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In Between (A Katie Parker Production, Book 1) Kindle Edition
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But not only is In Between laugh-out-loud funny, Jenny manages to weave serious issues into her stories right alongside the humor. And somehow it meshes beautifully. That takes skill. In Between is a YA novel, but it can be appreciated by all ages. In fact, My Dad read it and liked it just as much as I did. My thirty-something friend did as well. It isn't every day that a book comes along that can resonant with such a diverse age range.
Whether you're a teen or not, Katie Parker is a girl we can all relate to. There's something universal about the challenges she faces. We all want to belong somewhere. We all want to be loved. We all need meaning in our lives.
This is the story of Katie Parker and her new foster family. While most YA novels turn sixteen year old protagonists into angsty, lovesick morons, Katie is intelligent and strong. She grows as a character. She helps those around her without sappy. She has a hefty amount of sarcastic wit. I enjoyed reading her story and found myself crying more than a few times, completely drawn into her world. Her story rang with truth, even in a fictional tale.
*This story does have Christian characters, but it was handled in a non offensive manner. I don't usually read "Christian YA Lit," but I really enjoyed this book. I'll be reading the next book in the series.
I'm not a teen, but I enjoy reading books with strong female characters. Katie is a great character. I'd recommend this book to anyone, but especially to YA girls.
Katie has trust issues, hang-out-with-the-wrong-crowd issues, some behavioral issues, and issues with people that serve God. She’s very skeptical of the people she’s living with, apparently, James, is a pastor at a church, Millie, seems suspiciously enthusiastic about Katie’s arrival, and their dog, Rocky, looks like he wants to lick her to death. There’s not a single thing that’s shallow about Katie, but she has a whole lot to understand. I enjoyed her personality and how she meddles in things just enough without causing (too much) harm. I loved her sarcastic thought-process and her quick-witted responses as well as how she knew when to stop talking and when to start. She had a type of attitude that wasn’t disrespectful but still had a smart-alecky tang to it. Katie was full of different aspects that made her who she is and Jones wrote her well.
Millie and James were interesting too, very active in Katie’s life once she joined their family and surprisingly honest towards Katie with touchy subjects. They were realistic as well, sharing meaningful glances and the occasional, yet heated, fight.
Did I forget to mention Maxine? Maxine made this book have spunk and she’s my favorite character. Maxine is a slightly extremely eccentric grandma that has too much confidence for her own good, yet connects with Katie. Her ways may seem a little kooky, but her heart is in the right place. She doesn’t accept Katie’s sass, but she gives it out in generous servings.
I appreciated the non-believer point of view as well. Despite Katie being in a Christian home, I didn’t feel like James, Millie, or anyone else were pushing God on her, but rather just letting her experience Him however she did. A few mentions about faith here, a few encouraging words to get her to pray (and the way she prays is cool and very teenager-like), and a few youth group meetings and that was all. There wasn’t any condemnation or ostracizing, it was very well done.
All in all, the plot was interesting and very relaxed and it was enjoyable to read.
I know that the story was a lighthearted one but the reality of how someone walks into a church for the first time and sees the culture and experiences it was well portrayed.
The only problem that I had with the book was that it seemed way too short, or that it ended a little abruptly. But there is hope for those that want to continue reading about Katie's progress in her new family, school and life-Jones has written more!
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even better for teenagers. ANd spiritually uplifting
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