Mini-Review: Between Now & Never by Laura Johnston

Sunday, August 9, 2015

I read this one a couple of months ago and had this mini-review done and published at I Heart Daily. I was trying to have a full review but after all those months, I can't remember it that much anymore. So I just decided to finally publish this mini-review.

Between Now & Never
Title: Between Now & Never
Author: Laura Johnston
Publisher: Kensington Teen
Date of Publication: March 31, 2015

Buh boom, buh boom.

My heart thrusts with a force that takes me by surprise. Telling me something I don’t understand. A splitting pain, a longing to slip back under. They tell me I was in a hit-and-run, but I can’t remember what happened that night. All I know is that I woke up with pictures in my pocket, a card from one of those photo booths in the mall. And I’m in the pictures. Cody Rush. Me and…


Her brother was there that night, and my dad, the FBI agent, was the one who put her mom behind bars. What’s the connection? And why won’t Julianna talk to me now? Somehow, she holds the key to it all, and getting close–real close—to her for the answers I need will be no hardship at all…

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My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

If you were expecting a fluffy read because of Between Now & Never’s cover, you are way out of the ballpark. In dual perspectives of Cody and Julianna, readers are treated to a fantastic look into their lives, with so much depth, dimension, and growth. They have their own background histories, motivations, goals, wants, scars, and fears. As obvious as their attraction was, they both felt that it was wrong with Cody’s dad being the FBI agent who indicted Julianna’s mom. Add to that Cody being hit by a car the night they met and him forgetting what happened that day, except for bits and pieces about a drug deal and Julianna’s brother Vic. What I liked best about the book is how it didn’t focus on the romance but delivered it equally with the rest of the plot. The story had an air of mystery, as Cody tries to remember that night, but the reader knows what happened. We just watch it all unfold and unveil itself to its conclusion. I recommend Between Now & Never for fans of Katie McGarry and a bit of angst in their YA.

P.S. Stop using this stock picture for covers! I am sick of it GAH

About Laura Johnston

Laura Johnston is the author of REWIND TO YOU and BETWEEN NOW AND NEVER, contemporary YA novels published by eKensington. She fell in love with the young adult genre both through her experience in high school as well as her job later as a high school teacher. Laura enjoys running, playing tennis, sewing, traveling, writing, and above all, spending time with her husband and kids.

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