Review ~ The Girl In Between by Laekan Zea Kemp

23534737Title: The Girl In Between

Author: Laekan Zea Kemp

Series: The Girl In Between #1

Format/Source: Kindle Freebie

My Rating: 4 Stars

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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.

But the appearance of this strange boy isn’t the only thing that’s changed. Bryn’s symptoms are worsening, her body weakening as she’s plagued by hallucinations even while awake. Her only hope of finding a cure is to undergo experimental treatment created by a German specialist. But when Dr. Banz reveals that he knows more about her strange symptoms than he originally let on, Bryn learns that the boy in her head might actually be the key to understanding what’s happening to her, and worse, that if she doesn’t find out his identity before it’s too late, they both may not survive.

My Review:

I really enjoyed this book. There are a few parts that could have been better, but I was fascinated by Bryn and what she goes through with her illness. Like most of the people who read this book before me, I had no idea KLS was a real thing, probably because it seems to be incredibly rare. I really liked Bryn as a character and I loved reading her story.

The Girl In Between is a really interesting story about a girl who suffers from Klein-Levin Syndrome, aka Sleeping Beauty Disorder, meaning Bryn sometimes stays asleep for anywhere from a few days to a month, or even longer. Unlike most other patients, when Bryn has an episode she goes to place made up of her memories and places she’s been. Bryn is in her in between place as the book starts, but right before she wakes up a boy washes up on the shore of the beach she is sitting on. He appears to have drowned, but Bryn is able to revive him and he opens his eyes right as wakes up in real life.

When she falls into another KLS sleep, she finds the boy still there. He has no memory of who he is and Bryn is obviously confused as to how a boy she never met ended up in her head. For most of the book he has no name and no memory of who he is or where he came from, but he definitely feels like a real person and not a figment of Bryn’s imagination.

Bryn starts to realize the boy must be real and sets out to find him in the real world. All the while, she’s dealing with going back to school after being gone for weeks, dealing with her not so nice, on/off boyfriend, who was kind of a real creep, and dealing with her worried, but loving family.

The more time Bryn spends in her head the more she and the boy bond. They spend so much time talking and getting to know each other and they start to fall for each other. But, they may not actually be alone in this place. Something is chasing them, chasing Bryn even in the real world. She turns to Dr. Banz, a German doctor trying to find a cure for KLS, who seems to have more answers then he first lets on.

The only thing about this book I had a problem with was the story of Bryn’s on and off boyfriend, Drew, who was portrayed as abusive and controlling, but that wasn’t really explored very deeply in the story. Also the way the boy’s story is explained seemed a little rushed and I feel like it it definitely could have been laid out better.

I really enjoyed this book and I bought book two as soon as this one was finished. I’m sure it won’t be too long before I get around to it, because I really want to know what happens next.

Happy Reading!


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