Saturday, July 20, 2013

Book Review: Between You and Me (Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus)

The authors of the wildly successful The Nanny Diaries have written a book that explores the darker side of fame.  Obviously using the troubled life of a pop star we all know as inspiration, Between You and Me reiterates the fact that someone who is rich and famous can also be very lonely and sad.

Logan Wade is trying to distance herself from her unhappy childhood in Oklahoma. At the spur of the moment, she finds herself accepting a job in California as her very famous cousin Kelsey's assistant. Logan hasn't seen Kelsey in a long time for a reason we don't find out about until the end; however, she has been very unlucky-in-love, and sees this job as a new start for herself. It doesn't take Logan long to see that Kelsey has a very troubled life, especially in her relationship with her overbearing parents, Andy and Michelle. As Kelsey begins to pull away from them, she makes horrible decisions in her quest for a more normal life, and Logan must desperately try to save her cousin from herself.

The main problem with Between You and Me is the unlikable main characters. They were written in such a way that I can't really say I was rooting for any of them to succeed. I also felt that the Logan/Kelsey secret was brushed over too much and resolved way too quickly. However, if you're looking for a breezy book for some light reading on the beach, Between You and Me will suffice.