The In-between

The In-between

[a Novel]

Book - 2013
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Fourteen-year-old Elanor Moss's suicide attempt leads her family toward a new start in New York, but tragedy strikes before they arrive and while grieving and recovering Ellie meets Madeline Torus, a mysterious girl who becomes more than a best friend--and worst enemy.
Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Griffin,, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250030160
Branch Call Number: YF STE NVD
Characteristics: 248 pages ; 21 cm


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Aug 21, 2014

I enjoyed the book but the ending was slightly confusing

JCLChrisK May 01, 2014

I have to give Stewart credit for her writing in this book: it made me feel. If a book is able to get me emotionally engaged, it meets my definition of a good book.
It's just that I wouldn't describe the feelings it evoked as good or enjoyable, so I can't say reading it was my favorite thing ever. And they weren't the kind of unhappy emotions that are important and necessary because they teach me things I'd rather not confront about myself, others, or the world, helping me grow and empathize. No, this was a dark descent into an unstable mind, a mire of insecurity, apathy, isolation, melancholic depression, and violent obsession.
What makes this particular descent stand out is that the cause for the depression is unclear. Ellie is an unreliable and unstable narrator, and it's hard to know just how to interpret some of her tale. Is she merely (and understandably) overwhelmed by grief and teen angst, truly mentally ill and in need of intervention and medication, or possessed by a supernatural spirit that at first seems benevolent? That's hard to say. Ellie definitely has an opinion on the matter, but she's clearly untrustworthy precisely because of her mental instability.
For the same reasons, I have trouble trusting Ellie's resolution. She brings her tale to a conclusion that she finds satisfying, but it left me vaguely uneasy and wishing the adults in her life were doing more. You might say it left a bit of a lingering aftertaste of those unpleasant emotions.
So I have to acknowledge this was a good book that should be read, just don't expect it to be a fun read.

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Aug 21, 2014

JAELINW thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 19


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