Title: The Space Between Us
Author: Anie Michaels
Release Date: July 22, 2014
They always belonged to each other but even a fated love can be fractured.
Shy, artistic, and withdrawn 11-year-old Charlie McBride tries to get her footing as she copes with the loss of her mother, the move to a new town, and starting a new school. Asher Carmichael steps into her life, provides a steadfast friendship that offers her protection to grow into a beautiful, young woman. As years pass, their friendship evolves into a passionate first love neither one of them can deny. Together they explore a new relationship filled with all the butterflies and heartache expected as two young adults navigate sex, love, and trust.
One fateful night, a painful mistake leads to cataclysmic results, setting the lovers on separate paths. Charlie is too hurt to forgive and Asher has never been so lost without his Charlie. Years pass. Hearts remain broken. Neither one can forget their first love or overcome the space between them.
I was lucky enough to read this book before it was released. When I finished reading The Space Between Us I was overwhelmed by all of the emotions I was experiencing. The Space Between Us follows Charlie and Asher through their young lives and examines their constantly evolving relationship. I enjoyed every moment of this stunning journey. Anie Michaels has simply outdone herself with this book.
Anie expertly aged and matured the voices of her characters over the course of her story. She crafted such unique voices with these characters and managed to allow their voices to change and grow as they did. At the beginning I was sure this was the story of an 11 year old. The voices changed when they entered their teenage years until I was convinced that I was right back in high school. Their enthusiasm for the new found freedom for college, fear of being away from home and determination to be independent adults was evident the moment their voices changed yet again to jump the story forward.
It wasn’t just their voices that made Asher and Charlie so authentic, but the complexity of the emotions portrayed. Their story is filled with incredible highs and soul-crushing lows. Instead of simply serving as a plot enhancer, the heartbreak and tragedy in this story feels so genuine. Anie made sure the reader could feel world ending, and completely consuming pain and loss. Her words reached into my chest and grabbed a hold of my heart. Asher and Charlie have stolen a piece of me and honestly, I gladly let them. Their story was moving. I felt every bit of turbulence and joy they experienced over the years and I swear sometimes I was there with them.
Anie included the smallest moments experienced by someone dealing with pain. The moments we often overlook but that serve as constant reminders of loss. These are what make grief something real and tangible. I smiled like an idiot at the sweet and innocent friendship and love they shared. I was anxious when things started changing and life began to take them in different directions. I ugly cried in both heartache and happiness. This is Anie’s best work yet. Her growth as a writer and storyteller pours off the page and I honestly couldn’t be more excited for everyone to read Charlie and Asher’s book.
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