Beautiful, wild-child Nicole Tepper is hit by a car and left for dead. But when she wakes the next morning, Nicole finds herself in bed without a scratch. Perhaps she was more intoxicated than usual, as her mother is giving her the silent treatment and her friends are ignoring her as well.
Things take a turn for the weird when Nicole soon discovers she is actually hovering between life and death. Her body is lying in the forest while her spirit is searching for anyone who can hear her. Unfortunately the only person who can is Dale Finnigan, the guy she publicly humiliated with a sharp-tongued insult that has left him branded.
Desperate, Nicole has no choice but to haunt Dale and convince the freaked-out senior to help her. Will he find her body before it’s too late? Or will the guy who tried to kill her with his car, beat him there and finish her off before anyone finds out?
Book Review: Betwixt – Melissa Pearl What a fantastic story. I was impressed from the outset of this book with the characterisations that Melissa Pearl weaves.
While Nicole starts out as rather self-centred (as most teenagers are!), and she develops into something completely different, discovering so much about herself, and her so called friends around her. It’s a great realisation for a teenager. The world is not all about them, and sometimes there is something more going on. Nicole is far from perfect – and this is one of the story drivers. The reader really does wonder if Nicole will actually get her head together.
And as for Dale – he is not your usual ‘YA Read Pretty-Boy’. But he does have a seriously loveable personality, which one cannot help but become attune to. Dale is a recluse – and he doesn’t want any drama in his life. Initially I felt sorry for him being entangled with Nicole to begin with, because she is very dramatic – but then as their friendship grows, the situations becomes more dire by the hour. In the end, it’s a lovely bond they develop.
I actually couldn’t stop reading this book. With a compelling plot, and well written prose, it’s an absolute must-read for anyone who loves YA with a bit of a twist.
This is a five-star read, and I seriously can’t wait to see more of Melissa Pearl’s work. It just gets better and better!
Life is never as it seems – even when you’re dying.
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