EXCERPT TUESDAY #2: Somewhere in Between by Katie Li

Hey everyone! How are you? I can’t believe that it’s already been a week since I started my own Tuesday prompt: Excerpt Tuesday! I hope you could also join me in this weekly sharing of excerpts. Just comment below if you would love to participate! 🙂

EXCERPT TUESDAY is basically just posting an excerpt from my recent reads or from any book under the sun! If you would like to do this, then please just leave a link down on the comments section so I could also check your excerpts!

The excerpt I am sharing today is one of my favorite scenes and probably the part of this book that will always remain with me. It is from Somewhere in Between by Katie Li. I loved Somewhere in Between and I recommend it if you need a fresh, interesting read! You may read my review here.

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 About the Book:

Somewhere in Between

by Katie Li

Two friends find a portal to another dimension and use this “in-between place” to avoid the stress of their everyday lives. What they don’t realize is that every time they enter, they alter reality.

Pseudo-punk Magnolia and underachieving gamer-geek Rom are two unlikely friends who only hang out during their walks home together after school. When they find the a portal that leads to different worlds, they use the “in-between place” as an escape from their lives in high school, then later, after college.

Their visits through the portal bring them teetering along a tight-rope of fantasy and reality, where they don’t always believe what is in front of them, not even their feelings for each other.

The book is about changes—the ones that you can control, and the ones that you can’t. It’s about commitment and friendship. It’s about the stages in between where you have nothing but the unknown ahead of you.

Inspired by the work of Haruki Murakami and films like Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind, Somewhere In Between is metaphysical coming-of-age story about defining love and finding yourself.

Excerpt:

“DO YOU EVER IMAGINE WHAT TIME looks like?”

“Time?”

“Yeah.”

“Like — seconds?”

“Yeah, time, you know, time.”

“Why are you laughing at me?”

“Why are you acting so weird about it? T-I-M-E. Time. Do you ever imagine what it looks like?”

“Why would I do that?”

“I don’t know — it just dawned on me the other day that when I think of time, it has a shape.”

“What?”

“Don’t make fun of me!”

“No, no. Explain. I’m intrigued.”

“Okay. Close your eyes. Now imagine it’s January — what do you see?”

“Snow. And, it’s blue. I see, trees.”

“Okay! Now — the month keeps going, and it’s February — what happens?”

“I see — uh, a calendar.”

“What kind of calendar?”

“Like, one of those tear-away kinds that they use in cartoons, that shows the days passing.”

“And what’s February like?”

“Red.”

“Because of Valentine’s Day?”

“Probably.”

“Okay. So what about March?”

“It’s — green.”

“Interesting.”

“You think so?”

“Yeah. It’s different from how I think of time.”

“How do you think of time?”

“Close your eyes again? It’s more like — a roller coaster.”

“A roller coaster?”

“Close your eyes! It’s a roller coaster, but it’s not fast. And you’re not sitting down. You don’t even really have a body. It’s just the feeling of moving in a roller coaster. January starts, and then it moves forward, sort of – I guess toward you? If you were looking at it. And then February goes, like, upward. And March gets higher, but then sort of plateaus.”

“Well, what happens next?”

“April and May are at the same level, and sort of, curve around in one direction. But then June starts to go up — and July is even farther up, but then when August comes it starts to dip down. There’s a sharp turn at September, and then it plummets all the way down to December.”

“Does it start over again at January?”

“Yeah. And so far I’ve imagined my life the same way.”

“What do you mean?”

“Like I was a baby and then really little, so I don’t count that so much, but then I start going to school. And I got older. And I can picture the years of my life moving the same way, like a roller coaster.”

“Where are you now?”

“On the roller coaster?”
“Yeah.”

“I guess, still moving toward the top.”

“And what’s going to happen next?”

“It has to go back down, right?”

“Not necessarily. A roller coaster doesn’t have to drop. It can do loop-de-loops. Or corkscrews. Hell, they can even change direction entirely.”

“Yeah, I guess that’s true.”

“So, what do you want to happen next?”

“I don’t know. I guess I hadn’t really thought about it.”

Somewhere in Between is one hell of a roller coaster ride. I love it! Hope you could also read and enjoy it!

Buy it here:

Book Depository | Amazon (Digital)

 

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