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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.
The humor in this book will bring a smile to your face. Jenny B Jones has a very upbeat and candid writing style that I truly enjoyed. As I listened to the audio version, I want to add that Reba Buhr did a fantastic job reading Katie’s story. I want to finish the series!
This book correlates with guacamole and lime tortilla chips for me. Guacamole with some spice. The combination of flavors is just right.
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.
by Jenny B Jones
Rating: ***** (5 stars)
Book Length: 352 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Christian, Fiction
I did not know what I would get when I picked up this novel. It was a kindle freebie that looked interesting.
What I got was a well-written piece of youth literature with a Christian slant. In Between is a coming of age story of a teenage girl who is trying to adjust to a new foster family. The novel is notably for young adults, however, is enjoyable for adults as well.
If you are not big into a Christian slant to your literature you can still very much enjoy this novel. The main character is not all that sure about the Christianity either. However, it is nice to read a novel with a clean plot, clean language, and one that is focused on the love of a family instead of romance.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. I could not put it down. The writing was refreshing. While it will probably not become a classic, it was a great read that had with depth. The characters were multi-layered, allowing the reader to connect to all of them from various points. Even the supporting characters were more than just cardboard cutouts. The humor and exuberance of the main character really adds to the story as well.
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