Mass Market Paperback | November 24, 2009

byDon Aker

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Just dumped by his girlfriend, Jace Antonakos has recorded a proclamation in a notebook his English teacher made him take on his winter vacation to the Mayan Riviera: I’m going to Mexico to get laid. The fact that he’s only days away from turning 18 and still a virgin has Jace spooked, and he figures that Playa del Carmen’s golden beaches draped with equally golden girls should increase his odds of success. On the other hand, the fact that he’s travelling with his mother, his aunt and his nine-year-old autistic brother just about kills that bet. Then he meets Kate, who he thinks might be just the person to help him with his “problem.” If only he knew what to say to her. Nothing new there—no one in his family has been talking much after what happened to his older brother, Stefan. Until now, the no-talking thing has been working for Jace, who has kept a secret from everyone—including himself—for nearly a year. Opening up to someone may be way more than he can handle.

In a story that is by turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Don Aker once again captures an actual teenager, wrestles him to the page and compassionately reveals him as a character who is equally smart and stupid about sexuality, sex, telling the truth and hiding the lies. With his incredible high-wire talent for balancing sensitive subjects with sardonic, teen-friendly humour, Aker delivers another brilliant must- read novel.

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Just dumped by his girlfriend, Jace Antonakos has recorded a proclamation in a notebook his English teacher made him take on his winter vacation to the Mayan Riviera: I’m going to Mexico to get laid. The fact that he’s only days away from turning 18 and still a virgin has Jace spooked, and he figures that Playa del Carmen’s golden beac...

DON AKER’s acclaimed backlist includesThe Space Between, winner of the Canadian Library Association’s Young Adult Honour Book Award;One on One, winner of the Canadian Authors Association Lilla Stirling Award and nominated for the Hackmatack Award and the Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award; andThe First Stone, winner of the Ann Connor...

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7.12 × 5 × 0.64 inPublished:November 24, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0006385222

ISBN - 13:9780006385226

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Brilliant (Just to be clear, I absolutely love The Space Between, but due to some MINOR FLAWS, i gave it 4 stars instead of 5) The Space Between is a fantastic young adult novel. Its refreshing to read a book that doesnt sugarcoat anything, and gives readers what they are looking for: real, deep, relatable writing, with true storylines and fully developed characters. Aker does an awesome job of connecting readers with Jace, his family, and his thoughts and emotions. You can actually see the story playing out in front of you, its that real and descriptive. Like in his other books, he gives us the truth, as brutal as it may be, and gives us the hard-hitting facts about what some teenages have to face. Jace is turning eighteen and only wants one thing for his birthday; to loose his virginity. And Mexico is the perfect place to get what he wants. Sadly, his little brother, mom, amd aunt may lower his chances of getting laid. With Mexico comes new experences, new friends, new adventures, new problems, and new challenges to face. Jace struggles with the distractions taking his mind away from his main goal of sleeping with a woman, and must come to terms with what happened to his older brother last year. Beautifully written, The Space Between takes readers on a journey and puts readers into Jace's mind as he faces the haunting reality about life as a teenager. Its breathtaking and unique. This book doesnt exactly focus on Jace just reaching his goal to get laid, but is mainly about Jace facing his past demons. His life is a mess and he just wants to fix it, fix everybody, fix what had happened to his brother. But Jace must face reality and face the truth. Aker does a fantastic job of putting readers into the mind of an eighteen year old boy, amd truly makes an impact on his readers. Although I love this book, there are flaws, things and events i would've changed. But i am not a writer, nor am i the writer of this book, and even if i could change these things, it wouldn't have the same effect and leave the same amount of impact on readers then it does now. Like i said before, Aker delivers important messages and themes that impact a teenagers life. Everything happens for a reason, and you cant always get what you want. Its powerful amd meaningful the way it is, and i wouldnt change that for fear that i would ruin the beautiful tale Aker has created. Anyway, this book is awesome, it really is, and i wouldve given it 5 stars except for the, how do i say it, lack of description and emotion in the end. There was plenty, dont get me wrong, but it kind of cut off abruptly. I wish there was more closure on the main topic: loosing your virginity. Jace is relatable throughout the whole book, but i wish there was more emotion towards the end. Like i said before, the ending shows the reality of... Well, of life. It is awesome, and i love it the way it is, just to be clear. The Space Between is a fantastic book, great for teen guys (and girls, too), and its just so great! I definitely recommend it for all teens! Another great book from Don Aker!
Date published: 2013-04-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not what I expected This book is mainly about Jace going to Mexico and the difficulties he has had in his life. His goal is to lose his virginity but this book isn't really about that. I think the moral is that people aren't always how they appear to be and I think after reading this, I feel more open minded to others. I have to say I enjoyed this book and I recommend it to all teenagers.
Date published: 2010-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Like being inside the head of a teen guy What a great read. What I loved about it was the honest voice. From the first line (I'm going to Mexico to get laid) I was hooked and I was solidly in Jace's shoes. Everything about this book rings true and the journey Aker takes us on is unexpected and satisfying. A compelling story that on the surface is about a teen wanting to lose his virginity on a holiday in Mexico but underneath it's about so much more than that. I don't want to give it away, so won't say more. Now I'm going to get The First Stone. Don Aker is now one of my favourite authors.
Date published: 2008-11-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Powerful book This is one of those head fake books. You read the back and Jace is going to Mexico and his one goal is to lose his virginity so you think it is going to be one of those light teen books with too much sex and booze. Then you read it. And you can't put it down. Jace has been through a lot in the last year - the least of which is his girlfriend dumping him. We slowly learn what has happened and Jace and his whole family hasn't been handling it . It is a powerful poignant read and I highly recommend it. A true boy teen voice.
Date published: 2008-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great !! this was an extrordinary novel about self discovers. I could not put it down once i began reading it.
Date published: 2008-02-29