A book involving romance makes me want to snag it off the shelf and take off without looking back. Also, reading a romance book makes one forget their own personal love life for a while. Or, relate to others because you feel less alone with your joys and sorrows of being in and out of love. Everything in Between shares these emotions and more.
The poetry pieces were excellent. Each one conveyed emotion and story very well, especially if some were only a couple of lines. The feelings of the narrators leaped off the page and you felt something. Breakups, yearning for a love taken by someone else, longing for someone you have deep feelings for, and celebrating the love you have with someone are just some of the themes found in this book. The poetry is also short, sweet, and to the point. Some poems can go on forever and lose their meaning in the process. Here, the poems say what they need to and then end. No unneeded cliffhangers except wondering of what became of the narrators and their loves. I also liked there wasn't much rhyme scheme and the poems flowed best through the words, emotions, and themes. Sometimes you need to get creative with your poetry and don't need to follow certain rules.
I have to be honest, though, about the short stories at the end of the book. I felt they were missing something. The texts had potential and the messages were, for the most part, clear. However, I felt the spark that moved me with the poetry wasn't there. There wasn't much of a story and the characters felt underdeveloped. They were, however, relatable so the author got that portion right. I just wish there was more development and plot. Short stories can sometimes be tricky, though, because of a much more limited word count and the struggle to fit as much story as you can within a certain amount of words and pages. They are still worth a read because you get to read a book with an author writing in two different forms: poetry and short stories. I thought that idea was unique and that was one of the reasons I checked out the book.
Overall, this was a decent book. I hope the author keeps writing because it's a good start and the poetry, again, was stellar and the main highlight.