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Read & download The Spaces Between UsUs from the oor girl Mel s oint of view It was actually kind of refreshing though that it wasn t It was different to come at high school from the view of the well to do girl and her own identity struggles Instead of rooting for the underdog though I did definitely root for Mel I liked that someone who had things handed to her and who s mom ran the school was still struggling But sadly I didn t like either of them enough to really like the book And I didn t really like the writing The book seemed choppy dramatic
AT POINTS THEN INCREDIBLY BORING BIG BUILD UPS WITHpoints then incredibly boring Big build ups with conclusions Philosophy and imagery galore but the locations and timeframe were hard to figure out not necessarily a bad thing but a bit irritating I didn t know if it was modern or the 80 s I tried to decider the cars being driven etc but it wasn t till the mention of cellphones that I knew it was modern which actually kind of turned me offI m sure lots of eople would like this book An interesting high school coming of age with A LOT going on I d recommend it to others but it wasn t really for me Grimshaw and I are a The Thermals of August pair ofariahs like a virus in a lipid envelope She s Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire - The Sunday Times Bestseller poor and I m smart so between the two of us we reractically an un American activity 5Hmm Not entirely sure what to make of this one I enjoyed the book just fine but am left with the feeling that there was something of a bait and switch going on however unintentionallySerena lives in a struggling factory town and she wants out She s not doing anything to facilitate that mind she s an overachiever only when it comes to underachieving She has a The Perfect Child passive interest in communism which is what drew me to the book in the firstlace I wondered whether the book was contemporary or whether I hoped it was set during the Cold War It s contemporary as it happens though that s not always obvious Rare mentions of cell Lost Horizon phones laptops and going viral make the era clear but I m sort of sorry for it I suppose thatutting this during McCarthyism would make it socially dangerous for
serena to be overtly interested in communism butto be overtly interested in communism but just wanted communism I guess That is not communism exactly I wanted of what the description suggested which is to say a close look at class and upward mobility and what those mean in the contexts of communism and democracy I find that adults are very jaded these days No combination of hair color clothes body True Prosperity piercing or tattoos can shock them About the only thing that can still guarantee a reaction in this factory town is communism So I wear a Red Army cap each day with the red star Irobably overdo it with the communist thing but otherwise I m not sure anyone would know I exist 15Insteadthere s a bit of lip service to communism which it s almost immediately clear that Serena is only of lip service to communism which it s almost immediately clear that Serena is only in as something to annoy the adults around her and then the book takes a left turn to cheerleading and a much standard YA high school story Fortunately it veers off onto an access road that takes Serena and Grimshaw on a hitchhiking road trip across the States butthen there s a metaphoric metaphoric I m seeing how far I can stretch this car accident and things get somehow darker but less complicated I d have referred just you know complicatedSo it has its moments but gosh this has made me want a complicated gritty Cold War setting in a book exploring why yes class and olitic. Mantle her family’s hopeless reputation But sometimes the biggest obstacles are the ones you don’t see coming; Grimshaw’s uest 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 hi. .
Air and honest reviewToo often older readers dismiss teen realistic fiction referring to indulge in YA dystopia or fantasy Any novel that tackles class in America deserves attention from A WIDE READERSHIP ESPECIALLY IF THE AUTHOR IS NOT wide readership especially if the author is not to have her characters face the the burdens that come fro recognizing the spaces between us Serena Velasco
AND MELODY GRIMSHAW ARE BEST FRIENDS AND A PAIRMelody Grimshaw are best friends and a No Capital Required pairariahs The former is too smart and the latter too oor to fit in anywhere in Colchis the dying mill town in upstate New York the burned over cinder of the American Dream The town is a hotbed of class anxiety with young women and men feeling all the disdain distrust and envy that their arents do Grimshaw is a charismatic man magnet set on escaping Colchis using herself as currency as she knows It takes money to get a car and it takes a car to get money Everyone knows Serena is too smart for Colchis but as one of her teachers asks is that an asset or a liability Serena s reoccupation with communism a tribute to her deceased father who believed in giving away wealth and her repugnance at the snobbery and hypocrisy of Colchis give her motivation to aim low in order to avoid the inevitable separation from Grimshaw Serena avoids her middle class status even as her PhD educator mother becomes rincipal at the high school her entrepreneurial stepfather has moved the family to Versailles a fancy new housing development and her sister off to college however unhappily She spends her summers in Maine in an old house with her grandmother sailing reading and The Complete Guide To Associate And Affiliate Programs On The Net Turning Clicks Into Cash pushing away thoughts of leaving Colchis and Grimshaw for good Doom stalks them from the moment Serena spots the gold Corvette following their school bus The girls struggle through their senior year of high school becoming friends with the vicious cheerleaders going to wildarties contending with both the expectations that Serena excel academically and that Grimshaw coming fromm one of the most notorious trailer trash families in town can t do anything but fail and be left behind That gold Corvette represent s Grimshaw s conviction of her best chance to leave Colchis and she does but not before both girls begin to grow up fast Serena begins to understand that she has Privilege with a capital P while Grimshaw Girls Like Us plans to head West with her creepy older boyfriendossible to become a stripper Serena may have Affiliate Marketing Then and Now privilege but Melody wants to borrow it just for a little Neither can figure out how to stave off the darkness that is coming with adulthood even as they long to grow up and away from their roots Women s reliance on each other and their emotional bonds are the core of the story even as the social importance of finding any man good bad or justlain weak ulls both girls into different orbits Tolman sometimes overplays the Class Doom with Grimshaw asking Do you ever havethis feeling Like you have this feeling you re going to die young To which Serena can only reply I think there are other options than Colchis or death Tolman has roduced a serious look at the stresses facing working class women in today s America with all the sadness and ambivalence that may mean for her characters This book just didn t do it for me I m not sure why but I couldn t keep the characters straight especially all the teachers and random friends For some reason I kept thinking the story would foc. Serena begins to fixate on communism hoping to get a rise out of her blue collar factory town Her Western Civ teacher catches on and gives her an independent study of class and upward mobility what creates the spaces between us Meanwhile Grimshaw sets goals of her own to make it onto the cheerleading suad find a job and dis. Ok I d be the first to admit I m not really the demographic for this novel but I do remember being in my last year
OF HIGH SCHOOL AND DESPERATE TOhigh school and desperate to and leave home and do something with my life When I started reading this book I identified with Serena younger than her classmates fairly bright but not Clickbank Affiliate Marketing Profits Right Now pulling the marks to show it full of sarcastic humour and rebelling at just about everything that moved Very uickly though I started feeling empathy towards Melody Grimshaw and got uite attached to her and was ultimately shattered by what happened I made some really dumb choices as a teen but nothing THAT dumb and it was hard to believe that Melody didn t seem to know what she was getting into What an ending And I didn t believe Bo for one single second The whole book seems to be a cautionary tale but I m not sure an age appropriate reader would get thatI do want to add that this is a well written novel with great realistic dialogue an The road trip felt weird Like totally disconnected from the beginning of the book And the summer spent in Maine What was theoint It felt like everything I thought "The Book Was Leading " book was leading just disappeared exchanged for a different story with a different Sticky Wisdom point And yeah Bo is great but I don t really believe in him He doesn t feel realMelody sees how Serena lives her life with confidence and Melody chooses to live like that and look where it gets her Dead Murdered by a creep who wants her to come back and work in his LA stripper club That confidence that Serena exudes out of herores It comes from her rich white family Online Marketing privilege So why did Grimshaw have to die Why did Grimshaw have to die Why does Serena always call her Grimshaw Her name was Melody Her whole character was supposed to be fighting to be free from the curse of her white trash family name Instead her whole character is just a damn tragedy Why Torove a Spoiled point that upward mobility is just a lie that what really drives this country isrivilege If that really is the The Business of Family Business purpose of this book then I find absolutely no hope in it Especially since Bo is supposed to be the trigger for Serena and the reader s hope and I don t really buy Bo s characterWhy don t I believe in Bo He just didn t feel real I understand that young adult books are supposed to beushing beyond the hopeful safety of childhood allowing readers to grapple with the uncertainties and complexities of the real world I get that But if a book is going to be classified as young adult by the last age I still want to see some sort of realistic hope Not gonna lie this book has left me in a bit of a bad brain space I don t
Like It When A Book Exacerbates Myit when a book exacerbates my very real concerns for our country and then refuses to give me a satisfactory iece of uplift While I think the Kit de Formation Microsoft TCP/IP point of the book is a very validoint I still want some hope for the future I didn t hate the book and I definitely raced to finish the last third of the book all in one sitting And Serena and Melody s story is going to live with me for a long time So it s definitely not a bad book I just think it s missing something very sappy and yet very very necessary in this broken world hopeI know I used the word hope a lot in just a few short aragraphs but it really does matter to me that I read and recommend books that do something good for the soul A DRC was rovided by Edelweiss in exhange for a Two outcast best friends are desperate to survive senior year and break away from their rural factory townSerena Velasco and her best friend Melody Grimshaw are dying to get out of their shrinking factory town Until now they’ve been coasting eluding the bleakness of home and the banality of high school In a rebellious turn. .