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The Girl In Between

(The Girl in Between #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  8,345 ratings  ·  681 reviews
Librarian's Note: Alternate cover for this ASIN can be found here. Bryn Reyes is a real life sleeping beauty. Afflicted with Klein-Levin Syndrome, she suffers episodes of prolonged sleep that steal weeks, and sometimes even months, from her life. But unlike most KLS patients, she doesn’t spend each episode in a catatonic state or wake up with no recollection of the time sh ...more
Kindle Edition, 289 pages
Published September 30th 2014 (first published December 31st 2012)
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Emma I got this book for free at a kindle store action, snd so I was expecting it to be some baddly written book by an author that was desperate to get not…moreI got this book for free at a kindle store action, snd so I was expecting it to be some baddly written book by an author that was desperate to get noticed andknew that noone would buy the book because it was so bad, but itwas a ctually really good. (less)
Susan It's not a whole book. It's only the first chapters of a story that's spread over four books. It ends abruptly with a CLIFFHANGER and a weblink to buy…moreIt's not a whole book. It's only the first chapters of a story that's spread over four books. It ends abruptly with a CLIFFHANGER and a weblink to buy the other books! :((less)

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I sure wasn’t expecting this one to take me by storm with its sheer brilliance and originality! Sit back, let go of those niggling little doubts about “could this really happen just like this,” and enjoy a strong teen heroine in an unimaginable situation! THE GIRL IN BETWEEN by Laekan Zea Kemp is complete entertainment from start to finish.

Bryn is like a real life sleeping beauty. She could fall asleep and remain that way for days, weeks or even months, but while the world moves on all around he
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
4.25 KLS Stars


This book BLEW ME AWAY!!

A unique and emotional book centering around Bryn and her battle with KLS or otherwise known as "Sleeping Beauty Syndrome"

This is her journey trying to juggle school, getting accepted into college, her ex, graduation, prom all while battling her coma-like sleeps lasting anywhere from a few days to months.

Normally she would retreat into her dreams that would consist of her past memories until it was time to wake back up ----- until suddenly a mysterious
Jun 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book was wonderful & FREE!!

Why havent more people heard of it?!

I found this book when looking through the Fantasy / Paranormal Freebies on Amazon and so glad I did!

The story is about Bryn, a 17 year old girl suffering from a rare illness:

Kleine-Levin Syndrome (KLS) is a rare and complex neurological disorder characterized by recurring periods of excessive amounts of sleep, altered behavior, and a reduced understanding of the world. The disorder strikes adolescents primarily but can o
Kit (Metaphors and Moonlight)
4 Stars

I’m going to preface this review with notes about the series as a whole, before I get to my thoughts on this book in particular.

1) I’ve read this whole series (I’ve read Books 1-3 twice, actually), and this book and the first half of Book 2 were great, but the paranormal stuff got really inconsistent after that.

2) The series gets significantly darker as it goes on.

3) In regards to how the chronic illness is handled, *MINOR SPOILER (I don’t consider this a spoiler, but it’s somethin
Tanja (Tanychy)
Sep 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
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It's been over a year now since I've got to read Breathing Ghost, I believe Leakan's first book and I couldn't believe that I had a chance to read such an interesting book. I fell in love with her writing then and I couldn't wait to read her new books. So I have finally got a chance to read The Girl In Between.

Knowing little about the author, I assumed that I'm going to read something unusual here and I did, in fact. It's a story about Bryn, who suffers fro
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The concept is good, but the story itself is quite uninteresting (same for the characters).
I wouldn't say "don't read it" but I wouldn't say "read it" either.
Aja: The Narcoleptic Ninja
What sort of horrible cliffhanger is that!?

I have like 4 other books I've been WAITING to read, but I need the fricken sequel for this!

Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: magical-realism
So our main character Bryn spends most of her days asleep due to her Kleine-Levin Syndrome (spelled Klein in the book). Because of this, Bryn doesn't have very many friends apart from her cousin Dani and friend Felix. This is Dani:
Nine years of riding bikes and chalking the sidewalk and copying each other's homework and spying on the neighbors. Nine years of growing up together...
You'd think that Bryn would love someone who has stuck by her even when she wasn't conscious. Instead Bryn is constan
What a phenomenal book. A book so sensual and real and thoughtful that I couldnt help but drown in it’s world. The story follows a girl who has a rare disease called Klein-Levin Syndrome. It causes the patient to sleep for long periods for an indefinite amount of time. We follow Bryn through her life between the real world and her dream-like state, trying to put her life back together into a sense of normalcy for her own sake as well as others around her. Then this boys who has no past, no
Melissa Levine
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Nov 06, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I guess I'm just somewhat underwhelmed? The premise was good, but it kinda drags at certain points and it needs some editing. I feel no connection with any of the characters, and that makes it hard to care about them at all. There's more books in this series, but at the moment I don't feel inclined to read them, although I might eventually. ...more
1.5/5 Stars

DNF at 47%.

The cover is lovely. The blurb promising. But at 47% I'm finding it more and more difficult to keep interest in a story which I find to be dragging, the plotline disappointing so far which is giving me trouble to engage, especially when I have no emotional connection to any of the characters at all. So it's a DNF sadly.
Oct 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great read for me. Confusing at times but I loved it.
Of course there was a cliffhanger.
Sarah Hadd
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Jun 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, fairytale
The Girl In Between is unlike any book I’ve read before and is an excellent start to a YA paranormal series. Even better is that all books in the trilogy are now available to read.

I was a little unsure about this book at first, but once I got a quarter of the way into it, the story really grew on me and grabbed my attention, and I found it very difficult to put down.

The story focusses on a teenage girl named Bryn who has a rare sleep disorder called Klein-Levin Syndrome or KLS. This illness is o
April Wood
“People don’t exist in just the light or the dark. They exist in the contrast. In the shadows where the two overlap.”

Author Laekan Zea Kemp adds her own twist to the complex neurological disorder, KLS, in this fascinating young adult urban fantasy about a real life sleeping beauty.

Teenager Bryn Reyes spends more than half of her life asleep. When her eyes shut, she wakes up in an alternate dreamland reality where she navigates through a world of her own mixed memories. During one of her episodes
Elena Johansen
DNF @ 23%. Where do I even start?

First, if the main character has a disease or other medical issue so serious that it affects every aspect of their life, and therefore the story, I would hope the name of the condition would be spelled correctly. I'd never heard of KLS before picking up this book, and I'll admit, it sounded so "out there" that I looked it up to find out if it was real. It is. But it's constantly spelled wrong throughout the text. I Googled "Klein-Levin Syndrome" only to discover
Astrid Miles
Please allow me to start by saying, OH MY! Sadly, I do not mean that in a good way. This book has so much potential. On some parts, it is pretty good, but then on the rest, it is difficult to read and understand. The author tries to add these…poetic (?) parts. The ideas jump around, and there are moving objects within.

Let me back up to what this book is about, because as I said, it is a really cool idea. This girl is diagnosed with a disease that makes you sleep randomly and for an unknown amoun
Mar 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"My dearest Bryn, dream with your heart and the universe will bend at your will"

I loved The Girl In Between. I loved that it made me feel that I was trying to figure out what was happening right along Bryn. This is the story of a girl that suffers of Klein-Levin Syndrome, which means she sleeps for days and even weeks in a row. She doesn't dream during her prolonged sleep but she goes to a place in her mind fill with memories, and so has been for the last four years until things start to change.
Anna (Unquenchable Reads)
Oct 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
********I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own********

Bryn is a sleeping beauty. She has Klein-Levin Syndrome. It makes her sleep for weeks and weeks. But when she’s in this state of sleep, she’s not like the other patients. She dreams. Except the dreams feel extremely real and she’s not alone there. Her symptoms are worsening and if she doesn’t figure this out soon, she’ll run out of time.

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

I enjoyed this book quite a lot. I’
Baileigh Higgins
Too slow

This book took forever to get to the point and I found myself losing interest fast and skimming over the pages just to get through it. The plot sounded so good, but way too slow and at times confusing. The ending really bothered me as well. After slogging through the book you think finally, and then it's so anticlimactic you want to scream.
Ben Schneider
Better than expected. Not a bad read for anyone who likes real-world YA romance with a twist.
Amanda Damiao
Apr 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good

Execellent book. Very creative and well written. I really enjoyed. Couldnt put it down,even though it was a little predictable !
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
" That was one of the worst things about being sick. Someone was always waiting on you, which meant disappointing people was inevitable."

As a person who has mixed headaches ( Migraine + Tension headache), I almost cried upon reading the quote above. I missed out on a lot of University events because of my headaches, which obviously made me upset. But then I have to call someone to apologize about missing an outing,etc..Now that always made feel so much worse. I remember missing out on our senior
Joana Veríssimo
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Again, I was so pleasantly surprised :) I wasn't completely sure that I would like this - the description was somewhat interesting, but it was the cover that sold me on it, because it's probably the most beautiful cover ever!!
The plot itself turned out to be very interesting, and there were a few times I feared that it was going in a wrong direction, but it didn't and it continued on a great path. I have no idea how faithful this is to KLS, but it was interesting to see the doctor's appointments
Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The Girl In Between

While the idea of the book sounds interesting enough, the book was extremely boring.

The characters and world-building was terrible. I wouldn't care if the MC dies or goes in a coma forever, or if the unnamed boy never finds out who he is. Same to say about the other characters. They were all so shallow, I couldn't see any layering in the characters, and why did the MC have to be so sassy/rude? I get it, she had a disorder that kept on getting worse, but everyone has problem
Anni Barkla
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, Amazing! Not my usual read, but sooo good. I want more! What an awesome book, 10/10
Katie B (Bisforbookiemonster)
I’ll admit it, I’m extremely skeptical when it comes to the free YA books I find for my Kindle. They all seem to be the exact same plot with the exact same characters, regurgitated over and over in different settings and in different guises. It’s gotten to the point where I rarely even read the YA freebies anymore. But this one is different.

First of all, the premise struck me as something new and exciting. I love a paranormal teen romance as much as the next YA reader, but the fact that this doe
Sarah Theis
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-ebooks
This book is actually really good, especially since it was a free ebook 😱😁 Only half way done but I'm looking forward to seeing where it goes.



Ok, to finish this review. This book was really interesting and I can't wait to read more! The whole idea of *SPOILER ALERT* something dark, a shadow, following her both in her dream world and then while she is awake? It SMILED at her?!? Her grandmother's flowers rotting and turning black and it spreading? It's so good and so creepy
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Laekan Zea Kemp is a writer living in Austin, Texas. She received her B.A. in Creative Writing from Texas Tech University and her M.F.A. in Teaching from the University of North Texas. She’s the author of the paranormal romance series, The Girl In Between, and the forthcoming young adult novel, Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet. When she’s not writing she’s religiously re-watching Buffy the Vampi ...more

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