elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: The Space Between by Michelle L. Teichman (349-08-30-2016)

1) The read is interesting and realistic enough but what made my day was to find finally a young adult book that does not use the same old cliché about how lesbian girls are in high school. I have really appreciated the fact that the most obvious character to become the closeted, frightened lesbian was not used again in that way. I found very refreshing that the most rebellious character was in fact the one that needed more time to comes to terms with her own sexuality and that made me appreciate the book 10 times more.

2) This was an excellent lesbian YA novel from a first-time author. The characters (popular girl and outcast girl, both entering high school) were well drawn and the internal process of each was extremely well described with palpable and believable emotion. The high school setting in Toronto was well drawn. The conflict situations, pacing and secondary characters were described quite well and were believable. The author lost me in just two places: one, in an internal monologue of the popular girl character that seemed a bit too preachy about cyberbullying and another, an improbably meeting of the outcast character with her English teacher in an empty church on a Saturday. Other than that, I felt the book was very strong and a good example of how important it is to have high quality lesbian YA.

The Space Between by Michelle L. Teichman
Lesbian Young Adult
Paperback: 298 pages
Publisher: Ylva Verlag e.Kfr. (March 2, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 395533581X
ISBN-13: 978-3955335816
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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.

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