Format: ARC (NetGalley)
Release Date: June 12, 2012
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In Between You and Me, twenty-seven-year-old Logan Wade has built a life for herself in New York City, far from her unhappy childhood in Oklahoma. But when she gets the call that her famous cousin needs a new assistant, it’s an offer she can’t refuse. Logan hasn’t seen Kelsey since they were separated as kids; in the meantime, Kelsey Wade has become one of Fortune Magazine’s most powerful celebrities and carrion for the paparazzi. But the joy at their reunion is overshadowed by the toxic dynamic between Kelsey and her controlling parents. As Kelsey grasps desperately at a “real” life, Logan risks everything to try and give her cousin the one thing she has never known—happiness. As Kelsey unravels in the most horribly public way Logan finds that she will ultimately have to choose between saving her cousin and saving herself.
I never thought I'd ever use the 1 cauldron rating but I can't help but do so. Now before I go any further, if you are a fan of Britney Spears, yes Britney frickin' Spears, and her meltdown drama then you'll probably
like LOVE this.
When I read the synopsis I thought that BETWEEN YOU AND ME is something like that 1988 movie Beaches (Bette Midler). Unfortunately as the story unfolds I realized I was reading a Britney Spears fictional biography of sorts. Kelsey Wade (Britney) is a pop superstar who is in the middle of having a meltdown. After her controlling father, Andy, fired her manager Delia (Adam Leber), she then asked her cousin, Logan Wade (Sam Lufti) to be her assistant and together they traveled the world while on tour. Kelsey is having a poor-little-rich-girl phase, fame, constant touring, endless interviews, etc. burned her out so she then hooked up with her back up singer, Aaron (Kevin Federline) and then got married and had a kid. The rest is history.
Obviously the character development was non existent. Kelsey wasn't redeemed, Logan didn't fight nor influence her to make better choices, nobody did jack shit to put Kelsey's parents in their places, it just kept going down, down, down.
I like controversial trainwrecks like an average person but I was expecting and hoping that Kelsey will win in the end. I want her to triumph and defeat the adversities that life threw her way. I wanted Logan, Aaron, ANYBODY to give Kelsey a good shake and tell her to grow up and make better choices. By 40% of the story I completely failed to discern Logan's role until the painful end, she was more of an accessory and enabler than anything else, she was merely a hanger on, a privileged groupie and not the savior I was expecting her to be. I can't consider Kesley's hardships "conflicts" because there was no resolution. The ending was supposed to be a cliffhanger but in my opinion BETWEEN YOU AND ME just fell of the cliff. At least Britney is on her way to getting a HEA.
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 agreed to make a story out of it?!
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