The Girl In Between
Bryn Reyes is a real life sleeping beauty. Afflicted with Klein-Levin Syndrome, she suffers episodes of prolonged sleep that steal weeks, and sometimes even months, from her life. But unlike most KLS patients, she doesn’t spend each episode in a catatonic state or wake up with no recollection of the time she’s missed. Instead, Bryn spends half her life in an alternate reality made up of her memories. For Bryn, the past is a place, until one day a boy she’s never met before washes up on the illusory beach of her dreams with no memory of who he is.
But the appearance of this strange boy isn’t the only thing that’s changed. Bryn’s symptoms are worsening, her body weakening as she’s plagued by hallucinations even while awake. Her only hope of finding a cure is to undergo experimental treatment created by a German specialist. But when Dr. Banz reveals that he knows more about her strange symptoms than he originally let on, Bryn learns that the boy in her head might actually be the key to understanding what’s happening to her, and worse, that if she doesn’t find out his identity before it’s too late, they both may not survive.
Firstly I would like to thank Leakan for kindly providing me with a copy of “The Girl Inbetween” this is my first time reading her books, but it won’t be the last.
This is an emotionally gripping and suspense filled story of a girl trapped between worlds….albeit she is trying to figure out if its’ real or imaginary….
Before I read this book, I’d never heard of the disease that Bryn is diagnosed with KLS – Klein-Levin Syndrome….you haven’t too? Well let me give you a quick low down:
Kleine-Levin Syndrome (KLS) is a rare and complex neurological disorder characterized by recurring periods of excessive amounts of sleep, altered behavior, and a reduced understanding of the world. The disorder strikes adolescents primarily but can occur in younger children and adults. At the onset of an episode the patient becomes progressively drowsy and sleeps for most of the day and night (hypersomnolence), sometimes waking only to eat or go to the bathroom. Each episode lasts days, weeks or months during which time all normal daily activities stop. Individuals are not able to care for themselves or attend school and work. In between episodes, those with KLS appear to be in perfect health with no evidence of behavioral or physical dysfunction. KLS episodes may continue for 10 years or more. KLS is sometimes referred to in the media as “Sleeping Beauty” syndrome.
I can only imagine what Bryn is going through, to be cautious of everything that your doing, always expecting another “episode” to happen only to fret about the length of time that you’re going to miss out on, precious family moments in life…
Her symptoms are starting to get worse… and as if everything wasn’t already bad, Bryn has started dreaming. Usually patients with KLS can’t dream. They just sleep.
She dreams of a boy…..
Roman can’t get away from this dream-state, every time Bryn sleeps, she ends up there but after a while she wakes up in the real world but it’s a different story for Roman, he can’t wake up.
He’s trapped….but they both know that since he exists in Bryn’s dreams, then he must exist in the real world as well…..right????
So the journey begins.
Bryn tries to collect every clue available in order to find him, before it’s too late.
But is she really prepared to face the truth about Roman???
The suspese was killing me. I was so anxious to meet the “boy’s” identity. Both Bryn and Roman were so braive and strong. Bryn may be sick but that doesn’t mean she has no life. She tries to finish high school and has dreams of going to university. She tries to be social, despite the fact that her desease is killing all of her progress but she never gives up. She always tries.
I’m looking forward to reading more of their story!!!
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