Between You and Me by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
In Between You and Me we follow Kelsey Wade, a pop princess who’s parents control her ever step. Kelsey hires her cousin Logan to be her assistant and Logan tries to give Kelsey a normal life, but the paparazzi find that Kelsey sells more magazines when she's labeled a train wreck rather than a superstar. Seeing the scandals from both Kelsey and Logan’s perspectives shows us how a situation can look depending on where your standing. Between You and Me is a great read and not to be missed!
Logan and Kelsey are cousins and were best friends as kids, but Kelsey’s dad has a substance abuse problem and after an accident involving the girls Kelsey’s mom takes Kelsey and leaves Oklahoma. Logan doesn’t see or hear from her until her twenties when Kelsey’s assistant contacts her and talks Logan into visiting. While in LA her assistant quits and Kelsey offers Logan the job. With Logan not having a career she decides to take the job. Only helping Kelsey means dealing with controlling parents and Kelsey feels like she has to be “on” for everyone.
Kelsey’s dealing with a breakup and thinks that a night out with Logan might help distract her. Logan is amazed that Kelsey has to sneak out of her own house to go out. While at the club Kelsey runs into Aaron, a dancer that really catches her eye. Logan also meets a guy but being in charge of Kelsey’s life makes her social life a juggling act.
Logan tries to give Kelsey some breathing room by offering to take on more responsibilities, but her parents are not happy about that. Kelsey decides to get married and start a family, but the pressures of being married to a mega celebrity start to get to Aaron and he feels that no one will take him seriously and view him as a gold digger.
We see how a star can go from success to train wreck and how the media can spin things to make them look worse than they really are. There is one scene where Logan and Kelsey are driving and the paparazzi are bumping her car to get a reaction from her. Kelsey jumps out of the car and attacks the paparazzi yelling that her daughter could have been in the car. The media reports how Kelsey lost it and attacked the paparazzi, but not how they provoked her. Watching Kelsey go from super star to hitting rock bottom is an emotional must read story. Logan is challenged with staying with Kelsey through it all or walking away and living her own life.
Being that this is an adult contemporary novel it does have a slower pace than YA, but the book is great. I really enjoyed seeing the celebrity and her staff from an insider's point of view instead of what we just see in the magazines. Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus did a fantastic job and I can’t wait to read their YA novel Over You which will be published August 21st.
To read an excerpt visit: Simon and Schuster