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The In-between

Stewart, Barbara (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The In-between
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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.
Authors: Stewart, Barbara, 1970-
Title: The in-between
Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Griffin,, 2013.
Edition: First edition.
Characteristics: 248 pages ;,21 cm.
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: 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.
ISBN: 1250030161
9781250030160
Statement of Responsibility: Barbara Stewart
Subject Headings: Moving, Household Fiction. Single-parent families Fiction. Grief Fiction. Near-death experiences Fiction. Friendship Fiction. Best friends Fiction. Supernatural Fiction. Moving, Household Juvenile fiction. Single-parent families Juvenile fiction. Grief Juvenile fiction. Near-death experiences Juvenile fiction. Friendship Juvenile fiction. Best friends Juvenile fiction. Paranormal fiction.
Genre/Form: Young adult fiction.
Topical Term: Moving, Household
Single-parent families
Grief
Near-death experiences
Friendship
Best friends
Supernatural
Moving, Household
Single-parent families
Grief
Near-death experiences
Friendship
Best friends
Paranormal fiction.
LCCN: 2013025064
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Aug 21, 2014
  • JAELINW rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed the book but the ending was slightly confusing

May 01, 2014
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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

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