Publishers Weekly Review
If you're in a coma, where are you? Is there a place between life and death? Unanswerable questions, but not for 17-year-old Eden Jones, a type-A ballerina who hits her head and nearly drowns. When she wakes up after a month, she has another question to face: what's it like to get your old life back? Eden is having visions she doesn't understand; she can't stop thinking about Jaz, a fellow coma patient; and then there's handsome, worried Joe, Jaz's best friend, who may be something more for Eden. Laure creates an intriguing blend of realism and the unknowable in her sophomore novel, a companion of sorts to The Raging Light, in which Eden was a secondary character. Jaz can't speak, but she can communicate with Eden, and the "In Between" place where Eden spent her coma is depicted as real and alluring, a place of comfort that's only worth leaving if you're loved. Eden is simultaneously tough and fragile, and her struggle to figure out what her life should look like is compelling. Ages 14-up Agent: Emily van Beek, Folio Literary Management. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Library Journal Review
Gr 8 Up-After waking from a monthlong coma, 17-year-old Eden struggles to speak, eat, and swallow. Nerve damage threatens her future as a dancer. Formerly the life of the party, now Eden can only sleep, mope, and lash out at those around her. She is haunted by images from her time spent in a coma, in the place between life and death. How can Eden be sure that she even came back at all? The only person she feels connected to is another coma patient, Jaz. She finds herself drawn to Jaz's hospital room, where she meets Jaz's friend Joe. The two begin a friendship, which quickly blossoms into something more. Laure's writing is thoughtful and lyrical. The disconnect between Eden's plans for her future and her new reality will feel heartbreakingly familiar to anyone who has ever faced unexpected change. Unfortunately, the teen's existential crisis is largely overshadowed by a typical YA romance. The end result is a charming love story that feels lacking in conflict. Readers hoping for more answers about Eden's mysterious experiences "in between" will be left disappointed. Laure's sophomore novel is a companion to her This Raging Light. While the narrative stands alone, the relationships among the characters will feel underdeveloped to readers unfamiliar with the previous book. Beautiful writing and an enchanting love story will appeal to romance fans. VERDICT Give to fans of Gayle Forman's If I Stay, Lauren Oliver's Before I Fall, or Gregory Galloway's The 39 Deaths of Adam Strand.-Liz Overberg, Zionsville Community High School, IN © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Booklist Review
Laure revisits characters and the landscape of This Raging Light (2015) with the romantic and thoughtful story of Eden Jones, a 17-year-old dancer. Eden is the twin of Digby, whose fierce love for Lucille (Eden's best friend) drove that debut novel. Eden, still reeling from Lucille and Digby's relationship and feeling she's lost both her best friend and twin, tries to mend things with Lucille one icy night by the river, but instead slips, falls, and ends up in a coma for one month. Her recovery is slow and stilted, but she comes back with memories of a place in-between life and death, as well as an intense interest in Jasmine, another patient in a coma, and Joe, Jasmine's loyal visitor. It's clear where the plot will lead, but the appeal lies in Eden's original, creative, and thought-provoking first-person (mostly) narrative. Fans of the first title will be happy to see Lucille through Eden's eyes, but this companion novel stands solidly alone.--Carton, Debbie Copyright 2017 Booklist