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7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

This story was absolutely heart wrenching with simultaneously be

This story was absolutely heart wrenching with simultaneously being extremely heartwarming. I don’t think I have ever read a story in which the author manages to combine both of those emotions so seamlessly. It is also an extremely well written novel, allowing you to ...
This story was absolutely heart wrenching with simultaneously being extremely heartwarming. I don’t think I have ever read a story in which the author manages to combine both of those emotions so seamlessly. It is also an extremely well written novel, allowing you to immerse yourself completely within the pages of the book.

Knudsen’s sentences flow together so seamlessly that you cannot help but transition smoothly from one place to another. This makes it easier to empathize with the plight of each and every character in the novel. Each and every one of these brilliantly developed main characters are dealing with some sort of issue or catastrophe. I found it amazing that I never felt sympathy for the characters. There was no “oh poor you” feeling brought forth by this work. It was a refreshing change. Knudsen does, however, manage to evoke empathy in the reader, pulling you further and further into the story as you identify with the characters.

I also enjoyed the fact that the struggles, challenges, and catastrophes faced by the characters are real events. Knudsen pulls on the challenges facing every day teens, including drugs, alcohol, sex, cliques, death, illness etc, and uses them as trials through which the characters prove themselves. None of the characters ever face a challenge that could not realistically be faced in the real world of normal human beings. The characters realistically display real emotions, evoking similar ones in the reader.

Knudsen’s descriptions are also phenomenal. Everything is very vivid without being overstated. You can picture the island on which the characters reside, but it is not larger than life. It suits the novel perfectly. She also works all necessary back-story into the novel without stopping the forward progression of novel for large periods of time.

I could not believe how caught up I was in this novel, or how much emotion it evoked in me as a reader. For once, it wasn’t solely the characters in the novel feeling, but me as well. It was brilliant.

posted by Pure_Jonel on January 17, 2013

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Most Helpful Critical Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

I was fortunate to receive a free copy of In the Middle of Nowhe

I was fortunate to receive a free copy of In the Middle of Nowhere as part of an author interview and
giveaway on Goodreads. 

In the Middle of Nowhere tells the story of Willow who, along with her Mother and Brother James,
moves to Pike’s Island, a small island in th...
I was fortunate to receive a free copy of In the Middle of Nowhere as part of an author interview and
giveaway on Goodreads. 

In the Middle of Nowhere tells the story of Willow who, along with her Mother and Brother James,
moves to Pike’s Island, a small island in the Gulf of Maine’s Casco Bay. Willow’s father died
unexpectedly five years earlier and Willow and her family are forced to move when her mother loses
her job, and has to rely on the generosity of her brother for a roof over their heads – hence the move.

Willow tends to keep to herself and endures the freezing cold ferry ride to school each day. As the new
girl in school she catches the eye of Michael, a ‘mysterious’ fellow student who seems to spend more
time out of school than in it. She also forms a loose friendship with Tessa, and In the Middle of
Nowhere tells the story about the development of these relationships as well as Willow’s life at home.

To be honest, I really didn’t warm to Willow. She made some incredibly poor choices and was
extremely selfish a lot of the time – of course, she’s a 15-16 year old, so in that sense she was a
great character. The first couple of ‘mistakes’ she made I cut her some slack, but after that I was kind
of amazed that she would continue to make really silly choices.

Tessa was an interesting character who I actually felt quite sorry for. She was clearly lonely and looking
 for the attention that she wasn’t getting from her parents.

The relationship between Michael and Willow was quite sweet, but I would have liked to have had more
direct ‘contact’ with Michael. He was a little bit absent for big chunks of the story, which for me, made
the relationship aspect with Willow a little bit vague. He seemed like a genuinely nice guy and I would
have liked to have learned a lot more about him.

I liked the ending and felt that Willow had actually grown a little bit, particularly in the relationship with
her mother. It will be interesting to see what direction the next book in the series takes as there are
plenty of opportunities for a great story from where it finished. Overall, In the Middle of Nowhere is an
easy, sweet read.

posted by Tami-IntotheNightReviews on October 3, 2013

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  • Posted January 17, 2013

    This story was absolutely heart wrenching with simultaneously be

    This story was absolutely heart wrenching with simultaneously being extremely heartwarming. I don’t think I have ever read a story in which the author manages to combine both of those emotions so seamlessly. It is also an extremely well written novel, allowing you to immerse yourself completely within the pages of the book.

    Knudsen’s sentences flow together so seamlessly that you cannot help but transition smoothly from one place to another. This makes it easier to empathize with the plight of each and every character in the novel. Each and every one of these brilliantly developed main characters are dealing with some sort of issue or catastrophe. I found it amazing that I never felt sympathy for the characters. There was no “oh poor you” feeling brought forth by this work. It was a refreshing change. Knudsen does, however, manage to evoke empathy in the reader, pulling you further and further into the story as you identify with the characters.

    I also enjoyed the fact that the struggles, challenges, and catastrophes faced by the characters are real events. Knudsen pulls on the challenges facing every day teens, including drugs, alcohol, sex, cliques, death, illness etc, and uses them as trials through which the characters prove themselves. None of the characters ever face a challenge that could not realistically be faced in the real world of normal human beings. The characters realistically display real emotions, evoking similar ones in the reader.

    Knudsen’s descriptions are also phenomenal. Everything is very vivid without being overstated. You can picture the island on which the characters reside, but it is not larger than life. It suits the novel perfectly. She also works all necessary back-story into the novel without stopping the forward progression of novel for large periods of time.

    I could not believe how caught up I was in this novel, or how much emotion it evoked in me as a reader. For once, it wasn’t solely the characters in the novel feeling, but me as well. It was brilliant.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2014

    Loved

    I loved this book. I reccomend this for anyone who likes a good romance mixed in with a ton of mistakes and new families. I could not stop reading.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2014

    Loved!!

    I could relate to the main character and enjoyed reading this rather short story. I would definitely recomend reading this :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2014

    :)

    Anyone want to lend this to me , and I'll lend you one of mine? Seems....cheaper that way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2014

    Help!

    Tell me what middle school is like here.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2014

    Amazing

    This book was amazing i loved it i wanted to read the secound book admideantly but i couldnt ao i got the sample hoping some day i get the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2014

    Amazing

    This book is well written and all around a great story

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2014

    The middle of nowhere is just a truly amazing book!

    This book was just spectacular and I just loved it!

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  • Posted January 29, 2014

    I received this book free of charge from the author in exchange

    I received this book free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review.

    IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE, tells the story of Willow Flynn, a high school student who moves to a tiny island called Pike’s Island, in Portland, Maine. Willow’s father has passed away and her mother and little brother James have moved from Massachusetts to her uncle’s summer house on the island because her mom lost her job and they couldn’t afford their house anymore. Willow has a hard time adjusting to life on the island and her new school. She must take the ferry across the bay daily to reach Portland High School. She struggles to let anyone close enough but finally makes a few friends and meets a strange boy named Michael Cooper, who upon meeting her sends her a poem. At first she is creeped out by him but decides to give him a chance and learns she has a deep connection with Michael. She also learns the secret that Michael is hiding. She struggles to understand her mom and her engagement to her new boyfriend Brian while trying to deal with normal teenage pressures and mistakes. As her feelings for Michael grow she must face her fears of loving someone, especially someone who could leave her.

    This book is wonderfully written and pulled me in from the beginning. The emotion is deep and real and it totally drags you in. I could not put this book down and can not wait to read the next book in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2013

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    Add me pleaseeeee

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2013

    Lovely

    Fancinating story that flows like the wind and water. The oace is perfect and the characters are relatable. It was like I was living it myself which makes the read more enoyable and fun. I wouldnt mind reading books like this more often. I highly reccomend with 5 stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2013

    Nice

    In the Middle of Nowhere is a basic story about a girl that is a new student in a small unheard of town with the loss of a parent. Yes yes a typical teenage story. However this book is extraordinary. The tale is very unpredictable and ha readers waiting fomore during each page. It is hard to predict what happens. The story was very well expressed. Itis about 226 pages long and I would reccomend this to anyone that is considering reading it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2013

    Reasll Really good

    Love it

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    Posted December 25, 2013

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