After I’d finished Something Like Normal by Trish Doller, I wanted to read more about young people, just out of high school exploring their newfound independence and dealing with adulthood for the first time. I went onto Twitter asking for recommendations and Author Julie Cross suggested Tammara Webber. Webber’s books had been recommended to me before, but her series was about Hollywood and I didn’t really love those types of stories. This time, however, Webber had just released Easy. And with one book, I was in love.
Despite my earlier reservations, I thought Webber’s voice was so fantastic, I went and bought all three books in the Between the Lines series. For some reason, I started with book 3, Good for You, and worked backwards. While Easy seems to be everyone else’s favorite, Good for You is mine.
The reason is that Webber takes two characters – the good girl and the bad boy – and does some interesting and subversive things with them. Neither are wholly as they seem and each is perfect for the other. Dori, in particular, could have been such a pedantic annoying character. I mean, who really likes a do gooder, right? Yet Dori truly loves giving of herself but it doesn’t mean that she isn’t without the same desires and longings that other girls her age have. There’s a poignancy in the storytelling in Good for You that is hard to find in other New Adult books.
It is a testament to the skill of Webber’s writing that she is able to create such a loving and interesting story around a girl whose life is built around good deeds and a boy whose life is built around misdeeds.
When I heard that Webber was writing a sequel to Good for You, I admit to having feelings of apprehension because while the ending of Good for You wasn’t an extended happy ever after, it was a believable happy for now. Was she going to screw with Dori and Reid in a way that I couldn’t deal with? Fortunately, no.
The giveaway that starts today is for a signed paperback set of the entire Between the Lines series. Here Without You is the fourth book in the Between the Lines series and it tells the story of what happens next, after Reid and Dori fall in love. You can pre order Here Without You at Amazon. The story will be available on August 6, 2013, at most etailers.