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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.

If Connel...more
ebook, 192 pages
Published May 11th 2010 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Steph Su
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...more
Cara
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...more
Gemma
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...more
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
Andrea
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...more
fooloveratook
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...more
Michelle
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...more
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
Reaganstar
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....more
Melissa
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
Daniela
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
Alicia
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....more
Lena ♫ ♪
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...more
Proud Book Nerd
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
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...more
Keertana
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...more
Rachael
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
Kristen
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...more
Emily
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 (...more
Laila
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...more
Kapri
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
Ana Banda
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! :')
Mathilde
Sweet but sad. My goodness, I almost cried.
Christie
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.
Mevurah
Connelly Sternin is working hard on keeping her grades up and studying for the SAT's. It's her Junior year and things are going well in her academics until she becomes lost and frustrated within her Physics Class. If she doesn't do something about it one low grade can throw her chances of going to the School of her choice out the window.

The reader learns of Connelly's concept of her school. A royal kingdom filled with Princesses, dukes, and Nobles. But only one person is the Prince- Jeremy Cole,...more
Arminzerella
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
Dana
A beautiful and heart rending story.

My heart hurt for the families. Even portrayed as the Cole's were affluent, privileged even they were close, loving and beautiful in spirit.

Connelly doesn’t know what to think with Jeremy (the reigning prince) deigns to sit and speak to her at school. But he continues to come and then offers help. She questions if it is a joke on her or if somehow she’s managed to attract the prince without trying. She lives in fantasy created to deal and cope with the lack of...more
Jacqueline
All too often when I pick up books, I feel like I can easily predict coming conflicts and/or resolutions. It's refreshing to pick up a novel and have it truly surprise you with how its events play out. Alyssa Sheinmel's debut novel managed to do just that.

The Beautiful Between doesn't have a traditional plot. The story is more about the characters and their growth than about what happens to them. Connelly was a pretty lonely character at the outset of the novel. Her loneliness sets the tone for...more
Cherryl Salgado
I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised with this book. I was expecting a young adult romance slash coming of age story. And although there was a hint of romance, it kinda left me hanging in the end on the romance department. I guess I was just really looking for a good love story.

I did enjoy the story. The part(s) I loved most are Connelly and Jeremy's not-so-secret nightly meetings where they slowly discover things about each other, like the real reason why Jeremy befriended her, and how...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...more
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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.” 9 likes
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