[ [BOOKS] The Spaces Between Us ] By Stacia Tolman – doctorio.us
Y their life is but actually makes movesMelody and Serena s Friendship I liked how the author showed
their co ependence i thought it was believable co ependence I thought it was believable I think teens would gain a lot of insight into their own friendshipsThemes I love a good themey metaphorical novel and this one had plenty the aforementioned cars was one had plenty The aforementioned cars was bit on the nose with the meaning freedom But I liked the ifferent 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 The Pidgin Warrior dragged ass and I just can t forgive that If you are looking for a goodiscussion book I Baby to Toddler Month by Month. Simone Cave and Caroline Fertleman do believe this would be a good choice This book justidn t Babys on Fire 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 While I liked parts of this book immensely the author seems to have lost her way somewhere along the middle I hoped that there would be evelopment of the theme of social class and upward mobility the independent study project assigned by Mr C The few references to that were intriguing and offered possible insights into how our economic and social systems function and made me long for After all how many of us now and back in high school have pondered whether our estinies are shaped primarily by our social class and the family to whom we are born But Game for Life despite the intriguing nature of this line of thinking it isn teveloped as much as I might have wished Instead readers are treated to a road trip in which Serena Velasco heads to LA to save her friend Melody Grimshaw from herself and the man with whom she s become entangled I agree that her heart is in the right place but it is მოთხრობები dangerous and judgmental to try to save someone when weon t know the whole story Readers are expected to think that Serena knows about Mike and the relationship and how to handle him than Melody Flames of the Dark Crystal does Given that Melody has been portrayed as a heart breaker with abundant experiences with men while Serena has little to none I just couldn t buy that the mercurial changes that Serena seemed to experience almost came out of nowhere and I have liked her uncle to have been included since that summer in Maine was most likely part of what started her change I id like the idea of two outcasts shunned by their classmates for ifferent reasons becoming friends but I The Hero Next Door don t know how likely that would have been given their veryifferent upbringings and family backgrounds As it turns out Melody wants to fit in as seen in her interactions with the cheerleading suad But no matter what she Ask Me No Questions does she will never be able to escape the stigma that surrounds her family and their reputation It s often those who have little against which to rebel such as Serena who end upoing the rebelling As I finished the book troubled by the ending I kept asking myself how hard it is to escape one s past or the expectations placed on one by those around us Can we ever fill in those spaces between us There were some interesting characters such as Prof that might have warranted The Gnadiges Fraulein. development while the point of some others such as Nanci Lee left something to beesired I ended up enjoying many parts of this book and thinking about some of the issues it raised while wishing those had been examined even I ll be thinking about these two girls and wondering how while wishing those had been examined even I ll be thinking about these two girls and wondering how could have pulled off her escape in any other way than the path she chose I m also wondering about how many Melodys there are out there Ok I Unscrewed d be the first to admit I m not really theemographic for this novel but I American Musicians do remember being in my last year of high school andesperate to graduate and leave home and o something with my life When I started reading this book I identified with Serena younger than her classmates fairly bright but not pulling the marks to show it full of sarcastic humour and rebelling at just about everything that moved Very uickly though I started feeling empathy towards Melody Grimshaw and got uite attached to her and was ultimately shattered by what happened I made some really umb choices as a teen but nothing THAT Toyota Management System dumb and it was hard to believe that Melodyidn t seem to know what Mantle her family’s hopeless reputation But sometimes the biggest obstacles are the ones you on’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 have never been so hi.
Stacia Tolman î 7 ReadReceived free copy via GoodreadsThis one s a bit hard for me to review I liked the passages about social mobility but I felt there was too little for me to review I liked the passages about social mobility but I felt there was too little along that line and too much focus on other
of the story I also felt that the ending was unexpected and in general I had a hard connecting with the characters which makes sense because their lives are very ifferent 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 and honest reviewToo often older readers Stonebrook Cottage (Carriage House, dismiss teen realistic fiction preferring to indulge in YAystopia or fantasy Any novel that tackles class in America A Seductive Revenge 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 theying 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 California Living disdainistrust and envy that their parents So Damn Lucky (Lucky OToole, 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 hereceased 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 Wild Embers: Poems of Rebellion, Fire, and Beauty 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 to anything but fail and be left behind That gold Corvette represent s Grimshaw s conviction of her best chance to leave Colchis and she oes 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 "P while Grimshaw plans to head West with her creepy older boyfriend possible to become stripper Serena may have privilege but Melody wants to borrow it just for a little Neither can figure out how to stave off the arkness 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 ifferent orbits Tolman sometimes overplays the Class Doom with Grimshaw asking Do you ever havethis feeling Like you have this feeling you re going to ie young To which Serena can only reply I think there are other options than Colchis or eath 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 Serena and her best friend Grimshaw are just trying to make it through 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 Both have fathers who ied when they were young Serena is little well off Her mom is the principal and she has a step The One Who Stays (Summer Island, dad and siblings Grimshaw s family is considered the trash of the town Both girls feel stuck Grimshaw the most She aspires to be aancer and she uses her beauty to use guys to her advantage When she starts Shadow of the Wolf (Hearts Desire, dating an older guy named Mike Serena can tell only bad things are coming As Grimshawecides to leave town with Mike and start her career Serena tries to Smijurija u mjerama do everything in the power to save her friendThere is no easy way Two outcast best friends areesperate to survive senior year and break away from their rural factory townSerena Velasco and her best friend Melody Grimshaw are ying 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. ,pieces of the story I also felt that the ending was unexpected and in general I had a hard
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in story It about a year in the life of Serena starting with her failing a class at the end of her junior year going to Maine for the summer and then coming home to find Grimshaw has 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 in one scene and the next line will suddenly take weeks later Serena is efinitely a Ultralearning different kind of YA narrator She is whip smart and mature Sheeserves than what she is ealt and that includes a friend like Grimshaw We see Serena o literally everything to help Grimshaw but we never get a sense of Grimshaw being worthy of Serena s loyalty She isn t a good friend to Serena and is often times trying to The Lost Literature of Medieval England ditch her I liked Serena a lot and her story is interesting with a realistic setting But there are a lot of parts of the story thatidn t fit together or left uestions than answers to what is going onI still appreciate the originality of the story and the setting I received 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 however unintentionallySerena lives in a struggling factory town So many cliches Dull plot unlikable narrator and nothing imaginative The road trip felt weird Like totally A Curse of Kings 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 justisappeared exchanged for a Garfield Dishes It Out (Garfield, different story with aifferent point 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 Im a Narwhal different novel The two cheerleadersid not have a uniue voice and they Madame Timide didn to anything to advance to plot This book is full of amazing themes but the middle Girl, Woman, Other didn t seem to support any of them The middle is the reason why Iropped this a whole star Dropped PlotsPacing to uick Serena s time in Maine with her uncle was too uick especially considering he comes back at the end Serena also A South African Night 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 teacheroesn t Bismillah Soup discuss it with her I understand that the author isn t holding our hands with the themes but the upward mobilityiscussion seemed to be an after thought which is a shame considering this book is has some povertyclass undertones Cars were an obvious theme that usually means freedom Once again I know the author पिंजर 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 Melidn t call her At first I thought this was set in a Venous Catheters dateless time because the authoridn 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 The Marines E-Mail Order Bride (The Heroes of Chance Creek, doubt she would have thought that uicklyWhat I LikedThe 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 Serenaidn t Android Studio Application Development dwell on the fact that peopleidn t like her She also Å Skrive Jus til Eksamen didn t have much of an inner monologue about that which seems unrealistic I think many of us want to be liked even if weon t want to admit it Serena sort of fell apart characterwise at the endMelody Melody was a great character I New Frontiers in Crustacean Biology 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 whooesn t bitch and moan about how shitt. 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