Author: Meg Grehan
30th March 2017
Goodreads rating: 4.17
It’s New Year’s Eve, and Beth plans to spend a whole year alone, in her snug, safe house. But she has reckoned without floppy-eared, tail-wagging Mouse, who comes nosing to her window. Followed shortly by his owner, Alice. As Beth’s year of solitude rolls out, Alice gently steals her way first into Beth’s house and later into her heart. And by the time New Year’s Eve comes round again – who knows?
A tender and delicate love story in verse, The Space Between is a tale of how warmth, support and friendship can overcome mental anguish.
*Trigger Warnings – Agoraphobia, depression, anxiety*
Overall opinion of the book:
First of all, I’d like to say a big thank you to my lovely friend Dorka from https://berriesandbooksblog.wordpress.com, for buying me this book as part of Secret Santa two years ago. I read this book back in 2018 and am a bit late posting this review as I finally found the notebook I wrote a few reviews in again!
If you’re not familiar with this book, it’s written completely in verse and follows Beth’s journey of friendship, mental health, loneliness and love. I enjoy reading poetry so the idea of a book being completely written in verse intrigued me, and it disappoint, it was such a great read. Each poem is written in a completely different way to the previous one and some are much longer than others. Although the styles vary significantly, the main storyline follows throughout them all. This kept me invested and interested in the book as a whole and was such a great concept.
The Space Between is an easy read and you could probably finish it in one sitting, as I did. The language is beautiful and Grehan is great at allowing the reader to feel connected and invested in the characters. In terms of the characters, there are only three heavily featured; Beth, Alice, and Mouse. I loved this. It’s not often you read a book based around so few characters. It made the story feel much more personal and allowed me to connect to the character, their thoughts and feelings on a much deeper level. The language Grehan uses is easy to understand, yet so effective in evoking the readers emotions. Each verse flowed well and the spelling, punctuation, and grammar was flawless.
One of my favourite aspects about The Space Between is that it’s not your stereotypical love story. It has lesbian/bi representation and the blossoming relationship was heartwarming to read. My second favourite part of this book was the dog, Mouse. What an absolutely adorable ball of fluff! He’s a sweetheart and it’s great how Grehan emphasises animals ability to help our mental health drastically. Mouse is a loyal dog that provides emotional support to Beth and helps her to conquer loneliness.
Some of the content in The Space Between was tough to read. It’s raw, emotional and represents how tough it can be to suffer with your mental health and leaving the house. I loved seeing Beth‘s progression throughout the book; she starts in an extremely negative mindset, yet comes out the other end, with Alice’s friendship and support. Grehan has a great ability to make readers connect and emphasise with Beth, and the simple acts of kindness Alice shows her go such a long way.
This really is a powerful read that’s equally heartbreaking and heartwarming. The writing is brilliant and I cannot recommend reading it enough. The Space Between is unlike anything I’ve previously read and Grehan is a talented author. It’s such an original book and I’d love to read more about these characters in the future, though it is a stand alone.
Although this was a quick read, the characters and their story has stayed with me over a year later. I can still remember most of the plot as though I’d read it yesterday, which is certainly the sign of a fantastic book. The plot holds so much emotion and Grehan shows the story rather than telling it. As readers, we are left to fill in the space between each poem (pardon the pun). This is what I love about poetry, it can be read in so many ways and although they may be shorter than prose, they often tell so much more without saying as much.
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