The in between

Marc Klein, 1969-

Book - 2021

In alternating chapters, budding photographer and high school senior Tessa meets and falls in love with Skyler, and recovers from the accident that took his life, aided by his spirit.

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Young adult fiction
Romance fiction
Ghost stories
New York : Poppy, an imprint of Little, Brown and Company 2021.
First edition
Physical Description
289 pages ; 21 cm
Ages 14 & up.
Main Author
Marc Klein, 1969- (author)
Review by School Library Journal Review

Gr 8 Up--Seventeen-year-old Tessa, a photography aficionado, lives with her foster parents Vickie and Mel just outside of Atlantic City. Her less-than-perfect childhood has left her with the desire to remain "invisible" until she meets Skylar, who turns her world upside down. The two spend a magical summer together but argue when Tessa thinks Sky, in his efforts to convince her of her artistic worth, is overstepping the boundaries she has set. The night she tries to mend fences, the duo is involved in a car accident, resulting in Sky's death and Tessa's brush with the afterlife. In his debut novel, the basis for an upcoming film, Klein tells the couple's story, alternating between before and after the accident. The "before" chapters explain Tessa's background, her resulting fears, and the development of her relationship with Sky; the "after" chapters document her attempts to make contact with Sky's spirit through ADCs (after-death communications) and suggest the direction her life finally takes. The plot is well paced and the dialogue, peppered with cultural references and some cursing, is true-to-form for modern teens without overdoing its attempt to be relevant. Although the after-death concepts may not appeal to all, fans of films such as Ghost will be thrilled by the protagonists' pre- and post-death romance. Tessa and Sky's ethnicities aren't stated. VERDICT An original take on the personal nature of grief and a strong choice where YA romances are popular.--Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, formerly at LaSalle Academy, Providence

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