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The Space Between Us by [Michaels, Anie]
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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Shy, artistic, and withdrawn 11-year-old Charlie McBride tries to get her footing as she copes with the loss of her mother, the move to a new town, and starting a new school.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.

A stand alone novel. Contains sexually explicit language and other mature content. Readers should be 18 or older.

"The Space Between Us is a stirring story of growing up, maturing, first love, loss, and second chances. Nothing would make me happier than to hear about a follow up to this story. Although I have no complaints about the story and its ending, I feel like there is so much more in store for Charlie and Asher and I would just love to read what's next for these two. This may have been my first Anie Michaels novel, but I know for a fact that it will not be the last." ~ Michelle, Nose Stuck in a Book

"The Space Between Us is a fantastic novel, told over time- with a well thought out plot and lovable characters- and interesting secondary characters as well." ~ Allison East, Three Chicks and Their Books

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2482 KB
  • Print Length: 439 pages
  • Publisher: AM Books (21 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00M0O74DU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #133,131 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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By Gtr33gurl TOP 100 REVIEWER on 28 July 2014
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This book was just ok for me the first half was perfect I could feel something building up some drama about to explode and then it happened and I was shocked Asher went from Hero to Zero in 0.60 seconds I was left reeling thinking this character was amazing and then BOOM he's the biggest douche ever def 360 turn the second half was just horrible for me I was heartbroken for Charlie and she just couldn't recover and what happened to the dad's girlfriend no mention of her timeline jumped from college to 13 years later wait what yup just jumped so I was not prepared for the long separation and no epilogue not cool it was a HEA in the end but......
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By dainer81 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 August 2014
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Once again Anie has sucked you in, ripped your heart out and then piece by piece puts in back together again (she even made me cry, damn you Anie)
The story of Asher and Charlie is heartbreakingly beautiful. Yes they both have their floors but together they sizzle and bring a smile to your face.
I will say it could have done with a epilogue so you can see how them in the future BUT this is still a great read.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Spoilers in my review because this story was awful!!! 2 September 2014
By ecole - Published on
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Warning - this review contains spoilers, only because this book annoyed me so much I want to warn other readers!!!!
Charlie and Asher basically grow up as best friends, which morphed into love in high school. Asher is constantly proclaiming his devotion to her, how she's it for him, he doesn't want anyone else, they're going to build a life together blah blah blah. They get to college and Charlie finds out she's pregnant. How does Asher react? Doesn't want anything to do with her anymore. Not only that but he tells her to "get rid of it" and wants to know how the pregnancy even happened in the first place. Charlie and her BFF call and text Asher for weeks but he's too busy with his new party life at the frat house to respond. When Charlie starts to have a miscarriage and is spewing blood all over the place, she makes her BFF stop by the frat house before going to the emergency room because she's SURE Asher will relent and go with her for support. Instead, with blood dripping down her legs, she walks in on him in his room with a naked girl on top of him.
After her miscarriage Charlie moves back home with her Dad to try to rebuild her life. Asher tried to call her and her Dad told him to leave her alone to heal. Guess he only needed to be told once because he didn't try to contact her again but instead cozied up to Charlie's Dad after she left town. Supposedly it was because Asher wanted any connection he could have to Charlie, even though Charlie's Dad never once talked about her to Asher. Fast forward several years to Charlie living in New York with a boyfriend and Asher a lawyer in their hometown. For some reason, Charlie's Dad dies of cancer without her even knowing he had it, even though they were close. Asher of course is the one to be handling his affairs. They have contact and Charlie is (in my opinion) incredibly stupid for wanting to "just be friends" with him again. Of course NOW he wants to cry and commiserate over the loss of their babies. He also blames her for some of their problems because she "ran away" after the miscarriage. Ugh. This book was bad from about the 4th chapter but when it got to this point I just felt like punching Asher right you-know-where! Maybe if he lost his baby-making abilities he wouldn't have so many hard decisions to make.
I'm sure you can tell how the story ended. I wish I had read my review before I bought the book so I could have saved myself $3!
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars this book was wierd 5 August 2014
By Red - Published on
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I got this book due to the many 5 star ratings and the fact that the description captured me. I'm proud of myself for finishing it, because honestly- I didn't like it.
It wasn't so much the storyline or the writing that I disliked, I just had a problem with the characters and how one-dimensional they were.
Charlie, the heroine, is really vanilla. Even though most of the book is written from her POV, you never get the sense that you know who she is. You know she likes drawing and that she's quiet. That's about it. Without giving anything away, I'll just say that I felt that her reaction to the dramatic turn in events was... well... pathetic. I had a really hard time connecting to a character that took something that, while very painful but honestly not something others haven't endured before her and prevailed, her reaction to it was too extreme in my opinion, and she keeps wailing about it to the very end.
Usher, the hero, felt slightly more developed and I felt like I "knew" him and his motives better. But he was often overbearing and downright frighteningly obsessive. There's nothing wrong with an intense hero, but he was too much.
Not wanting to get too nitpicky, I'll just add 2 things that really bugged me:
1. No 11 year old talks or thinks the way she described. Honestly, I don't know a single 11 year old girl who is "boy crazy" or a single 11 year old that understands what that even means and calls her friend that. The same goes for the way the author had her characters act at 13, 14, 15...
2. The book was, at times, becoming exasperating to read. There are different subplots (two distinct ones, which coincidentally happen one right after the other) that you really don't understand why they're there. I would assume they were planned to promote character development, but the truth was no one came out the other end the least bit developed- not the h/H, and not even the characters that were the focus of said subplots. I didn't get the point.
To summarize: I had real high hopes for this book, I truly gravitate to stories about old friends growing to become more than that, then torn apart horribly only to return to each other, older and wiser. However in this book no one grew. The heroine just became really whiny and annoying.

ETA: I don't mind steamy sexual themes in books, but the ones in this book were extreme and were sometimes just uncomfortable to read. They weren't sexy or steamy, they were sometimes pure WTF moments. And I am no prude.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars terrific start, poor end 4 August 2014
By nara - Published on
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This book started off well, but then got lost somewhere in the middle, and just fizzled out at the end. The things that bothered me: the hero even at 15 talks and feels like a 35 year old. It's a bit difficult to believe all the stuff he does for the h and all the things he says. But at 19, he reacts like a toddler. The other thing was the big betrayal. I don't want to give it away but basically it was a very silly plot device, whose resolution was poorly conceived. Third, the decade long separation where the two know absolutely nothing about each other despite the H being in constant touch with the h's father. Nothing slips out in casual conversation over a 13 year period? Fourth - insta love again after 13 years when neither made the slightest effort to track down the other despite being hopelessly in love still with each other - not credible. So all in all this story could have been quite good but ended up not living up to its initial promise.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Three and a half stars. Major spoilers. 1 August 2014
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Im not great at writing down how I feel but Im going to try my best. Ive only written a couple of reviews before this. I have to say that Im kind of disappointed in this book, especially after reading so many five star reviews. I enjoyed reading part one. It was sweet watching Asher and Charlie's relationship grow. The second part of the book was ok. Reeve has an awful experience but I felt as though it was thrown in for nothing. I dont understand how Charlie was so insecure when Asher showed her nothing but love and that she meant the world to him. I have to say that I was shocked at how he reacted when Charlie told him she was pregnant. No one is perfect but I expected Asher to come around quicky and try to talk to Charlie about the way he felt. I thought that they were closer than that and there love was strong!? Charlie leaving was expected when she thought he was with another woman so soon after she told him she was pregnant. Asher really never looked for her to try to explain how he overreacted and was scared. The characters were supposed to be so in love but you really didn't feel it. The third part, wasn't that great either. Charlies father was dying but never told Charlie? I can understand his idea that it would tear her apart but with their relationship, being so close and only having each other for so many years just doesnt make sense to me. Anna, where was she all this time? Again I feel like she was just thrown into the story never hearing anymore about her. The end where Asher takes off on her just doesn't make sense to me, he was supposed to be pissed that she made him sound dead to David but on his way to finally met her he acted as though she needed that time alone and ran straight into her arms. Im sorry I just didn't love it
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wild rollercoaster ride that is deeply affecting and immensely enjoyable. 26 July 2014
By Michelle Tikal - Nose Stuck In A Book - Published on
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I had often heard about Anie Michaels, but had not had the chance to read one of her novels. Fortunately, I was given the opportunity to read The Space Between Us and I am so glad that I did. Not only was I pleasantly surprised with how beautiful and sweet the story was, I was struck by the wide range of extreme emotion evoked throughout the journey. The Space Between Us is cute and innocent, sweet and joyful then completely heartbreaking and intensely emotional. It is a wild rollercoaster ride that is deeply affecting and immensely enjoyable.

The childhood friendship forged between an 11 year old Charlie and Asher in the young girl's time of need was touching to say the least. The blossoming feelings between the two teenagers, even as Charlie attempts to deny the changes in their relationship, paint the perfect picture of young, innocent love in which you can't help but feel the same butterflies Charlie gets as she begins to experience what she truly means to Asher. The burgeoning romance and the innumerable firsts that each experience together evokes such excitement, nostalgia, and joy it is hard to keep a smile off of your face. Unfortunately life can be fickle and completely unpredictable and seemingly out of nowhere, things change in an instant and total devastation follows. Devastation for the characters? Undeniably. Devastation for the reader? Absolutely. The events that transpire and their catastrophic consequences caught me completely off guard, made me a bawling, blubbering mess and left me with an acute ache in my chest that distracted me from reality and was close to impossible to shake.

The characters are so very real and relatable and perfectly imperfect. There is an instant connection with all of the characters, not just Asher and Charlie, but also Reeve and Charlie's dad, that drags you in and makes it inconceivable to tear yourself away. Following the characters throughout such a large part of their lives makes you feel like an old friend instead of an observer and fosters some serious attachments.

The narrative is flawlessly paced. Broken out into three parts, the first part is dedicated to the younger years, the second part follows the friends on to college, and the third part is thirteen years later. Again we get to experience such a large portion of these characters' lives and yet it doesn't seem like nearly enough. There was not one moment I ever considered too slow or dull in any way. Asher's perspective is also introduced in Part III, exactly when it is most needed, providing insight and restoring faith in the characters and the story.

The Space Between Us is a stirring story of growing up, maturing, first love, loss, and second chances. Nothing would make me happier than to hear about a follow up to this story. Although I have no complaints about the story and its ending, I feel like there is so much more in store for Charlie and Asher and I would just love to read what's next for these two. This may have been my first Anie Michaels novel, but I know for a fact that it will not be the last.

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