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  • Posted July 7, 2010

    The Beautiful Between

    Connelly Sternin is working hard on keeping her grades up and studying for the SAT's. It's her Junior year and things are going well in her academics until she becomes lost and frustrated within her Physics Class. If she doesn't do something about it one low grade can throw her chances of going to the School of her choice out the window.

    The reader learns of Connelly's concept of her school. A royal kingdom filled with Princesses, dukes, and Nobles. But only one person is the Prince- Jeremy Cole, the handsome, popular, and son of a great and rich family. Connelly is "The Rapunzel" of the story, not locked away by a wicked witch in her apartment but by books and vocabulary, not to mention her own secrets and fantasies of a different life.

    Then one day out of the blue during lunch, Jeremy arrives at Connelly's table and offer's to tutor her in Physics in exchange that she helps him with his SAT words. What seems to be just an ordinary study session is just the beginning of a beautiful bond and friendship in which Connely learns that behind the popular, outgoing, and glamorous Prince, lies a secret that only she knows and the more she learns about it, the more it involves her and her own secrets.

    Every study session Connelly and Jeremy become closer, through homework and secrets. Sometimes the truth can hurt and be quite haunting, but without it the darkness can drive you mad. Through the lesson of trust and friendship, the bond between is simply Beautiful.

    When taking a fairy tale concept and turning it into a contemporary story, it can have one of two results- a bad take on a story in which the modern twist clashes horribly with that of the fairytale or a well written story where the author does not rely on the fairy tale to tell his or her story and the plot is well written to give the reader a sense of "surprise" while reading the story

    In The Beautiful Between, Alyssa B. Sheinmel does not disappoint the reader with her take on a modern story while using the fairytale of Rapunzel as her "guide". When you read the synopsis, i'm sure most people would automatically assume that this story is just a remake of Rapunzel ( I have seen other reviews in which people have stated this and believe me, they were in for a surprise) But please be aware that this story does not do that.

    I believe that it's a really refreshing approach in writing stories based off a fairytale- instead of changing the character's names or a few bits of plot here and there, why not make the story YOUR OWN? You create a plot entirely different but use the actual story as more of a foundation to help you develop and entwine both concepts- This is exactly what the author does in this book and she created a very touching story.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2011

    The Beautiful Between...

    I love this book. Couldn't put it down. The best love story I've ever read, but not the "girl meets boy" love. A new kind of love, whether it's new friends or family, this book is amazing. Love in a new sense will have you head over heels!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 21, 2011

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    Best Book!!!

    This book was definitely my favorite of 2010! Connolly Sternin is a high schooler at a private school in NYC, and she's a little bit of an outsider among her cool and fabulous classmates ... that is until she strikes up a friendship with Jeremy Cole, the "crowned prince" of the school. But it's not a typical YA romance, which is what makes this book so special. Sheinmel's prose are absolutely breathtaking, and despite the heartbreak Connolly and Jeremy have to face, there is such hope in the story. I can't wait for THE LUCKY KIND to come out in May --that's Alyssa B. Sheinmel's next book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2010

    Great book!

    I read this book a couple of months ago as an advanced copy. It was not at all what I expected, but I loved every page of it. I strongly recommend this book and look forward to future books from this author!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2012

    Hey.

    ?.. is it romance??

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  • Posted February 28, 2012

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    Connelly Sternin is good at pretending. She's especially good at imagining things and, sometimes, at making things up. It's easy when she has spent most of her life convincing everyone at her school that her parents are divorced when really he died and Connelly has no idea how.

    But it's okay. Sometimes Connelly thinks of herself as a kind of Rapunzel--a princess trapped in a tower watching life through a window. Maybe she's being punished, living in the tower. Or maybe it's protection from a secret too painful to talk about.

    Pretending is easier than actually being involved anyway. It's easier to watch Jeremy Cole walk through life like some kind of crown prince instead of talking to him. It's easy to marvel at his little sister Kate and how perfect everything is for her and her brother.

    Except maybe things aren't so easy. For either of them.

    As Connelly starts an unexpected friendship with Jeremy she learns that appearances can be deceiving and perfect doesn't always last forever. As she learns more about her own past and Jeremy's uncertain future, Connelly realizes that the truth might be harsher than pretending--but it's also the only thing that can help her move on in The Beautiful Between (2010) by Alyssa B. Sheinmel.

    The Beautiful Between is Sheinmel's first novel.

    The Beautiful Between is an interesting book because parts of it were really engaging. And some parts were not. The main problem is that the book is poorly summarized on the jacket. The plot there has next to nothing to do with the real plot. I tried to be more accurate in my summary here, but this one is hard to pin down partly because it is so subtle.

    Sheinmel's writing has moments of brilliance interspersed with a plot that is sometimes predictable and often simply too short (the whole book is 182 pages). In some ways the story finishes where I wish it could have began because I wanted to hear more about Connelly, Jeremy, and what the future had in store for them.

    Other aspects of the novel felt strange. The smoking motif felt incongruous in a book written in 2011 although I did know kids who smoked in high school--probably everyone does. I didn't love that Connelly smoked just to be close to the boy. Similarly the extended fairy tale metaphor was interesting--it was one of the main reasons I picked up the novel honestly--but it didn't really make sense with the plot. It worked but it didn't need to be there.

    Ultimately The Beautiful Between is a story about friendship, loss and how to survive both. It is complex and subtle even if some elements didn't work perfectly. I look forward to picking up Sheinmel's next novel to see how she has grown as a writer because, really, a lot of this book is very promising.

    Possible Pairings: The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd, The Secret Life of Prince Charming by Deb Caletti, Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You by Peter Cameron, Drawing the Ocean by Carolyn MacCullough. The Piper's Son by Melina Marchetta, How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2012

    My fav book

    I loved it so much can read it day or night very comforting as well

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  • Posted August 18, 2011

    Eh

    I did not like how it ended. But ovetall it was good.

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  • Posted April 30, 2011

    havent reaad yet but...

    i hope to read this book it looks good like a real life fairy tale! lol

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