Between You and Me - Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus

Release Date - June 2013

Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus
Simon & Schuster

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

Wow, just wow! Do I have mixed feelings about Between You and Me. I loved most of the story and also wanted to throw the book through the window and call it done. This makes for a tough review.

Cousins Logan and Kelsey Wade were thick as thieves until the day Kelsey's parents suddenly packed up and left without Logan really understanding why. Years later, Logan turns 27 and is invited to reunite with Kelsey, now a major star.

Soon, Logan is offered the chance to become Kelsey's assistant. It's a job Logan can't pass up. It also gives her the perfect view into Kelsey's unpleasant, paparazzi-laden existence, a life her parents seem unwilling to let her escape.

I loved The Nanny Diaries, so I had really high hopes for Between You and Me. Instead of finding any humor in the story, I found myself depressed. This story really just is a retelling of what stars like Britney Spears face. In fact, the story is just a retelling of Britney's story. The tug-of-war to please fans, paparazzi always hot on your heels to catch you doing something wrong, and parents who look at you like a meal ticket and can't wait to get their hands on your money. I felt bad for Kelsey. I loved the first half of the book, hated the second, and then felt cheated at the end. I don't want to give away any spoilers, but the ending came far too quick and I'm certainly unhappy with how things panned out. If I'd known how the authors planned to end things, I would have never bothered reading it.


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