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The Beautiful Between

3.51  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,167 Ratings  ·  191 Reviews
If high school were a fairy-tale kingdom, Connelly Sternin would be Rapunzel, locked not in a tower by a wicked witch but in a high-rise apartment building by the SATs and college applications—and by the secrets she keeps. Connelly's few friends think that her parents are divorced—but they're not. Connelly's father died when she was two, and she doesn't know how.

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Hardcover, 192 pages
Published May 11th 2010 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Steph Su
May 19, 2010 Steph Su rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: debs10
I have to give credit where credit is due: I’m absolutely flabbergasted with how whoever wrote the synopsis of this book managed to twist it in a way that has absolutely nothing to do with the real story whatsoever. Seriously, that sort of twisting is an incredible accomplishment, a fabulous marketing ploy. For THE BEAUTIFUL BETWEEN is nothing close to what it sounds like it would be about, and it’s left me disappointed and even frustrated.

Most unforgivably, the characters and their interactions
I'm having a hard time remembering why exactly I decided to read this book. It wasn't the cover, title, or premise. I actually didn't know what the book was exactly about to be honest. This hasn't happened to me in a long time. Anyways no matter, just have to come to terms with my senile self. Onto the real review...

Connelly keeps to herself mostly. She isn't anti-social just not very social. She also isn't a dork but she isn't popular. No, Connelly prefers to sit in the middle of the cafeteria
Nov 10, 2011 Gemma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aw, this one was so sweet. Yeah, it was short, but it’s pages were utilized; making it any longer would have just been drawing it out, which might not have been so bad, not here, but it would have been unnecessary. This book stands at 182 big-print pages, and it does so beautifully.

It’s about an average girl, Connelly, and a perfect guy, Jeremy, who become unlikely friends. However, this book is not so cliché as some others out there, and, at the end of the books, they are still friends, no rom
Bobbi Taniguchi
Putting aside that I don't like the world view that all high schoolers are drunk partiers and that if you're not you're really far out, or that smoking is worth doing (having an aunt and uncle who died of lung cancer), I really liked how this book created a meaningful relationship between a boy and a girl, where the point of the relationship was not hormones. Yes, she finds him attractive, but it is the real human intimacy of getting one another through hard times and understanding and supportin ...more
Martha Elena
Reseña completa en { Entre Líneas y Renglones }

Este libro es uno de esos que negare haber leído por lo malo y aburrido que es, jamás pensé que diría esto algún día, pero After es mejor y tiene más drama... y eso que odie After.

Los personajes de The Beautiful Between, son tan cuadrados, desabridos y sin personalidad que es imposible empatizar con alguno. Tiene más personalidad una piedra y una babosa juntas que los personajes de este libro.

La trama... La poca que tiene, gira al rededor del mister
Dec 19, 2012 Daniela rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
No se que me pasa ultimamente, pero me estoy encontrando con muchos libros con los que no logro engancharme, y este fue uno de esos. Leí 20 páginas y fue suficiente para darme cuenta que no era para mi. Estoy un poco cansada de las protagonistas que repiten lo siguiente cada dos vocablos "soy fea, no entiendo como se pudo fijar en mi, nunca se va a fijar en mi " . Entiendo los problemas de autoestima ( yo los tengo) pero algunos escritores creen que haciendo a la protagonista con tan poco amor p ...more
May 07, 2010 Andrea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 out of 5 rating

While I was hoping that I would love this book, it was only just okay to me. I thought that the idea of the story was engaging. And heartbreaking. And there was no romance in this story which is odd for me, but it wasn't a bad thing.

But I just couldn't connect with the main character, Connelly. For some reason, she just seemed distand to me and I couldn't get her. I mean, there were so many ways that I identified with her, when I was in high school--the girl who wasn't in the
Amara at Mine for the Reading
I was thoroughly disappointed with this book, as it happens. I was expecting this book to be more. Filled with emotion and depth. It isn't. THE BEAUTIFUL BETWEEN has a nice synopsis, and a potentially good story, were it not for the many, many, many things that bothered me about it. While it's still saddening, and holds a touch of sad emotion, there's nothing about it that screams authenticity or amazement.

First, the heroine fell flat to the ideal heroine. This story is supposed to be more of a
Connelly and Jeremy both have secrets. Hers – she is harboring a crush on him; his – he knows more about her than she realizes. Thus starts a relationship that one would think is doomed for failure. While in some ways this is true, Sheinmel is careful to keep both of the characters somewhat hopeful.

Born of a mutual need for academic assistance their relationship quickly blossoms into the personal. I admit I felt more from Connelly in that regard than Jeremy. It felt like he was viewing their rel
Laura T
I read this book in about 5 hours because I was so addicted. As soon as I had read the first page I found myself racing onto others. I love how the character compares her life to a fairytale. It makes you realize that life is a fairytale and you have to live it the way you want to. Anyway, back to the review, Alyssa Sheinmel's novel caught me after about 2 chapters. Connie had lost her Dad when she was about two, ever since then she had only spoken about him once with her mother. Now she was six ...more
The only thing I could think when I finished The Beautiful Between was that its synopsis was completely misleading. Reading the synopsis of The Beautiful Between, you think that the novel is about a high school romance with fairytale elements in it. You could not have been farther from the truth.

The Beautiful Between is, simply put, a cancer novel, but of a different kind. When Jeremy Cole, the school’s most popular boy, talks to Connelly Sternin, a girl who has managed to blend in and never be
Apr 26, 2010 Reaganstar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was beautiful... truly named very well... as it just was so eloquently written. Alyssa did a wonderful job with the character growth and the story line, each chapter smoothly moving into the next one as if watching scenes from a loved ones life.

Connelly is a wonderful character who befriends Jeremy as they both start dealing with a loss of there own. Its amazing how wonderfully and unforced this friendship comes. The other main character in this book Kate.. is just a elegant character.
Sep 25, 2011 Melissa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was a new addition to our high school library, so I decided to read it in the hopes of having another book to recommend to students. What I found instead was a giant disappointment. I am not oblivious to the activities that many high school students are involved in, but does literature need to represent it as a totally normal reality? Aside from the incessant high school smoking (with total parents condoning the behavior), keg parties, a 12 year old cancer stricken child distributing beer t ...more
Jan 10, 2011 Alicia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Connelly Sternin is not the most popular girl at school. In fact she probably would not consider herself to be in the top 50% of the most popular. She's just a teenager who studies more than she socialized. So why, exactly, is THE most popular boy in school interested in her? Turns out they have something in common, only he knows a lot more about it than she does.

This, by far, is one of the best books I have read in the last year. Sweet, endearing, heart-wrenching, powerful. This is a must read.
Lena ♫ ♪
Mar 23, 2010 Lena ♫ ♪ rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
Rating: 2.5 stars

Everyone knows the tale of Rapunzel. When I read the synopsis, I automatically thought this was going to be a modern retelling of the story. I was anxious to see how The Beautiful Between would play out. Only thing is, this has nothing to do with Rapunzel. This story is more about secrets and lies, truth and knowing, grief and friendship.

Connelly is in her junior year at one of the most prestigious high schools in New York. Her dream is to attend Columbia. Unfortunately, physics
Jun 10, 2010 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a great book! It's not one of the best I've read recently, but it's high on the list. My absolute FAVORITE thing about this book was the ongoing metaphor of the fairy-tale kingdom. LOVE how that was used. And, best of all, it's maintained throughout the story! I thought that was pretty cool, as many times those metaphors are not so well incorporated into an entire book. Plus, I suspect that I'm somewhat like Connelly in that I was a big daydreamer when I was her age. And, really, she's so r ...more
Jodi Papazian
Oct 18, 2011 Jodi Papazian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-reads
I really enjoyed The Beautiful Between. It was one of those books that I just sat down and read the whole way through. The story was sweet and sad with an ending that resolved any lingering questions that I had throughout the story.
Connelly is surprised when Jeremy, the most popular boy in school, suddenly befriends her. The two begin a relationship built on helping each other with schoolwork but soon Jeremy confides that he and Connelly have more in common. Their similarities involve Connelly
May 28, 2011 Rachael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Connelly Sternin is mostly content with where she is. She gets decent grades, studies for her SATs, and plays nice with her mom. She’s mostly fine with keeping her secrets, like the fact that her father died when she two though she doesn’t know how, in order to stay under the radar. So Connelly couldn’t be more surprised when Jeremy Cole, the most popular guy in school, decides one day to sit with her at lunch. It turns out that Jeremy has some tragic secrets of his own that link him to Connelly ...more
Why I read this: The reference to Rapunzel stuck out to me and it's a debut novel.

Plot: The usual fairy tale of a popular young man starting to pay attention to a girl who thinks herself not unusual - not worth the attention. Connelly knows there's a reason he has been driven to approach her about helping her with her homework. It's quite an interesting plot because of the way Connelly grew up - knowing nothing about her father's death. Her mother completely shuts off whenever it is brought up a
Oct 13, 2012 Emily rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
What the back of the book says:
"Maybe the witch thought she was protecting Rapunzel, not punishing her. Maybe she thought that if Rapunzel was locked away, no one could ever hurt her. Maybe the witch kept Rapunzel because she loved her, because she was scared that if other people could get to Rapunzel, they would hurt her. And maybe Rapunzel didn't understand the witch; maybe she was angry at her- but maybe she loved her, too."

What the book is actually about:
A high school girl becomes friends (
Oct 24, 2010 Laila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At this point in my life, I hate sad books. More than traffic, the B52s, and soggy sandwiches. And this book was sad. It had a sad middle and a sad ending, when all I wanted was a classic happily ever after.
Other than the parts I hated, I enjoyed the book. Great characterization.
It ends with a quote from A Farewell to Arms: "But we were never lonely and never afraid when we were together." I think the author included the quote so the end wouldn't feel so depressing, but (maybe because I now fee
Mar 13, 2010 Kapri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog-reviewed
This book is all around beautiful. It's deffinatly one of the better books that I've read in a while.

I was sucked in from the first page. The writing was well-formed and wonderful. It was a real emotional read, for sure.

All the characters in this book were very lovable and relatable. I'd have to say my favorite character was Kate. She was so sweet and genial. She's what brings Connelly and Jeremy together, as well as the story.

The Beautiful Between was a truly inspiration story.
Liza Wiemer
This is a beautiful and powerful YA novel touching on life and death. The MC resides in NYC with her mom and has a secret to uncover. Readers will appreciate the relationship between the MC and "the prince". Even though this book is fiction, it felt like the author was writing from personal experience. Whether that is or is not the case, she Sheinmel did a fabulous job capturing the MC's voice! I highly recommend this novel
Apr 22, 2015 Nazia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, young-adult
After seeing this book in a best-of list on some blog (sorry, I couldn't remember its name), I decided to give this book a try. I didn't like it from Page 1. I found the writing awkward and the descriptions even more so. Within the first few pages, the narrator Connelly managed to annoy me with her talk of popular kids and the "cool table" and what not. I felt like I was reading a cliched teen movie script. I stopped reading at about 10%.

While writing this review, I noticed that some of the Good
Ana Banda
Sep 06, 2012 Ana Banda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dios que hermoso!
Las amistades empiezan de la forma mas inesperada..pero terminan siendo lo mejor que te puede ocurrir en la vida.
Ame la amistad de Conelly & Jeremy, es tan simple, tan verdadera!
Lloré, definitivamente lo hice..pero de verdad que es precioso! :')
Jan 10, 2014 Mathilde rated it really liked it
Shelves: from-library
Sweet but sad. My goodness, I almost cried.
This book was not at all what I expected when I picked it up. Not at all a fluffy, Upper East Side fairy tale as the flap suggested, but a gorgeousley written, honest book about friendship and grief.
Jan 21, 2015 Ailu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es una historia muy muy corta, lo que en parte está bueno, pero por otro lado se sintió un poco incompleto. Es difícil encontrar un libro que sea corto pero tenga todo lo que tenía que tener, en fin. Lo que más me gustó fue que trató más sobre amistad que otra cosa. Que no se mezcle otro tipo de vínculo. Y la confianza, algo que no se tiene que entregar de una, que se necesita tiempo y sentirse cómodo con esa persona como para confesar cualquier cosa.
Y quise llorar pero había gente alrededor as
Jan 17, 2015 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As far as literary YA that I would shove into the hands of a conflicted young girl and tell her to read it, this qualifies. With all the mistakes that Connelly makes, she's a real girl with real problems, and she's searching for a truth, which is what YA is all about.
Connelly's father died when she was very young, but she doesn't really know how or why. When the most popular boy in school starts hanging out with her, they embark on a friendship that helps her face her past and helps Jeremy thro
Connelly Sternin lives with her mom in an apartment in the city and attends a ritzy private school, even though she’s not really part of the rich and famous set. She’s not unpopular, but she is kind of invisible until Jeremy Cole (who’s practically high school royalty) offers to tutor her in physics. Jeremy is interested in Connelly for his own reasons, though, it’s not what you’d think. His younger sister, Kate, has been diagnosed with leukemia and their whole family is going through a really d ...more
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I was born in Stanford, California, and even though I moved across the country to New York when I was six years old, I still think of myself as a California girl.

Like so many writers, I grew up loving books. I loved stories so much that when there was nothing to read, I wrote my own stories just to give myself something to read. And when there was no pen and paper to be had, I made up stories and
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“Maybe the witch thought she was protecting Rapunzel, not punishing her. Maybe she thought that if Rapunzel was locked away, no one could ever hurt her. Maybe the witch kept Rapunzel because she loved her, because she was scared that if other people could get to Rapunzel, they would hurt her. And maybe Rapunzel didn't understand the witch; maybe she was angry at her - but maybe she loved her too.” 13 likes
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