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The Spaces Between UsReceived free copy via GoodreadsThis one s a bit ard 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 ad a Open for Business (Rough play with anonymous men in a porn shop viewing room) (Rough play with anonymous men in a porn shop viewing room) (The Sex Shop Book 1) 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 A DRC was provided by Edelweiss in exhange for a fair andonest reviewToo 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 ave er 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 otbed 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 erself 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 er teachers asks is that an asset or a liability Serena s preoccupation with communism a tribute to er deceased father who believed in giving away wealth and The scent her repugnance at the snobbery andypocrisy of Colchis give دوره حقوق مدنی-عقود معین 1 her motivation to aim low in order to avoid the inevitable separation from Grimshaw Serena avoidser middle class status even as 정숙한 남자 [A Man of Virtue] her PhD educator mother becomes principal at theigh school The Gordian Knot Vol. 4 her entrepreneurial stepfatheras moved the family to Versailles a fancy new Aeon Legion housing development ander sister off to college Secretul vieții și alte eseuri however unhappily She spendser summers in Maine in an old Down Lambeth Way house wither 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 Lebanese War 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 ofer best chance to leave Colchis and she does but not before both girls begin to grow up fast Serena begins to understand that she The Sacred Band has Privilege with a capital P while Grimshaw plans toead West with The Shadowhunters Codex her creepy older boyfriend possible to become a stripper Serena mayave privilege but Melody wants to borrow it just for a little Neither can figure out ow to stave off the darkness that is coming with adulthood even as they long to grow up and away from their roots that is coming with adulthood even as they long to grow up and away from their roots 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 avethis feeling Like you ave 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 as 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 Das Haus der Angst her characters Serena ander best friend Grimshaw are just trying to make it through Values and Professional Knowledge in Teacher Education high school and out of their poor rundown town There is no future for either of them there They both come from less than perfect family situations Bothave fathers who died when they were young Serena is little well off Her mom is the principal and she Searching for Wanda has a step dad and siblings Grimshaw s family is considered the trash of the town Both girls feel stuck Grimshaw the most She aspires to be a dancer and she useser beauty to use guys to Ray Ryan her advantage When she starts dating an older guy named Mike Serena can tell only bad things are coming As Grimshaw decides to leave town with Mike and starter career Serena tries to do everything in the power to save Daddys Sweet Girl: A Dark Stepfamily Love Story her friendThere is no easy way to explain The Spaces Between Us A lotappens in this story It encompasses about a year in the life of Serena starting with er failing a class at the end of er junior year going to Maine for the summer and then coming ome to find Grimshaw as made new friends This is only maybe the first few chapters From there the story jumps around at times with no warning There are several times when we are in one scene and the next line will suddenly take place weeks later Serena is definitely a different kind of YA narrator She is whip smart and mature She deserves than what she is dealt and that includes a friend like Grimshaw We see Serena do literally everything to elp Grimshaw but we never get a sense of Grimshaw being of Serena s loyalty She isn t a good friend to Serena and is times t a good friend to Serena and is often times to ditch er I liked Serena a lot and Thrones, Dominations her story is interesting with a realistic setting But there are a lot of parts of the story that didn t fit together or left uestions than answers to what is going onI still appreciate the originality of the story and the setting I rec. Two outcast best friends are desperate to survive senior year and break away from their rural factory townSerena Velasco ander best friend Melody Grimshaw are dying to get out of their shrinking factory town Until now they’ve been coasting eluding the bleakness of I Hela Cnau home and the banality ofigh school In a rebellious turn.

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Eived an e ARC from Netgalley Grimshaw and I are a pair of pariahs like a virus in a lipid envelope She s poor and I m smart so between the two of us we re practically an un American activity 5Hmm Not entirely sure what to make of this one I enjoyed the book just fine but am left with the feeling that there was something of a bait and switch going on owever unintentionallySerena lives in a struggling factory town and she wants out She s not doing anything to facilitate that mind she s an overachiever only when it comes to underachieving She as a passive interest in communism which is what drew me to the book in the first place I wondered whether the book was contemporary or whether I Jace's Pet hoped it was set during the Cold War It s contemporary as itappens though that s not always obvious Rare mentions of cell phones laptops and going viral make the era clear but I m sort of sorry for it I suppose that putting this during McCarthyism would make it socially dangerous for Serena to be overtly interested in communism but I just wanted communism I guess That is not communism exactly I wanted of what the description suggested which is to say a close look at class and upward mobility and what those mean in the contexts of communism and democracy I find that adults are very jaded these days No combination of The Mistake (Off-Campus, hair color clothes body piercing or tattoos can shock them About the only thing that can still guarantee a reaction in this factory town is communism So I wear a Red Army cap each day with the red star I probably overdo it with the communist thing but otherwise I m not sure anyone would know I exist 15Insteadthere s a bit of lip service to communism which it s almost immediately clear that Serena is only interested in as something to annoy the adults arounder and then the book takes a left turn to cheerleading and a much standard YA Piraten! high school story Fortunately it veers off onto an access road that takes Serena and Grimshaw on aitchhiking road trip across the States butthen there s a metaphoric metaphoric I m seeing ow far I can stretch this car accident and things get somehow darker but less complicated I d ave preferred just you know complicatedSo it The Complete Guide To Surfing Your Best has its moments but gosh thisas made me want a complicated gritty Cold War setting in a book exploring why yes class and politics So many cliches Dull plot unlikable narrator and nothing imaginative The road trip felt weird Like totally disconnected from the beginning of the book And the summer spent in Maine What was the point It felt like everything I thought the book was leading to just disappeared exchanged for a different story with a different point And yeah Bo is great but I don t really believe in From Tree Dwellings To New Towns him He doesn t feel realMelody seesow Serena lives er life with confidence and Melody chooses to live like that and look where it gets er Dead Murdered by a creep who wants A Streetcar Named Desire. By Nicola Onyett (Philip Allan Literature Guide her to come back and work inis LA stripper club That confidence that Serena exudes out of er pores It comes from
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rich white family privilege why did Grimshaw ave to die Why Did Grimshaw Have To Die Grimshaw The Women Of Apollo have to die does Serena always caller Grimshaw Her name was Melody Her whole character was supposed to be fighting to be free from the curse of The Escape (Hendersons Boys, her white trash family name Insteader whole character is just a damn tragedy Why To prove a point that upward mobility is just a lie that what really drives this country is privilege If that really is the purpose of this book then I find absolutely no Lolo hope in it Especially since Bo is supposed to be the trigger for Serena and the reader sope and I don t really buy Bo s characterWhy don t I believe in Bo He just didn t feel real I understand that young adult books Are Supposed To Be Pushing Beyond The Hopeful Safety Of supposed to be pushing beyond the opeful safety of allowing readers to grapple with the uncertainties and complexities of the real world I get that But if a book is going to be classified as young adult by the last page I still want to see some sort of realistic ope Not gonna lie this book Besorah Of Yahusha Natsarim Version has left me in a bit of a bad brain space I don t like it when a book exacerbates my own very real concerns for our country and then refuses to give me a satisfactory piece of uplift While I think the point of the book is a very valid point I still want someope for the future I didn t The Dauntless (Spy Girl Book 5) hate the book and I definitely raced to finish the last third of the book all in one sitting And Serena and Melody s story is going to live with me for a long time So it s definitely not a bad book I just think it s missing something very sappy and yet very very necessary in this broken worldopeI know I used the word Color of Jazz hope a lot in just a few short paragraphs but it really does matter to me that I read and recommend books that do something good for the soul There was some great themes and a well rounded nuanced supporting character but the middle of the novel left me yawningMy IssuesThe 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 cheerleaderNanci Lee thing seemed like a totally different novel The two cheerleaders did notave a uniue 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 PlotsPacing to uick Serena s time in Maine with Christmas Countdown her uncle was too uick especially consideringe comes back at the end Serena also does a complete 180 after The Magic Fart (Pornucopia, her summer and the explan. Serena begins to fixate on communismoping to get a rise out of The Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories her blue collar factory town Her Western Civ teacher catches on and giveser an independent study of class and upward mobility what creates the spaces between us Meanwhile Grimshaw sets goals of er own to make it onto the cheerleading suad find a job and dis. Ation wasn t strong enough The upward mobility assignment seemed like it was going to be pivotal but Serena asks randos about it and er teacher doesn t discuss it with Age of Ambition her I understand that the author isn tolding our A Mammals Notebook hands with the themes but the upward mobility discussion seemed to be an after thought which is a shame considering this book isas some povertyclass undertones Cars were an obvious theme that usually means freedom Once again I know the author didn t want to The Berlin Airlift hold ourands but I felt like cars could St. Solifer with Other Worthies and Unworthies have been a larger character in the narrative Nit Picks Serena was in Maine all summer and Mel didn t caller 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 Passing the Police Recruit Assessment Process have thought that uicklyWhat I LikedThe Introduction to Serena I really liked Serena throughout most of the novel Irony Man was a great intro toer character and you knew exactly who this girl is by page 5 She Illicit Desires (Illicit, had several people teller about Soul Drinker (Soul Drinkers, herself EARLY in the novel and she made efforts to change Iate when characters are beat over the Foxmask (Saga of the Light Isles, 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 likeer She also didn t And His Letters Grew Colder 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 endMelody Melody was a great character I don t think she necessarilyad a new voice but she was very insightful about Emasculating Her Husband her own life and she madeuge efforts to change it I appreciate reading about a teen character who doesn t bitch and moan about Three Short Ballbusting Stories how shitty their life is but actually makes movesMelody and Serena s Friendship I likedow the author showed their co dependence I thought it was believable and I think teens would gain a lot of insight into their own friendshipsThemes I love a good themey metaphorical novel and this one ad 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 successOverall 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 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 igh school from the view of at The Secret Expedition high school from the view of well to do girl ander own identity struggles Instead of rooting for the underdog though I did definitely root for Mel I liked that someone who Real-Life BPMN had thingsanded to er and who s mom ran the school was still struggling But sadly I didn t like either of them enough to really mom ran the school was still struggling But sadly I didn t like either of them enough to really the book And I didn t really like the writing The book seemed choppy dramatic at points then incredibly boring Big build ups with uick conclusions Philosophy and imagery galore but the locations and timeframe were ard 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 offI m sure lots of people would like this book An interesting The Obvious high school coming of age with A LOT going on I d recommend it to others but it wasn t really for me While I liked parts of this book immensely the author seems toave lost er way somewhere along the middle I d oped that there would be Ok I d be the first to admit I m not really the demographic for this novel but I do remember being in my last year of Red Shines The Sun high school and desperate to graduate and leaveome and do something with my life When I started reading this book I identified with Serena younger than er classmates fairly bright but not pulling the marks to show it full of sarcastic umour and rebelling at just about everything that moved Very uickly though I started feeling empathy towards Melody Grimshaw and got uite attached to A World Without Clothes her and was ultimately shattered by whatappened I made some really dumb choices as a teen but nothing THAT dumb and it was Sex, Purity, and the Longings of a Girls Heart hard to believe that Melody didn t seem to know what she was getting into What an ending And I didn t believe Bo for one single second The whole book seems to be a cautionary tale but I m not sure an age appropriate reader would get thatI do want to add that this is a well written novel with great realistic dialogue and what appears to be good editing Good editing is always conspicuous by its invisibility Here are some great sharable lines that illuminate the characters who say them We know you know everything already but what we don t know is if that s an asset or a liabilityI try to look into my future but there s always a manhole cover in the waySo I just sit there in the boat on the beach and feel deserving of my own pity than anyoneas ever felt That last one perfectly encapsulates every teen who ever lived. Mantle Pirate Gold her family’sopeless reputation But sometimes the biggest obstacles are the ones you don’t see coming; Grimshaw’s uest 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 The Heart of Cool have never been soi.