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Sunday, May 5, 2013

Between These Lines by Jennifer Murgia (Blog Tour and giveaway)

Release Date: April 1, 2013
Publisher: Playlist Fiction
Age Group: Young Adult
Format: E-book
Source: Blog Tour
Pages: 183
Buy: Amazon / Barnes & Noble
Description: Goodreads
I never told anyone how I felt about her. Not even Evie—not in so many words. And now, I’ll never get the chance to.

When a class assignment brings quiet Chase Mitman and the stunning Evie Cunningham together, a mutual attraction ignites. There’s only one problem—Evie already has a boyfriend—one who practically OWNS Whitley Prep, and her.Knowing their relationship comes at a price, Chase’s life collides with Evie’s, and after entrusting her with a tragic secret, the last thing he’d ever expect is to learn she keeps a few of her own.An innocent prank turns ugly. An anonymous note changes everything. And lives at Whitley Prep will never be the same.

Talk about short, fast-paced, intense reads! In Between These Lines, Jennifer Murgia has built an engaging contemporary world and web of secrets that will suck readers in.

Between These Lines is the story of how Chase Mitman and Evie Cunningham finally wind up in close quarters and face their feelings for each other, but it's so much more complicated than two people with a crush. Both of them are haunted -- Chase by the past and Evie by her own fear of the present.

Evie's parents relationship is disintegrating before her eyes. She has a privileged, controlling boyfriend with a violent streak named Shane who'll do anything to keep her. Chase and Shane have their own past that resurfaces after being buried for years. And then there are the secrets... Whitley Prep is full of secrets and everyone in the story is connected, intertwined, and Murgia does a fabulous job on holding back details on exactly how everything seams up.

I think what I loved most about this novel is that you don't have to work for it while reading. It's beautifully plotted and unfurls like a carpet before you. All you have to do is follow along. It was a nice change from twisting fiction that you have to follow closely and sometimes wind up wondering what happened after 500 pages.

My only complaint is that I didn't ever truly relate to Evie. There were moments in which I felt connected to her, but she just felt a little too soft and distant. Chase, Shane, Tara (Evie's best friend) and even some of the secondary characters were very crisp and I could watch their actions play out in my mind.

Despite not relating to Evie very well, her encounters with Chase rang very true. Many of them were subtle and didn't coerce me as a reader to read something specific into their exchanges. The emotion or sentiment was just there. 

I can't tell you much more because you'll want to read the end on your own. Oh my, the end! Tension mounts, relationships come to a head and you'll be rushing to the end. Good thing it's an e-book, otherwise it could have easily ended up tear-stained and torn from the speed at which I was turning pages.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the review! So excited to finally share this book:)