Thursday, August 20, 2015

Review: The Space in Between by Melissa Winchester

Well here we are.
Senior Year.
A year that by definition means I’ll be one of about 300 other kids running my school.
Greenville High.
I know what you’re all thinking. “Oh no, here comes the book about the virgin wallflower who the popular guy meets and instantly falls for.”
I’m not an ugly duckling that the cool cats use to make themselves look like even bigger jerks, and I’m definitely not a wallflower, though that whole virginal thing, well that’s really none of your business. 
I’m just the girl more interested in taking pictures and playing on her acoustic than getting caught up in the petty drama that four years of high school is guaranteed to create. 
Until Christian.
I know, I know. It’s always a guy isn’t it?
Girl on the fast track to any college she chooses, always seems to get tripped up by the guy.
But hear me out! This guy…he’s different.
You see, Christian Cayne isn’t just some guy I almost ran down on my first day here and later fell in love with. 
I wish it were that simple. 
It would make what’s gotta happen now easier. 
Christian is a lot of things to a lot of people since he landed here with his dad at the end of the summer, but in a couple of months, he’s going to have to be one thing only to me. 
My step-brother.

4 Star Review by Jen Skewes

When I first read the blurb for this book I was completely sold.  I had to read it.  A step brother romance with a twist? Sign me up.   Then I read the prologue and needed more.  I was hooked, I needed to know how these two characters came to fall in love and how it all came crashing down.  This is a story of young love but a love that is so real and I loved it.

It’s senior year for Emery, the sassy girl who would rather take pictures and play her guitar than hang out with anyone from her school.  Then she literally crashed into the new boy, Christian Cayne and everything changed.  They became the best of friends.  In the beginning they may have fought the feelings that they had for each other but as time went on they finally admitted to their feelings and they took their friendship a step further.   Until they find out that their parents have been dating and are getting married causing their world to be flipped upside down.  Emery wants to make her mother happy and therefore pushes Christian away.  But Christian will do everything he can to fight for his girl.  But will it be enough? 

I loved this book and these characters.  Christian had lost his mother a few yers back and seemed to be losing his dad as well.  Since his mother’s death his father has basically thrown himself into work.  When Christian meets Emery she brings out something in him that hasn’t been there for a long time. He starts to feel like the boy that he once was. He fell for her hard so when their parents upcoming nuptials threatens their relationship he will do everything to fight for his love.  And that is one of the many things that I loved about him.  Emery is willing to sacrifice her own happiness for her mother’s which I totally understood but at the same time my heart hurt for her because of it.  I understood her mother’s issues but I just didn’t agree with them and quite frankly wasn't a big fan of hers.  

Christian and Emery were soul mates,.  They were meant to be together.  And I know some may say that they are so young, how can you possibly know what true love is at that young age.  But I will say that I myself do believe in true love even at the age of eighteen.  Maybe it’s because I have bEen with my husband for 23 years, basically since we were 18 years old.   So I know when you find the one you don’t wan to let go no matter what age you are.  And that is what I loved about this story.  These two were only 18 years old but they knew that they belonged together.  Their love was true and real and a kind of love that people dream of having.  I was rooting for these two all the way.  I wanted her mother to understand how strong and real their love was.  I wanted Emery to realize that when you find your one true love you never give up no matter who wants you to.  You fight for your love and happiness.   And thank god for Christian and his father who I had so much respect for.  He was an amazing man who loved his son and wanted the best for him.  And to be honest I think I may have fallen in love with  

The Space in Between is a beautiful story of young love.  But it is also about sacrifices and doing what makes you happy.  This story really captured me from the very beginning until the very end.  I fell in love with these characters and wanted them to find their happiness.  The end was simply perfect.  I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.  

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