The Spaces Between Us
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The Spaces Between Us

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Serena Velasco and her best (and only) friend, Melody Grimshaw, are dying to get out of Colchis. Until now they've both been coasting, keeping a safe distance from the bleakness of home and the banality of high school. To make things more interesting Serena fixates on communism, eager to get a rise out of their conservative small town. Her Western Civ teacher catches on and challenges her with an independent study of class and upward mobility - what creates the spaces between us. Meanwhile, Grimshaw takes on a mission of her own: to make it onto the cheerleading squad, find a job, and escape the weight of her family's hopeless reputation.

But sometimes the biggest obstacles are the ones you don't see coming; Grimshaw's quest for success becomes a fight for survival, and Serena's independent study gets a little too real. With the future of their friendship and their lives on the line, the stakes have never been so high.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 146 x 216 x 27mm | 378g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1250174929
  • 9781250174925
  • 1,845,753

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"Serena is a stunningly realistic and layered protagonist. Her story unfolds in remarkably sharp, vivid prose, and even the least sympathetic characters are rendered with thoughtful complexity. A girl-centered Catcher in the Rye for the 21st century. "--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Beautiful prose emphasizes complex themes of faith, the class system, and personal responsibility. With its impeccably developed characters and hard-hitting narrative, this is an essential purchase for teen and new adult collections."--School Library Journal, starred review

"Readers will be drawn by the plot details of high school life, a desperate road trip, and a tragic ending, while thematic wisdom comes in single lines. . . creating lingering questions and yielding insights that will have readers seeing their own situations differently long after the last page."--The Bulletin

"This is a raw, atmospheric depiction of a complicated relationship. The story unflinchingly faces hard questions about class and friendship, even when the answers are difficult, uncomfortable, or even tragic."--Horn Book

"One of the best parts of the story is its sense of place, which is writ large. Small, broken towns don't get a lot of attention in youth books, but Tolman digs deep, exploring the people who live there, their nightmares as well as their dreams."--Booklist
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About Stacia Tolman

Stacia Tolman is a writer and freelance editor whose work has appeared in the Keene Sentinel and the Massachussetts Review, among others. She won a New Hampshire State Council of the Arts grant for fiction based on an early excerpt of The Spaces Between Us. A longtime English teacher and school administrator, Stacia lives in New Hampshire.
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99 ratings
3.33 out of 5 stars
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4 24% (24)
3 34% (34)
2 19% (19)
1 4% (4)
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