When a Social Communications class assignment brings quiet Chase Mitman and popular Evie Cunningham together, it's a real eye-opener. Haunted and damaged in their own way, they have only shown others what they want them to see--not that they each hold a terrible secret deep inside, or that they have more in common than they'd ever like anyone to realize.
But then it happens. The sweaty palms. The kiss. And something worse . . . and Chase is there to pick up the pieces.
Knowing their relationship comes at a price, Chase’s life collides with Evie’s in the most beautiful and tragic way, until the unthinkable happens. The party. An innocent prank turns ugly. An anonymous note changes everything. And lives at Whitley Prep will never be the same.
|Publisher:||Birch House Press|
|File size:||328 KB|
|Age Range:||13 Years|
About the Author
She is the co-founder and coordinator for YAFest-an annual teen book festival in Easton, PA, and a Next Generation Indie Award Nominee. She currently resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, two children and a very spoiled cat.
Visit her website at www.jennifermurgia.com
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite It started with a note. A simple request. Nothing unusual for a high school student to be asked to a party. Unless he had never been asked before. So, when Chase found the note in his locker, his suspicions lit up. Shellinger’s. Friday. 10 PM. The last time he had been invited to Jake Shellinger’s house for a get-together his entire world had crashed in on him, leaving him an orphan and physically scarred for life. So, the fact that he even considered the request baffled him. Until he and Evie were assigned to be project partners in literature class. Suddenly the possibility of finally being accepted into the popular movement of students raised hope in Chase’s heart. To be anywhere with Evie was a dream come true. So what if her enthusiasm was only at the expense of earning a high score on the project. So what if working in close proximity with her earned him the wrath of Shane, the vile and arrogant boyfriend. It was a class assignment. It was totally innocent. Or was it? Why was Chase invited to this party? Jennifer Murgia’s tale of improbable love is just the reality fix that many teen readers need. Between These Lines is a tightly written story that explores the unlikely match of popularity and invisibility. When Chase and Evie cross the social barriers that set them apart, they reveal the truths often overlooked in an attempt to meet expectations in young culture. I truly loved this story. This is a brilliant example of good young adult fiction.
Evie and Chase's lives don't cross paths. They can't. Not in their school. Not with their cliques. But then an English paper changes everything. One assignment forces Evie and Chase, despite the labels their friends and families and teachers adhere to them, to evaluate who they truly are, how their own lives differ and mirror each others. There's only one thing in the way of their discoveries - Shane, school king, ringleader and Evie's boyfriend. In her latest novel, Between These Lines, Jennifer Murgia captures the tension and intensity of high school relationships - relationships between teens and their families, between teens and their friends and between teens and their romantic interests. Murgia's writing always has me yearning for the next page and the one after that. This fast paced novel laced with love, hate, fear and hope is as addicting as a bowl of M&M's. Once you start reading, you will not want to, nor will you be able to stop.