The Beautiful Between by Alyssa Sheinmel

The Beautiful Between

byAlyssa Sheinmel

Kobo ebook | May 11, 2010

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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.

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Title:The Beautiful BetweenFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:May 11, 2010Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0375896201

ISBN - 13:9780375896200


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Dreaming of Books Review Connelly doesn’t know anything about her father and how he died and over the years has learned to not question it. Then one day Jeremy, the most popular guy at school approaches Connelly and the two strike up an unlikely friendship and a similar family tragedy helps to bring the two closer together. The writing was beautiful and the story deals with some tough issues—illness, death, loss, suicide. I felt like I got to know Connelly so well and understood her reasoning behind things that she did. Longtime readers of my blog will know that I love a bit of romance in books but in this story there was no romance between the two. Connelly and Jeremy develop a solid and powerful friendship which I thought worked out better than if they had got romantically involved.
Date published: 2010-12-26