The Girl In Between by Laeken Zea kemp 5/5
Blurb: Bryn Reyes is a real life sleeping beauty. Afflicted with Klein-Levin Syndrome, 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 the time she’s missed. Instead, Bryn spends half her life in an alternate reality made up of her 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.
I downloaded this book for FREE from Amazon and was incredibly impressed. I loved the writing style, the concept, and the characters. Kemp does a fantastic job of making the world Bryn disappears into during her sleep disorder episodes, convincing and believable; one of dreams, memories and nightmares. Kemp has done a great job introducing the science and factual side of Klein-Levin Syndrome and this all adds to the realism of the story and Bryn’s journey.
Bryn was true to character, and as a teenager afflicted with Klein-Levin Syndrome she shares her fears and doubts, whilst maintaining a likable personality. Her family dynamic and the way her mother tries to mollycoddle her is fitting for Bryn and her condition, and Kemp’s portrayal of the Grandma gives me the impression that the grandmother knows something more, but that may be brought to light in the sequel… we shall see.
Bryn feels isolated from those around her, missing huge chunks of her home life and personal life. When a mysterious boy washes up on the beach in her sleep world, things take an unexpected turn. Roman is just as terrified, isolated and lost as she is. Only, he is lost in her sleep world and cannot wake up from it. Their relationship blossoms and I liked Roman’s character a great deal. He’s not the stereotypical, hunky boy who just so happens to fall in love with the protagonist, he is his own person with his own issues and fears. The story does switch to Roman’s POV occasionally, and I appreciated the insight into his mind.
I read the ending in one sitting as I was desperate to know who exactly Roman was and what had happened to him in the ‘real’ world. I can’t wait to start book two in the series ‘The Boy In Her Dreams’. I highly recommend this book and it’s FREE, so what have you got to lose?
The opinions expressed here are those of K.J.Chapman and no other parties.
All books reviewed on this blog have been read by K.J.Chapman
K.J.Chapman has not been paid for this review.