Read Between the Lines

Read Between the Lines

by Jo Knowles


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“One might think Knowles isn't creating but channeling the adolescent mind. A fascinating study of misperceptions, consequences, and the teen condition.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Thanks to a bully in gym class, unpopular Nate suffers a broken finger—the middle one, splinted to flip off the world. It won’t be the last time a middle finger is raised as ten voices speak loud and clear about the complex dance that is life in a small town. They resonate in a gritty and unflinching portrayal of a day like any other, with ordinary traumas, heartbreak, and revenge. But as on any given day, the line where presentation and perception meet is a tenuous one, hard to discern. Unless, of course, one looks a little closer—and reads between the lines.

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ISBN-13: 9780763691028
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 10/11/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 432,556
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

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Read Between the Lines 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
WHarris More than 1 year ago
This book was ok. All of the narrators in this book are connected in some personal way that you can't immediately tell on the surface. Each story they tell somehow ties into a story of another narrator in the book and it was definitely interesting when you realize this and start to put two and two together. the only thing I will say is because there are so many different narrators and characters in this book, it didn't get a little confusing trying to keep up. The other thing is it got a bit slow in the middle there for awhile, but it did definitely pick up.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
It’s such a small world out there when I think about this novel, for in this novel it consists of personal stories by individuals who became connected some way or another. The story begins with Nate who gets his finger broken during gym. It’s his middle finger and Nate returning from the hospital, now flipping the bird at school which starts this series of stories. I am already broken, having read the story of Nate as he sat alone in the hospital waiting room as his father sat across the room until his name his called to be taken back for X-rays. His father disappears to his truck as the nurse walks Nate down to the emergency room and there is more to Nate’s story as they are all connected in this novel. It’s the single act of flipping the bird, its intention, its perception that flows throughout the novel. Dewey lives with his dad, their life at home is perfect, it’s as though they really are meant for each other. I was bored at first reading about their lives, they were too mundane and straightforward until I learned why and until others walked into their lives and then their lives became interesting. Lacey, she’s trying really hard to find where she fits in. I think she’s trying too hard but then again, maybe she’s looking at the wrong people and the wrong opportunities. So many people are in her life, she needs to choose and choose them correctly. There’s Dylan, I know Dylan. I’ve had to deal with many Dylan’s in my life and I’m glad he has the connections that he has. Some of the individuals in his life are toxic but he also has individuals in his life which are supportive and concerned about him, which he needs. I need to mention Keith, this story really shook me. The way he reacted to the event in his life was totally unexpected, he saw what was in front of him as an opportunity and that was not what I had expected. So many other individuals are mentioned and crossed paths in this novel, each touching on each other’s lives if only for a moment but creating something that can never be erased. It makes you think about whose lives you touch every day, those you know you do and those you mistakenly don’t realize.
DEBtastic More than 1 year ago
Nate Granger, unpopular, breaks his middle finger during high school gym class. Thus starts a day where the middle finger plays a part in the lives of students and others in this small town. A former high school student works at a nearby fast food joint, resentful of feeling stuck, taking it out on his neighbor. The neighbor boy, normally quiet, is frustrated by the taunting and steals a driveway paver from the neighbor and decides to use it against him. And so on -- each life intertwines in some small or large way. Told is multiple POVs, this novel reveals in a heart-wrenching way how people’s outsides don’t always match their insides. Read Between the Lines prods the reader to do the same - to see what’s in between what is observed. Another outstanding novel by this talented author.