Thursday, May 2, 2013

Review: The Space Between by Victoria H. Smith

Title: The Space Between
Author: Victoria H. Smith
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When Drake started the night at his father’s campaign fundraiser, he never imagined he’d end it being conned into buying drugs on the West Side. Losing high-stakes poker has its consequences, but he’d repeatedly face them just to hear Lacey Douglas sing. Drake sees Lacey light up the stage, and he has to have her. But his intentions for being on her side of town turn out to be the reason he can’t.

Chicago native Lacey has dreams of the opera, but life has its obstacles. Lacey has come to know her hardships as part of living in the real world and accepts them fully. When Lacey meets the intense and invigorating Drake, a fire is lit inside her, unleashing those dreams again.
Two paths that should have never crossed prove to create the exact pairing the other needs. But when their worlds take time to catch up, everything they have is tested. Finding the space between the two sides that challenge them will be hard, but it’s the only place that will keep them together.

The Space Between tells us a story about a girl from ’the wrong side’ of the town who befriends a boy from ’the right side’. They’re not supposed to fall in love, but against the odds they do. Does their relationship survive the insurmountable obstacles ahead or will it fall to ruins like a shipwreck?

“Sometimes things are more complicated than they seem. Sometimes what you see isn’t so black and white.”

The characters in this book are interesting even if cliché. Lacey is a black girl. She is gorgeous and actually pretty adorable. I found her name funny though, because it’s not what you usually name a girl from the ghetto. Not that I would know for sure, of course, but I’d think it was something else entirely. Anyway, moving on, she comes off as a sweet angel in a rock star body with all those piercings going on and she wants to be a Broadway singer. Hmhh... I’m not sure if that combo worked for me, but it was interesting nonetheless.

Drake is a guy who likes to rebel against his parents and he takes every opportunity he gets to get his adrenaline pumping. I liked him, but I didn’t necessarily love him. I adored that he was an Asian guy, because we don’t meet ‘em that often in YA literature. Bold move, Victoria! What else? Drake’s parents were a-holes. At first I liked his Mother, but then I became to despise her as well as his Dad, they're snobs who care about reputation and money and have no sense of emotions whatsoever. I enjoyed reading about Drake and his sister and their bond though.

In the end, it’s a sweet and quick read with a few butterflies-in-your-stomach moments, but it wasn’t anything I haven’t seen before. The chemistry between Lacey and Drake was good. I wish the ending was a little different: I liked the idea, but I disliked how cliché it was. Oh, and it was so very long. Not Harry Potter long, but still, I thought it could have ended way sooner than it did. However, I felt like the characters were left in a good place and that’s all I can ask for. I'd not say I don't recommend you to check it out, this book just wasn't 'me'.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

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  1. Hmm Lacey does like a pretty intriguing character though! Too bad it wasn't more unique but it sounds like one I could enjoy for a mindless read at the beach or something. I also love this cover for some reason it's simple but it really catches the eye.

  2. Sweet and cute sounds good, but sorry it wasn't all you wanted it to be.
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog