[Review] The Space Between

Friday, June 2, 2017

Title: The Space Between

Author: Michelle L. Teichman

Genre: Young Adult, GLBT, Romance

Published: March 2, 2016

Source: Copy provided by NetGalley

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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.
It's been over a year since I last sat down to read a book and to be honest, I forgot what this one was all about, so I ended up going into this blindly. I had a few issues with it, so let's start with those.

The beginning was bland; the first chapter didn't really draw me in. The premise of opposites attracting isn't anything special because it's been done before especially when it's a popular person and an outcast. I don't like how the main character blindly follows her sister because she wants to be popular (where's my strong female character?). However, the interactions are sweet and pretty believable.

Honestly, this book was the type of book that gets better when you continue to read. As much as I don't like the cliched premise of the MC falling in love with someone who is completely different, the way it's written is nice and well done. The author has a way with words to the point where some things she describes is poetic in a way. 

Even though they don't really know why it is they've become nearly obsessed with each other, their interactions seem a bit unnatural. If I was an outcast and hated popular people much like Sarah does, why would I let the MC touch me? Especially if I started having unexpected feelings for them. I wouldn't be able to understand what's going on and a shy person would...well... shy away from it, not just accept it.

Regardless of the little things that irked me, I do have to come out and say that this ended up being a really good read. The author was able to get me rooting for the two of them to be together. While books with the whole "love at first sight" thing tend to be boring and uneventful, this was refreshing to read. It wasn't overly-cliche and it had a satisfying ending. I can see why it wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea, but it certainly was mine. This was a good book to read after nearly a year of being away from books.

1 comment :

  1. Amazing review. <3
    Ive seen so many people read this book with mixed feelings. I still can't decide if I want to read it or not. Lol