The Girl In Between
By Laekan Zea Kemp
Bryn Reyes is a real life sleeping beauty. Afflicted with Klein-Levin Syndrome (KLS), she suffers episodes of prolonged sleep that steal weeks and sometimes even months from her life. But unlike most KLS patients, she doesn’t spend each episode in a catatonic state or wake up with no recollection of time she’s missed. Instead Bryn spends half her life in an alternative reality made up of memories. For Bryn, the past is a place, until one day a boy she’s never met before washes up on the illusory beach of her dreams with no memory of who he is.
Every week iBooks give you a free book to download. The Girl In Between came up a few weeks ago and I downloaded it as I love fantasy YA novels, plus the book cover looks awesome (I always judge a book by a cover, don’t judge me!)
I loved this book, I read the entire thing in only 2 sittings, it’s a real page turner. The characters are very likeable and have a lot of substance especially Bryn the heroine of the novel. She is going through all the worries and stresses that we all go through as teenagers; boys, family drama, trying to fit in, thinking about the future, however she is finding life that little bit harder than everyone else as she is suffering from the disease KLS. She skips weeks and months of school, family & her social life as she is asleep. On account of this she doesn’t feel she lives a normal life, she feels lonely isolated and the strain it puts on her family and relationships is a real struggle.
The plot throughout is gripping and its beautifully written especially the descriptive sections when she is asleep and in her “dream” of memories. The very start of the book describes Bryn on a beach where she finds the boy washed up on the shore. “The tide surged, carving a crescent in the sand. Water collapsed against my knees, tearing the beach out from under my legs. But when the wave receded, the foam clung to something dark. Something long and still” Beautiful description and I was captivated from the first couple of sentences. You immediately want to know who the boy is, why is he there, does she imagine him or is he real?
What really interested me with this novel is the juxtaposition of her reality and this fantasy “dream” world of her memories. At the start Bryn hates her disease, she misses out on so much all the time and whilst asleep she is stuck in this land of memories sort of like purgatory. As the novel progresses when she falls asleep and ends back there the boy is there. They start to learn about each others lives and get to know each other, she begins to enjoy being there and at one point conjures up memories for her and the boy to enjoy. Whilst in reality her mum is over protective, her boyfriend is cheating on her and her Doctors can’t find a cure. The book makes you want Bryn to find a cure for her disease so she can just lead this normal life go to prom, go to university without her mum treading on her toes and stop being a real life sleeping beauty however as the plot thickens I really didn’t want the doctors to find a cure I was on the edge of my seat wanting to know the answers to so many questions.
If you enjoy YA or fantasy novels you will enjoy this. It’s such a compelling read and very gripping. It ends on a complete cliff hanger as well, obviously I have already got stuck into book 2 and I hope it’s as good as this one.
Have you read The Girl In Between? Or better yet the entire series? What did you think of it? I would love to know. Thanks for reading Katie x.