The Beautiful Between by Alyssa B. Sheinmel

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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 Connelly is the Rapunzel of her school, Jeremy Cole is the crown prince, son of a great and rich New York City family. So when he sits down next to her at lunch one day, Connelly couldn't be more surprised. But Jeremy has a tragic secret of his own, and Connelly is the only one he can turn to for help. Together they form a council of two, helping each other with their homework and sharing secrets. As the pair's friendship grows, Connelly learns that it's the truth, not the secrets, that one must guard and protect. And that between friends, the truth, however harsh, is also beautiful.

This lovely and memorable debut by Alyssa B. Sheinmel contains many of the hallmark themes found in young adult literature—friendship, coming of age, finding a place to belong, and overcoming the death of a loved one. Emotionally moving from start to finish, The Beautiful Between introduces a strong new voice to the genre, a voice with a long future ahead of it.

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About Alyssa B. Sheinmel

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ALYSSA B. SHEINMEL is the author of two previous novels, The Beautiful Between and The Lucky Kind. She grew up in Northern California and New York, and attended Barnard College. Alyssa lives and writes in New York City. You can visit her on the Web at
Published April 25, 2010 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 194 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Sixteen-year-old Connelly Sternin’s imagination is her best friend: It transforms her father’s mysterious death into an easily understood acrimonious divorce, while her socially un-navigable swanky Manhattan prep school becomes a land of fairy tales.

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Told from Connelly's perspective, the novel hints at romance and is shrouded with the mystery of Connelly's father's death, an event she can't remember or bring herself to ask her mother about.

May 10 2010 | Read Full Review of The Beautiful Between

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From the platonic relationship between a teenage boy and girl to the contemporary re-working of the Rapunzel story to the honest examination of difficult topics such as cancer, suicide, shame, the desire to know brutal truths, and the way we sometimes come to believe our own lies, Sheinmel tells ...

Oct 11 2011 | Read Full Review of The Beautiful Between

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("The Beautiful Between" hasn't been optioned for adaptation yet, but we think it's a good candidate.) Connelly Sternin: "Connelly's name was inspired by one of my favorite actresses, Jennifer Connelly," Sheimel said, explaining that she'd bend space and time to cast a 16-year-old, "Labyrinth"-e...

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