Between You and Me fashion collection

Now, inspired by the life of mega pop-star Britney Spears, comes Between You and Me (Atria Books, June 2012, $25), a fictional examination of the life of a pop icon. We’ve all watched as famous people we adore—or despise—have broken apart on the national screen. But what if you weren’t judging from the sidelines? What if life had put you in the getaway car, the hair salon, the hotel hallway right along with them? Taking aim at the most insidious kind of “stage-parenting” and an industry that ‘produces’ their clients’ adolescences, McLaughlin and Kraus’ latest novel questions what -- and who – is responsible for a celebrity’s destruction. Between You and Me gives a sympathetic portrayal of the implosion of a beloved and promising talent, Kelsey Wade, as her saga unfolds on the pages of every tabloid magazine for the world to judge.

Twenty-seven-year-old Logan Wade is trying to build a life for herself far from her unhappy childhood in Oklahoma. Until she gets an offer she can’t refuse. Logan hasn’t seen Kelsey in person since their parents separated them as kids; in the meantime, Kelsey Wade has grown into Fortune Magazine’s most powerful celebrity. But their reunion is quickly overshadowed by the toxic dynamic between Kelsey and her parents, as Logan discovers that, beneath the glossy façade, the wounds that caused them to be wrenched apart so many years ago have insidiously warped into a show-stopping family business. As Kelsey tries desperately to break away and grasp at a “real” life, beyond the influence of her parents and managers, she makes one catastrophic misstep after another until Logan must question if their childhood left them both too broken to succeed. Logan risks everything to hold on, but when Kelsey unravels in the most horribly public way, Logan finds that she will ultimately have to choose between rescuing the girl she has always protected…and saving herself.

Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus have proven again and again that they are masters at exploring the subtle nuances of family relationships—as they intersect with the most current trends in the culture at large. After reading Between You and Me, you will never read another tabloid magazine in quite the same way.

Opensky starting today and for two weeks is featuring items inspired form this book to purchase. Items like red carpet ready accessories to the perfect sunglasses for hiding from the paparazzi, it features pieces chosen by Ali Fedotowsky, Monet Mazur, Kelly Bensimon, Molly Sims, and Nancy O’Dell.


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