Between You and Me by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
"What happens when you are followed by millions . . . and loved by none?
Twenty-seven-year-old Logan Wade is trying to build a life for herself far from her unhappy childhood in Oklahoma. Until she gets the call that her famous cousin needs a new assistant— an offer she can’t refuse.
Logan hasn’t seen Kelsey in person since their parents separated them as kids; in the meantime, Kelsey Wade has grown into Fortune Magazine’s most powerful celebrity. But their reunion is quickly overshadowed by the toxic dynamic between Kelsey and her parents as Logan discovers that, beneath the glossy façade, the wounds that caused them to be wrenched apart so many years ago have insidiously warped into a show-stopping family business.
As Kelsey tries desperately to break away and grasp at a “real” life, beyond the influence of her parents and managers, she makes one catastrophic misstep after another, and Logan must question if their childhood has left them both too broken to succeed. Logan risks everything to hold on, but when Kelsey unravels in the most horribly public way, Logan finds that she will ultimately have to choose between rescuing the girl she has always protected . . . and saving herself."- summary from Amazon
I love books about the celebrity life and this book did not disappoint. I've been meaning to read the McLaughlin/Kraus collaborations for years now, but haven't gotten around to it until this book. I definitely need to check out more of their titles (a new YA will be out from them next month!).
I absolutely loved this book. The relationship between Kelsey and Logan is handled amazingly well and it was great to see it develop throughout the book, especially when Kelsey has her meltdown. That relationship really grounded the book and provided a lot of depth for both characters. I was really upset with both parents and wanted to slap them both multiple times while reading. There's a big reveal about why the two families severed their ties with each other at the climax and it is a whopper.
The romances too were interesting for both characters and handled realistically; there are a ton of obstacles and not everyone gets a happy ending. I thought that was really smart to do on the authors' part.
Overall, the book is amazing and I cannot wait to read more from this great co-writing team. Please check this book out!
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