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The Spaces Between Us Two Outcast Best Friends Are Desperate To Survive Senior Year And Break Away From Their Rural Factory TownSerena Velasco And Her Best Friend Melody Grimshaw Are Dying To Get Out Of Their Shrinking Factory Town Until Now, They Ve Been Coasting, Eluding The Bleakness Of Home And The Banality Of High School In A Rebellious Turn, Serena Begins To Fixate On Communism, Hoping To Get A Rise Out Of Her Blue Collar Factory Town Her Western Civ Teacher Catches On And Gives Her An Independent Study Of Class And Upward Mobility What Creates The Spaces Between Us Meanwhile, Grimshaw Sets Goals Of Her Own To Make It Onto The Cheerleading Squad, Find A Job, And Dismantle Her Family S Hopeless Reputation But Sometimes The Biggest Obstacles Are The Ones You Don T See Coming Grimshaw S Quest For Success Becomes A Fight For Survival, And Serena S Independent Study Gets A Little Too Real With The Future Of Their Friendship And Their Lives On The Line, The Stakes Have Never Been So High

  • ebook
  • 304 pages
  • The Spaces Between Us
  • Stacia Tolman
  • 22 July 2019
  • 9781250174932

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10 thoughts on “The Spaces Between Us

  1. says:

    This one s a bit hard for me to review I liked the passages about social mobility, but I felt there was too little analysis along that line and too much focus on other pieces of the story I also felt that the ending was unexpected, and in general, I had a hard time connecting with the characters which makes sense because their lives are very different from mine It wasn t badly written, though I guess it s just not my kind of book Received free copy via Goodreads

  2. says:

    3.5There was some great themes and a well rounded nuanced supporting character but the middle of the novel left me yawning.My Issues The Middle of the Novel The novel started off really strong with Serena and Mel but after Serena comes back from Maine, the novel takes a weird tone The whole cheerleader Nanci Lee thing seemed like a totally different novel The two cheerleaders did not have a unique voice and they didn t do anything to advance to plot This book is full of amazing themes but the middle didn t seem to support any of them The middle is the reason why I dropped this a whole star Dropped Plots Pacing to Quick Serena s time in Maine with her uncle was too quick especially considering he comes back at the end Serena also does a complete 180 after her summer and the explanation wasn t strong enough The upward mobility assignment seemed like it was going to be pivotal but Serena asks randos about it and her teacher doesn t discuss it with her I understand that the author isn t holding our hands with the themes but the upward mobility discussion seemed to be an after thought which is a shame considering this book is has some poverty class undertones Cars were an obvious theme that usually means freedom Once again, I know the author didn t want to hold our hands but I felt like cars could have been a larger character in the narrative Nit Picks Serena was in Maine all summer and Mel didn t call her At first I thought this was set in a dateless time because the author didn t mention cell phones until page 75ish Then I figured they were too poor for phones but a land line is still a thing HELLO The confrontation with Mike was a bit unrealistic I doubt she would have thought that quickly.What I Liked The Introduction to Serena I really liked Serena throughout most of the novel Irony Man was a great intro to her character and you knew exactly who this girl is by page 5 She had several people tell her about herself EARLY in the novel and she made efforts to change I hate when characters are beat over the head with their shortcoming by several people and then grow in the last 50 pages Serena didn t dwell on the fact that people didn t like her She also didn t have much of an inner monologue about that which seems unrealistic I think many of us want to be liked even if we don t want to admit it Serena sort of fell apart characterwise at the end Melody Melody was a great character I don t think she necessarily had a new voice but she was very insightful about her own life and she made huge efforts to change it I appreciate reading about a teen character who doesn t bitch and moan about how shitty their life is but actually makes moves Melody and Serena s Friendship I liked how the author showed their co dependence I thought it was believable and I think teens would gain a lot of insight into their own friendships Themes I love a good themey, metaphorical novel and this one had plenty The aforementioned cars was a bit on the nose with the meaning freedom But I liked the different ways the author featured cars throughout the narrative There s a good overall metaphor on page 56 which I thought summed up the girl s relationship Other themes included the savior complex and the measurement of success.Overall I REALLY wanted to love this book and it was so close to being great but that middle dragged ass and I just can t forgive that If you are looking for a good discussion book I do believe this would be a good choice.

  3. says:

    Once I found myself halfway through the book I started to question the grave yard on the cover of the novel, but in the end I had my answer Wow, what a good read Adults as well as younger versions crossover read can connect with the conflict of questioning if a person s made the right choice We have those people we d love to save, but really all of us need to save ourselves From deep conversations with cross country truckers to the rituals of American high school, this story moves beyond the typical cheerleader drama to hit the metaphors hard and provide a compelling story of America in the now Can we move beyond our family and our hometown Are we the people our families want us to be Such deep questions meaningful answers provided.

  4. says:

    A DRC was provided by Edelweiss in exhange for a fair and honest review.Too often older readers dismiss teen realistic fiction, preferring to indulge in YA dystopia or fantasy Any novel that tackles class in America deserves attention from a wide readership, especially if the author is not afraid to have her characters face the the burdens that come fro recognizing the spaces between us Serena Velasco and Melody Grimshaw are best friends and a pair of pariahs The former is too smart and the latter too poor to fit in anywhere in Colchis, the dying mill town in upstate New York, the burned over cinder of the American Dream The town is a hotbed of class anxiety, with young women and men feeling all the disdain, distrust and envy that their parents do Grimshaw is a charismatic man magnet, set on escaping Colchis using herself as currency as she knows It takes money to get a car, and it takes a car to get money Everyone knows Serena is too smart for Colchis, but as one of her teachers asks, is that an asset or a liability Serena s preoccupation with communism, a tribute to her deceased father who believed in giving away wealth, and her repugnance at the snobbery and hypocrisy of Colchis give her motivation to aim low in order to avoid the inevitable separation from Grimshaw Serena avoids her middle class status even as her PhD educator mother becomes principal at the high school, her entrepreneurial stepfather has moved the family to Versailles, a fancy new housing development, and her sister off to college, however unhappily She spends her summers in Maine in an old house with her grandmother, sailing, reading and pushing away thoughts of leaving Colchis and Grimshaw for good Doom stalks them from the moment Serena spots the gold Corvette following their school bus The girls struggle through their senior year of high school, becoming friends with the vicious cheerleaders , going to wild parties, contending with both the expectations that Serena excel academically, and that Grimshaw, coming fromm one of the most notorious trailer trash families in town, can t do anything but fail and be left behind That gold Corvette represent s Grimshaw s conviction of her best chance to leave Colchis, and she does, but not before both girls begin to grow up fast Serena begins to understand that she has Privilege with a capital P while Grimshaw plans to head West with her creepy older boyfriend, possible to become a stripper Serena may have privilege, but Melody wants to borrow it, just for a little Neither can figure out how to stave off the darkness that is coming with adulthood even as they long to grow up and away from their roots Women s reliance on each other and their emotional bonds are the core of the story, even as the social importance of finding any man, good, bad or just plain weak pulls both girls into different orbits Tolman sometimes overplays the Class Doom, with Grimshaw asking Do you ever havethis feeling Like, you have this feeling you re going to die young To which Serena can only reply I think there are other options than Colchis or death Tolman has produced a serious look at the stresses facing working class women in today s America, with all the sadness and ambivalence that may mean for her characters.

  5. says:

    This book just didn t do it for me I m not sure why, but I couldn t keep the characters straight especially all the teachers and random friends For some reason, I kept thinking the story would focus from the poor girl, Mel s, point of view It was actually kind of refreshing, though, that it wasn t It was different to come at high school from the view of the well to do girl and her own identity struggles Instead of rooting for the underdog though I did definitely root for Mel , I liked that someone who had things handed to her and who s mom ran the school was still struggling But, sadly, I didn t like either of them enough to really like the book And I didn t really like the writing The book seemed choppy dramatic at points then incredibly boring Big build ups with quick conclusions Philosophy and imagery galore, but the locations and timeframe were hard to figure out not necessarily a bad thing, but a bit irritating I didn t know if it was modern or the 80 s I tried to decider the cars being driven, etc, but it wasn t till the mention of cellphones that I knew it was modern which actually kind of turned me off.I m sure lots of people would like this book An interesting high school coming of age with A LOT going on I d recommend it to others, but it wasn t really for me.

  6. says:

    First off I received this book in a goodreads giveaway and it was shipped to me from the publisher This in no way whatsoever affects the review below.This book was advertised as similar to Catcher in the Rye, which I have read And I can safely say the feel is quite the same If you felt you understood Holden, if you enjoyed his view points, Serena s story is a safe bet This novel has a certain power It feels relatively laid back, but it s interesting I read this in less than four hours, I was never bored Every time I set it down I came right back The writing was amazing The realism was great, the characters felt well developed I did wish we had a little time with some of the side characters but it didn t really take away that we didn t.This book also has what I tend to call a pseudo dream feel It is not fantasy But if you ve ever read Catcher in the Rye, you ll know it has a hazy almost dreamy quality to the writing Spaces managed to duplicate that There is s bit of romance though it s all left very open ended Think what you like I suppose.I believe I ll be keeping an eye out for this author s other works.

  7. says:

    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the E Arc copy of this novel.I was a little thrown off by this one at first The story is told from Serena s point of view only, but it is about both young ladies trying in different ways to beat their home life situations I think from being a parent and librarian myself it is written in a mature tone I do like the subject matter it deals with coming from a small town myself in much the same situation that these girls find themselves I highly recommend this book It is very realistic and sadly common than most realize.

  8. says:

    This book was given to me by the publisher to do an honest review I was really disappointed with this book I was hoping to see something happen but nothing really did There wasn t much of a plot but you could tell it was a coming of age story When I read the summary I was super excited but the problem was that I wasn t hooked to the book at all Even though I finished this book quick was because I wasn t to get it over with There were some cringe worthy stuff and some scenes were rushed with little explanations The ending was a little good but other than that this was my least favorite read of July I hate leaving bad reviews but this is how I feel.

  9. says:

    I liked this book, but I wasn t a huge fan of the way it ended it was both rushed and dragged on at the same time But I did like some of the characters a lot

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