on Jan. 26, 2015 :
What if dreams were more than mere dreams? The Girl In Between presents us Bryn a girl with KLS (Klein-Levin Syndrome) who starts to dream about a boy. Put that way it sounds like a simple story, however, nothing is simple when you live with a condition that makes you sleep for days or weeks, even months.
Bryn suffers from a rare condition. To be honest before reading this book I had no idea of what KLS was. Luckily the author does a great job explaining in simple way and giving examples what is like to live like that. Bryn has spent most of her life trying to find a cure because she is even more special than the majority of KLS patients. She dreams and they are not supposed to dream.
Things get even stranger when a boy appears in her dreamland. A boy who doesn't remember a thing about his past or his life. So the big question is: Is he real or a figment of her imagination? The way in which events unravel is magnificent. The words drag you into the world and you experience the surprise, the fear, the adrenaline, the shock as if you were there.
Both Bryn and the boy (I won't say his name) have really good personalities. They become tridimensional characters and it's easy to like them. Also, there are some incredible secondary characters. Her mother and grandma, Dani and Felix, they are really funny and likeable. In addition to them, we also have a couple of German doctors who seem a bit creepy at first but will have a relevant role in the story.
I loved how vivid and colorful the dreamland was. The author created an outstanding sub-world that has its on dynamic. There is a lot of movement and action going on.
The book is filled with emotions. One of my favorite things about this author is how easily she uses words and metaphors to represent human emotions. You can almost touch the anguish, the sadness and also the happiness and joy.
The storyline is excellent. It moves fluently and it has a solid plot. I do have to say that there is a HUGE cliffhanger at the end and you should pick up book 2 immediately.
Overall, a very recommendable book.
(review of free book)
Year in Books
on Nov. 18, 2014 :
Laekan Zea Kemp’s The Girl In Between – book one of the Girl in Between series – takes readers ‘through the looking glass’ so to speak into a first-person told tale of how an illness can affect not only the victim’s life, but their families and friends.
Bryn Reyes tells her story with a first-hand look at what it is like to live with Klein-Levin Syndrome – a disease that makes her a real life Sleeping Beauty. But her disease progression is unlike any other KLS victim before. During her episodes she finds herself in an alternate reality – the sole inhabitant of a realm made up of her memories. When one day a boy washes up in her dreaming realm, both of her worlds begin to change.
Kemp takes her readers on an emotional journey through Bryn’s life that – aside from her illness – greatly reflects the everyday struggles of teenage girls. During her time awake, she deals with heartbreak, love, family and school. While asleep she finds herself being drawn to the boy with no memories. Add in her sickness getting worse and Bryn’s life draws the reader in in such a way that you are left hoping that the next page turn will give you the answer you seek.
But Kemp doesn’t make things that easy. Each new page turn brings more questions to the table. For each answer she gives, she delivers new problems to solve. By the time Bryn starts to find answers and discovers the path she must follow, Kemp has just finished putting more and more obstacles in the way. Bryn gets sicker with hallucinations following her into her waking hours. Her need to discover who the boy in her dream world is and why he’s there leads her to more questions about her KLS and if the doctors who are trying to treat it are really after her best interests.
Over and over again I found myself rooting for Bryn to find the answers she needs. I also loved being able to learn things from both her perspective and that of the mystery boy. There’s something to be said for getting a story from both sides as each individual brings a lifetime of influences into the way they see and deal with the world.
The last 2 sentences – just 13 words – had me ready to start reading the next installment in the Girl In Between series as soon as possible.
(review of free book)