Title: The Space Between
Author Name & Publisher: Michelle L. Teichman (Ylva)
Publication Date & Length: March 2, 2016 — 298 Pages
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.
We meet Harper and Sarah in this sweet story. Harper is one of the most popular girls in school and Sarah is her exact opposite. The two meet and neither can deny the connection that they feel; however, high school is a cruel place and neither of their parents would welcome the news that their daughter had a girlfriend.
This story is a lovely coming of age story about figuring out who you are and having the courage to go after what you want. I loved getting to know Harper and Sarah and watch their story unfold. I had hoped from the beginning that everything would turn out alright for them.
I saw a bit of myself in Sarah; questioning your feelings and assuming that something must be wrong with you because of your feelings, the hesitance to be who you are because of your family’s religious beliefs, and giving up someone that could have made you the happiest person because of the fear and confusion you feel.
I would have liked to know a little more about how Sarah’s family had reacted. Especially given that the last chapter is after high school. Even a sentence or two about it would have worked.
All-in-all it was a well written and engaging young adult romance that I most certainly recommend. Well done!
Michelle is a voracious bibliophile and devoted wordsmith who believes that nothing is more powerful than the written word. She is also a proud Canadian and fanatical lover of the NFL. She delights in rich coffee, good wine, smooth bourbon, and fine fare. When not writing, Michelle spends her time enjoying the company of her family and friends, and reading everything she can get her hands on.