Between Me and You

Between Me and You

From New York Times bestselling author Allison Winn Scotch comes an honest, touching, and funny exploration of falling in and out of love, told from two perspectives—one rewinding history, one moving it forward—and each with bias and regret.When their paths first cross, Ben Livingston is a fledgling scriptwriter on the brink of success; Tatum Connelly is a struggling actre...

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Between Me and You Reviews

  • Allison

    As we kick off the early launch of my new book (be on the lookout for Goodreads galley giveaways), out January 9th, I wanted to share a bit about both it and the process of writing it. It was the hardest, most ambitious thing I've ever done, and there were plenty of times when it would have been easier to abandon it. But I was intent on exploring the idea of rewinding the history of our relationships - how time and life skew the innocence and joy of those early heady days - and what we can do, i

    As we kick off the early launch of my new book (be on the lookout for Goodreads galley giveaways), out January 9th, I wanted to share a bit about both it and the process of writing it. It was the hardest, most ambitious thing I've ever done, and there were plenty of times when it would have been easier to abandon it. But I was intent on exploring the idea of rewinding the history of our relationships - how time and life skew the innocence and joy of those early heady days - and what we can do, if anything, to get that happiness back.

    Thus Ben, one of my protagonists, tells the story of his marriage backward, while Tatum, his wife, tells it forward. They get wrapped up in all the small moments that life brings them, as well as the larger ones too - she is an actress, he's a writer - and as fame, disappointment, heartbreak, love, betrayal, parenting, death and triumph come their way, how do they stay on the course they initially charted when they first met? Can they? Should they?

    This is unquestionably my favorite thing I've ever written, and I can't wait to share it with all of you. I hope you enjoy it as much as I am proud of it. Happy reading!

  • Catherine McKenzie

    I was fortunate enough to get an early reader copy of this from the author. I just finished it and this is clearly Allison's best book to date. It's an ambitious premise--tell the same story from two perspectives, the story of a marriage--but start one timeline today and work backwards, and the other at the beginning and go forwards. This could so easily have ended up with too many retellings of the same events, and no surprises, but that's not what happens. Instead, what happens is a love story

    I was fortunate enough to get an early reader copy of this from the author. I just finished it and this is clearly Allison's best book to date. It's an ambitious premise--tell the same story from two perspectives, the story of a marriage--but start one timeline today and work backwards, and the other at the beginning and go forwards. This could so easily have ended up with too many retellings of the same events, and no surprises, but that's not what happens. Instead, what happens is a love story, a LIFE story, that has its ups and downs and surprises and twists and YES, left me teary eyed at the end. Love stories, romantic comedies on the page or on the screen, often leave you feeling manipulated, but again this book doesn't go there. Rather, it follows the lives and changes of two people over twenty years, the way life is: messy and simple, complicated and fun, sad and amazing. One more thing: there is a chapter in the book that takes place on 9/11 where my heart was in my throat even though I knew what would happen, even though I knew there couldn't be a happy ending to that day. That is the best writing, which this book is. My verdict: put this book on your to-read list immediately and start counting down the days to its release. Bravo, Allison.

  • Amy

    The structure of this is ambitious and at first glance you may think it sounds confusing but I didn’t find it to be too hard to follow. It alternates with one chapter told from Ben beginning in 2016 and working it’s way backwards to 1999 when him and Tatum first meet then her chapters are told in chronological order. There are no big surprises since you know from the very start that where they are today is nowhere near that young, happy go lucky couple from their early days, but there was someth

    The structure of this is ambitious and at first glance you may think it sounds confusing but I didn’t find it to be too hard to follow. It alternates with one chapter told from Ben beginning in 2016 and working it’s way backwards to 1999 when him and Tatum first meet then her chapters are told in chronological order. There are no big surprises since you know from the very start that where they are today is nowhere near that young, happy go lucky couple from their early days, but there was something bittersweet about reading one chapter full of resentment and bickering and then the next one is a sweet little anecdote from the past. It was unique and put a fresh spin on a love story and I admire the risk the author took, I can imagine it wasn’t easy to write.

    I’ve read a couple of Scotch’s books now and I what I really like about her style is that she can show relationships that appear real, they’re flawed, imperfect and wholly relatable. Getting to see a marriage from both sides was interesting, sometimes their individual perception of an event was so completely different from each other it was crazy but I think that’s an honest observation and true for any relationship. I liked the way the format played into the plot in the end, it was a little AHA moment that I appreciated. If you’re looking for a relationship drama/love story with a clever spin give this a try.

  • DJ Sakata

    Favorite Quotes:

    I want you to be anything you dream of. But mostly I want you to be happy. Those things aren’t always the same, you know.

    I can’t measure my love for Ben against Mom’s love for Dad because it’s not like you can quantify these things. It’s not like I can pour them into a cup and see which one measures more.

    It’s raining in Los Angeles, and no one knows what to do about it. People are scattering around, hovering in Whole Foods, tweeting with panicked abandon: It’s raining! It might b

    Favorite Quotes:

    I want you to be anything you dream of. But mostly I want you to be happy. Those things aren’t always the same, you know.

    I can’t measure my love for Ben against Mom’s love for Dad because it’s not like you can quantify these things. It’s not like I can pour them into a cup and see which one measures more.

    It’s raining in Los Angeles, and no one knows what to do about it. People are scattering around, hovering in Whole Foods, tweeting with panicked abandon: It’s raining! It might be the apocalypse!

    He tells me he’ll be on his best behavior, but I’d cleaned up enough of Leo’s messes over the years… to know that while Leo might promise the moon, he’ll often never even glance up at the sky.

    “He needs to grow up, Ben.” I could picture my dad shaking his head like he couldn’t imagine how Leo had gotten this far in life without being drafted into clown school.

    My Review:

    I struggled, valiantly I must add, oh, how I struggled, as this book was a full-on angst-fest and that is so not my jam. But I also couldn’t stop reading. Hmm, Allison Winn Scotch seems to have a handle on this writing thing… The storylines wove in and out of various timelines, and not in chronological order, with emotions and motivations capriciously seesawing from cautious jubilation to bleak and heart-squeezing despair, with clever licks of humor and amusing observations periodically tossed in. Ms. Scotch’s deftly paced, observantly insightful, and emotive writing pulled me in quickly and held my attention, despite my exasperation with the prickly and temperamental characters.

    The characters weren’t inherently bad people but they were fatally flawed and vastly insecure as well as alluring, complicated, moody, selfish, stubborn, and damn it, they fascinated me to no end. They weren’t always likable or admirable, in fact, there were times I despised them and wanted to throw my Kindle down in disgust of their self-centered, pettish, and pedantic behaviors. And the more successful they became, the more out of sync, self-involved, dour, and loathsome they appeared. Both had made critical errors in judgment in dealing with each other, so much so that I wasn’t sure a reunification was the best thing for either one. The actress’s penchant for playacting had gone so far afield she had become inauthentic, even with herself. Yet despite their odious and repellent behaviors, I couldn’t stop reading… I was more than satisfied with the conclusion and proud of myself for my dogged perseverance yet I had the irrational impulse to hurriedly close my Kindle before they could start in on each other and ruin it again. Silly me.

  • Erin Clemence

    This novel is told in bits

    This novel is told in bits and pieces and it jumps around a lot- only the very last segment is told in chronological order. A reader goes from present day, to when Tatum and Ben meet, to two years after that. It is clearly marked in the novel but this format was a bit difficult to read and follow. I would’ve liked this story better if it was told in order, I think, although I understand the reasoning.

    I enjoyed this novel more than I thought I would. I am not normally a fan of women’s fiction and romance novels, but this story was delightfully told and focused on the normal relationship struggles faced by everyone- even, apparently, the Hollywood elite.

    A charmingly told novel, this story has two procrastinators, and no “bad guy”, which is unique in its own right. Honesty and vulnerability are themes that run rampant throughout.

    Well-told and beautifully written with charming characters, “Between Me and You” runs the reader through the emotional gamut. Tatum and Ben are a couple worth cheering for.

  • Melissa

    Between me and you, this started out on a promising note, but somewhere around the halfway mark, my feelings started to wane—

    .

    delivers a dose of reality with Ben and Tatum’s relationship—no matter how intoxicating things starts off, nothing is ever perfect. There are some moments of brilliance sprinkled throughout the pages and plenty of passages I found myself eating up, but unfortunately the things I didn’t care for cast a much bigger shadow.

    My major con

    Between me and you, this started out on a promising note, but somewhere around the halfway mark, my feelings started to wane—

    .

    delivers a dose of reality with Ben and Tatum’s relationship—no matter how intoxicating things starts off, nothing is ever perfect. There are some moments of brilliance sprinkled throughout the pages and plenty of passages I found myself eating up, but unfortunately the things I didn’t care for cast a much bigger shadow.

    My major contention with this story is the way it’s told—notably the flip-flopping timeline—Tatum’s perspective is told in chronological order, while simultaneously, Ben’s perspective of their demise is told in reverse. The result can only be described as a

    . Until you manage to gain somewhat of a foothold and wrap your mind around what the author is striving for, you'll be forced to find some semblance of balance by piecing things together yourself. Bottom line,

    .

    Not only is the method of delivery messy, it’s extremely repetitive. Naturally, with two characters relaying their version of the same events, there’s bound to be some overlap, but this much? The sheer number of things that were crammed down my throat, over and over—Ben’s projects, Tatum’s mother’s motto, the loss of their parents, their not so cutesy after the fifth time, “

    ” moments—made me want to scratch my eyes out. I’m sorry, I don’t do well with regurgitated information that adds absolutely

    but filler to the storyline and there’s a ton of it here. If you took all of that away, what would be left standing?

    To further add to my growing list of complaints, let’s talk about Tatum and Ben for a minute. The author tackles a host of issues with these two—resentment, jealousy, lies, and infidelity—but she failed to deliver the deep, unwavering intensity a story like this demands from its lead characters. Sure, the words were there, but the underlying feelings were somehow absent. Smothered by internal monologue, maybe?

    Despite Ben's declarations—ad nauseam—that he could see the

    Tatum, I never felt like I did. What I saw was a spoiled actress playing a role, alongside her selfish husband. To further drive the nail in the coffin, the fact that Tatum excused away what Ben did so easily, not only

    , but also succeeded in contradicting the underlying message of the entire story—all relationships take

    . Instead, we’re served up a cornball ending that highlights what exactly, playing pretend is actually the better way to go?

  • Kendall

    This was my first read by Allison Winn Scotch and I was super excited to have a dose of a romance. Well.... I was pretty disappointed. :(

    Between Me and You started out on a bang but it started to slowly lose it's sparkle and just lost me big time.

    The biggest issue I had with this novel was how it's told (dual perspective). I usually LOVE dual perspective but wow was this a serious hot mess. This was ALL over the place and not in a good way. Tatum Connelly's perspective is told from chronological

    This was my first read by Allison Winn Scotch and I was super excited to have a dose of a romance. Well.... I was pretty disappointed. :(

    Between Me and You started out on a bang but it started to slowly lose it's sparkle and just lost me big time.

    The biggest issue I had with this novel was how it's told (dual perspective). I usually LOVE dual perspective but wow was this a serious hot mess. This was ALL over the place and not in a good way. Tatum Connelly's perspective is told from chronological order and Ben's perspective is told from the opposite/reverse order. All I can say is be prepared for some MAJOR confusion when you tread these waters. Honestly, I'm not sure at all what the author was trying to do with the timeline but it did not work at all for me.

    Not only did I have issues with the delivery, but also the repetitiveness. Either we heard about "I see you" moments or Ben's writing projects. I felt like the story was a bunch of fluff without the actual meat. I was rolling me eyes pretty much the entire story.

    And, let's be honest. The author brings up some serious issues that Ben and Tatum have experienced. Infidelity, resentment, and trust. The characterization was lacking BIG time with Ben and Tatum. I was expecting to hurt when Ben/Tatum were hurt. I expected to be happy when Ben/Tatum were happy. Nope.... the feelings to her characters were absent. And... wow Tatum was a spoiled brat. Ben... was also a jerk and extremely self-centered. YIKES!!!

    The ending?..... also was horrible. Cheesy and unbelievable. The story held promise but unfortunately it did not live up to my expectations.

    Overall 2.5 stars for this one. But, I have heard some amazing things about this author's previous novels... so I would check out this author in the future.

    Thank you so much to Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for the advanced arc in exchange for an honest review.

    Publication date: 1/9/18.

    Review posted: 1/15/18.

  • Jennifer

    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

    3 stars

    I have long been a fan of Winn Scotch which is why I was very excited to read Between Me and You. However, this one just didn’t “do” it for me the way her other books have.

    I was pretty into the story until about the 45-50% mark and then it became repetitive and I found myself losing interest. The story is told in alternative POV and Ben is narrating the story backwards while Tatum is narrating forwards. I really liked th

    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

    3 stars

    I have long been a fan of Winn Scotch which is why I was very excited to read Between Me and You. However, this one just didn’t “do” it for me the way her other books have.

    I was pretty into the story until about the 45-50% mark and then it became repetitive and I found myself losing interest. The story is told in alternative POV and Ben is narrating the story backwards while Tatum is narrating forwards. I really liked this method of telling the story, but once the timelines intersected, I didn’t really care that much about the alternating point of view. It was like reading the same story again.

    Then, the last 10-15% picked up a bit as the story progressed to present day and a solution. As others have mentioned, there is no big aha moment, but Women’s Fiction usually doesn’t have that big climatic moment, which is fine. That is not why I read books in this genre.

    Overall, this book was not great, but not a total dud either. I found myself skim reading through much of the overlap. But I finished it, so that is saying something. I would say that this is not one of the better books that I have read by Winn Scotch, but I am a fan, so I will certainly be looking forward to the next book.

  • Julie

    Can I say that I am disappointed, but also mildly satisfied? I appreciate Allison Winn Scotch writing of real life, a real relationship and the hardships that can be faced. This was the draw for me and while

    started off promising, it lost momentum and became shaky; bringing about a few snags.

    Written from the dual perspectives of Ben Livingston, a privileged writer from New York, and Tatum Connelly, an actor from a small town in Ohio, the fl

    Can I say that I am disappointed, but also mildly satisfied? I appreciate Allison Winn Scotch writing of real life, a real relationship and the hardships that can be faced. This was the draw for me and while

    started off promising, it lost momentum and became shaky; bringing about a few snags.

    Written from the dual perspectives of Ben Livingston, a privileged writer from New York, and Tatum Connelly, an actor from a small town in Ohio, the flip-flopping story line of the demise of their relationship made this novel a bit confusing the follow. Tatum’s view is told in chronological order, whereas Bens is told in reverse, and when added together was the recipe for a very messy plot. While trying to figure out where each chapter picked up and what has occurred in between, I found myself feeling as if I was missing something.

    Ben and Tatum have this saying they repeat to one another, ‘I see you,’ but I did not feel like the reader was offered enough to understand the core of these character. I wanted to dig in deeper, go into the dark places of their minds, but felt the story never got there. All in all I had a difficult time connecting. Perhaps due to their lifestyle, perhaps the manner in which they approached their difficiulties… I’m uncertain, but these characters in all honestly seemed like total snobs.

    While there were many profound moments, there too were many repetitive moments. The exasperation of words, saying and the characters stories being retold began to make the story feel as if it was being dragged out. Although this did not pull me in like a page-turning thriller would, I did press on as the story itself did manage to hold my interest. I am not one to typically pick up romantic chick-lit novels, but it was an intriguing story that would have ranked higher for me if I was not continuously reminded of what I had previously read over and over again.

    I was also bummed out by the ending. While it may have sparked an Aww moment, in truth, much like the lives of these two characters, it was very Hollywood-esque. Such happenings seem hardly probable. Overall it had the feel of a cornball ending to a story that held promise but did not completely deliver.

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