Monday, 10 May 2010

The Beautiful Between by Alyssa B. Sheinmel

This review may be a bit spoilery. You've been warned.

The Beautiful Between
Alyssa B. Sheinmel
[May 11, 2010]

If high school were a fairy-tale kingdom, Connelly Sternin would be Rapunzel, locked not in a tower by a wicked witch but in a high-rise apartment building by the SATs and college applications—and by the secrets she keeps. Connelly's few friends think that her parents are divorced—but they're not. Connelly's father died when she was two, and she doesn't know how.

If Connelly is the Rapunzel of her school, Jeremy Cole is the crown prince, son of a great and rich New York City family. So when he sits down next to her at lunch one day, Connelly couldn't be more surprised. But Jeremy has a tragic secret of his own, and Connelly is the only one he can turn to for help. Together they form a council of two, helping each other with their
homework and sharing secrets. As the pair's friendship grows, Connelly learns that it's the truth, not the secrets, that one must guard and protect. And that between friends, the truth, however harsh, is also beautiful.

This lovely and memorable debut by Alyssa B. Sheinmel contains many of the hallmark themes found in young adult literature—friendship, coming of age, finding a place to belong, and overcoming the death of a loved one. Emotionally moving from start to finish, The Beautiful Between introduces a strong new voice to the genre, a voice with a long future ahead of it.

I won this book from Random Buzzers and I entered because, you guys should know by now, fairytales make Julie happy. And my brain went "OOH! Pretty!"

Saturday night, I was almost done with A Curse as Dark as Gold (review later) and decided to bring this with me. It's pretty short so it wasn't a big deal. A finish ACDG and start this. Then I don't stop.

This story is so ridiculously beautifully written. The beauty of this made me want to cry. By the end of the novel, I actually did cry.

And you know the biggest selling point here? I love this book and there is no romance. NONE. And I'm the person always complaining about lack of romance in a book! But there is none here.

Jeremy and Connelly and Kate. I just loved them. Even the side characters that are really just driving forces in the plot, while not fully developed, I feel an attachment too. There is no wicked witch in this book.

The very beginning also makes me think a lot. About life. About high school. About fairy tales. It's something you have to read to understand. :P

But, yeah, you guys need to go read this book. It's a quick read, kind of heavy, but 200% awesome. I'll be reading this one over and over again.


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