How did Snow White deal with knowing that her
beauty led another woman to such madness? How did Rapunzel survive being
locked in a tower, not only imprisoned but never able to set her feet on the
ground, something that would drive most people crazy? Did she ever run her
hands along the stone floor, wondering what dirt would feel like? Did she
ever consider jumping out that window? Did she ever want to cut off her own
hair, a fairy-tale version of cutting off your nose to spite your face? And,
most intriguing and damaging of all, what about her relationship with the
wicked witch? How do we even know she was wicked? The witch fed her and put
a roof over her head, high and solitary though it might have been.
Sternin is in high school, an only child with a dead father. She imagines
high school as a royal kingdom of the fairy tale kind, and Jeremy Cole as
the prince of it all. Connelly befriends Jeremy through a series of events.
But Jeremy’s beloved younger sister, Kate, has a secret that threatens to
tear Jeremy’s family apart-she has leukemia. Can Connelly help Jeremy cope
and find out more about her dead father?
The back of The Beautiful Between is what intrigued me to read this
story, and I was glad I read this book. The Beautiful Between is an
interesting story about teenagers struggling with their problems and coming
together to help one another. The characters are extremely realistic and
detailed. I loved the plotline; it made me laugh and cry and feel connected
with the characters. I did not like that Connelly smoked because she felt
that she had to. I know that peer pressure is common with humans, and that
made those parts of the books realistic, but I did not like the implications
that smoking is okay. This book is a lot different than the books I would
normally read, but it was excellent nonetheless.
I give Alyssa B. Sheinmel’s first novel, The Beautiful Between, four