It just so happens that the book I read on Sunday and was planning to write about today, fits in nicely with yesterday’s post. I swear, I didn’t plan that. But I love when things like that happen by accident.
Between You and Me is the latest book from Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus…authors of The Nanny Diaries, among other things. I knew Emma and Nicki back in the day…just after they wrote Nanny and they are probably two of the nicest people I’ve ever met. I haven’t liked everything they’ve written, but I LOVED The Nanny Diaries and their third book, Dedication, is one of my favorite books. So I was very excited to read this latest book…and I wasn’t disappointed at all.
The story is about Kelsey Wade…a girl who got really famous at a really young age and starts to slide downhill as she becomes an adult. It’s basically the authors’ imagining of what happened to Britney Spears when she totally lost her mind.
I read a lot of chick lit and very often things are wound up at the end of a book in a very neat and tidy package. As I discussed yesterday…real life is rarely so neat and tidy. The thing I loved most about Between You and Me is that it’s not neat or tidy. It’s all kinds of messy…just like real life.
I don’t want to give anything away, but I have to say the ending has really stuck with me. There was no pretty little wrap up…no happy spin put on everything…no knight in shining armor rushing in to save the day on the second to last page. I’m glad they ended it the way they did…because, in life, sometimes things just end. And sometimes that ending is happy and sad and thrilling and heartbreaking all at once.
It’s been almost a week and I keep thinking about the story…about the characters. I wonder what could have happened to them next…how the story might have continued…how the ending might have changed if just one thing had happened differently. It really made me think…which is a sign of a great story.
I definitely recommend this book. It’s not the next great American novel…but it’s not just your average, fluffy chick lit.