Author: Melissa Pearl
Series: Betwixt #1
Publication Date: November 5, 2012
Beautiful, wild-child Nicole Tepper is hit by a car and left for dead. But when she wakes the next morning, Nicole finds herself in bed without a scratch. Perhaps she was more intoxicated than usual, as her mother is giving her the silent treatment and her friends are ignoring her as well.
Things take a turn for the weird when Nicole soon discovers she is actually hovering between life and death. Her body is lying in the forest while her spirit is searching for anyone who can hear her. Unfortunately the only person who can is Dale Finnigan, the guy she publicly humiliated with a sharp-tongued insult that has left him branded.
Desperate, Nicole has no choice but to haunt Dale and convince the freaked-out senior to help her. Will he find her body before it's too late? Or will the guy who tried to kill her with his car, beat him there and finish her off before anyone finds out?
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After Nicky’s jerk of a boyfriend ditches her out in the middle of nowhere, she has to walk home alone at night. Then someone hits her with their car and leaves her for dead. Who would do that and why? The bigger question is whether or not Nicky will be found in time. She soon discovers that she can leave her body, but it doesn’t do any good when no one can hear or see a ghost. That is, except for one person – Dale.
Nicky is in high school and doing everything a teenager should not be doing: sex, drinking, partying, etc. It was easy for me to identify with her in a way, because I was a total wild-child at that age, too. However, her treatment of people and how superficial she was really put me off at first. Then I started to like Nicky more as her story began to unravel and we discover what lead to her behavior. I love when a character starts out more on the unlikeable side, but ends up on the other end of the spectrum by the end of the book.
Dale is a great guy, but the huge scar on his face has attracted some unwanted attention. No one knows how he got it, so rumors run rampant. When Nicky calls him “Scarface” in front of her friends, the name sticks. Turns out he’s the only one who can hear Nicky’s disembodied voice, so he sets out to find her before she succumbs to her injuries or the elements. Well, not immediately. The lack of true urgency there was to find Nicky’s dying body from the beginning made me want to pull my hair out sometimes, especially after discovering how he got his scar and what he went through. Despite this, I really enjoyed the connection that developed between Dale and Nicky.
While Nicky is in the disembodied state, she gets to see things from a whole new perspective, and it isn’t always pretty. She finds out exactly how her so-called friends feel about her and how she portrays herself to everyone. I could not stand her friends, especially the hashtag talk – thankfully Nicky didn’t care for it either. She also gets to see her parents in a new light, which made me feel really bad for them and Nicky.
Of course, there is a mystery in Betwixt. The person who hit Nicky goes back to look for her, but there aren’t any good intentions involved. Dale and Nicky try to figure out who it is before the person finds her. It was pretty obvious who it was as soon as they’re introduced in the book, but a certain character is reluctant to entertain the thought. Even though I understood the reluctance, it was still a bit frustrating because I was so anxious for them to save Nicky. There was also something about this that didn’t seem to match-up towards the end. I’m not sure if it was a fluke, or if I just wasn’t understanding the timeline of events.
Overall, though, I enjoyed Betwixt and recommend it. I also really liked the author’s writing style and will definitely read another book by her.