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The Space Before: (A Prequel Novella) (The Space Between Heartbeats) by [Pearl, Melissa]
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"Melissa Pearl has done an amazing job. In this book she explains the real life experience of a rebellious teenager."
- Len Phelps (Book Reviewer)

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THE SPACE BEFORE TEASER...
Me, Dale Finnigan, is officially at high school party.
I scan the crowd and spot a few familiar faces. Jasmine's here with her loser boyfriend. Man, I wish I didn't like her so much. More than that, I wish she wasn't dating such a jerk so that I could have her!
Annoyed that there's nothing I can do about it, I distract myself by checking out the other hotties in the room.
A gorgeous young thing with eyes the color of dark cocoa and chocolate curls to match saunters past me. I accidentally brush against her swaying hips. I mumble an apology. She turns back, her brown eyes gleaming. I can't help noticing the way her tight dress is squashing her breasts together. I force my eyes away from her cleavage.
"No problem." She smirks, and the tip of her tongue touches the edge of her top lip as she eyes me up and down. "See you around." Her silky voice makes a quiver run down my spine, and I watch those swaying hips until I can see them no more.
Tonight, I am king.
"Hey Finnigan." I turn at the sound of Toby's voice. He's shuffling towards us, trying to balance four red cups in his hands. We each take one before they crash to the floor.
I glance at the frothing amber brew and grin.
"Gentlemen." Toby raises his glass. "To a night of revelry, delinquency and indecent behavior."

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  • File Size: 904 KB
  • Print Length: 93 pages
  • Publication Date: September 17, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F9UJUXO
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It was really great to get in Dale' s head and see where his story started. It helps bring more understanding to his role in Betwixt. I really loved Dale in Betwixt and although he was a little rough in the beginning of this book, you could still find that boy you came to love.
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This book was a great prequel to Pearl's Betwixt. However, it really can be read as a stand-alone work. I loved seeing Dale and hearing about his journey -- through HIS eyes. Very enjoyable and quick read!
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This series must be read in order. This is the first book. The second book is The Space Between Heartbeats.

Dale had a troubled past. Now he has survived death and been changed both inside and out. He feels drawn to Nichole and the look in her eyes that reminds him so much of his own misspent year and he feels the need to save her. He remembers everything that has led him to this point and you relive it right along with him. Will he be able to help? Or will he be too late?

***This series is suitable for mature young adult through adult readers who enjoy Christian coming of age and redemption stories with dash of paranormal and a heavy dose of acting out and bad behavior :)
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Awesome novella that gives us the inside scoop and past circumstances of Dale Finnigan, a key character in the novel `Betwixt'. This tells us how he got the scar on his face, what he was like before everything changed him to the person he was in `Betwixt'. I really loved getting this insight. Dale's just a good guy who gets ensnared into the wrong crowd, bad habits, bad thinking and in the end, really bad luck.

Dale's transformation from rebellious teen to all out criminal made this an intense read. This story has some mature themes and sex scenes, but they were done well and tasteful. We do get to see some flashes of Nicole, the main character from `Betwixt' and discover Dale's feelings for her.

I enjoyed Dale's interactions with his friends. They seemed like real pals, even though they could be considered toxic. What happens to all of them really broke my heart and I hope Dale gets past all of it.

Great short novella to add to the charm of the Betwixt series. Ms. Pearl's writing is engaging, magical and takes you on an exhilarating journey easily and I look forward to reading more of her work.

I received a beta copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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I never read Betwixt, but this book is a prequel so I thought I would give this novella a shot after reading the book synopsis. I am SO glad I purchased this book for my kindle. It was a quick read that I didn't put down.
Dale is one of the most relatable characters that I have read. He is the definition of teenage angst. Both adult readers and young adult readers will be able to relate to him. Before sums up a teenage journey; everyone has been in a situation like this at one point in their lives. I laughed, I cried...Dale broke my heart and put it back together again. I can't wait to read the next novella, and I already got my hands on the novel, Betwixt!
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**Before is the prequel to Betwixt, so expect some minor spoilers.**

In this novella, we learn what Dale's life was like before he met Nicole.

Dale was a party animal; a bad boy. He lived for partying and the experiences that came along with it. This was his way of rebelling against his strict parents (strictness that comes along with having a minister for a father). So, at just 15 years old, Dale would go out every night with his friends and party it up. They smoke, they drink, they have sex, they steal cars. They joyride. They stay out all night and don't give a damn what their parents think of it.

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I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to get a closer look into Dale's character. After reading this prequel, I understood him better and was able to connect with him even more than before. It was insightful to get into his brain and understand why he was the way he was; to understand the essence of who he came to be and why he chose to help Nicole in Betwixt. I hurt for him. He was a rebellious teen, sure, but he was also trying to cope and trying to find his way and embrace who he was and what he believed.

"Sometimes to find your way... you have to get completely lost."

Unfortunately, along with the rebellion and party lifestyle came a hefty price. The accident. The accident that ultimately earned him the epithet “Scarface”... the accident that changed his life forever.

Dale, while in the throes of pain and fear, calls upon God. He ends up the sole survivor of the crash, and comes out of it determined to be a better person; determined to make something of the life he nearly lost. This journey was inspiring and I was very moved by his plea for a second chance.

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This book gives the detailed story of Dale Finnegan. Dale felt smothered by his parent's rules and so he started rebelling against them. He wanted to do his own thing, but he only ends up going down a road that ends in trouble. He starts hanging with friends, partying, and meeting "experienced" girls. He gets involved in things that he had never done before, which is satisfying and exciting at first, but he finds out the costs of doing these things later in the book.

I really liked that his parents were with him through all of this. They didn't just give up on him. They had to show tough love even though it was breaking their hearts to do it. So many YA books have non-existent parents or uncaring parents in the story, but not this book. The family bond was really tight.The family loved Dale through all of this, they did not cater to his rebellion and were really trying to help him.

The author made you feel all the emotions that each character was going through. She showed how Dale, his friends, and the girls, were trapped in the lifestyles that they were living, and showed how these lifestyles could lead into trouble. She showed that in the end, your family are the ones who will be there for you and love you unconditionally, even when they have to stand strong to help you come through it.

Dale learns his lesson in the end, but boy, what a hard way for him to learn. He learns that once you start doing these kind of things it is hard to get out of them, but it is not impossible. He also learns that the things he was doing did not satisy or solve the issues he was dealing with within himself. He realized that his parents loved him, and that the rules were there to help him.
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