From The Girl In Between:
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.
These books blend together seamlessly. They are really one book that was broken up into 4 parts, so keep that in mind if you venture into it. Which I totally recommend! It was a great book, I’ve read through many of the bad reviews and I do see where they are coming from but I think these books are well written and have a deeper point. The craziness of the story, helps build the suspense and the plot. The writing style adding to the readers experience.
I don’t want to give too much away because this story is very intricate. It is basically about this girl Bryn and her coming to terms with her life, which is complicated by a rare disease.
The characters are well written, and I found it very easy to relate to all of their emotions and life events throughout the book.
It is a CRAZY ride, there are points where you won’t know what is up and what is down, but I loved that about it. The story is written from multiple first person points of view, each chapter titled with the point of view. This made me fall deeper into the story because I was able to understand each main character when it was needed most. There were points in the story when I was on the verge of tears.
Book One was a great introduction into the world, it built up all of the main characters and the story well. Then Book Two introduced the ‘crazy’ so to speak, it increased the total character count by a lot and gave you so much more about the world to set up for the next two books. Ending Book Two felt like there was so much information dropped on you but I feel it was done purposefully, the entire story is a deeper meaning that what it appears on the surface. Book Three provided the much needed answers to all of the questions that Book Two left you with. And Book Four is a thrilling wrap up to all of the story, I literally sat in bed WTF-ing for at least 10 minutes after finishing it. But really when you look at the full story it makes sense.
My only complaint about the books is that she never addresses finances. The characters do a lot of stuff that I found myself thinking “who is paying for this?” That might just be a me, and my own weird thoughts, but it did pull me out of the story a few times.
Comment below if you’ve read it, or plan to read it. I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please announce any spoilers.