Between the Lines is a self-published full-length young adult novel for mature teens.
When Hollywood It Boy, Reid Alexander, arrives on location to shoot his next movie, his goals are the same as always—film another blockbuster hit and enjoy his celebrity status to the fullest while doing so. His costar is a virtual unknown with whom he had blazing hot chemistry during her auditions. The universe is lining up nicely to grant whatever he wants, as usual, until he’s confronted with unexpected obstacles on location like a bitter ex-girlfriend and a rival for the first girl to spark his genuine interest in years.
Emma Pierce just got her big break after more than a decade of filming commercials for grape juice, department stores and tampons, and more recently, bit parts in made-for-TV movies. Nailing the lead role in a wide-release film sent her agent, father and stepmother into raptures, and should have done the same for her. The Problem? Emma is experiencing a building desire to be normal, and starring in a silly, modernized adaptation of one of her favorite novels—opposite the very hot Reid Alexander—isn’t going to advance that aspiration.
Graham Douglas doesn’t fear playing the part of a nerdy dimwit; when it comes to choosing film roles, if it pays, he’ll do it. Besides, his friend Brooke Cameron snatched up the role of the bitchy hot girl and could use his help as a buffer, because her ex is the star. Graham has no problem keeping a handle on the situation, until he finds himself attracted to Reid’s costar, Emma, the girl Reid is pursuing full-throttle with his standard arsenal of charm, good looks and arrogance.
When Emma Pierce landed the starring role in a modern day adaptation of Pride and Prejudice opposite Reid Alexander she was excited, terrified and not entirely sure she even wanted the part. Pride and Prejudice set in high school? Seriously?
But there was no question that this role would skyrocket her career. No more commercials. No more Lifetime movies. Reid Alexander was a rising star. Everyone wanted him. He could practically choose his own parts. Plus, being Lizbeth Bennet to his Will Darcy meant actually getting to kiss him. And get paid for it.
They are a perfect match on-screen. Their chemistry sizzles. But when Reid wants to take it off-screen, Emma is hesitant. Reid could have any girl he wants, and it seems he has already had quite a few, whereas Emma has barely gone farther than kissing a boy.
Besides, there is just something about Graham Douglas that makes her feel more at ease. She enjoys their talks, their runs and any time they spend together. Too bad he is already involved with Brooke, Reid’s ex-girlfriend.
So when Graham heads out of town for a family emergency, Reid is quick to make a move. He wants Emma, and with Graham out of the way she no longer has any reason to say no.
But getting involved with Reid Alexander has a cost, and she quickly learns that Reid’s bad boy reputation isn’t all just tabloid gossip. Is it worth trying to make things work with the Hollywood hottie who seems to want her? Or did she give up the possibility of a really good thing with Graham by choosing Reid?
If she could only make up her mind before the director calls cut.
Between the Lines is a deliciously fun, enticing and heart-warming story about love and relationships, actions and consequences, and making difficult choices. The story alternates between the perspectives of Reid, a young Hollywood star on the rise, and Emma, an actress getting her first real break in the business.
The two actors meet when Emma auditions for a part in an upcoming film in which Reid is cast as the lead. Their performance clicks and Reid is instantly attracted to Emma. Not used to having to pursue any girl, Emma poses a challenge for him. One that he is more than willing to accept.
Emma isn’t used to all the attention that comes along with being famous. Still shy off camera and unused to sharing her private life, Reid’s celebrity and flawless good looks are daunting. But getting involved with Reid Alexander could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and one she’s not sure she wants to miss out on.
Between the Lines takes readers along on both Emma and Reid’s journey through the course of the filming and beyond as they both discover things about themselves, what their expectations and limits are and what they want out of life.
Amidst the filming, the partying and the constant media attention, hearts will be broken, secrets will be revealed, and a love story will begin.
Author Tammara Webber draws her readers into the first half of her story with a light, humorous, flirty and engaging storyline. Her characters are introduced and readers will begin to get to know them and connect with them on the surface.
In the second half of the book, she brings readers deeper into their story as the main characters also begin to delve deeper as they look at their lives, thoughts, feelings and actions.
Both Emma and Reid are incredibly similar and yet so very different. They were both raised by absentee parents and pretty much had to learn to get by on their own. They are both extremely guarded with their thoughts, their feelings and their lives. But it’s their actions and the choices they make that show just how different they really are.
Between the Lines is fast-paced, fun and bittersweet, and readers won’t want to put this book down until they discover whether there is such a thing as happily ever after for the characters.
Reviewer gives this book [rating=5]
On a personal note:
What an unexpected read this was – in a really good way! I anticipated a book that was light and fun and flirty and silly, a perfect summer read. And it was all that, especially the first half, but there is more depth to this story than first meets the eye.
During the course of the story the characters actually learn something about themselves and what they want out of life. All this is happening in the background as the drama plays out in the foreground.
I totally fell in love with this story and the characters. And I thought it was perfect that the story switched back and forth between Emma’s and Reid’s points of view. Both characters had similar issues, but were both very different people and handled things in such different ways.
Emma was sweet and shy and sympathetic and definitely starstruck. Reid was confident and arrogant and shallow but he had a vulnerability about him that he masked well, and a sympathetic side, even if you had to dig a little deeper to see it.
Graham was a mystery. You didn’t get to see his thoughts, and his actions kept you guessing throughout. He was compassionate and caring, but definitely not sappy, and he was mature and confident and really, really charming. And his mysterious behavior does get explained at the story’s end.
Yes, there were two guys and one girl, but it isn’t your typical love triangle. Reid was definitely in hot pursuit and Emma was definitely attracted to him, but at no point was their relationship a sure thing. And Graham was waiting in the wings…maybe. He sent out mixed signals and at no point did it become a standoff between the two boys.
The characters in the story were slightly older than your standard young adult book – ranging from seventeen to twenty – with just a few situations that might be more appropriate for a slightly older reader and a more liberal use of certain language. None of which, however, felt inappropriate to the story.
There were a few things only touched upon in this story that I would have liked to read more about. But as there is a sequel due out this fall, it is very possible they will be included in the next book.
And I absolutely loved the time on set with the characters when they were delivering their lines. I could have read pages and pages of their on-screen performances. The author did a magnificent job of weaving that in – through the usage of script pages interspersed with the character’s thoughts.
As much of a jerk as Reid could be at times, I did feel for him. The author built into his character’s story a background that was fairly tragic. His only flaw was that he didn’t seek to better himself as Emma did.
There was a surprise reveal at the end, which I somewhat suspected, however I thought that there would also be another part to it, which wasn’t the case. Or at least it’s not the case currently, but could possibly be something in book two. I can’t wait to find out.
I am so glad that the author introduced me to her book. I knew from reading the description that it would be a delightful story, but after reading it, I found that it was pretty incredible. I will definitely be picking up the sequel when it comes out.
Where You Are is due out this fall and will be told from the perspectives of Graham, Emma, Brooke and Reid.
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Note: Between the lines is intended for slightly older teens due to language and mature situations.
This review is based on a electronic copy received from the author.