The Space Between, is a lyrically written novel with the perfect emotional intensity befitting the themes of the novel- grief, loss, regret. And yet, it’s nothing like the overly dramatic sort. In fact, it’s more of a matter-of-fact revelation of the aftermaths of losing a beloved as experienced and told in the standpoint of a best friend (Erica or Ricky) as she inevitably deals with a life possibly without her best friend whom she has known since they were kids. It’s honest and unfiltered so it’s a lot more mature than your usual YA contemporary read.
Sometimes the writing feels a bit choppy to me although generally, it is very poetic. I also think the characters need a bit more fleshing out because I couldn’t closely relate with them but perhaps I could attribute this to the length of the novel since it is pretty short.
The plot is thinly blanketed by the mystery of the missing Daina and although I already knew what happened to her, the story still managed to keep me intrigued and eager to know what exactly happened, like a confirmation of some sort. Because really, the mystery in the story is not about the loss of a girl, it’s really about the mystery of a person. How we could really never know what’s inside a person’s heart and head no matter how we seem to know them and as much as we blame ourselves, at the end of the day, it’s still up to the person how she decides what to do with her life.
Thank you so much to Ms. Rachel Anderson, an indie, talented author for sending me a physical copy of the book.