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Between Here and Forever

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  6,466 ratings  ·  456 reviews
Abby accepted that she can’t measure up to her beautiful, magnetic sister Tess a long time ago, and knows exactly what she is: Second best. Invisible.

Until the accident.

Now Tess is in a coma, and Abby’s life is on hold. It may have been hard living with Tess, but it's nothing compared to living without her.

She's got a plan to bring Tess back though, involving the gorgeous
Hardcover, 250 pages
Published May 24th 2011 by Simon Pulse
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Dec 08, 2010 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: fans of Elizabeth Scott
Actual rating: 2.5 stars

Abby's just a normal junior in high school - one who's always been used to living in her sister's shadow. With Tess around, Abby fades into the background until it as if she doesn't exist. It doesn't help that Abby is below average in the looks department and has virtually no confidence.
And then there's Tess: perfect, pretty, popular Tess. Every one - male and female, young and old - loves Tess. She's always had the most friends and the most suitors.
Until a tragic car acc
Confession Time: I love books about angst-ridden, troubled teens who find true love and set their lives back on track. For me, it's the best kind of escapist fiction, even better than the blandness-is-me white bread of most romance novels these days. These characters are tortured and disturbed and have more issues than a political manifesto, but they eventually emerge triumphant, proving to one and all that true love can surmount any barrier. It's cheesy as hell, but great entertainment.

Jun 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Uh, uh... She was in the car accident on New Year's night, she's in coma, everybody loves her, she's clinically depressed, and she's lesbian. Only thing which is missing is third leg growing from her neck.... Boy is gorgeous and he has OCD...OK... Did you ever hear that less is more? ...more
Jun 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
After listening to a couple of other novels by Elizabeth Scott on audio, I decided to go the old fashioned way and actually read her latest novel, "Between Here and Forever." In the interest of full disclosure, I'll say that I'm not the target audience for Ms. Scott's novels, but I have found the audio books to be a nice distraction while doing other things. Her female characters struck me as flawed but authentic characters.

And then there's "Between Here and Forever."

Maybe the experience of list
Mar 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-galley
ABBY is yet another MC that I want to shake some sense into. Are all Elizabeth Scott’s leads this insecure? Abby truly believes and thus behaves as if she deserves no happiness! Abby behaves exactly as the girl in Perfect You does, only her life is a tad bit more complicated. See, she’s grown up in with a sister who she thinks perfect, whom she thinks everyone thinks perfect. She truly believes she doesn’t and will never measure up. This belief shapes her interactions with others turning her int ...more
Jul 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Before picking up Between Here and Forever, I urge readers to read or reread Bloom, Scott’s debut novel. No, it’s not because I love that book (well partially yes), but because Lauren (Lauren’s Crammed Bookshelf) pointed that the characters from Bloom make a reappearance. After making that connection, Between Here and Forever became so much…more in a way. Anyway I’ll gush about that later on.

Between Here and Forever focuses on Abby and her relationship with her sister Tess. Abby is always in the
*3.5 stars*

Now I know I don’t really talk about my writing a lot, but it makes sense to do so in relation to this review. Since I’ve always been into sibling dynamics, especially of the sister kind, I’ve been writing this novel in which there’s an older sister who’s an overachiever, and a younger sister who’s been forever compared and longs to break free of her shadow. That might sound like the most unoriginal concept ever, but I think I can safely say that the book is a LOT more than that, desp
Jan 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
I learned several important things after reading Between Here And Forever by Elizabeth Scott. Number 1) A coma and a persistent vegetative state are not the same thing. Number 2) I am the master at figuring out ‘secrets’ by the 20th page. Number 3) I want to read more Elizabeth Scott, but not for the reasons you might think.

Read the rest of my review here
Grace Mycek
Nov 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
This book was amazing, uplifting, many words that could descibe it. The author truly created a masterpiece with this one. I picked it up earlier today and just couldn't tear myself away from it. I finished it in one sitting and boy was it an emotional ride.

I've read several books by Elizabeth Scott now, and I just have to say that she really has a gift of making the reader connect with the character. Especially in this book. Never have I been so aware of a main characters' person
Sep 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, 2011
I've waited a few days after finishing this one to write a review, wasn't quite sure how I felt about it. So here goes.
While I understood Abby's feelings about herself, always being in her older sister's shadow, I didn't quite get how she could see herself as a complete nothing. At least at first that's how I saw her, but then I realized that she had set out to make herself into nothing, so no one would notice her. Her reasons for doing this were sad, but she had made decisions that were not in
Lisa Schensted
in a sentence or so: Abby's sister Tess was in a car accident that's left Tess in a coma and left Abby wondering who she is beyond the little sister living in her perfect older sister's shadow.

Abby visits her sister every day. and every day, things stay the same. Tess doesn't move. Abby doesn't know what to feel doesn't know what to do. Abby's parents don't know what to feel and don't know what to do.

after Eli, the boy from the gift shop, walks by and says something in passing, Abby swears she
Rachel Star
I'll start with the good, because I am a massive fan of Elizabeth Scott's books. Crisp, cutting prose and clearly defined characters make this an exemplar piece of contemporary YA fiction. I loved the way that nothing was stereotypically left in a default romance position; Scott isn't afraid to mix it up and create characters that are original, but also doesn't use labels and "issues" merely to create tension and excitement, instead crafting characters whose flaws alter them and their lives, and ...more
Oct 31, 2012 rated it did not like it
Ugh, I really feel for people who have zero self esteem, but I can't stand it. Abbey is my least favourite kind of self hater, she's the kind that figures she better hate herself the most so that no one else can make her feel as crappy as she already makes herself feel.

This book makes me wonder if I was this annoying; I don't think I was, because I was too self conscious to be so cavalier and forward, the way Abbey is.

I love Eli. His character makes me giggle a bit though, because the idea of
Jul 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2011
I didn`t enjoy this one as much as Living Dead Girl, but it was still a pretty good read. I felt so bad for Abby who for her whole life has felt invisible living in the shadow of her older sister. After her sister is in a coma, she only wants her sister to wake up, so she isn`t tied to her for the rest of her life and isn`t unimportant to everyone who compares her with her perfect sister. Towards the end of the book, Abby realizes that behind that perfect exterior, there were secrets about her s ...more
May 04, 2011 rated it liked it
Well, this one wasn't what I was expecting. I was expecting great characters, a great story and a good dose of swoon. Instead, I felt sad a lot of the time. The characters were still very real, the swoon wasn't really there for me and while I knew the story had a 'sister in coma', it wasn't that which was the the sad part. The MC Abby, well she just broke my heart. She had such low self-esteem and didn't think very much of herself, apart from just being her sister's shadow and while she was conf ...more
Apr 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Right off, you're introduced to Tess and Abby; and their seemingly opposite worlds while still being sisters only in the technical sense. When Abby spots the most minimal response in Tess when she hears Eli's voice in the hospital, she resolves to use him in order to make her sister wake up so she can finally get out from her shadow. However, what Abby soon discovers is the shield she's used to protect herself--from being hurt, from the capability of letting herself want--disappears as she get t ...more
Sherry Thompson
May 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Between Here and Forever by Elizabeth Scott. Simon & Schuster, 2011.

For years, Abby has worshiped her “perfect” older sister, Tess, whom everyone loves. But now Tess is lying in a hospital bed in a coma, the result of a car accident. Abby just wants Tess to wake up and get on with her life so that Abby can get on with hers. Abby’s daily visits to Tess’s bedside to talk to her and wait for her to wake up consume Abby’s life. Enter Eli, the most gorgeous boy Abby has ever seen; even his voice is b
Nov 08, 2010 rated it it was ok
Original post at One More Page

Totally honest moment? This is one book I judged by its cover -- the sunflower on the cover called me the moment I laid my eyes on it. I squee over anything with sunflowers and stars (if it's not obvious with my header image), so the giant sunflower on this cover is a big plus on me. I'm just not sure where this really fits in the story, though.

Between Here and Forever is a story of sisters and family. Abby has always lived under the shadow of her popular sister
Sep 28, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
I was really surprised that I did not find this book that enjoyable since I had always been a fan of Elizabeth Scott’s novels – if you check out my Goodreads page, you’ll see that I have rated 5*s for almost all of her books so when I picked up this book, I was expecting something on par with the other books. Unfortunately, I think this book fell short. Maybe it’s because my expectations were too high or something.

The main character, Abby, is a very quiet person but invisible because of her all
Cynthia (A Blog about Nothing)
Nov 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
I've become a bit obsessed with contemporary novels lately, I do love me some really great paranormals but somehow contemporaries have become a little more personal to me, so much more closer to home. Elizabeth Scott’s writing in Between Here and Forever was easy flowing and very realistic to me which made it much easier to get sucked into the story and feel the emotional turmoil that Abby goes through.

Abby has a really low self-esteem, probably one of the lowest that I've seen in a long time a
Jul 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, 2011, e-book
Elizabeth Scott long ago landed on my favorite author's list and Between Here and Forever only sealed the deal. Beautifully written, heartbreaking, and full of hope; this is one novel that will stay with me for a long time.

Abby has always lived in the shadow of her beautiful and charismatic older sister, Tess. For years things have always been Tess, Tess, Tess and Abby has always felt inferior to her. But suddenly Tess's light is blown out when she gets in a terrible accident and ends up in a co
Greta is Erikasbuddy
I super loved this book! And I don't say that very often so you know you can trust me ;)

(note: I wouldn't trust her on everything. She cheats at put put golf)

When I got the feel of this story all I could think of was that this was a modern "Sleeping Beauty".

Imagine that your sister is the bees knees. Everybody loves her, then one day she's taken away, slapped into a coma, and your stuck standing in her shadow. Kinda sounds like Sleeping Beauty, right? Ok ok.. not exactly... but I thought so
Oct 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Abby’s older sister Tess is in a coma after a car accident. Abby has always felt less worthy than Tess and is jealous of her sister’s beauty and charisma. Now that she lies in a hospital bed, Abby visits Tess daily to try to help her wake up. Her motives are not entirely selfless though. Abby wants Tess to get better so that she can leave town with a free conscience after high school. She does not want to have to stay in town out of guilt. She is not having much luck reviving Tess until handsome ...more
Oct 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-books, arc
Elizabeth Scott has become well known for her strong writing. Her books Living Dead Girl, Stealing Heaven, and Love You, Hate You Miss You have all been included on YALSA's Best Books for Young Adults lists.

Between Here and Forever includes characters from Scott's first book: Bloom. These characters are secondary characters though, and you do not need to have read Bloom to read Between Here and Forever. This book focuses on Abby, who has lived in her sister Tess's shadow. Tess now lies in a coma
May 20, 2011 rated it liked it
This was my first Elizabeth Scott novel, and after reading it, I can wholeheartedly say that I'm eager to read another.

Between Here and Forever tells the story of a girl with rock bottom self-esteem put into a difficult situation that she tries her very hardest to change. It is unique, haunting and touches on a lot of tough topics.

Abby... is a difficult main character to love. This girl literally has no sense of self-worth and spends a lot of time comparing herself to her older sister, Tess, wh
Liz at Midnight Bloom Reads
Jul 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
It's no secret that Elizabeth Scott is among one of my favourite YA contemporary authors. She can take an ordinary plot and make it her own in a very special way. And all the while, it seems so easy for her to do so. I always get excited reading a new novel of hers because I always know she's going to offer her own little twists that could leave me laughing in stitches or really sympathetic to her characters.

Between Here and Forever leans toward the sad and serious side this time around, but the
Between here and forever is the story of two very different sisters Tessa and Abby. Tessa in Abby’s eyes is the “perfect sister”, she’s beautiful, has a pretty smile, has all the guys after her and everyone knows who she is. Abby is just known as Tessa’s sister, no one really notices her much unless they’re asking after Tessa and she’s basically lived in the shadow of her sister. That is until Tessa moves away to college and Abby can finally live her own life. However everything changes when Tes ...more
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: girls in general
Recommended to Kahli by: i just picked it up
The book Between Here and Forever is in my opinion a great book. This book should be read by girls mostly but anyone can read it. This book can be read by any age range. I think the author Elizabeth Scott did a great job writing it as well.
The fact that Abby's sister Tess got into a terrible accident I think that Abby will learn a life lesson and learn how to let go but, also learn from looking up to the impact her sister had on people. Abby visits her sister in the hospital but, I think after
Feb 07, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
What a shit book.

The protagonist, Abby, was literally one of the most annoying characters I’ve ever read about. She’s extremely insecure because she’s been living in her ‘perfect’ sister’s shadow her whole life. I feel like Elizabeth Scott made her extremely insecure just for the character development to be more obvious, and it just wasn’t believable. Abby brushes off every compliment she gets, constantly whines about how much she hates herself, and how she’ll never be as perfect as her sister,
Apr 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, reviewed
This is my second book by Elizabeth Scott and I must say I enjoyed this one a lot more than the first one. Maybe the first one was a little too YA for me. But this one touched me because Elizabeth made sure we felt what her characters felt. And I can see how some young sisters would go through what Abby goes through in this book. By being in the shadow of their older, much prettier, much talented and popular older sibling.

So Abby has always been in her sister's shadow and she has come to terms
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Hey there, I'm Elizabeth. I write young adult novels. I live just outside Washington DC with my husband and dog, and am unable to pass a bookstore without stopping and going inside.

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