The Space Between Trees [NOOK Book]

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Not your everyday coming-of-age novel.

This story was supposed to be about Evie—how she hasn't made a friend in years, how she tends to stretch the truth (especially about her so-called relationship with college drop-out Jonah Luks), and how she finally comes into her own once she learns to just be herself—but it isn't. Because when her classmate Elizabeth "Zabet" McCabe's murdered body is found in the woods,...
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Overview

Not your everyday coming-of-age novel.

This story was supposed to be about Evie—how she hasn't made a friend in years, how she tends to stretch the truth (especially about her so-called relationship with college drop-out Jonah Luks), and how she finally comes into her own once she learns to just be herself—but it isn't. Because when her classmate Elizabeth "Zabet" McCabe's murdered body is found in the woods, everything changes—and Evie's life is never the same again.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A loner, 16-year-old Evie seeks companionship where she can find it, whether it's with the group of girls who tolerate her company at lunch or with her crush, Jonah, a college dropout whose job entails clearing dead animals from the woods by a wealthy suburb. Evie often sees Jonah on her paper route and is there right after he discovers the body of Zabet (short for Elizabeth), a girl Evie was friends with years ago. Evie gradually befriends Hadley, Zabet's destructive best friend, who wants Evie's help tracking Zabet's killer. Evie's palpable loneliness is excruciating, and debut novelist Williams's prose brings readers deep inside Evie's psyche. Her first-person narration is full of the kind of thoughtful descriptions one might expect from someone who's much better at observation than interaction (of her mother: "She orders her beauty into shape like a squad of soldiers.... So when she finally decides to look up at me, her face is all set, her beauty ready to salute"). Evie's raw honesty and the choices she makes make for difficult reading, but also a darkly beautiful, emotionally honest story of personal growth. Ages 14-up. (June)
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BOOKLIST
A good option for reluctant readers, this thrilling story shows many instances of lyrical language, and the pacing is pitch-perfect.

SHELF AWARENESS
A murder mystery propels the plot of Katie Williams's first novel, but the assured writing and the psychologically penetrating portrait of the two main characters play equally strong parts in this page-turner .Gripping.

SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
This dark and suspenseful coming-of-age story builds steadily to a violent climax....Readers who have ever felt like they don't fit in will find it easy to empathize with the teen's struggle to connect to others, and anyone can relate to the disillusionment that comes with growing up.

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, STARRED REVIEW
A loner, 16-year-old Evie seeks companionship where she can find it, whether it's with the group of girls who tolerate her company at lunch or with her crush, Jonah, a college dropout whose job entails clearing dead animals from the woods by a wealthy suburb. Evie often sees Jonah on her paper route and is there right after he discovers the body of Zabet (short for Elizabeth), a girl Evie was friends with years ago. Evie gradually befriends Hadley, Zabet's destructive best friend, who wants Evie's help tracking Zabet's killer. Evie's palpable loneliness is excruciating, and debut novelist Williams's prose brings readers deep inside Evie's psyche. Her first-person narration is full of the kind of thoughtful descriptions one might expect from someone who's much better at observation than interaction (of her mother: She orders her beauty into shape like a squad of soldiers.... So when she finally decides to look up at me, her face is all set, her beauty ready to salute ). Evie's raw honesty and the choices she makes make for difficult reading, but also a darkly beautiful, emotionally honest story of personal growth.

KIRKUS REVIEWS
"A nail-biter packed with palpable suspense and enough violence to suit it for stronger stomachs.

BOOKPAGE
Katie Williams debut novel, The Space Between Trees, offers a deft depiction of a girl coping with the truth, no matter how ugly it is. The haunting premise and honest narration of this poignant coming-of-age story will equally captivate both teen and adult readers.

VOYA - Christina Fairman
For sixteen-year-old Evie, daily life is the typical blend of school, work, and boys, accentuated by a caring but distracted mother. This all changes when a passerby discovers the mutilated body of a classmate in a local forest. Evie immediately feels a special kinship with the young victim, a girl who not only went to school with Evie but was also a childhood friend. What happened in those woods, and what did the girl see just before her death? Her curiosity leads Evie to form an unhealthy friendship with Hadley Smith, a disturbed young woman who quickly becomes the controlling force in their obsession to find the killer. Hadley's paranoia—and, we learn later, her guilt for what happened—drags Evie into a series of increasingly dangerous missions that include alcohol and sexual encounters with college men. The story culminates with a frantic scene in which Hadley seriously wounds an innocent man who she believes is the murderer. Evie and Hadley are realistic characters that teens will immediately recognize in their own lives. The dialogue is believable and teen appropriate, with only a handful of mild expletives. Implied sexual situations are relevant to the story. The only weakness is that the adult characters could stand more definition. With a few exceptions, they are generally portrayed as unnaturally awkward and disengaged in the face of tragedy. Nevertheless, this is a lively read that will appeal to teens, including reluctant readers. Reviewer: Christina Fairman
Children's Literature - Lois Rubin Gross
The first thing that will draw you to this book is the cover. Die-cut designs outlining the words of the title sets the tone of darkness for the story. Elizabeth "Zabet" McCabe is found dead in the woods, and there are only two witnesses: Jonah, a college dropout with the odd occupation of collecting animal carcasses, and Evie, a cipherish high schooler with an unrequited crush on Jonah. Not till later does Evie discover that she actually knew the dead girl, and that they were childhood playmates. Evie finds a way to elevate her acquaintance with Zabet into a kind of high school celebrity, co-opting the role of "friend," rightfully held by tough-girl Hadley. So an odd couple team is formed. Hadley and Evie become de facto friends in their search for Zabet's killer. Along this dangerous trail, we learn sad secrets about all the girls: Hadley and Zabet's anonymous hook-ups are particularly troubling. Meanwhile, Evie, the ultimate good girl, reveals the factors in her own troubled life that make her hungry for acceptance and easily led into risky behavior in exchange for attention from peers. Author Williams fills the book with false clues and twisted paths until she reaches the heart-breaking conclusion which feels, oddly, unresolved. A well-structured book with layered characters that is sure to satisfy as well as stimulate discussion on peer pressure and parental responsibility. Reviewer: Lois Rubin Gross
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Sixteen-year-old Evie is an outsider with a vivid imagination. She makes up stories for herself and others to make life in her small Midwestern town tolerable. When a childhood friend, Zabet McCabe, is murdered, Evie is thrust into a story beyond her wildest imaginings. Her little habitual deceptions, usually so harmless, get her entangled with grieving Mr. McCabe and Zabet's emotionally unstable and reckless best friend, Hadley Smith. Hadley is obsessed with finding Zabet's killer, and Evie lets herself get dragged into her increasingly paranoid and dangerous investigation. This dark and suspenseful coming-of-age story builds steadily to a violent climax. Evie is a skillful storyteller, perceptive and thoughtful, with a dry sense of humor. She is especially sensitive to disingenuousness in others, particularly in her mother, with whom she has an emotionally distant relationship. As a result, she fixates on the only genuine person in her life: taciturn Jonah Luks, on whom she has an unrequited crush. Evie adds beauty and excitement to the mundane with her fantasies, but only grows as a person when she faces reality and reaches out to the people around her. Readers who have ever felt like they don't fit in will find it easy to empathize with the teen's struggle to connect to others, and anyone can relate to the disillusionment that comes with growing up.—Erin Carrillo, formerly at Alachua County Library District, Gainesville, FL
Kirkus Reviews
In this disturbing psychological thriller, a lonely teen seeking attention gets more than she bargained for when her former friend is murdered. Sixteen-year-old Evie has no friends and zero social life except a naive crush on college-dropout Jonah, who removes dead animals from the woods behind the development where Evie delivers newspapers every Sunday. After Jonah discovers the body of her classmate Zabet in the woods, Evie pretends the girl was her best friend, attracting the interest of Zabet's real best friend, Hadley. One of the class "bad girls," Hadley lures Evie into her obsessive campaign to find Zabet's killer. Too late, Evie realizes the disturbed Hadley has targeted Jonah, with devastating results. Evie tells her dark, troubled story in the first person, present tense, allowing readers to experience her isolation, her schoolgirl attraction to Jonah, her desperate need for attention, her confused response to Hadley's irrational behavior and, eventually, her raw fear, shock and horror when she learns the truth. A nail-biter packed with palpable suspense and enough violence to suit it for stronger stomachs. (Thriller. 14 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811878623
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 7/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 168,010
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • File size: 298 KB

Meet the Author

Katie Williams is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Texas at Austin and has published numerous short stories for adults. She lives in San Francisco, where she currently teaches writing at the Academy of Art. This is her first young adult novel.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2011

    Definitely a young adult book

    Evie, a lonely girl, with no friends has no hope of getting Jonah, a college dropout to notice her, even when she constantly stalks him every Sunday while she does her paper route. Evie's whole life changes when she sees Jonah walk into the woods and come out with sight of a dead body. Whose body is it though? "The Space Between Trees" was overall an okay book. I admire how Katie Williams wrote the characters. Hadley was my favorite character, a girl who was friends with Zabet when she died. When she goes back to school, students treat her as a reject. Hadley was able to stay strong through all of this and in the end she and Evie were able to become friends. Overall, I was disappointed with this book, I feel that the author should have revealed who the killer was and doing so, that would have made the book better overall.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 23, 2010

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    Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club.com

    Evie spends a lot of her time alone, and for the most part she likes it that way. She's worlds apart from her mother, who seems obsessed with looking perfect all the time. At lunch in school she sits with a group she calls The Whisperers, because they talk quietly to one another. But at least they accept her presence at their table, and they like to hear stories about Jonah. Jonah combs the woods behind a high-end neighborhood every week to rid it of dead animals while Evie delivers newspapers there. She longs for him to notice her.

    Then comes the Sunday that Jonah finds the body of Evie's one-time friend as he makes his regular rounds. Evie can't get the murder out of her mind, and she finds herself lying to make her relationship with the dead girl, Elizabeth, closer than it was. She's drawn into a friendship with Elizabeth's dad and her real best friend, Hadley.

    The girls work to solve the crime together, but actions quickly escalate out of their control.

    The Space Between Trees by Katie Williams grabs you and pulls you into the story with the first words and doesn't turn you loose until the last sentence. It highlights real dangers when teens take risks, and also shows how they can sometimes fall into magical thinking that heightens and exaggerates their fears.

    There are many issues for moms and daughters to talk about: making decisions about who to trust, keeping lines of communication open between moms and teen daughters, teens trying out new experiences just to see what they are like, and more. The Space Between Trees is wonderfully creepy, and I recommend reading it in the light of day or you may just find yourself jumping at every little sound in the dark. I highly recommend it for mother-daughter book clubs with girls aged 14 and up.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2014

    Skilla

    "...Right. I get it, Sam. You're over this." She shrugs slightly, slipping into her sweater quietly. "I guess I should be too." She smiles slightly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2014

    Samael

    Dx God....I didn't mean to not post here...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2013

    Skilla

    T.T

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2013

    Skilla

    "Myyyyyys!" Dx

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2013

    I didn't care for the book

    Slow moving story line. Not my type of reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2013

    Mystery

    *he hums, and then sighs.*

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  • Posted December 6, 2012

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    I really went into this not sure of what to expect. I thought it

    I really went into this not sure of what to expect. I thought it was going to be predictable - Jonah was mentioned, so I thought he'd play a bigger part than he did, and Hadley isn't mentioned in the summary at all. But then again, I prefer this vaguer summary to one that gives away the entire book - I hate when that happens.

    The one word I can use to describe The Space Between Trees is interesting. It's unlike anything I've read so far, and it made me sit and think. I put it down quite a lot, not willing to read any farther. It's a digestion novel - slow and steady.

    The build up to the end takes a very long time. If I had to divide the book into threes, I would say the first two thirds of it is a build up, and the last third of it is a really quick wrap up. The book seems less about the plot and more about Evie developing as a character which, I can say, I didn't mind. I liked being in Evie's head and watching her develop.

    As for her choices? I disliked Hadley and didn't understand her choice in Jonah. I didn't connect to any character besides Evie, either, and even then my connection with Evie was only at moments. I may have liked watching her develop, but it didn't mean I was connected to her.

    All in all, it wasn't a bad story. Just a long one with a quick ending, and one that makes you think.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2013

    Great!

    I loved it.

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  • Posted May 1, 2012

    Beautiful cover! Good story.

    Overall, it was better than expected. There were moments of real truth. This was especially true with Hadley. Her grief over the death of her only real friend sends her into a downward spiral that is realistic and painful to watch. She tries so hard to be tough and act like nothing bothers her, but throughout the book you can see her mental instability growing and you really start to feel for her. Mr. McCabe is another character that seems very well thought out. He tries to hold on to his daughter by forming a relationship with Hadley and Evie. His desperation is palpable, from only making spaghetti because it was Zabet's favorite to keeping her room in the complete disarray in which it was left. He is possibly the saddest character in the whole book. Finally there is Jonah. He is sort of an enigma in the book. He is around but he doesn't say much and the reader rarely knows what he is thinking. This is the same way that Evie sees him. The reader wants to get to know him as much as she does. Unfortunately, I didn't feel like he was given a chance to really come into his own as a character. I would have liked to understand him more. Another character who left me wanting was Evie's mother. She was so self-obsessed and vapid that I couldn't help but dislike her. I kept hoping that she would evolve through the story, but unfortunately she didn't. There was sort of a moment toward the end of the book where she seems to have come to her senses (she left the house without makeup, oh my!) but it was lackluster. The biggest problem I had with the book though was the mystery aspect. The whole story seemed to be leading up to this thrilling ending. Some big epiphany and, instead, it fizzled out. I found myself going, "that's it? It's over?" which is never much fun in my opinion.

    Negatives aside, this book does have merit. Some of the characters are very fun to get to know and the story, itself, was very interesting at times. Evie is a sympathetic protagonist with real feelings and insecurities and the story does make you think. I wish that the author would have delved a little deeper into the characters and their relationships with one another, but for the most part the story wasn't bad. I'd recommend this if you want something a little dark, with some quirkiness to it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2011

    Good but not great

    This book kept me reading, but had an unsatiafactory and abupt ending

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 28, 2011

    Not what I expected...

    Thought it was more of a murder mystery, but it wasn't. Felt it dragged a bit.

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  • Posted October 14, 2010

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    Reviewed by Marta Morrison for Teens Read Too

    Evie is a lonely teen living in a small town in the midwest. She lives with her mother, who tends to be flighty. They rent house after house, never really putting down roots in this small town. Evie has a newspaper route on the weekends and loves delivering papers in a more affluent part of town. One of the main reasons she likes this area is that she can see the college boy who picks up dead animals from the woods. His name is Jonah Luks. He is not very friendly, but Evie has a very big crush on him. One day while Jonah is looking for dead animals, he finds a dead body. It is of Elizabeth, a girl from Evie's high school. Evie and Elizabeth were friends when they were younger, but they had grown apart and Elizabeth was best friends with a very unstable girl named Hadley. Hadley likes to live life on the edge. She has a sad home life and she spends a lot of time trying to escape it. Through a few innocent lies, Evie ends up being the new focus of Hadley's life. The two of them then decide to find out who killed Elizabeth, with disastrous results. This was a good book, but I had a hard time reading about Hadley and her slow descent into chaos and madness. She was a bully and I kept wanting Evie to get away from her influence. The ending wasn't as satisfying as I wanted it to be, but I still recommend it, for a more mature audience.

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  • Posted October 4, 2010

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    The Space Between Trees

    Evie is a loner. The only friend she has is high-school dropout Jonah who she sees when she makes her newspaper deliveries. Then Jonah finds a dead body. Zabet was once a friend of Evie's and when she is found murdered, Evie life changes forever. This coming of age story is a murder mystery but also a story of teenage angst, grief and becoming an adult through crisis. But I didn't connect with Evie as I felt she learned little if anything from the ordeal.

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  • Posted July 29, 2010

    Coming of age novel..

    THE SPACE BETWEEN TREES, by Katie Williams, is a unique tale of two teens outside of the normal cliques of high school. Evie is a loner who tends to make up stories to impress her school girlfriends, and Hadley is one of the "bad girls" who happens to be best friends with the recently murdered girl, Zabet. These girls become friends because of their common ground, Elizabeth/Zabet, and soon Evie is getting more than she bargained for with Hadley.

    This book was unlike anything I have read. The title and cover did not reveal much about the actual story. At first sight, I had a feeling it would be a bit mysterious, and I was correct! Throughout the book I was wondering what the "bigger picture" was, and when time came for the big reveal, I have to say I was stunned. I have mixed feelings about how the book ended, but after thinking about it, I felt it was appropriate. The story steadily went and I was left expecting a huge surprise ending with big explosions and an "ah-ha!"moment, but that would not have fit with the overall "voice" of the book. It was definitely different and more low-key than I am used to, but not bad!

    I did enjoy the fact that the main girls were outside of the normal groups that are usually explored in YA. Neither were popular and were content with that. Evie never took any chances until she met Hadley. And with this new relationship, Evie grew up a lot. With one little stretch of the truth, Evie entered a whirlwind relationship with Hadley that forever changed her. As a side note on characters, I have to say I did not know what to think about Evie's mother. Williams created a character that was strange, and quite entertaining. Every time her mother was present, I was eagerly anticipating what gesture or random thing she would come up with to make me shake my head a smile.

    Overall, I enjoyed this book. I stepped outside of my comfort-zone with this one and delved deeper into a coming of age novel. Williams has a great writing style and her characters are honest and inventive. I look forward to reading her future works.

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