In Between (A Katie Parker Production) (Volume 1) Paperback – March 28, 2014
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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.
As reviewed on The Book Recluse Review
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.
In Between is basically a Christian sitcom book. It's also a young adult novel. Going into it, I knew it was a young adult book and so my expectations were reasonably low. I think it's safe to say that this book surpassed these expectations. I was in for a funny ride full of secrets and self-realization.
The story follows Katie Parker as she moves in with her foster parents James and Millie Scott in the small town of In Between, Texas. Katie initially tries to leave but then, just as she realizes what her new life could mean, she breaks the trust of her foster parents and then vows to become the perfect foster child. Later – when she realizes this isn't possible – she starts to unravel the mystery of the Scotts first daughter. Along the way, she spends a lot of time with the insane mother of Millie Scott: Maxine Simmons.
Maxine's escapades lead to a number of humorous situations, a secret romance and Katie meeting a boy. To the books credit, no romance comes in at this point.
The book ends on an upbeat note,without being to preachy.
I rank this book as five stars and would recommend it to any girls looking for a good and meaningful read.
The story is beautifully written with a message about peer pressure and consequences of giving in to it, but it's not so over the top religious that people who aren't very (or even at all) religious. There aren't any passages that aren't explained in layman's terms, nor is there overt judgement of people who don't practice religiously; so even YOU can read this book and not be offended. It's just a good story, meant for people who enjoy reading.
My only note for the author is that there were several instances of typos and/or misspellings, so maybe edit a bit better or have your beta- readers help with editing.
The only thing I was not particularly happy with was the ending. Seemed like it ended very suddenly, and not a conclusive ending. I guess this was because the author decided to make a series out of the book.
Top reviews from other countries
Page turner from start to finish and not one swear word, murder scene or sexual inuendo
Yes, that surprised me although I soon forgot about all that as I got further into the book
Disallusioned sixteen yr old girl leaves a care home to become a foster child to a pastor and his wife
I will let you read it for yourself but thoroughly enjoyed the book by Jenny B Jones.
There is absolutely nothing sentimental or preachy about this story, which engaged me from the first page, even though its Christian message is clear. I think my thirteen year old granddaughter would love it - and I'd rather like to read the other Katie Parker novels myself.