Between the Notes

Between the Notes

by Sharon Huss Roat


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After Ivy is forced to move to "the wrong side of the tracks" due to economic hard times, she discovers that not everything—or everyone—is what they seem, even herself. Fans of Jenny Han and Sarah Dessen will love this funny, poignant, and relatable story.

When Ivy Emerson's family loses their house—complete with her beloved piano—the fear of what's to come seizes her like a bad case of stage fright. Forced to give up her allowance, her cell phone, and the window seat in her lilac-colored bedroom, Ivy moves with her family from her affluent neighborhood to Lakeside, aka "the wrong side of the tracks." Hiding the truth from her friends—and the cute new guy in school, who may have secrets of his own—seems like a good idea at first. But when the bad-boy-next door threatens to ruin everything, Ivy's carefully crafted lies begin to unravel . . . and there is no way to stop them.

Once things get to the breaking point, Ivy turns to her music, some surprising new friends, and the trusting heart of her disabled little brother. And she may be surprised that not everyone is who she thought they were . . . including herself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062291721
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/16/2015
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 518,685
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.25(d)
Lexile: HL640L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Sharon Huss Roat grew up in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and now lives in Delaware with her family. Between the Notes, her debut novel, was followed by How to Disappear. When she's not writing (or reading) books for young adults, you might find her planting vegetables in her backyard garden or sewing costumes for a school musical. Sharon loves hearing from readers, so visit her online at or on Twitter @sharonwrote.

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Between the Notes 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
booklovelounge More than 1 year ago
Actual Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Oh my gosh this was so fun to read and with the high school setting, I felt like I was transported back in time. I totally hated Ivy for all the things that she felt all throughout the book. Seeing things in her perspective made me feel very shallow but… I also understood that everything is much easier said than done. I know because when I found out I was (unexpectedly) pregnant, I worried about how others would think of me. I also hated how she had been so blind about the other things around her when it had felt so obvious reading it. Full review here: Disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
gaele More than 1 year ago
What would you do if your life suddenly turned upside-down and you were suddenly in the ‘other guys’ shoes? That’s just what happens to Ivy when her father’s investments go awry and they have to leave the well-to-do neighborhood and many of the extras that  they have all become accustomed to.  With two younger siblings, one that is disabled and needs multiple therapies, Ivy’s attitude at home is greatly different from that  at school. At school, she lies about her circumstances and family situation because she believes her popularity and friendships all revolve around status and things. At home, Ivy is resentful but helpful, looking to work and help out where she can, even being  willing to give up luxuries to help her parents. But, when the risk of being outed at school from her next-door neighbor becomes a reality and threatens Ivy’s carefully constructed façade, and could endanger her new relationship with James, Ivy has to do something… Slow to start, Ivy doesn’t really develop into someone worth following for a few chapters, early on it is typical resentment, worry and the carefully constructed plan to not tell any of her ‘friends’ what has happened. The author allowed us to see Ivy’s life as a “rich girl” was laden with pitfalls and image-centered affirmations. While moving to an area of more modest means (and let us NOT confuse her situation with families that struggle daily to keep the lights on, their children fed and clothed and a roof over their heads), Ivy starts, slowly, to see that things are just that, and the real measures of a life are in family, love, friends and those little moments that bring smiles.  I applaud Sharon Huss Roat for taking us on a journey with Ivy that doesn’t stay in the stereotypical and show Ivy’s true willingness to  pitch in at home, her love for her family and the growth she displayed from beginning to end. With a couple of romance-like moments that brought which boy will she choose moment before the end, the real message of embracing who you truly are is important and shines through the pages.  I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review:  all conclusions are my own responsibility
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
Posted on: Brandi Breathes Books Blog Disclaimer: I received this book as an ARC (advanced review copy) for free. I am not paid for this review, and my opinions in this review are mine, and are not effected by the book being free.   3.5 (liked it a lot)     I wanted to read this because I figured there would be a lot of growth in the main character. She was rich and had it all and is having to downsize to an apartment on the "bad" side of town. The two aspects that made it stand out even more was the mention of the little brother with disabilities as well as the mention of her music.          The family aspect was well done. She has six year old twin siblings, one a girl Kayla who is old beyond her age helping to keep Braden, her brother who had seizures as a baby that has caused speech, motor and other learning delays and disabilities. I love seeing everyone rally around him and really try to keep him happy. Their dad of course pride and ego had to be so badly crushed, but he did all he could for his family. Their mom kept such a positive outlook and tried to keep it together for her kids and family.     It was hard seeing the main character Ivy struggle so much. She misses luxury, living beside her best friend, and most of all her piano and playing music. But she did have some discrimination for the life of poverty and neighborhood that she was moving into. She is convinced that bad boy Lennie her new next door neighbor is a drug dealer, and he is threatening to expose her secret at school since he all of the sudden is talking to her. She is keeping a secret except from her very best friend that she has moved, lost her cell phone, and that anything has changed in her life. It does make her seem shallow at times, but I also understand her denial, and fear of even more things changing.     I did like that she finally stood up for herself, and took an evaluation of the people she was surrounding herself with. Some were real friends and others not so much. And there were others that hadn't been as close that she realized were great for her.      There is of course the love triangle issue mentioned in the synopsis, and it was done pretty well. I liked the confusion, and figured out way before her which would come out strong even though with the exception of one event, I think both could have been good for her. There was the "secret" correspondence that I of course figured out well before her as well that it wasn't who she thought.      I liked the growth in Ivy, how she finally took some risks and got over some of her fears. I liked that she realized the love and support of family no matter where they were living. That people were more than their money and their home, as well as some other things.  Bottom Line: It was a worthwhile read, decently paced with good character development even if some of it took a while to fully sink in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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