Everyone has secrets. Some are buried so deep, their existence is forgotten. But a secret never told can turn into a lie. And in love, a lie is one thing: Poison. Reid is in love with Dori, though she hasn’t told her parents she’s fallen hard for the guy they’d forbidden her to see. Now she’s leaving for college, and Reid’s promise not to push her to go public is wearing thin, especially when she can’t – or won’t – return those three important words he wants to hear. Five years ago, Brooke and Reid were a Thing. That relationship is long gone, detonated amid allegations of cheating – but they still share a secret that would stun everyone they know and alter public perception of them both if it ever comes out. And it’s about to do just that. Here Without You is the fourth, final instalment in the Between the Lines series, which includes: Between the Lines, Where You Are, and Good For You.
*This is an unedited review from a few years ago. I will be revisiting this series soon.*
So, the Between the Lines series is complete. I read the books so closely together that I feel like I’ve made a bunch of friends – only to lose them! This series is definitely NEW Adult. I’m not sure it’s the kind of book you’d be handing off onto younger readers. Not so much because of the content, but because the characters are definitely past the average school year dramas and sailing straight through into full-on adulthood.
Across four books, two main relationships and five major characters, there’s no way book four should be read on its own. But it should be read! Who would have thought characters who seemed so genuinely unlikeable a few books ago could end with so much depth and so many layers and motivations behind their actions.
I was quite surprised to see a few passages narrated by River, the little boy in this story, but actually it turned out to help a lot with understanding how he fit into the situation.
This series is about love, about celebrity, about having too much too young. It’s also about regular people in their late teens discovering that a life of excess might not always be as great as it seems.
Yet sometimes it is.