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This third book picks up where "Where You Are" leaves off. Reid is at somewhat of a personal nadir after the unsettling events on the night of the premiere of School Pride. But each feels drawn to the other as the summer progresses, and they begin to find something of value, something they need, in each other. I was always an ambivalent Reid supporter at best. He had to want to be, he had to do something about it, and he never seemed to have the gumption to do that.
So, I sort of expected this to be about Reid finding a good girl who could sort of "convert" him, to "change" him to someone better behaved, the way that girls always seem to think they can do to bad boys. But this is a much deeper story, a story about choices, and growth and becoming a human being.
Dori is an amazing character, revealed slowly over the course of the book. As it turns out, when these two strangers meet in a modest little half built house, both of them are there under some kind of compulsion, one the no less strong for being self imposed. Both Reid and Dori have built themselves worlds of self-sufficiency, in different way and for different reasons. What happens when those constructions fall apart is what makes this book so powerful and affecting. Some final random thoughts: Do things happen for a reason?
The name Dorcas. Whew, tough name for a kid, no wonder she goes by Dori. In the Bible, Dorcas was a woman known for her good deeds. She was also brought back from death by Peter, a guy who spent most of his time messing things up until he finally got it right.
Alison Krauss. What an achingly pure and sweet voice she has. It seems so simple, and yet conveys such emotional power and depth. A particularly ambiguously heart-breaking one, too. So, all in all, a wonderful book, a powerful read that will stick with you long after you finish, wishing and begging for more. I love how Brooke comes briefly back into things, and how parental relationships are such an important part of this story. Thanks so much, Tammara, for creating such a richly imagined world, that has such creatures in it.
Here Without You
Beschreibung bei Amazon Tammara Webber is an American author. She writes novels in the young adult or new adult fiction genre. She has worked as an economics tutor, a radiology call center rep, planetarium office manager, and tanning salon employee. She is a former academic adviser for undergraduates at the University of Texas, where she worked before choosing to become a full-time author. Webber married her high school sweetheart and together they have three grown children as well as four cats.
Between the Lines
Between the Lines Series