Title: The Space Between Heartbeats
Author: Melissa Pearl
Genres: Young Adult, Romance  
Release Day: September 8th 2015
ARC kindly provided via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
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Nicole Tepper has it all—beauty, popularity, and the perfect boyfriend. But after a party she can’t remember, she wakes up in a ghostly state, trapped between life and death.
Only one person can hear her now: Dale Finnegan, a loner classmate that Nicole has relentlessly bullied. Dale’s the last person in school who would want to help her, but he sets their tangled history aside to try to save her life. As they dig into what happened at the party, they discover her boyfriend isn’t as perfect as he seems—and neither are her friends.

4 captivating stars!

“Sometimes we just have to accept the fact we can’t explain everything. Life happens, whether we want it to or not and we don’t always have a reason why. Our job is to try and make some good come out of it.”

This was such an interesting and captivating book! Read it in a few hours and loooved it! I’m usually very picky with mysterious books that deal with a killer of some sort or in this case an almost killer but the blurb sounded too good to pass.

The last thing Nicole remembers when she wakes up is going to a party. Spending the morning trying to get her mother to stop ignoring her is proven to be really difficult since she can’t really see her. So beautifully presented, this book really is from her POV trying to communicate with everyone around her as she goes to school and other places; Nicole is another version of Mean Girls, she’s the popular girl and everything that goes with it including lots of fake friends that won’t really form a search party when she goes missing.

“All the people you hang out with have no idea who you really are. You’re brilliant, Nicky… and none of those guys can see it. Why don’t you let anyone see you?”

After spending her morning walking the hallways and pointlessly talking to people, one person looks at her; Dale, the boy she’s been bullying for years. Now she kind of needs his help in this life or death situation to find her body before she freezes to death, or the killer goes back to where she is to finish the job.

“I am going to find you,” I almost believe him. “Nicky, you just have to stay alive.”

I loved how pretty much everyone was a suspect at one point, her friends are all ugly, her boyfriend is an asshole and the rest just don’t care enough to send a search party for a rebel teen that has a habit of disappearing for shopping trips or not answering anyone’s calls or because she’s mentioned too many times running away. It really was something having her and Dale desperately trying to locate her and make her “ghost” remember what happened that night, how her parents and the rest of the people were dealing with it.

“And I want to kiss you every day, but not just because I’m saying goodbye.”

And the romance part was totally cute too, just enough to build the story and then a good ending, lots of swoony moments in between, the only thing I didn’t like as much was the ending, although it was the better outcome, I would have liked something with more impact (yes even in a ghost, second chance at life story) that being said, I totally recommend it for YA fans that love a little mystery and a fast story!

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