*fangirl squealing session over!*

Melissa Pearl has a talent for writing characters (in this case Nicky) with such emotion and truth, that you forget that you are reading a book. You almost become Nicky, its like slipping...more
J.A. Huss
Betwixt is an amazing story of one young girl’s brush with death and her journey to self-realization and acceptance. Nicole Tepper had a lot going for her – she lives in a nice neighborhood, she’s socially popular at school, she has a hot boyfriend, and she’s pretty.

You’d think that’s all it takes to be happy. But Nicole is not even close to happy. She’s been acting out since the death of her sister two years prior and in her mind, she grabbed life with gusto, pointed her head towards the wind,...more
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Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan... not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. "Best. Year. Ever!!" She now lives in China with her husband and two sons. She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother sh...more
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“Sometimes we just have to accept the fact we can't explain everything. Life happens, whether we want it to or not and we don't always have a reason why. Our job is to try and make some good come out of it.” 12 likes
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