Between Me and You by Allison Winn Scotch
Paperback: 364 pages
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (Jan. 9 2018)
Synopsis: When their paths first cross, Ben Livingston is a fledgling screenwriter on the brink of success; Tatum Connelly is a struggling actress tending bar in a New York City dive. They fall in love, they marry, they become parents, and they think only of the future. But as the years go by, Tatum’s stardom rises while Ben’s fades. In a marriage that bears the fallout of ambition and fame, Ben and Tatum are at a crossroads. Now all they can do is think back…
A life of passion, joy, tragedy, and loss—once shared—becomes one as shifting and unpredictable as a memory. As the pieces of their past come together, as they explore the ways love can bend and break, Ben and Tatum come to see how it all went wrong—and wonder what they can do now to make it all right.
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Between Me and You is a story of love – a realistic and relatable story of marriage, love and life in general. Ben and Tatum are a married couple who are now separate and neither knows how they got to this point in their life. Told in alternating perspectives (that are also following different timelines) they reader gets to know how Ben and Tatum feel in love and how life got in the way of their love.
I have to start with the story format itself: this is one thing that made it really hard for me to get fully into the story. While it is told in alternating perspectives, the first part of the book (which is more than half – closer to 75%) is told with one character in the past and the other character in the present – a pre-and-post separation split. It is really hard to explain; I don’t think I have ever read a book in this format before. It created a separation from the characters for me that made it hard for me to really get into the book. There was also a lot of overlap of stories through the two characters, which was alright because one time it was told from Tatum’s view and the other time from Ben’s, but it did make it a little harder to get completely lost in the book.
Now that the story format is out of the way, we can focus on the plot line itself. I loved how real the story was – it didn’t try to hide or disguise the hardships of marriage and how life can get in the way of love. It explored Ben and Tatum’s life both falling in love, married and separated. For this alone, it is a great realistic fiction book to read and I really enjoyed the story and the characters. If the story format had been different, I feel I could have been even more invested and dedicated to the characters.
* I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Thomas Allen & Sons*