I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Space Between by Michelle L. Teichman
Published by Ylva Publishing on March 2nd 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, LGBT
Buy on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
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.
“Just remember, if we only get one chance at happiness, you have to decide what you’re willing to live with, and what you can live without.”
Michelle L. Teichman’s The Space Between is the heart-wrenching story of two girls who struggle with their feelings for one another. Harper Isabelle is the most popular girl in her grade, and the second most popular girl at her high school. As she begins her first hear of high school, Harper worries that she won’t be able to maintain her position as head of her crew, or that she’ll end up destroying the mantle of “Queen Bee” her big sister Brontë plans to pass to her after she graduates. However, all of her fears disappears when she realizes her problem isn’t whether she’ll remain head honcho of her clique, but her growing feelings for one of her female classmates.
Sarah has always been a social pariah, and high school won’t be any different. Or will it? Once Harper Isabelle looks Sarah’s way, things begin to change for the awkward misfit. She’s starting to make friends, the popular kids acknowledge her presence, and Sarah no longer feels like she’s on the outside looking in. Except where Harper is concerned. Sarah worries that if she admits her feelings to Harper, she’ll be rejected and lose everything she’s gained.
I really enjoyed reading this novel. The writing was at a nice and steady pace, and the relationship between the girls developed naturally. They seemed so perfect together, that I couldn’t help but root for them. I thought Teichman handled the subject matter very respectfully, and with sensitivity. While I’ve read other LGBT romances before, they were always of the M/M variety, and this was my first F/F romance. Though I’m not gay, I felt Teichman made the characters realistic, and relatable. Haven’t we all felt like we don’t fit in? This touching look at two high schoolers struggling to figure out who they are, while battling the treacherous waters of popularity.
The only thing I didn’t like about the novel was how cliche Sarah’s home life was. It seems like the Bible thumping gay person torn between her beliefs and her feelings may be something that happens, but also something done many times in media. Maybe if readers saw more of the fall out between Sarah and her parents it would have read better, but we don’t. Instead, readers get told how important this aspect of Sarah’s life is, and then nothing major happens in that regard. I was a bit disappointed, and felt cheated. However, all other aspects of the novel were spot on. If you’re looking for more diversity in your reading, or a goof F/F romance, than The Space Between won’t disappoint. It has a really good plot, very well-written, and the characters are realistic and likable.