eARC Book Review: The Space Between by Michelle L. Teichman

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Everything’s great for Harper Isabelle, the most popular girl in grade nine. That is, until she meets Sarah Jamieson. Sarah is a reclusive artist, a loner who wears black makeup and doesn’t have any friends, but for some reason, Harper can’t stop thinking about her.
Sarah isn’t used to people looking her way, especially popular girls like Harper Isabelle. Scared, religious, and unsure of herself, when Sarah begins to realize that her feelings for Harper might go beyond friendship, she is afraid to take the plunge and tell Harper how she feels.
Emotions build between these young women until they both reach their breaking points, and they need to make a choice about coming to terms with who they really are, and what they can and cannot live without.

Words: 92,000

I received this book from the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Space Between focuses on finding love and discovering who you are and even though you’re young, you can still be sure that this is the person you are. It’s sticking to it that’s the tough part. People might try to decide for you but this book shows us that that choice is totally up to you and you don’t have to follow others to keep up the trend. Be true to who you are.

The characters in the book are fairly young, which was new for me. Usually when I read about people owning up to and embracing their sexuality the characters are older. I loved that the author wrote them so young because many people out there find it hard to believe that a person can be sure, even then. After all, it’s not a choice if you were born that way.

Characters: I liked Sarah, but I didn’t ‘love’ her. She was the cliche shy type that was totally awesome once you got to know her. She was religious so it was extremely hard for her to accept who she was. The word ‘unnatural’ came up often. She got annoying at times but I could overlook it. Sarah was a loner so didn’t have a lot of friends and the fact that her twin brother was popular didn’t make things any easier for her.

Harper was a more likeable character in my opinion. She was popular and beautiful and kind all the same. She noticed Sarah and actually tried at being friends with her. Harper’s life was planned for her because her sister was like the queen of the school or something. She- Harper- was dating Sarah’s brother, so of course it’d be a bit of a shock if she suddenly started developing feelings her his sister.

Bronte and Tyler both made for amazing side characters. They added that extra drama and ‘you are what?’ moments.

“If we only get one chance at happiness, you have to decide what you’re willing to live with, and what you can live without.”

Likes: I’m not generally a fan of multiple POV’s so much anymore but it was nice to see what was going on in each of the main characters’ heads. I liked that this focused on a younger couple and that there were the what seems to be the ‘expected’ reactions. It’s 2016 yes, and people will mostly just accept you, but there are those that will be reluctant and refuse. *Random: I kind of dislike it when the character just has it easy. Once again, I know times have changed but for everyone to suddenly just accept everything is just mind boggling to me.

Dislikes: These 15 year olds acted more like 18 years olds. There was no adult supervision. There was a lot of sneaking around which was understandable but the underage drinking? The encouraging of smoking? I wasn’t a fan. The beginning of the book made me think that it was going to be slow.

“We all think our mistakes are the worst, but they’re just mistakes, and everyone makes them.”

Overall Thoughts: My ‘craving’ for contemporary reads went away as I was reading this so I took long to finish it. I found this book to be more or less average. They never specified what happened with Sarah’s parents so I felt that that was a bit of a plot hole.

Warning: Underage drinking, smoking, sex.

Read: 28 April 2016
Rating: ★★★.75

Publication Date: 2 March 2016
Publisher: Ylva Publishing
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Michelle L. Teichman


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