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3.97  ·  Rating details ·  1,387 ratings  ·  263 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
Paperback, 203 pages
Published November 5th 2012 by Createspace (first published October 31st 2012)
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
This book is kind of like The Lovely Bones if:

1. The main character is an irritating twit
“Oh, yeah.” I hold the card next to my face and flash a wicked grin at my phone camera. I post the photo to Instagram and show Amber.
Watch out, LA, I’m on my way. #retailtherapy #thanksdad
2. If her family/friends gave two fucks about her death/disappearance
Trent doesn’t bite. “She’s probably just run away to LA for the day.”
“He’s right, you know,” Lauren chimes in, a little too brightly. “We all saw h
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
Melissa Pearl
Oct 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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 :)
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
Aug 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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,
Sep 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
*Received via Netgalley

Really good premise that falls a little short unfortunately. The saving grace is some great writing but with irritating characters and some disjointed plot lines, it just wasn't for me.

Would encourage you to give it a try for yourself because it does have some wonderful reviews.
Emily Anne
Oct 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Jessica by: ~Tina~
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! :)
Sharon Mariampillai
I received a copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Actual Rating: 3.5

This was an enjoyable read. The storyline was great. I was not that intrigued by Nicole in the beginning, but then I started to understand her more as the story went on. I thought her friends were stupid, though. Dale was my favourite character. He was really sweet. I love him. The ending was great. I wonder how the story is going to turn out, and the prequel story about Dale will be interesting. Overall, a gre
♥ Sarah
Mar 31, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Nov 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Dec 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
Even though Betwixt is little over 200 pages long, it managed to stir up a range of 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.

On the
Dec 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: love-love-love
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 Nicol
Jeff LaFerney
Nov 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kinda like Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver kinda not. And that's why when I first started reading it, i was so sure I will hate it. I was wrong. I just wish the story wasn't so predictable though. And her friends, that was a superficial situation where people wouldn't atleast be concerned for the sake of just knowing. No one assumes stuff just like that over something that major irl especially when they have no idea what happened. That and Sheriff stuff sounded fake, but overall this book survive ...more
Aug 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Elle (Ligia)
I’m still in cloud nine, people! So beware because this review might not be what you expect.

Okay, I’m just kidding. But I thought I should mention that reviewing after just finishing a book isn’t always a good idea, because like I just said I’m still flying with it. It was freaking awesome, and I’m trying to contain myself.

Nicole Tepper is the popular girl. The girl everyone likes, the girl every guy wants to “date.” Nicole is a mean girl. In blood and flesh. And she acts her role l
Heather A
I snagged a copy of this title from Netgalley when it was available as a 'Read it Now'.

This was a bit of coverlust and a lovely title that caught my eye about this book. I read the synopsis on Netgalley and think I passed on it initially, then went back a week later or so and figured I would give it a chance.

Unfortunately, I didn't like this one much at all. The plot showed some form of promise, and at least by the end the main character did show something that resembled some smidgen of charac
Atmika Singh
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
Nov 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: absolutely-love
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, friend
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
Sep 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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
Sep 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.

This book isn’t your classical contemporary novel. This isn’t even any random sappy romance novel. It’s a unique mixture of romance, reality and suspense, which hooks you to the story and keeps the pages turning. An astonishing self-discovery of the social ‘queenbee’ of the high-school, and a race against time to save the life of the person you love. This book, wow.

Nicole Tepper isn’t your average next-door girl. She’s cool, she’s famous, she has
Dec 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-favorites
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
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
Aug 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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
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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 is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her ...more

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