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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2013

    The Space Between is such a beautiful, fun, sassy story about La

    The Space Between is such a beautiful, fun, sassy story about Lacey and Drake! I love that the author intertwined different cultures and backgrounds into the story. I found Drake's parents to make my skin crawl (ughhhhhh!!) But I of course fell in love with Drake. Great work, Victoria! :) 

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  • Posted July 15, 2013

    What I liked the most about THE SPACE BETWEEN is the interracial

    What I liked the most about THE SPACE BETWEEN is the interracial romance between Lacey and Drake. It's based on Victoria H. Smith's real life experiences, and the emotions ring true. It's such a fresh concept to have an Asian leading man, not something a reader usually finds in a New Adult contemporary romance. Combining that with a woman of color as the female protagonist only brings the novel to a whole new level. Kudos to the author for bringing fans of the genre a multicultural couple to root for. It's about time people of varying ethnicities are represented in this burgeoning area of cutting edge fiction.
    The theme builds around the title as Chicago becomes a divided battleground. Drake is the adopted son of a wealthy senator living in the prestigious North Shore. Lacey is an aspiring opera singer from the crime ridden West Side. Being from opposite ends of the socioeconomic spectrum, the only place they can meet is 'the space between.' After violence descends upon them, they are able to find their way to each other on a hill above the city, removed from the physical borders that define them.
    But the illusion doesn't last. Their sizzling romance takes a turn for the worse when outside forces try to keep them apart. Money, lies, blackmail - all conspire to thwart the feelings they have for each other. Drake is selfish enough to hold onto his pride, while Lacey is stubborn enough to think she can handle everything on her own. Yet they both long to return to that place where they're at their best - the refuge they find when they're together.
    Smith carefully constructs the back stories of these characters, as well. The painful reveal of the cause behind Drake's lack of identity gives the reader a better understanding of why he's foundering through life. The deteriorating health of Lacey's mother limits her choices for the future. She can't move on and seek a better life for herself while she is tied down caring for her mother. Her commitment to others inspires Drake to let go of his 'me first' attitude. His love for Lacey brings about a change of heart that the best novels revolve around. Smith nails his growth from spoiled boy to compassionate man.
    My favorite passage is when Lacey first meets Drake thinking he's a rich kid slumming in the ghetto for kicks. She knows life here isn't a game. She's attracted to Drake but she's willing to sacrifice her feelings in order to set him straight. He needs to fix himself, before he can have any chance with her and she tears into him. For me, this is when he realizes he's met 'the one.' The person who's unafraid to tell him what he needs to hear. This definition of honest love is what the story drives home.

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  • Posted July 6, 2013

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    Loved loved loved

    I LOVE DRAKE AND LACE!!!!!! I started this book last night. And finished it this morning. Strong characters that kept me thinking of them when I wasn't reading. That made me have to read all of it in less than 24 hours!!!
    The story pulled me in and made me love them. I enjoyed every second of it !! Every minute !! Every moment of this book had me waiting wondering and loving it even more.

    I would definitely read another Victoria Smith Book!!!

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