The Spaces Between Us
The Spaces Between Us
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Catalog Number: #194118
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Pages: 304
Availability: Available
New Title: Yes
ISBN: 1-250-17492-9
ISBN 13: 978-1-250-17492-5
Dewey: Fic
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
A brilliant, frustrated girl seeks connection and freedom beyond her claustrophobic hometown.Serena Velasco knows there's something rotten in the state of Colchis, the abandoned factory town that her uncle describes as "the burned-over cinder of the American Dream." She adopts her late father's communist philosophies and Red Army cap as shields to keep herself loftily separate from a community that has never welcomed or understood her—and that she does not wish to welcome or understand either. Her only friend is talented dancer Melody Grimshaw, a fellow social pariah who comes from the poorest family in town. When Serena's mother becomes the new principal, Serena and Melody think they can use that leverage to achieve the goals that will get them out of Colchis, but chasing their dreams proves more complicated, isolating, and dangerous than either girl predicted. As the scope of the narrative expands to old-money Maine, a California strip club, and a cross-country hitchhiking trip, the spaces between Serena and the people she loves threaten to grow irreparably wide. All major characters are white. Serena is a stunningly realistic and layered protagonist, brilliant but naïve and projecting a prickly disdain that covers deeper insecurities. 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. (Fiction. 14-adult)
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Reading Level: 6.0
Interest Level: 9-12

Serena 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, 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 squad, find a job, and dismantle 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.A Christy Ottaviano Book

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