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Blurb (From Goodreads):
Two friends find a portal to another dimension and use this “in-between place” to avoid the stress of their everyday lives. What they don’t realize is that every time they enter, they alter reality.
Pseudo-punk Magnolia and underachieving gamer-geek Rom are two unlikely friends who only hang out during their walks home together after school. When they find the a portal that leads to different worlds, they use the “in-between place” as an escape from their lives in high school, then later, after college.
Their visits through the portal bring them teetering along a tight-rope of fantasy and reality, where they don't always believe what is in front of them, not even their feelings for each other.
The book is about changes—the ones that you can control, and the ones that you can’t. It’s about commitment and friendship. It’s about the stages in between where you have nothing but the unknown ahead of you.
Inspired by the work of Haruki Murakami and films like Eternal Sunshine of A Spotless Mind, Somewhere In Between is metaphysical coming-of-age story about defining love and finding yourself.
My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars
“Sometimes I wish I didn’t know how to talk.”
This book was a bit strange, and I’m still not really sure what was going on.
The main problems I had with this book were the jumping back and forth in time without warning, and the lack of explanations as to what exactly was going on. We got several meetings between the two main characters, but on one page they were at school, and on the next they had already finished college. How I was supposed to know when these switches were coming I don’t know.
The storyline then had a couple of occurrences which then seemed to be false, and when Magnolia told Rom that a friend of hers had died I didn’t even believe her, and then got even more confused as to what was going on! Even having finished the book I’m not really sure.
5 out of 10