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The Space Between Us

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  507 ratings  ·  79 reviews
From the author of Virtuosity, a novel about two sisters and the secrets they tell, the secrets they keep—and the secret that could tear them apart.

Amelia is used to being upstaged by her charismatic younger sister, Charly. She doesn’t mind, mostly, that it always falls to her to cover for Charly’s crazy, impulsive antics. But one night, Charly’s thoughtlessness goes way t
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published October 16th 2012 by Simon Pulse
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
2.5 stars
I bought my copy of The Space Between Us right on the release date, October 16th 2012, and then spent almost three months staring at it longingly, too much of a coward to actually read it. I’d been almost afraid of it. Well, not almost, I was honestly scared– considering how much I loved Virtuosity, Martinez’s debut novel, my expectations were pretty high, and I knew there was much room for disappointment.
It’s possible that I’m being vastly unfair by comparing the Space Between Us with
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Aug 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Amelia has always lived in the shadow of her beautiful, lively and daring younger sister, Charlotte - or Charly as everyone but her grandmother calls her. Amelia is the straight-laced sister, the one who abides by the rules and who has spent years working hard towards her goal of being accepted to Columbia University. She had a nice three-year-long relationship with Will which she ended when she realised he'd fallen in love with Charly; guileless, loveable, popular Charly who was completely blin ...more
Jan 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Review originally posted on my blog

Guys, I loved The Space Between Us by Jessica Martinez. I thought her debut, Virtuosity, was amazing, so I was super stoked for The Space Between Us – and I wasn’t let down.

Virtuosity dealt with some very interesting issues in a super non-preachy, relatable way and The Space Between Us did the same thing with teen pregnancy and religion and what not.

I seriously applaud Jessica Martinez for how she portrayed religion in T
Oct 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Amelia Mercer has always lived in the shadow of her younger sister Charly, she’s used to it by now. Amelia is the girl who is always two steps ahead, a senior in high school she is still heartbroken over the end of her one and a half year relationship with Will and has high hopes of making it Columbia University in the fall.
Amelia and Charly have always been close. With Charly being a cardboard copy their late mother. The girls live with their dad the local pastor in Florida with their grandmot
Dec 04, 2012 rated it really liked it

I liked The space Between Us... even more than I did Virtuosity. It’s the people in it you see. Amelia, specifically, is written in so convincing a manner that I sympathized with her, was on her side almost one hundred percent of the time even when objectively speaking she’s as whiny and all woe is me as the next teenage angsty-girl. So much so that I liked her then disliked her and then found myself liking her again.

I was with her early on and her assessing things: the whole needing to b
Books that deal with the relationships between girls are my favorite. I mean sisters, girlfriends, best friends, room mates, all of it. It's one of the reasons Jessica Warman's one of my favorites, because when an author gets certain aspects right, it feels really good. I got a feeling really close to that with Jessica Martinez, which surprised me.

The book starts off really slow, and in fact I'm not so sure it started in the right place. Amelia's world is bright with promise and friends, though
Right and wrong were so much clearer from a distance. p74

Amelia has always been the sister designated to coddle and cover for her younger sister, the Beauty.
This well articulated story goes much deeper into the complexities of taking responsibility for ones actions and the effect we have on others.

Regret and guilt don't feel that much different. p336

Not quite a 4 so 3.75 out of 5
In my rating system 5/7
Jun 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
The Space Between Us is an amazing book that I read quickly because I couldn't put it down. I became invested in the story from the first page, falling in the love with both the story and the characters. This book is also so emotional, and I loved that about it. So, my advice to you is read this book!


Amelia is a great main character, though she has her flaws. She clearly cares about Charly, despite being mad at her for a good portion of the book. Her main flaw is that she
Jessie Lan
Sep 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was really amazing. I had guessed at Charly's secret but wasn't really sure if I would be right until the final reveal. Proud to say that I figured it out right :) *Spoilers* I do wish that Jessica Martinez had elaborated on Charly's leaving and how Amelia felt as she dealt with that and her and Ezra's relationship, but it was still a really great read. I got hold of an advanced reader's copy so when it comes out I will definitely be reading the final version, but I'm sure there won't be an ...more
I stopped reading this at 25%, it's a very well written book, and I felt like it's one of those books you need to read and like, but I was so put off by the actions of adults in this book that I just didn't want to continue with it, the way that main character is treated was abominable. And her sisters behavior just terrible. I refused to be a part of it.
Kyire M.
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An amazing book about a teenage love story, two battling teenage sisters, and teenage pregnancy. i feel in love with this book and you will too. i really suggest to read this book.
*Note: I've hidden the most major spoilery bits, but there are some general mild spoilers in this review.


Amelia: I had trouble liking Amelia at some points because of her dismissive, condescending attitude towards Charly. While she does change her attitude partway through — and I have to respect her for trying to be more positive and treat her sister better — I feel like it shouldn't have taken knowledge of a certain fact to get Amelia to realize she'd been treating Charly badly ((vie
Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Jul 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
4 - 4.5 stars

Another angsty, impossible to put down book from Jessica Martinez. She was just added to my auto-buy list.

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Oh. My. GOD! That is the only way I know how to express myself after reading The Space Between Us. The book was not what I was expecting. At all. From the first page, I couldn’t put it down. I kept hoping the puppies would go to sleep so I could read without all of their little distractions (like trying to chew on my rugs, dragging boots around the house, and wrestling o
Michelle (FabBookReviews)
Jan 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-young-adult
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Jan 16, 2013 rated it liked it
This book is about 2 sisters who have to go to Canada because one of them ends up getting pregnant and so the other one blames her for ruining her life but she never really listens to her until probably the very end of this book and I don't know how I feel about that.

I really don't know what to say about this book. Amelia the older sister was mad and the world for all kind of different things. She was mad at her sister Charly for getting pregnant and not really doing anything. Sh's mad at her g
Well, initially I wanted to give this 4 stars as I was really enjoying it but towards the end, I just did not feel it so hence the 3 stars meh rating.

Amelia and Charlotte are two sisters who are polar opposites, Charly is rebellious and has a wild streak and Amelia dreams of going to Columbia and cleans up Charly's messes occasionally.

But one mess becomes too much and they are sent to Canada as their little town of Tremonton is Southern as they come, people will talk and reputations wil be ruine
Joséphine (Word Revel)
This book came with a lot of surprises. I had no idea what to expect. All I was building upon was that it’s about two sisters who are very close until an incident tears them apart. That was pretty much based on the synopsis that accompanies it. As it is, this story offers so much more and I am glad that the pink overload on the cover did not turn me off. Firstly, I liked that the foundation of the book was the relationship between sisters. Most of the time I end up reading books about friends, a ...more
Mar 29, 2012 rated it liked it
I completely adored Jessica Martinez’s debut, Virtuosity, so I was highly anticipating her follow-up release. Unfortunately, The Space Between Us never quite lived up to my high expectations. While, I did find parts of it enjoyable, it never had the emotional intensity that Virtuosity had, and I had a hard time connecting to the characters.

The biggest issue I had with this book was Amelia, which is significant since she is the main character. I just could not stand her for the first 3/4 of the b
May 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
4.5 stars.

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From the very beginning, it seemed that The Space Between Us would turn out to be unlike any book I've ever read, and I'm so glad to say that this was indeed the case.

For once, the two main characters are not a protagonist and his/her love interest. No, this novel follows two young women whose lives have been tied together for as long as they can remember. Narrator Amelia Mercer, a senior in high school, has always served as an
Emily Benoit
Dec 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
Concept/Ideas: 5/5
Storyline/Plot: 4/5
Characters: 4/5
Writing Style: 5/5

The Space Between Us by Jessica Martinez was a great read! It had such an original idea to it as well. I loved that it wasn't your typical teenage pregnancy type of novel, but instead it incorperated so much more to it.

The storyline was fast-paced and an easy read, despite the heaviness of the subject. You were really kept in the dark about a lot of things, until surprising revelations were revealed later on. Ones that I neve
Feb 27, 2013 rated it liked it
UGHHHH! I am reviewing this book months after finishing it, but I still think about it, and I still want to throw it. The main character goes from decent to completely unsympathetic, not to mention that I saw the 'twist' coming by page 50. What could have been an interesting book about the relationship between sisters was... crap. also, there were Several Wicked: the musical references, but the author didn't bother to get the character who sings Defying Gravity correct (hint: not Glenda).


I didn't rate this book in stars because the writing is good and the book was interesting enough that I finished it in about 24 hours (plus I needed to get it back to the library) but it was an example of why sometimes YA just isn't my thing.

The main issue of the book is relevant and a serious topic that is in the news nearly every day. Unfortunately, there are way too many girls in the world who can relate to what happened to Charly in this book.

Where this book fell flat for me was that I didn
Katie G
I've seen a ton of books about younger sisters who are tired of being overlooked due to the older sibling, but this is the first book I've read that had that reversed. Amelia might be older, but everyone knows and loves her younger sister, Charly, and Amelia's always stuck looking out for her.

This book does a great job of looking at sibling relationships, at how you can love someone at the same time that you hate them for ruining your life. How you can want to leave them to figure things out on
May 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a perfect Saturday read for me. I am slightly fascinated with sister relationships and that part of the book was very interesting. The romance was pretty well done and I liked that it wasn't the whole focus of the story. The main character even went a few weeks without thinking that much about her love interest due to other things going on in her life. Although there was one part that really bothered me about the romantic relationship. (view spoiler) ...more
Sep 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Senior Amelia Mercer is tired of bailing her younger sister, Charly, out of trouble. Amelia’s always been focused on good grades and getting into Columbia University, while it seems like Charly just wants to have fun. Growing up without their mother and having an emotionally absent preacher father has been difficult, but at least they can rely on their strict, religious grandma who lives with them. When Charly’s poor choices leave her pregnant, the sisters fear that this news will mentally break ...more
Aug 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very good story! I enjoyed reading it immensely. Amelia and Charly were both interesting characters and I found myself falling in love with both of them. They both had their faults, however. Amelia was very inconsiderate and rude while Charly could be a bit self-centered.
Still, I loved both of them and practically cried when the story finished. They both grew up so much!
I'm not going to spoil anything but the one thing I truly loved is how much they both grew up. In the beginning, Charly was a
Liza Wiemer
I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning to finish this book, and I admit, I needed my sleep. :D But I just couldn't stop reading. Love Jessica's writing style. I found the story of two sisters (Amelia and Charly) and the secrets and lies between them compelling. I absolutely loved Ezra, a boy who befriends Amelia in Canada. I could definitely relate to the the sisters and their relationship to their grandmother. I, too, had a very close relationship with my grandmother while I was growing ...more
Feb 29, 2012 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2012-release
After reading this author's debut Virtuosity and being WOWED by it this is how excited I am for this book:

Not even kidding, guys.
Feb 15, 2017 rated it liked it
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Jan 18, 2012 marked it as to-read
Shelves: dying-to-read
After Virtuosity (which was one of my favourite books last year), I am definitely going to read this!
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