Title: Between You and Me
Author: Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
Format: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, AudioCD, AudioBook
Publisher: Atria Books
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Contemporary Woman’s Fiction
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About the Book:
Growing up in small-town Oklahoma, cousins Logan and Kelsey Wade were raised like sisters. Rarely separated, they became each other’s lifelines, escaping into the small joys of childhood to survive the increasing chaos in their family. Then one day Logan woke up and Kelsey and her parents were gone.
Years later, Kelsey has been propelled by her relentless parents to mega-stardom, her voice a radio fixture and her face on billboards worldwide. Meanwhile, Logan is trying to carve out her own life in New York City despite the constant reminders of her cousin’s absence. Though she has long since stopped trying to solve the mystery of their last hours together, the inexplicably fractured memories haunt her.
Then on Logan’s twenty-seventh birthday, she gets the call that she’s been longing for—and dreading. Before she can second-guess herself, she’s on a plane to L.A. to reunite with Kelsey and the parents who ripped them apart, but Logan will soon learn that some family secrets are kept hidden for a reason.
I read the Nanny Diaries when it came out ten or so years ago, and was impressed with the style of the writing, so when the opportunity to review this book came available, I was curious. Essentially this is the story of a family divided by fame and an accident: at the core the childhood ties between Logan and Kelsey are what keep them together as family and the fame machine pull them apart.
This was an interesting dive into the world of celebrity and fame: a struggle for ‘meaning’ in a life, and the struggle for balance and finding resolution to old issues. While not a particularly long read, nearly every page is packed with information, action, drama and clues to the girls’ separation in childhood. Characters are well defined and described, the family dynamics drive the action and reactions forward at a steady pace giving readers time to feel for the characters. Watching the slow disintegration of a celebrity persona, often aided by pressures and overzealous insiders was an interesting read, and the revelations could have been ripped from many of the headlines on the gossip sheets.
Writing that packs emotional impact and draws sympathy even as the characters are particularly unsympathetic is handled with skill by McLaughlin and Kraus. The name dropping and glitter of the LA celebrity scene was ostentatious and had great potential to be off putting if it hadn’t fit so well to set the feel of the life and attention that Kasey has dealt with these past years. As it worked to build the world that Kelsey is in, and provide an interesting juxtaposition between the realities of the relationship she has with Logan and the life she is hoping to build. This was an enjoyable book written with clarity and cleverness that also serves to thumb a nose at the machine of celebrity.
I received an eBook from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.