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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 separated them as kids; in the meantim
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published June 12th 2012 by Atria Books (first published June 1st 2012)
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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.
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Jasprit
Apr 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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Robert
Jun 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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
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Nancy
May 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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Jessica
Jun 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
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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
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Tracy
Aug 05, 2012 rated it did not like it
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.
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Amy
Jun 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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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
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Michelle
May 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Jennifer
May 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-ebooks

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
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Talk Supe
Jun 12, 2012 rated it did not like it
FULL REVIEW AT Talk Supe

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
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Louise
Oct 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book wasn’t for me but I got sucked into it. It’s abou,t the sad life of this young woman singer and her relationship with her parents....a hidden family secret and a favorite cousin. It’s sad. And it’s about 50 pages too long.
Jessica
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Kaley
Jun 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Megan (The Book Babe)
Other reviews at The Book Babe's Reads. Due to copy and paste, formatting has been lost.

Honestly, the most that I took away from Between You and Me was the fact that I didn't particularly like it. Sadness doesn't even begin to describe how I felt about the familial relationships in this book - it doesn't even begin to cover it at all. I can't imagine having a family that only wanted you because of what you could do for them, which is what Kelsey has. And to tell you the truth, I feel so so bad f
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Paula  Phillips
Jun 10, 2012 rated it liked it
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Catie Disabato
Mar 11, 2013 rated it did not like it
Fuckkk this book was a disappointment. I wanted something dark and emotionally messy and revelatory. I wanted a book equivalent of crying in a bathtub and instead I got a book equivalent of someone jerking their thumb in the direction of the bathroom and saying, "Uh, I think she's crying in there."

About 30 pages from the end, this book starts to become what it should've been - and at that point (225 pages in), it's just incredibly too fucking late.


Here's what I wrote halfway through, which remai
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Jenna
Jul 14, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Laura
Jun 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, reviewed
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
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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
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Marie
Aug 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
I'll skip right to the chase: I give Between You and Me 2 stars and I put my ARC into the recycle bin after finishing it.

I'll skip a plot synopsis; the Goodreads synopsis sums it up really well.

So... Between You and Me is basically a very thinly veiled, barely fictionalized retelling of Britney Spears' life in 2007. (That's the year she shaved her head, etc....) The entire book I kept thinking "this is it; this is the alluded to "unraveling"" and then... wait for it... two pages later Kelsey ma
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Cheryl
May 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
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Rebecca
Jul 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: chicklit
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
Liz
Jul 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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Suzanne
Jun 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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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 come o
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Linda
Jun 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book. Written by the authors who wrote "The Nanny Diaries", a book I loved and could not put down, I had high hopes for this novel. But, I'm halfway through and can't finish. I'm simply bored. Things happen in the novel, but nothing too exciting or fast enough to hold my interest. The characters are likeable enough, and the writing well-done, yet I need something a bit more fast-paced, or a more intriguing conflict and I got tired waiting for it. That said, I would t ...more
Lorri
Sep 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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